— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 5, 2015
Because I am also Irish-American, some part of me suspects that some part of Joe Biden is getting just a little bit of a kick out of tweaking the horse-race touts. As professional cynic Charles P. Pierce phrases it:
I am as big a fan of Joe Biden as the next person, as long as the next people do not work for Tiger Beat On The Potomac, which apparently has decided as an institution to believe anything mumbled into the autumn breezes on the subject of a Biden presidential campaign. The other day, we had Mike (Payola) Allen, wandering amid the shades of anonymous sources, like Odysseus in the underworld, and coming out the other side with…well, what exactly?…
The whole Biden shadow play is getting very, very old. The inclusion of him in current polling models is one very small step short of ratfcking Hillary Clinton’s numbers, and it does a real disservice to the other candidates as well. (Why not put Mitt Romney or Michael Bloomberg in the Republican field?) What we seem to have is a bunch of generally nervous Democrats, and some Biden loyalists who like to talk to reporters, and who still dream of that West Wing office that was denied them the other two times Joe Biden ran for president and got crushed. Oh, and there are some political reporters who find this whole thing a lot easier than working for a living.
From source to @mikeallen on Biden: "If you're going to run, you run. Every time he pushes back a decision, that's the ultimate tell."
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 5, 2015
MSNBC, on October 1st: “The deadlines Joe Biden cannot miss” —
… The final countdown for a Biden decision began [October 1], the first day of a new fundraising quarter. But Biden will face a number of softer deadlines before running up against the harder cutoff dates in November.
First up is the first Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on October 13. It’s a high-profile event and one of only four debates before the Iowa Caucuses, but CNN – which is hosting the debate – reported Thursday that Biden is likely to opt for an announcement after the debate, if he decides to run at all.
Next is the Iowa Jefferson-Jackson dinner, a marquee Democratic Party event in the state that holds the first nominating caucus featuring all declared candidates. Barack Obama had a breakout performance at the 2007 dinner, which helped propel him to an upset victory over Hilary Clinton in the state. Biden would have to officially declare his candidacy to attend, according to Iowa Democratic Party spokesperson Sam Lau…
With the vice president under heavy scrutiny, missing these high-stakes events would be read as signals of Biden’s intentions – or lack thereof. But allies argue it could be smart to skip them to preserve his sky-high approval ratings by waiting on the sidelines as long as possible.
But waiting to declare in December or later would mean risking falling off the ballot in several states, essentially forfeiting them and their delegates. Four states have November deadlines, according to a tentative list of filing requirements provided to MSNBC by a Democratic source. They begin with a 5 p.m. cutoff on Friday, Nov. 6 in Alabama and continue with deadlines in Arkansas three days later, Michigan on Nov. 17, and Florida at the end of month…
— Andrew Carden (@polibeast) October 3, 2015
1. Getting in will be bigger news than anything that happens at debate that he isn't at. 2. he isn't ready. https://t.co/5yc5jj5MCt
— Joe Trippi (@JoeTrippi) October 4, 2015
The Hill, October 2nd:
President Obama said Friday that Vice President Biden will “have his own decisions to make” when it comes to entering the 2016 presidential race.
“I love Joe Biden and he has his own decisions to make and I’ll leave it at that,” Obama said at a news conference on Friday….
"If I don't move, I'll be demoted to secretary of state or something." – Joe Biden.
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) October 7, 2015
CBS News, October 3rd:
Vice President Joe Biden is nearing a decision on whether to run for president, and it could come as early as within the next seven to 10 days, according to three people familiar with his deliberations.
Two of those people said he is leaning toward entering the race…
Draft Biden, a ground campaign to bring Biden on board the 2016 Democratic field, has even “formed the logistical support to immediately back a campaign once a decision is made,” according to a statement released by the organization on Saturday.
The group won’t be deterred if Biden skips the party’s Las Vegas debate, saying that though it is “an important juncture for a campaign, it by no means represents a hard deadline or obstacle to entry if not attended.” It may even present “some benefit” for the potential campaign to wait on the sidelines.
“Regardless of when over the next few weeks the vice president makes his decision,” the group said, “we will be ready.”
A spokesperson for the vice president had no comment…
This Draft Biden ad is making me feel… Yeesh. His family tragedies are awful! But are they a reason he would be a good president?
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) October 8, 2015