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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hillary Vs. Biden

A lot is being whispered about Joe Biden jumping into the race.  While it's kind of late, it's not TOO late for a sitting Vice President.  He could probably get some machers in his corner quickly.  And he can legitimately say that his mind and heart were elsewhere recently.

What's interesting about the Biden groundswell is that - as Josh Marshall notes - it seems confined to the NYTimes.  And an objective look at the Times has to lead to a strong conclusion that they REALLY don't like Hillary.

The thing is, both Hillary and Biden would make fine presidents.  I love Bernie Sanders, but I don't think he'd be a very good president.  He's an excellent gadfly, but it requires a different temperament to be president.

But both Biden and Hillary are weaker candidates than they are potential presidents, and for polar opposite reasons.

Biden is a loose cannon, who will say or do something that has you shaking your head.  That actually works fine as Vice President, but would it work on the campaign trail?  Hillary is just the opposite.  She's too scripted, too self-controlled.

I just don't know if Biden has it in him to put himself through this.  Why would you?  The only plausible "Anti-Hillary" has to be younger and more charismatic than she is.  And neither Biden nor Sanders really rises to that test.

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