Foxnews.com reports that
Vice President Biden announced Wednesday he will not run for president, ending months of feverish speculation over his 2016 plans and likely settling the Democratic field.
Speaking in the Rose Garden alongside his wife Jill and President Obama, Biden said the window of opportunity to mount a viable campaign “has closed.” He has been weighing a decision since summer, but cautioned all along that he and his family were grieving over the loss of his son Beau Biden — and said Wednesday he knew that process could outlast the window for making a decision.
“Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,” Biden said.
He added, “While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent.” Biden went on to urge Democrats to run on Obama’s record, while decrying the current partisanship in Washington.
The decision would appear to bolster front-runner Hillary Clinton — whom Biden had been urged by supporters to challenge as she grappled with slipping poll numbers and a widening scandal over her email use in her capacity as secretary of state.
After Biden’s remarks, Clinton tweeted:
“@VP is a good friend and a great man. Today and always, inspired by his optimism and commitment to change the world for the better. -H”
Biden, though, seemed to take a parting shot Wednesday at her and other Democratic candidates, after some suggested Republicans are their enemy at last week’s debate.
“I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemy. They’re the opposition,” Biden said, urging lawmakers to find “consensus.”
“Four more years of this kind of pitched battle may be more than this country can take,” he said. “We have to change it.”
According to a senior administration official, the vice president made his decision Tuesday night.
His choice is a blow to former staffers and others who were building a virtual campaign in waiting, ready to go if he decided to enter. Draft Biden, the most vocal organization urging the VP to run, put out a brief statement after his announcement: “We are so grateful for the gigantic outpouring of support from hundreds of thousands of Americans around the country in our effort to encourage the Vice President to run. While the Vice President has decided not to run, we know that over the next year he will stand up for all Americans and articulate a vision for America’s future that will leave no one behind.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that Biden’s decision will hurt Democrats.
“The Vice President’s decision not to enter the 2016 race is a major blow for Democrats, who now will almost certainly be saddled with their unpopular and scandal plagued front-runner Hillary Clinton,” he said.
Democratic National Committee leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz, meanwhile, said she appreciates Biden’s “thoughtful consideration,” adding “his unwavering commitment to America’s working families is a legacy each of our candidates will proudly carry forward.”
There was something that just did not ring true about Crazy Uncle Joe’s announcement, yesterday.
Rush Limbaugh made the following observation during his program, yesterday on Wednesday…
He makes this announcement, this big announcement in the Rose Garden with Obama standing next to him, his wife standing on the other side, the day before Hillary testifies on the Benghazi hearing, clears the way for her. He did not endorse her, did not mention her, did not throw his support to her, but this set of remarks that we got would have been — the media would proclaim this is one of the greatest coming-out speeches ever for a candidate announcing his intentions to run for president. It went on. In fact, I’ll tell you something, folks.
He kept talking and kept talking, and I was worried that he was gonna change his mind in the middle of this and talk himself into running after all. And I think Obama was a little worried about that, too. This did not sound like somebody that was announcing he wasn’t gonna do something. You know, we all like to peek behind the curtain. We all like to get into the room where we’re not permitted and wonder what really went on in there. And this was so odd that it makes me think he really wanted to do it and powerful forces warned him not to. I couldn’t answer the question, “Well, why? Why would that happen?” But this was just so incongruent. And then you add to it this litany of defects that he cited in the country, as though these people haven’t been in power. It’s just confusing. It’s classic of leftists, in that sense. But this speech — I want to reiterate this point. This speech was an “I’m running for president” speech. I’m convinced he wanted to do it. Well, not “convinced.” But this is so much like a speech by somebody that’s going to do something, and it would have been said to be one of the best ever such speeches. And yet it’s to announce he wasn’t gonna do this.
I think he really probably wanted to and somebody leaned on him and said, “Nope, nope, nope.” And the deal was, “Okay, well, I get to go out and say what I wanted to say anyway.” And he did, and that’s why Obama went out there with him, ’cause, believe me, folks, old Joe is old Joe, and he’s a walking gaffe machine. And I think they had Obama out there as a living guardrail if you will, a living restraint.
Okay, boys and girls. Please allow me to do some supposin’ (as we say in Dixie).
Now, suppose that word got out to the Clinton Campaign that Uncle Joe had decided to throw his hair plugs into the ring.
Upon hearing of this, Hil calls up Scooter (Obama) and threatens to spill the beans, concerning the president’s knowledge about what went on that fateful night of September 11, 2012 at the U.S. Embassy Compound in Benghazi, Libya, if Biden enters the Democratic Primary.
In fact, it didn’t have to be about Benghazi. Hil knows where all of “the bodies are buried” at the Obama White House.
…And, Arkansas, too.
But, I digress…
If Joe was truly resigned to the fact that he waited too late to enter the race, would he still be making catty little comments about Hil and what he would have done, if it would have been up to him, at the time?
I don’t think so.
A second scenario occurred to me, and probably to all of you, as well.
What if Biden is “bidin'” his time, to see if Hillary gets damaged during Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi Hearings?
Hillary gets nailed and, then Uncle Joe will swoop in like Superman to save the day for the Democratic Party, who by then would be left with the crazy, dried-up old Socialist from Vermont as the leading Candidate for their Party’s Nomination.
Stay alert over the next several days.
I have this feeling that Crazy Uncle Joe isn’t going anywhere.
This is too big a F_____ deal, as he would say.
Until He Comes,