While Bernie Sanders has found his campaign surprisingly well-positioned in New Hampshire (as outlined in the previous posting) other questions have been raised in light of his success. Specifically, the primary question raised has been about Hillary Clinton’s viability. Now, admittedly, Clinton’s commanding lead in the past and still front-runner status currently shouldn’t be discounted. She’s still the head of the pack, so to speak, and this cannot be dismissed. However, it is worth remembering that the biggest detraction for the Bernie Sanders candidacy has been a fear that he can’t win the Democratic nomination, let alone a Presidential campaign. However, Sanders has been steadily rising in the polls and is leading in New Hampshire according to current reports. Again – this shouldn’t lead readers to dismiss Clinton’s odds entirely. She’s a powerful force both nationally and internationally, and deserves the respect and authority her past reflects. The reality at this point, though, is that she seems to have proven herself to be defeat-able.
However, this has hardly been the only development to shake the political landscape for the 2016 Presidential run. Indeed – Vice President Biden is now considering another Presidential run. While the official response from both the Clinton and Sanders camps has been limited and polite – it doesn’t take a great deal of insight to realize this development is likely unwelcome. At the very least, Clinton has to be feeling annoyed.
Biden’s previous attempts to claim the Democratic nomination showed limited returns and sparse success– but his role as the second in command for current President Obama may just offer a potential campaign the real clout and authority it lacked in previous elections. While it must be conceded that President Obama’s credentials aren’t the most accepted on the Right Wing side, his moderate and liberal credentials are looking largely stellar. Biden’s efforts on Obama’s behalf, and his lengthy political service at the federal level, have built his name recognition and respect up at the highest levels.
I should take a moment to acknowledge that Biden’s notoriously gaffe-prone nature may serve as a political minefield in the future. Biden has made plenty of mistakes while speaking and is known for occasionally being too blunt. All that said – he’s lived a difficult life, acted as a responsible and loving father, and has given years of political service to his country. While no politician is without their flaws and shortcomings, Biden has demonstrated a love of country and dedication to public service that demands the utmost respect.
And, perhaps the biggest question raised by Biden’s possible candidacy is: who will President Obama endorse? The general wisdom was that Obama would be endorsing Hillary, even if he might personally identify more with Sanders’ views. This would likely be a nod to Hillary’s service in Obama’s administration and Bill’s efforts to rally DNC support for Obama. However, Obama’s sense of loyalty to those who served in his administration wouldn’t prevent him from potentially endorsing Biden. While this wouldn’t be the kiss of death to Clinton’s campaign, it would (at the very least) bolster Biden’s credibility and authority to even higher levels.