I saw Biden speak at the “Women Rule” conference in Washington DC last year. Let’s just say that his reputation as a Cheshire cat seemed to me to be warranted. He came out on stage with his daughter – because it was a “Women Rule” conference – and they proceeded for an hour to regale the crowd of 400 or so with life in the Biden home. Dad taking the train back to Delaware from DC every day. How his daughter’s life was totally normal and how great it was to be married to a surgeon in Philadelphia. And about how the Biden family took a trip to Jackson Hole for I think it was 3 weeks, just like any other normal family. Basically 1 hour of how great the Bidens are/were. It was, how do I put this, nauseating. Of course Nancy Pelosi was the undercard so the old stomach juices were churning pretty good by the time Mr. Smiles came out on stage. It probably wasn’t all the Biden saccharine.
Given my impression last year this new report from the generally Democrat friendly Politico doesn’t surprise me. It doesn’t surprise me that it comes as a certain political rival is trying to launch a counter offensive either.
Pretty classy stuff below and attached.
Joe Biden has been making his 2016 deliberations all about his late son since August.
Aug. 1, to be exact — the day renowned Hillary Clinton-critic Maureen Dowd published a column that marked a turning point in the presidential speculation.
According to multiple sources, it was Biden himself who talked to her, painting a tragic portrait of a dying son, Beau’s face partially paralyzed, sitting his father down and trying to make him promise to run for president because “the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.”
It was no coincidence that the preliminary pieces around a prospective campaign started moving right after that column. People read Dowd and started reaching out, those around the vice president would say by way of defensive explanation. He was just answering the phone and listening.
But in truth, Biden had effectively placed an ad in The New York Times, asking them to call.