White House Watch: Biden Ponders; Trump Trumps

On the Democratic front many media outlets have upgraded Vice President Joe Biden’s chances of running for president. His timeline for making a decision has also been pushed back to now possibly October. Most analysts believe he must make a decision before the first democratic presidential debate that takes place October 13.

If Biden does decide to run it would be his third time. He first ran in 1988 but dropped out he was accused of plagiarizing a speech by Neil Kinnock, then-leader of the British Labour Party. He ran again in 2008 to what Politico recently called “massive voter indifference.” In fact in Iowa, the first state to vote in 2008, Biden did not even register 1 percent of the vote leading to his withdrawal from the race the next day.

Right now it appears Biden is content with keeping the media guessing at his intentions.

“This half-campaign helps Biden keep his options open, building on some other advantages he has as a potential late entrant,” writes FiveThirtyEight, an influential New York Times political blog. “…Still, no candidate in the modern primary era has won a nomination after entering as late as Biden would enter.”

On the Republican front Trump’s campaign continues to mystify political pundits. He continues to lead in the polls and has broad based support meaning it’s not just the evangelicals or tea partiers who are backing him. This is good news for his campaign because even if one faction of the Republican Party tires of him he’ll still be a viable candidate.

Most pundits, however, continue to discount his candidacy and believe that no matter what the polls suggest voters simply will not cast their vote for him.

In other Trump news on Friday he held a massive rally in Alabama with 15,000 to 30,000 people attending. That number all depends on which estimate you believe. The Trump campaign has claimed 30,000 plus people while local media outlets estimated the crowd to be about 18,000. The city claimed there were 30,000 with national media outlets all noting that the stadium appeared to be half empty. But whatever the number actually was it’s clear Trump is drawing bigger crowds than any of his Republican rivals.

And in still other Trump news he went on the offensive again against Megyn Kelly Monday night in a series of tweets blasting the Fox News anchor.

Here are just two of them:

I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!”

@megynkelly must have had a terrible vacation, she is really off her game. Was afraid to confront Dr. Cornel West. No clue on immigration!

He also retweeted a tweet that called Kelly a bimbo.

Besides Trump former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush continues to underwhelm pundits; businesswoman Carly Fiorina continues to shine but still may not make it into the debate next month; and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential hopes continue to dwindle.


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