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Biden not running for president

Joe Biden announced this morning, at a Rose Garden event with President Obama in attendance, that he will not enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Here’s the New York Times coverage, which snarkily states that Biden’s announcement “ends one of the most public episodes of indecision about a political path since Gov. Mario Cuomo of New York left a plane bound for New Hampshire idling on a tarmac in 1991 as he fretted over whether to run for president.”

According to me, he probably made the right decision, although he took too long publicly mulling it. “Mulling,” what a great word. It means both thinking carefully about something and/or making a mess of it by indecision.

Now everyone can go back to liking Joe.

Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 10/21/2015 - 12:42 pm.


    “Mulling” may have been the appropriate response to Mr. Biden’s position, but I agree that it might have been better if said mulling was less public. More to the point, I also agree that he made the right decision, no matter what his rationale for it. The train has already left the station, and it would have been ugly, watching him try to climb on board that last rail car.

  2. Submitted by Bill Kahn on 10/21/2015 - 02:25 pm.

    Should be interesting to see how the polls change; conventional wisdom seems to dictate Biden’s support go to Clinton, which would make her pretty unstoppable.

    Of course, a Democrat forced by the DNC to run independently with a platform that catches fire, might stop any Democratic nominee.

    No campaign promise made by any candidate has much chance unless we can fix our democracy first, and only Larry Lessig has a plan: to pass the Citizens Equality Act of 2017.

    • Submitted by Rick Ryan on 10/21/2015 - 05:37 pm.

      Snowballs chance in …

      Larry Lessig’s plan is ridiculous. It has no chance of passing in either the House or Senate, much less him getting elected President. Somehow you will shame the un-shamable into doing what you want? Has he (or you) been paying attention to Congress since 2010?

      • Submitted by Bill Kahn on 10/23/2015 - 05:10 pm.

        Snowball’s chances depend on what Congress or Hell (interchangeable now) is like 2017 and not so much on Mr. Ryan’s prognostication skills. Lessig’s candidacy is necessary in any case.

  3. Submitted by Brian Krause on 10/21/2015 - 04:30 pm.


    Biden was never going to run because we’re all “Ready for Hillary!” remember?


  4. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/21/2015 - 05:08 pm.

    No plan B

    The election is a year away and the democrats have put all their eggs in the Clinton basket. What could possibly go wrong? heh

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 10/22/2015 - 05:01 pm.

      The Stakes Are High

      You’re absolutely right. One false move, and one of the Republican nominees could win. I think we all shudder to think of that happening.

  5. Submitted by Steve Hoffman on 10/21/2015 - 05:29 pm.

    We already knew that

    As soon as Fox “News” asserted that Biden was DEFINITELY running, we knew that he wouldn’t be. It only stands to reason.

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