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Bidenites say it ain't over yet

In the aftermath of last week's Democratic presidential debate, the conventional wisdom was that the potential Joe Biden candidacy had run out of time and space to make a difference.

But Team Biden seems to want to keep the door open.

The Associated Press version says:

Joe Biden is sending out an unmistakable “forget-me-not” plea for 2016, brushing past signs of a Hillary Rodham Clinton resurgence with fresh and direct suggestions he could be on the verge of entering the presidential race.

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Biden would be a good choice

Biden would be a good choice for VP on the Lessig ticket right up to the convention, as long as the DNC doesn't manage to drum Lessig out of the party.

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig has made a change in his platform as he explains in an Adlantic Magazine piece. I guess Biden doesn't fit as well as a Lessig VP choice anymore.

A coy politician

…is an unattractive politician. I'd be happy to see Mr. Biden in a Senate seat again, but not as a failed candidate for the Oval Office.

Biden will remain as a

Biden will remain as a possible in the background until election day.

It is very unsettling for the party establishment to have only one egg in the basket. Lots of things can happen in the next year.

I would rather see Joe Biden ...

I would rather see Joe Biden back in the U.S. Senate. With Harry Reid's impending retirement Senate Democratic leadership seems poised to fall to Chuck Schumer. Mathematically speaking it should be pretty easy for Democrats to retake control of the Senate in the next election, but I don't see Chuck Schumer as the right guy to lead. Senate Democrats need a leader with a better vision of the future; Schumer seems to be very stuck in the past, especially where Israel is concerned.

If Biden

is really not sure whether he wants to run, that's a good reason not to.
On the other hand, he has the advantage of being a known name and face (and sorry, Republicans, most people like him), so if he really wants the job, but isn't sure that he could win the nomination right now, it makes sense for him to stay on the sidelines and watch what happens to the frontrunners (Hillary and Bernie). Both are strong candidates with known weaknesses, and as Neal says, a lot can happen in a year.

Why?

I cannot understand why Joe Biden should be in the race. On policy, he tracks very closely what Hillary Clinton believes. Does it make a difference that he is male, and that Clinton has not imploded? The only real challenge to her nomination comes from the left, and Biden would have no credibility trying something like that (shepherding the bankruptcy "reform" act through Congress is not something that should be overlooked).

He's just

Biden his time.