For reasons not entirely clear to me, parts of the Democratic Party establishment seem to be quietly freaking out about Clinton’s campaign and is desperately casting about for other candidates. One of the names that has been floated is vice-president Joe Biden, with the following rationale (boldface mine):
If Vice President Joe Biden makes the leap into the Democratic presidential race, he could promise that he would serve just one term in the White House, journalist and author Carl Bernstein said Friday.
“And one thing that I keep hearing about Biden is that if he were to declare and say, because age is such a problem for him if he does, I want to be a one-term president. I want to serve for four years, unite Washington. I’ve dealt with the Republicans in Congress all my public life,” Bernstein told CNN’s “New Day.”
“I think there’s a conversation going on to that effect among his aides and friends,” he said. “It could light fire to the current political environment.”
I grant Biden supporters that he’s a far better campaigner than CLinton (which isn’t saying much), but after the last eight years, does anyone really believe that anything can pull the GOP out of its mass communicable psychosis? Modern Republicans do not reconsider or rethink, they regroup and rearm.
While Obama’s race absolutely was a factor in the complete opposition to his presidency, Republicans used–and developed–the same scorched earth strategy during the Clinton presidency. Unless Democrats capitulate completely, they will not compromise. Moreover, while Democrats overall are more inclined to compromise in principle (according to polls anyway), my hunch is that when presented with specific compromises (which, if history is any guide, are essentially capitulations), they won’t back down either.
Not sure where this uniter, not a divider stuff fits in this environment.