Joe Biden: Brother can ya spare a (campaign) dime?

posted at 3:31 pm on July 7, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Is Joe Biden going to run for President when Barack Obama’s term is finished? The magic eight ball isn’t putting forth any definitive answers, but there are clearly a number of people in the Vice President’s inner circle who are thinking long and hard about it. But one problem, as this Politico report indicates, is that Big Effin Deal Joe faces some Big Effin Challenges when it comes to raising the kind of money you need to launch a national campaign.

A number of Biden’s close allies are encouraging the former senator to prove he can overcome one of his biggest hurdles – fundraising – by launching a leadership PAC for the 2014 cycle.

The committee would show Biden can turn enthusiasm into the kind of big-dollar donations needed to float a national campaign and it would let him share the wealth with congressional candidates down the ballot – a way to stock up chits for a grueling primary…

Changing the perception of his fundraising ability with big donors and bundlers will take an enormous effort.

Biden has never been a big fundraiser and as a senator had no need to raise large amounts of money for races in Delaware — a small state with largely low dollar media buys.

During the 2008 primary, Biden was outraised by both Hillary and Obama at an alarming clip. Whether that was because he was “bad at fundraising” or just because the big donors were already lining up behind two substantially more charismatic choices is a debate for historians to have. But it can’t come as much of a comfort to his nascent campaign team to realize that one of those people who stomped them in the dollar category is likely to be right back on the ballot again, likely arriving as the predestined golden child. (I almost wrote “Golden Girl” but that would just open an entirely different can of worms.)

But is he really even seriously considering it? It’s true that he might be able to provide some much needed help for congressional candidates in the mid-terms, but that doesn’t translate to a presidential primary bid. If Biden were really considering this seriously, it seems like he’d already be in Iowa, particularly given how contentious the primary will likely be. And yet the only people showing up in Iowa thus far are Republicans.

Tyler Olson, a [Iowa] state legislator and former Democratic Party chair, says that while some activists are having very preliminary conversations about organizing, there’s not much else going on. It’s generally known who is a devout supporter of Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden but “there’s not a lot of effort to grow networks” of candidate supporters beyond those who are already diehards.

I’m not sold on this idea yet by a long shot. We have a lot of fun with Biden’s various antics on the political stage, but he’s been doing this for a long time and can read the polls as well as anyone. If he thinks Hillary is coming into the race, she probably plans on clearing the field pretty quickly, and after an eight year run as VP I doubt that Joe Biden wants his final political legacy defined by a failed primary bid.


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Could he be any worse than 0bama?

OmahaConservative on July 7, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Maybe he can get his old friend, “Stand up” Chuck, to “run” with him.

Flange on July 7, 2013 at 3:36 PM

If he thinks Hillary is coming into the race, she probably plans on clearing the field pretty quickly, and after an eight year run as VP I doubt that Joe Biden wants his final political legacy defined by a failed primary bid.

You think Biden is that self-aware. Funny.

nobar on July 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Joe Biden? Another 8 years of a stagnating economy? Are people really that stupid?

As for Hillary!, wasn’t she “the predestined golden child” in 2008?

And what ever happened to the Democratic cry of “TOO OLD!”

GarandFan on July 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Joe Biden? Another 8 years of a stagnating economy? Are people really that stupid?

Given the 2012 election results… yes – yes, they are.

As for Hillary!, wasn’t she “the predestined golden child” in 2008?

And what ever happened to the Democratic cry of “TOO OLD!”

GarandFan on July 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Whatev’s – they’ll line up to slobber over Hillary. Leftits aren’t concerned about qualifications, abject failures, destructive policies, facts, etc. They’re slaves to the state, and will continue to vote for whoever is likely to give up the goodies, say the right (openly stupid and probably false) things, etc.

Midas on July 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Biden — the VP who has to plagiarize to spell his own name.

Liam on July 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Everyone should feign support for him. As long as he is out on the campaign trail as the head of the ticket, there will be no one able to muzzle him. It would be so funny that even Chuck will thankful he’s sitting when he hears the things an unchecked Joe the Dumber is bound to say.

Flange on July 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Biden — the VP who has to plagiarize to spell his own name.

Liam on July 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM

All four letters.

CW on July 7, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Where’s Joe these days anyway? Wasn’t he added to the Obama ticket in 2008 to fill the void of Obama’s lack of international policy experience? With everything going on these days you would think that he would be doing something, somewhere, no? How can we expect him to run for president if he’s been nothing more than the invisible VP?

TheLoudTalker on July 7, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Joe Biden? Another 8 years of a stagnating economy? Are people really that stupid?

As for Hillary!, wasn’t she “the predestined golden child” in 2008?

And what ever happened to the Democratic cry of “TOO OLD!”

GarandFan on July 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

YES.

TheLoudTalker on July 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Are people really that stupid?

GarandFan on July 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Yes.

Lanceman on July 7, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Everyone should feign support for him. As long as he is out on the campaign trail as the head of the ticket, there will be no one able to muzzle him. It would be so funny that even Chuck will thankful he’s sitting when he hears the things an unchecked Joe the Dumber is bound to say.

Flange on July 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Another Limbaugh project?

slickwillie2001 on July 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

LOL. The Hitlery crowd will castrate Plugs before he even gets into the gate.

I would prefer to retire with my testicles intact, but maybe that’s just me.

SickofLibs on July 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Biden/Dr. Pepper 2016

22044 on July 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

If he thinks Hillary is coming into the race, she probably plans on clearing the field pretty quickly, and after an eight year run as VP I doubt that Joe Biden wants his final political legacy defined by a failed primary bid..,

You mean like Al “jerezza” Gore?
Maybe Morsi can be Bidens VP??

redguy on July 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Joe Biden? Another 8 years of a stagnating economy? Are people really that stupid?

GarandFan on July 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

In 2012 Obama was re-elected. Does that answer your question.

bw222 on July 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Hey joe….bite me……

crosshugger on July 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

You think Biden is that self-aware. Funny.

nobar on July 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

*snork*

kim roy on July 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

President Joe Biden…..let that sink in.

PappyD61 on July 7, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Here are some great pics for a Biden/_______ 2016 ticket.

Biden /Rubio 2016

Biden /Ayotte 2016

Biden /Graham 2016

Biden / McCain 2016

Biden / Bush 2016

Biden /Corker 2016

Hey they are all republicans but hey what’s the difference in a big gov open borders Dem and repub?

PappyD61 on July 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Bumper Sticker: GUNSMOKE for PRESIDENT!

philoise65 on July 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

The mere fact that Biden thinks he can be president shows what a delusional idiot he is with a good dose of ego too. The people advising him are even worse and are just looking to ride another set of coattails into the Whitehouse. God help us but God is probably saying “you clowns are are on your own…”.

major dad on July 7, 2013 at 4:45 PM

and if you wants to go all serious how bouts these tickets?

Biden / Francis the talking mule 2016

Biden / Ron Reagan Jr. 2016

Biden / Christ Christie 2016

Biden / A buffalo wild wing (any flavor) 2016

Biden / the Taco Bell Chihuahua 2016 (demographic heaven)

Biden / a bucket of warm Possum dribble 2016.

Biden / Ethel Merman 2016 (one needs a belt, and one could really belt em out)

And finally Biden / Chairman Mao 2016 (Chinese dream ticket)

PappyD61 on July 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

President Joe Biden…..let that sink in.

PappyD61 on July 7, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Heh. President Barak Obama and Vice President Joe Biden haven’t fully sunk in after 5 years.

AZfederalist on July 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Could he be any worse than 0bama?

OmahaConservative on July 7, 2013 at 3:34 PM

It’s the 4-8 more years of this liberal experiment that scares the shit out of me.

CW on July 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Biden/Dr. Pepper 2016

22044 on July 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Hey, I like Dr. Pepper!

Don’t be hatin’, yo!

CurtZHP on July 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

The fact that this worthless assclown has been in the halls of power in DC for decades and repeatedly elected is an incandescent indictment of our political system and the degree to which the citizenry has abdicated its responsibilities in keeping watch over our republic.
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Frankly, we deserve the Obamas and Bidens because we didn’t care enough or get involved to keep inept, corrupt morons such as this from dominating are political culture.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 7, 2013 at 5:04 PM

President of Clown Country.

pat on July 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

We got new politicians for the scene today, although they make a lot of noises, they got nothing to say.

I try to look amazed, but it’s an act, the movie might be new but it’s the same soundtrack.

J_Crater on July 7, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Joe Biden: Brother can ya

…(I go along with crosshugger)…b i t e…m e !

KOOLAID2 on July 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

….the scary part?…….

There are NO limited government Conservatives apparently that would run that would be likely to beat him.

Just imagine election night 2016.

President-elect Biden on stage with thousands chanting “Slow Joe Mo!, Slow Joe Mo, now we’ve all got it……Slow Joe Mo!!”

…….and the gop loses again, with the pundits like Karl Rove getting on the tube immediately and saying the “Conservatives” in the party drove away Independent voters and Minorites and the gop needs to move away from “social” issues……and the circle goes on….

PappyD61 on July 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Joe Biden? Another 8 years of a stagnating economy? Are people really that stupid?

GarandFan on July 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Dozens Gather For Memorial Service For 144 Geese Euthanized By County

slickwillie2001 on July 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Joe the Mouth will run, because he can’t help himself. People often overlook the fact that Plugs has nearly as colossal an ego as Shrillary or The One. And he’s had decades to feed it in Delaware, where half the people apparently never even knew he was one of their senators, and nobody cared enough to run against him.

Myself, I suspect he’ll self-destruct in any debates. I expect that in the answer to even a simple question on any of his favorite subjects (foreign policy, gun control, or spending lots of money to delve into the marital problems of tuna), he’ll start by going “Floonjie-blickle”, segue to “oomshai daba goumm”, and finish up with a Carl Saganesque lecture on the wonders of the alternate universe in his pants.

OK, probably more “PeeWee Hermanesque”, but you get the general idea, I’m sure.

It may not make much sense, but it will probably live forever on America’s Funniest Home Videos.

The scary part is, he’s been sitting one heartbeat away from the “football” all this time. Probably going “Squeem-voople, bleemp, bleemp, gorrnnk” for the duration.

cheers

eon

eon on July 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM