To cleanse the palate ahead of a mercifully long holiday weekend, and to whet your appetite for the start of debate season next month, silly fun from Key & Peele.
Speaking of which, will Diamond Joe be part of the first Democratic debate? All signs point to … yes?
Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s team is putting out the word that he is leaning in favor of joining the presidential race next month, according to a prominent Democratic fundraiser…
“They have given increasingly strong signals that Biden is going to throw his hat in the ring,” said New York businessman Jon Cooper, a top bundler for President Obama’s 2012 campaign who has been testing the waters with fellow bundlers for a Biden run.
“I’m as confident as I can be that he will be entering the race,” he said.
Eh, that sounds like a fan trying to build buzz that might lure his candidate of choice into the race, not unlike the “Ready for Warren” crowd gathering signatures or even Romney’s inner circle whispering to the press about how he wants to run again. The thing is, though, there obviously is a hunger among Democrats for a credible “Anyone But Hillary” challenger to get in. If you still doubt that, check out the new fundraising numbers reported today by Bernie Sanders’s campaign — $15 million raised on more than 250,000 donations since he announced at the end of April. That’s a fraction of the $45 million that Hillary’s raised, but Patrick Ruffini puts it in perspective: At this point in the 2008 campaign, Obama had only 180,000 donors. And at this point in the 2012 campaign, establishment fundraising juggernaut Mitt Romney had hauled in $18 million, scarcely more than Sanders has. What would a real candidate like Biden or Elizabeth Warren do with the huge reservoir of anti-Clinton sentiment that he’s tapping into? We may find out.