Mr. Vice President, Yogi wants a word with you

(AP)

(AP)

“You can observe a lot by watching,” as the late, great Yogi Berra once said. And for a certain vice president with his own Berra-like penchant for mangled English, watching the headlines has to be enticing.

“Biden surges in new Bloomberg poll,” says Politico. “Investigators find emails Hillary Clinton said were erased,” reports the New York Times. “Top unions put brakes on Hillary endorsement,” reads another. It all cries “opportunity!”

-1x-1Yet Joe Biden, a lifelong politician with a lifelong ambition to be president, still waits. He knows that the aura of invincibility that once protected Clinton has been shattered, just as it was in 2008. He has also been reminded far too often — and far too recently — that our time on this planet is limited and can be snatched away at any moment.  In November he’ll turn 73, and while it ain’t over ’til it’s over, after the 2016 cycle it’s over for him. The future ain’t what it used to be.

Yet still Biden wavers, and political pragmatism has to be part of it.  He would enter the race as an underdog, without the organizational or fundraising support of the Clinton machine. Poll numbers that look good while you sit on the sidelines have a way of turning sour once you actually enter the arena. And while Biden is a respected figure in Washington, his previous bids for the presidency have not exactly created a firestorm of support outside the Beltway.

But as Biden has also made clear, much of his hesitancy is personal in nature, a consequence of the recent death of his son Beau from brain cancer. Before his death, Beau had pressed his father to run, but for the elder Biden the process of mourning and healing is far from complete.

“It comes or it doesn’t,” he said in a recent interview. “I’ve just got to be certain that if I do this, I’m able to look you in the eye and everyone else and say I’m giving all my passion, all my, all my energy and will not be distracted. And secondly, equally as important, the other piece is: Is this moment, is this the best thing for the family as a unit?”

Nobody can answer those questions for him, but he’s thinking about them the right way. He can’t ask others to make a commitment to his cause that he himself hasn’t made fully. Earlier, there was talk that Biden might announce that he would be running for only one term, but that’s the kind of half-measure and half-commitment that would probably doom a candidacy. You’re in, or you’re out. When you come to the fork in the road, take it.

Private concerns aside, I do think that a Biden candidacy would be a good thing for the Democratic Party, and probably a good thing for Hillary Clinton as well. The competition would force her out of her comfort zone, which has proved a dangerous place for her. And a three-way race among Biden, Clinton and Bernie Sanders would give the media something to cover on the Democratic side other than the email controversy. (An earlier start to the Democratic debate schedule would help for the same reason.)

Biden acknowledges that the longer he waits, the more difficult a campaign becomes. Put another way, it gets late early in politics.

“We’re just not there yet,” he said in the interview cited above, “and may not get there in time to make it feasible to be able to run and succeed because there are certain windows that will close. But if that’s it, that’s it. But it’s not like I can rush it.”

Personally, and largely out of respect for Biden, I hope he chooses not to run. Because, and to quote my favorite political philosopher one more time, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

Yogi Berra, 1925-2015

Yogi Berra, 1925-2015

 

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FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Earlier, there was talk that Biden might announce that he would be running for only one term, but that’s the kind of half-measure and half-commitment that would probably doom a candidacy.

And there are those who believe Biden's one-term would be Obama's third. I'm not convinced that's true.

Biden also said he believes life begins at conception. That, alone, would condemn his chances with most democrats.

Joe's a family man, first and foremost. There's no greater honor than that. 

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

He knows that the aura of invincibility that once protected Clinton has been shattered, just as it was in 2008.

Warm up the bus!  Warm up the bus!

gotalife sitting inthe corner with his blankey sucking his thumb...

gotalife
gotalife

Today, as the sun is setting for Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement and the most holy day on the Jewish calendar – Senator Marco Rubio will hold a fundraiser in a home that features two paintings by Adolf Hitler, a signed copy of Hitler’s autobiography, Mein Kampf, and a cabinet full of place settings and linens used by the Nazi leader. You really can’t make this stuff up.

Geez.

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@gotalife obama starts his campaign in the home of a convicted terrorist...

straker
straker

moonbat - "it is illegal to destroy evidence"


If you have proof Hillary destroyed evidence then contact the FBI immediately.


We are all anxious to her back from you on this.

GaBlue
GaBlue

Lazy moocher sheetz.

gotalife
gotalife

" I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution," Francis told Obama during an ornate ceremony attended by thousands.

"Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation," said Francis, speaking slowly in English.

The pontiff called the earth "our common home" and suggested that the Obama administration's focus on climate change ahead of an international summit later this year came at a "critical moment of history.”

While White House aides suggested ahead of the pope’s appearance that he might touch on the issue of climate change, Francis addressed several other political issues as well.

"As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families," Francis said, alluding to debate over illegal immigration that has raged during the 2016 presidential race with calls for a more secure southern border with Mexico.

Francis said that while in Philadelphia later in the week he would "support the institutions of marriage and the family at this, a critical moment in the history of our civilization," adding that U.S. Catholics are committed to advocating a "truly tolerant and inclusive" society.

Francis also weighed in on the issue of religious liberty, which was invoked in the case of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. Davis was jailed for several days earlier this month after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing religious objections following the Supreme Court's decision to legalize the practice.

"With countless other people of good will, [American Catholics] are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty," Francis said Wednesday.

"That freedom remains one of America’s most precious possessions," he added."

Amen.

gotalife
gotalife

If you lie to police you go to jail.


The same should apply to the gop on lying about Hillary.


Every law on the books should apply to pols. Period.


No amnesty.

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@gotalife I know you don't like keeping up with current events, but HILLARY IS THE LIAR.

Be proud, own it.

straker
straker

Godless - "she is guilty of risky actions due to her paranoia"


Yes, she set up that e-mail account because she though the Republicans were out to get her any way they could.


Definitely paranoia.


Oh, wait..............

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

"Got to keep the xenophobia going even if it isn't as blatant as Trump or other politicians."


Thoroughly debunked next door. 

TBS
TBS

VC

Read that take on JEBs comment that you posted

That could very well be a good explanation

Personally I don't see him as being xenophobic or bigoted but wouldn't put it past him or any politician to use words to cater to certain segments of their base

And yes Dem politicians have been known to play the same games

gotalife
gotalife

Boehner coup talk has House GOP on edge Scott Wong - 09/23/15 06:00 AM EDT Conservatives might use a government-funding showdown to overthrow the Speaker. 

11 gop fresman said don't shut down government to repeat mistakes but cons don't care.

carly is right, our  founders would revolt again to get back a citizens government..


What a disgusting congress the people gave us.

Shame on us.

TBS
TBS

Seems the speaker's detractors in his party are using this possible coup as leverage for the budget issues

Paul42
Paul42

@gotalife

What's amazing is Republicans crow about the majorities from the last election yet the dysfunction continues with Rs battling even more extremist Rs.  

And they try to spin it as "but Democrats won't compromise with us."

Heck, the problem is their own whackos who won't compromise with anybody.

straker
straker

TBS - "if it doesn't"


If the FBI clears her, you can count on most cons saying "its a Government plot".


Either way, with them, Hillary is not innocent until proven guilty.


Nor is she guilty until proven innocent.


She is GUILTY, no matter what the evidence says.


Only in America.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@straker Even if she broke no laws, she is guilty of risky actions due to her paranoia.  We had one paranoid President already and that didn't turn out too well.

gotalife
gotalife

@_GodlessHeathen_ @straker When they find nothing you will never admit to being dead wrong as usual and apologize like a man. Enough with your lying wild accusations with no proof. You should not live in this country. You can't even own your birther racism and blame her like a coward..

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@_GodlessHeathen_


To be sure she is guilty of blatant damn stupidity and very poor judgement. She'll have to fall back on her many diplomatic accomplishments as SOS to overcome email gate. 

TBS
TBS

Moon

Are you saying someone who is married to a person of another race can't be bigoted, xenophopobic or even racist?

Plus it isn't JEB who I called xenophopobic but I'm saying he is keeping it going to gin up support from the rubes

It is working for Trump and JEB is now in the mix as well

It is what it is

TBS
TBS

VC

Without directly saying it Kyle seems to be banking on the email deal to seal HCs fate.

If it does then he and others will be correct

It it doesn't those same folks will make excuses and move on to other ghazis

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@TBS They will say she destroyed the evidence and still proclaim her guilty


Just as they did with Benghazi.....Whitewater....Vince Foster


Its a long distinguished list. 

gotalife
gotalife

Obama Outlines What Success At Paris Climate Conference Would Look Like "If we get the structure right, then we can turn the dials as there's additional public education."

They say the mass extinction has begun and withdrew the doomsday seed  project for the first time because of Syria.


Don't mess with mother nature.

gotalife
gotalife

jeb bush: 'We should not have a multicultural society' 

No jeb, we will all not be fake con Christians. 

TBS
TBS

Got to keep the xenophobia going even if it isn't as blatant as Trump or other politicians.

JEBster is going to start making his move over the next month or so

Well since I predicted he would win the nomination he better start making a move

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

@TBS

Yeah, he lives in Miami and has a Mexican wife but is a xenohobe...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@~moonbat_betty~ @consumedconsumer @gotalife

Perhaps not, but the point of that article is, Bush probably either a) doesn't really know what "muticultural" actually means, or b) is courting those who think it sounds scary.


Or, to quote the piece:


A man who regularly speaks Spanish, sells guac bowls, and sips Cuban coffee with late-night hosts is by definition exhibiting multicultural behavior. 

I believe what Jeb Bush is trying to say is that we should not have a "segregated" society, but then maybe that wouldn't play too well with Republican voters in Iowa. Who knows?

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@~moonbat_betty~ 


i don't want him to mean anything, other than he means it when he says he's walking away.


but to you point, here's what multicultural actually means: "of, relating to, or constituting several cultural or ethnic groups within a society."


so what did good ol' Jeb meant? do tell, do tell.

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

@consumedconsumer 

It will mean whatever the person hearing it wants to mean.


I believe he meant that different cultures coming to America should be helped to try to assimilate, not that there shouldn't be other cultures.


He took a question in a mob of people that could barely be heard.  Yes, maybe he didn't phrase the sententence exactly how it was intended, but for the left to parade this around like some kind of prize is pretty dang weak.