your presidential political ruminations

I remember hearing George Carlin once refer to the news media as a bulletin board of the powerful.  I can’t help but think of that when I read over the tenor of this “Joseph Biden — Don’t run for President” story in the New York Times.

Try this one for a second.

Those supporters, in the White House and the Senate, and within the political circles he has moved in for decades, fear that the legacy Mr. Biden has built as an effective partner who took on tough jobs for President Obama, not to mention the deep reservoir of public good will and sympathy he has amassed in his poignant handling of personal tragedies, could be sacrificed in the pursuit of an unsuccessful challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

They fret that Mr. Biden, as well known for his undisciplined, sometimes self-immolating comments as he is for his charm on the trail, could endanger Mr. Obama’s own legacy by injuring Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy and causing his party to lose control of the White House.

While the concern about Mr. Biden appears widespread among his political allies, few seem eager to tell him out of fear of hurting his feelings and seeming to be presumptuous about a decision that is all too personal.

Followed by quotes from people who, if and when Joseph Biden reads this New York Times article, Joseph Biden is likely going to know immediately who is being quoted.

Incidentally… I find it hard to see how he is going to derail Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, no matter what he does in gaffing across America.  Or, for that matter, harm his reputation, as his gaffing is already baked in as a part of his legacy.  I suppose Hillary Clinton knows what’s up, as we move to New York Times “bulletin board for the politicos” article number two… already running against Jeb Bush, and… huh?

“This is the strategy of a weak Democratic candidate: to attack and be attacked by Jeb Bush, to rally Democratic antibodies to her defense and get her through an uncertain nomination process,” said Alex Castellanos, a Republican strategist.

That’s a non sequitur.  But you always have to say things are going bad for the other team, and things are great for your team, and work the retro-fit the reasons from there.

In Republican candidate debate.. what do you make of this line-up?  Kasich in, Perry out… and the seating arrangement seems to match the “central figures in the midde”, though gets dodgy in the tiers from there… (Kasich certainly fits the outest edge, but Christie?  In 2008, Clinton and Obama were always in the middle, with Edwards and Richardson next to them, then Dodd and Biden, and out on the edge Kucinich and Gravel… can’t wait to see the seating arrangement for the Democrats — certainly Clinton’s sitting in the middle — should Biden jump in probably seated next to him, but might they just stick Chafee in the next room? … Or, apparently nowhere — he’s not at the one percent thresh-hold… which, come to think of it, would’ve dumped Mike Gravel out of 2008’s debates.)

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