A week ago I wrote that Joe Biden's presidential ambitions could best and perhaps only be served by prayer, which, it seems, Team Biden has decided to take public. The Wall Street Journal has the inside scoop on that which the vice president desperately needs publicized:
Political allies of Vice President Joe Biden have concluded that he can win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination—even if Hillary Clinton enters the contest—and are considering steps he could take to prepare for a potential candidacy.
Those "steps," as one discovers upon reading the WSJ piece, are more singular than plural--and profoundly unoriginal: "A political action committee ... [which] would allow Mr. Biden to raise and disburse money to favored candidates in the 2014 midterm elections, cementing ties to influential Democrats around the country." Necessary, for sure, although by way of contrast the Clinton money machine's greatest challenge will come in counting it all. Every cycle the obscenity of political finance gets even uglier, and for 2016, we're talking the Clintons. Super Pacs and all, two billion wouldn't surprise.
Still, Hillary is already committing what is likely an error. She's going public on domestic issues of the day, which, though gutsy, will also slice into her numbers. And should Hillary begin to lose her inevitability aura two-to-three years out, she could find herself in trouble. In Iowa. Again. Followed, again, by all hell breaking loose elsewhere.
The odds of this happening are super slim, but the fun of imagining it is immense.