A CNN/ORC poll published last Friday showed that the public disapproves of the way President Obama is leading the country by a margin of 51 percent to 47 percent.
This would be troubling news for Obama if he were seeking a third term, which of course he’s not. But it could be a serious liability for Vice President Joseph Biden, Obama’s leading cheerleader and policy advocate, if Biden decides to make a late entry into the presidential campaign this fall.
After months of private deliberations and consultation with his family, Democratic party activists and potential campaign donors, the 72-year-old Biden is now “increasingly leaning” towards challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for their party’s presidential nomination, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The vice president sounded out political activists in South Carolina during a recent vacation. More intriguingly, Biden arranged a private meeting last Saturday in the vice president’s official residence with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a rock star among liberal Democrats.
Biden reportedly returned to Washington, D.C., from his home in Delaware to meet with the freshman Democrat for lunch, discussing a wide range of political and policy topics for nearly two hours. According to NBC News, the two delved into the state of the Republican and Democratic contests, but Biden did not directly seek Warren’s endorsement – at least not for now.
Warren, a champion of consumer protection and a bitter critic of Wall Street, gave serious thought to seeking the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination before deciding against it – much to the disappointment of a vigorous “draft Warren” campaign mounted by liberal Democrats and progressives. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Democratic socialist, subsequently picked up the liberal mantle and has run an impressive campaign that has drawn some of the largest crowds of any candidate.
But Warren has yet to endorse Sanders or anyone else for president. There has never been much love lost between Warren and Clinton, who is from the moderate wing of the party and whose long-standing relationships with Wall Street businessmen and other wealthy interests have grated on Warren. In an interview on Sunday in Boston, Warren told WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller that she was not committed to any one Democratic candidate. And in an apparent reference to Clinton, Warren said that “I don’t think anyone has been anointed.”