Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Joe Biden will NOT be running for President.

"Hah! Fooled ya!"
Courtesy of AP: 

Vice President Joe Biden will not run for president in 2016, he said Wednesday, ending a months-long flirtation with a third White House campaign and setting him on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career. 

Biden's decision finalizes the Democratic field of White House candidates and likely bolsters Hillary Rodham Clinton's standing as the front-runner by sparing her a challenge from the popular vice president. 

Biden announced his decision in the Rose Garden, flanked by President Barack Obama.

Good we can finally put an end to this bullshit and get on with choosing an actual candidate to defeat the Republicans in 2016.

Sorry I know a lot of people really wanted Biden in the race, but I always knew he was not going to jump in and found all of the speculation just irritating and distracting. 

I think that it made Biden feel good to have so many people begging him to run, and nobody can fault him for wanting that to last awhile, but ultimately it was all a waste of time and energy.

64 comments:

  1. I think he was being pushed by his supporters, and I for one, am glad that he chose to end his career on an upbeat note and focus on his family now.

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  2. Anonymous8:51 AM

    I want Bernie to win. But if he doesn't get the nomination, I'm hella voting for Hilary. I hope people don't make the mistake of not voting just because their chosen doesn't get the nomination. After all, my second choice is still MILES better than any of the republican options. Keep them out of the white house.

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    1. Anonymous9:35 AM

      Alaska's 3 electoral votes will go for the republican nominee regardless of who I vote for. Still I'll vote for whomever is the Dem nominee, just for good form.

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    2. Anonymous9:43 AM

      I do too, want Bernie, but Hillary is just great to me.

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    3. Anonymous11:19 AM

      9:35 AM Not necessarily true! Aren't you noticing that things are a changing in Alaska?

      Anchorage - the largest city in the State of Alaska - just elected a Democrat as their Mayor.

      And, Lisa Murkowski almost lost her race last go around and I expect her to have more than a difficult time this next go around (and hopefully, she loses!).

      Plus, our new governor and lt. governor ran together as an Independent and a Democrat and won!!!

      You cannot say that it is an automatic the the electoral votes will go for the Republicans.

      I see a major change occurring and hopefully, the majority Republican Alaska Legislature will see many of their positions changed to a Democrat or Independent in the next election cycle.

      Republicans have run the State of Alaska into the hole and they are being looked at much more closely.

      A good start would be getting rid of that woman from Eagle River - Anna Fairclough (got married and forget her new name)! She has been hiding from the press for quite awhile now and knows folks are going to come after her.

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    4. Yes, 11:19, re your comment on 9:35's defeatism.

      We just had an election in Canada that had the third-placed Liberal party win by a landslide.
      It is possible -- especially when the party in power (in Congress) is so regressive like Harper was and you need to vote him out.

      Harper is stepping down as leader of the Conservatives and Canada's 70% progressive population is breathing a huge sigh of relief to get rid of the man and his Draconian practices. He is not how Canada rolls, believe me.

      One of the Liberal men running for Minister of Parliament (MP) called or knocked on doors to personally talk to 48,000 people. He won.

      If you don't like the party in power, work as a volunteer to get rid of them. One vote isn't enough.

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  3. Anonymous8:51 AM

    I figured he wouldn't run as well. The media frenzy was ridiculous and if anything, it made him not want to be subjected to their constant stalking of even his grandkids playing.

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  4. Anonymous9:03 AM

    VP Joe Biden not running for 2016 POTUS opens the door for Gov Sarah Palin to run against Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Gov Sarah Palin always wanted to compete and debate against the Democratic 2016 POTUS frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

    WE HAVE A GREAT CHANCE TO PUT A REPUBLICAN INTO WHITE HOUSE AND EVENTUALLY HOLD A WHITE HOUSE WEDDING FOR FIRST DAUGHTER BRISTOL PALIN

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    1. Anonymous9:41 AM

      LOL! Your snark is brilliant today.

      The truth is the turd that is Sarah doesn't have the balls to run for anything and her heyday is long over. If she were EVER to be on a debate stage with Hillary in some alternate reality, Hill would chew her up and spit her out in a heap on the floor without even thinking about it. Sarah is the most impotent, weak, useless, lame, broken down piece of human filth that this country has seen in decades and she will continue her putrification and rotting for the foreseeable future, because that is the Karma that she has evoked.

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    2. Anonymous11:10 AM

      9:03 AM Not even worth a response and I am noticing more and more than no one wants to talk about Sarah Palin on this blog! Yea!!!!

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    3. Anonymous11:46 AM

      Since someone brought up sp:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3283286/Bristol-Palin-ends-bitter-battle-child-support-ex-Levi-Johnston-fight-brewing-father-baby-girl-born-wedlock-just-weeks.html

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    4. Anonymous1:24 PM

      Sarah wins! Eight grandchildren named Palin are born in the Whitehouse!

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  5. Anonymous9:06 AM

    I really would have been shocked if he had decided to run. I think his son's last request, and the media attention to it, put a tremendous amount of pressure on him to throw his hat in the ring, but you could tell his heart wasn't truly in it.

    The campaign for President is a brutal one under the best of circumstances, and, after the many years of selfless service he has given our country, I believe he deserves time to heal and enjoy life out of the spotlight's glare.

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    1. Anonymous9:35 AM

      Amen to that!

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    2. Anonymous12:11 PM

      He never made the announcement that he was running, in the first place.

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  6. You are a wise man Joe! Better to live to fight another day and by that I am sure you will be held in high regard in Hillary's circle of advisers.

    I feard the powers that be would just have ripped you apart...because they could.

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  7. Anonymous9:35 AM

    I totally agree with you IM! I'm glad Joe Biden finally made his public statement to the country. Way past due! But, be assured that I like the guy - just didn't think he'd win against Hillary Clinton! Can hardly wait to cast my vote for her!

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  8. Anonymous9:38 AM

    You knew all along? What a load of it. You're just eyeball deep in the tank for Hillary and biased against any challenger. Anyone who knows even just a little about Joe Biden knows he wasn't stringing people along because he was enjoying having his ego stroked. It's totally unfair of you to smear one of the most decent men in his generation of American politicians.

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    1. Biden has bots?

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    2. Anonymous9:52 AM

      Totally agree 9:38. Not cool at all that Gryph would write this about Biden and put up a picture where he has a Howdy Doody expression.

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    3. Anonymous9:56 AM

      >>It's totally unfair of you to smear one of the most decent men in his generation of American politicians.

      You know what. I love Gryphen, but I have to agree, he's been way out of line on this. What did Joe ever do to you Gryphen for you to take such a mean attitude about him? It really baffles me.

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    4. Anonymous10:57 AM

      HA HA! No bot. Just not enthused about your gal Hill. But the name-calling is a good example of the typical Hill supporter: insulting me for not being all "Hillary. Yay." instead of persuading why I should be. It's why she lost in 2008.

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    5. Anonymous12:22 PM

      Why shouldn't Gryphen have a favorite candidate- you do. This is his blog and if he wanted to post a daily pro Hillary screed, he could. You can also start writing your win blog and say what ever the hell you want.

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    6. Anonymous5:10 PM

      Agreed 9:38. Biden is a decent man and has served our country well. Gryphen is being really low by insulting him, especially the comparison to Sarah Palin from a few days ago.

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    7. Really? Because I said Biden would be a fool to run. And Biden is no fool.

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  9. Anonymous9:41 AM

    How he could make big decisions at all is beyond me. He's not even 6 mos out from his son's death and all the reverberations that brought up, about the trauma of his earlier family losses. He could never take on a campaign right now, I'm glad he said no. I hope he spends the next year healing and then kicks ass as Hillary's Secty of State.

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    1. That's what I was thinking. He might be a future Secretary of State.

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  10. Anonymous9:42 AM

    And then there's THIS!

    A new Monmouth University poll dropped some seriously bad news for Republicans. Just a day ahead of her testimony in front of the House Select Benghazi Committee, 59% of Americans are sick of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s emails.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2015/10/21/poll-reveals-59-americans-sick-hearing-clintons-damn-emails.html

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  11. Anonymous9:43 AM

    They say things come in threes and, hell, it’s only noon!

    This Just Ain't Ted Cruz's Day

    http://crooksandliars.com/2015/10/just-aint-ted-cruzs-day

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/busted-the-credentials-of-ted-cruzs-theocratic-birther-dad-are-wildly-exaggerated-at-best/

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  12. Anonymous9:45 AM

    Bill Kristol Is The Wrongest Person In The World Right Now

    Oh, Bill Kristol. You were wrong about the Iraq War, you were wrong about President Barack Obama losing to Hillary Clinton in 2008, and you were very, very wrong about Vice President Joe Biden running for president:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bill-kristol-joe-biden_5627bd55e4b02f6a900efe19

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    1. Anonymous11:07 AM

      "Wrongest' used incorrectly! Bill Kristol is the "most wrong" person in the world right now!

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    2. Anonymous11:16 AM

      Why Kristol is even listened to anymore is a mystery.

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    3. Anonymous12:14 PM

      Supremely wrong about Sarah Palin. Why does anyone listen to this jackass?

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    4. Anonymous4:05 PM

      I was pretty sure Joe wasn't going to run, but when Kristol said "for sure" that Joe would run on "This Week" I knew he wasn't running!

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  13. Anonymous9:54 AM

    I will vote for anyone, republican or otherwise, over Hillary.

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    1. Anonymous10:11 AM

      Well then, you are an ass, aren't you?

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    2. Anonymous10:33 AM

      When the economy crashes, the poor and middle class pay double their current taxes so the tax breaks for the rich and corporations can be increased, the environment is trashed, the education system is turned back to the 1800s and only children from wealthy families can afford to attend private schools run by churches, the military is stretched beyond their limits as we dive into 2-3 new unwinnable wars in the Middle East, the rights of women and minorities are decimated, the Supreme Court is ruled by the Tea Party for generations, and we're all forced to follow the ruling candidate's particular version of the Bible, I hope you feel satisfied that your lack of vote hurt Hillary Clinton.

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    3. Anonymous11:06 AM

      9:54! Your statement makes you appear as an idiot!!! Suggest you do some studying of all those you think would be better than Hillary Clinton as POTUS.

      Back up your statement!!!

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    4. Anonymous 9:54 AM: I will vote for anyone, republican or otherwise, over Hillary.

      Explain to us, please, why we should give any weight whatsoever to your opinion. By choosing to speak from the shadows, you allow us no historical information about your intelligence—political or otherwise—and you include nothing about yourself in this comment to give anybody any reason to trust your judgement.

      There's nothing wrong with posting anonymously if your comment includes independently checkable information that supports your point, information which stands on its own without making an appeal to (nonexistent) authority. As 11:06 AM wrote, "Back up your statement!!!"

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    5. Anonymous1:52 PM

      Ted I farted on your Denny's seniors special omelet this morning.

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    6. Now there's an adult statement for us all to admire.

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    7. Moles 3:03 PM wrote: … an adult statement for us all to admire.

      I wouldn't want to knock Denny's employees generally, so I'll just suggest that this person brings down their average, and wonder whether he's any relation of Jerry Bance. :-)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=057VKyU35jA

      Note to cowards who only deliver insults from concealment: If you want to get a response, you need to be original—othewise I probably won't bother.

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  14. Anonymous10:00 AM

    Thank DOG!

    I was so worried that all he was going to accomplish was the tarnishing of his own reputation/ruining his legacy. Biden's support of banks because he's from Delaware and the part he played in the prison industrial complex would have been poison for a campaign. Plus, his tendency toward gaffes, touchy-feely-ness with near strangers, etc...all of it would be too much liability to make it past the early states. Don't get me wrong, I love Uncle Joe, but he's 20 years and a great recession past his prime. But, he's a good guy with a good heart and I'd hate to see him attacked.

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  15. Frosty10:06 AM

    Good. His flirting with a possibility of a run was distracting at best.

    Joe had a very serious blow to his emotions with the loss of his son. That goes without saying. HOWEVER we need a president who can put aside the emotions and get on with doing the toughest job in the world.

    Though I have liked Bernie for years, I believe Hilary is the one who can actually do the job. She is thought to be cold and emotionless - we need a leader who leads with their intellect, not with their emotions.

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  16. Thanx, Joe. It's all for the best, we still love ya.

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  17. Anonymous10:53 AM

    i like JOe Biden and would have voted for him in a heart beat.
    My inside sources told me Joe was all set to get and that had been on track for quite awhile. Until the death of his son....then things changed.

    I personally think Joe is grieving too much to go out on a campaign trail right now and then seems to be what some insiders are saying.

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  18. I'm glad he decided not to run. Too close to his son's death, he needs to grieve and support his family and be supported by his family.

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  19. Anonymous11:04 AM

    I like Joe Biden, but would not have voted for him. Think Hillary Clinton the only choice for POTUS!

    Especially appreciated VP Biden giving President Obama positive words....so few people actually do so and it is a crying shame!

    Democrats SHOULD use President Obama as a fine example and tout his successes. So glad I voted for him both times and feel he's done an outstanding job as our leader!

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  20. Anonymous11:23 AM

    sorry, very O/T: EXCLUSIVE: Bristol Palin ends bitter battle over child support with ex Levi Johnston - but another fight may be brewing with father of baby girl due to be born out of wedlock in just weeks

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3283286/Bristol-Palin-ends-bitter-battle-child-support-ex-Levi-Johnston-fight-brewing-father-baby-girl-born-wedlock-just-weeks.html#ixzz3pERqhB2E

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    1. Anonymous12:12 PM

      Interesting last photo. Brisol lying on the ground with Trig laying on top of her, Tripp barely visible in the background, not at all paying attention to his mother and the caption:

      "Doting mom Bristol fools around with her six-year-old son Tripp"

      Considering that there are few other photos of Tripp in the article, this seems like an intentional poke at Bristol and the convoluted, suspicious history of her maternity.

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  21. Anonymous11:27 AM

    This is a good thing.

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  22. Republican National Committee Chairman Rinse Your Prius is using Biden's announcement as the opportunity to deliver stand-up comedy.

    Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, who continues to remain in that position for unknown reasons, was lightning-quick with a press release explaining that Vice President Joe Biden deciding not to run for president was TERRIBLE NEWS FOR DEMOCRATS, YOU GUYS.

    " The Vice President’s decision not to enter the 2016 race is a major blow for Democrats, who now will almost certainly be saddled with their unpopular and scandal plagued front-runner Hillary Clinton," said Chairman Priebus.

    ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. Anonymous12:00 PM

    I like Joe Biden, but he was clearly in no shape for this after the death of his son. Why the fan dance, though? Why not just say it instead of stringing it out for so long and inviting all the scrutiny and obsessive reporting? And that statement about his supporting the bin Laden raid that directly conflicted with is prior statement that he opposed it was really off-putting. Glad it's over.

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    1. Anonymous12:33 PM

      Maybe he really did consider it.
      Maybe his son did say he wanted Joe to run.

      Maybe he wanted to feel the love for a few weeks.

      Joe's a good guy and he has every right to think about running for president, even to put out some feelers.

      In the scheme of things, it doesn't make any difference.

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  24. Anonymous1:31 PM

    From what I've read, Hillary loses against the Rethugs, but Bernie has a chance of winning.
    Will Biden endorse Hillarity? Stay tuned!

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    1. Anonymous3:54 PM

      oh please enlighten us as to the sources you've "read" what? scratchings on the inside of the port-a-potty?

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    2. Anonymous3:55 PM

      From what you've read.
      Very funny.

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  25. Unfortunately I think his contemplated run was for all the wrong reasons. His son Beau wanted it. I find it totally understandable that Biden felt a compulsion to do it but thought it was would have been a disastrous decision if he'd gone ahead with it.

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  26. Anonymous3:11 PM

    Can I call you Joe?
    -Sarah Palin


    Yes, can I call you white trash bitch?

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  27. Anonymous4:17 PM

    I watched the speech closely, and I could tell he was sincere all along. Joe's no stranger to grief, and though his son's dream was for Joe to run, he knew his time has passed, and he put things right by doing the right thing for his political party instead of doing it half heartedly. I'll always respect Joe and his contributions in politics.

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  28. Cracklin Charlie8:18 PM

    I think they played the whole "will he run" bit out for a little attention, but he was never going to run.

    I saw some article about how one of our faves, William Kristol, had made a prediction that Biden was absolutely, positively going to run for president. It is just another republican attempt to create dissension among the Democratic candidates.

    I think the Democrats just decided to run with it for a little while, and then Biden would opt out and make Kristol look like an idiot again. Mission accomplished.

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  29. Joe Biden has had a long career serving the interests of the public. He has also had a lot of both joy and tragedy in his life.

    I think he deserves to retire and spend time with his family. He's done more than many of us do and he deserves a rest.

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