Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he will not be a candidate for president in 2016, sparing Democrats from a shake-up in the race for the White House and removing a potential stumbling block for Hillary Clinton.It probably also has a little something to do with the fact that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both showed themselves to be credible candidates during the last debate, leaving no space for the "we need a credible candidate" arguments.
The vice president's decision comes after a long, and very public, struggle with whether or not to make a third run for the White House.
..."As my family and I have worked through the grieving process, I've said all along what I've said time and again to others, that it may very well be that the process by the time we get through it closes the window," Biden said. "I've concluded it has closed."
And on his way out, Biden showed us exactly why he would have been the candidate we didn't need:
"I believe we have to end the divisive politics. It's mean spirited. It's petty," Biden said. "I don't think it's naive to talk to Republicans. I don't think we should look at Republicans as our enemy. They're the opposition, not our enemies."I guess it's easy to see the opposition as something other than an enemy when you agree with them that there's no pressing need to respect some people's comprehensive humanity.
Anyway. Don't worry about Joe Biden. Joe Biden's gonna be just fine.