Say It Is So Or Ain’t So, Joe!

Greg Sargent has rather emphatically joined my campaign to convince the vice president to put an end to the weird and destructive speculation about his presidential plans–or the lack thereof–as soon as possible:

Mr. Vice President, enough is enough. The first Democratic presidential debate is in five days. Tell us what you’re going to do already.

After discussing the difficulty Biden would have finding either a distinct policy “lane” or a political
path to the nomination, Greg very directly appeals to Biden to state his intentions so that his name is not used in vain to damage other candidates:

[T]he Biden deliberations continue to be a distraction on multiple levels. As Ed Kilgore argues, all the parlor whispering and leaks to the press may be hurting the party at this point. This may or may not be Biden’s fault. But as Kilgore points out, one thing is true: he could put an end to it….

If Biden wants to tell us that he’s prepared to enter the race down the line, but only if it really looks like Sanders is going to win the nomination, that’s fine — at that point, all bets would be off anyway. We just need him to say something more concrete.

Preach it, brother.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.