The Iowa Democratic steak fry thing is one thing; this is quite another.
Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal told the [Des Moines] Register last month that during the Obama inauguration festivities in January, he was invited to a get-together in a tent on the lawn of the vice president’s home.
“I don’t know why, but there seemed to be an awful lot of people from Iowa there and an awful lot of people from New Hampshire there. I heard some folks who talked with a little bit of a southern drawl and I said, ‘Where are you guys from?’ and they said, ‘South Carolina,’” Gronstal said. “I’m not sure why people from all the early states were massively over-represented at a Joe Biden event.”
I assume that Gronstal is being sarcastic. The good news for Hillary Clinton is that Joe Biden may wish to run, and will even run; but he’s going to be extremely old in 2016 for a President (even older than Reagan in his second term) and probably in poor health. The bad news for Hillary Clinton is that Biden might still be a more attractive option to Democratic primary voters. The excellent news is that either candidate will still be easily linked to a President whose approval ratings are stoutly reproducing the trajectory of George W Bush’s.
PS: Actually, yes, that low an approval rating makes quite a bit of difference. I should write up my Stupid Face theory of American politics sometime.