No one – or almost – has noticed his absence Tuesday in Las Vegas at the first Democratic debate. Faced with Hillary Clinton in full confidence, flexibility Vice President Joe Biden, who hesitates to engage in the race for the White House, now appears limited.
Thirty-six years in the Senate, seven vice-chair, smiling broadly, dignity in adversity which commands admiration: Joe Biden, 72, is a veteran of the US political landscape that has tried to Twice (1988 and 2008) to run for the Democratic nomination.
While many Americans see him as a warm and friendly man, specialist in foreign affairs, also known for his memorable gaffes, however, never managed to get out ahead of the Democratic melee and convince Americans that he had the stature of a president.
The personal tragedies he crossed – his first wife and daughter died in a car accident in 1972;his eldest son died of cancer in May – have shaped this man. His pain and his doubts, he does not hesitate to share, are an integral part of his political career.
For almost two months, he blows hot and cold on his intentions. Distills his entourage, who requested anonymity, some confidences on his state of mind and evokes a series of deadlines – a decision “before the end of summer” was first raised – falling one by one. The blur on the calendar now dominates.
CNN, organizer of the first Tuesday of debate was carefully staged his absence, with the podium she had prepared for him in the event that it would decide at the last minute to jump on Air Force Two (aircraft Vice President) and join Las Vegas to the cheers of his supporters.
Not surprisingly, the dramatic arrival has not taken place. Joe Biden watched the debate on television. But, for this rough observation connoisseur of electoral contests, his absence did not create a vacuum, far from it.
But the logic of a possible candidacy of Vice President rests to a large extent on the idea that it would be the most credible remedies in case of a collapse of “Hillary.”
“Honest and trustworthy”
The controversy over emails from the former first lady – use of a server and a private address when she was the head of American diplomacy (2009-2013) – has left time believing that a “plan B “was essential to the Democrats.
But recent polls rather reassuring for the candidate and his performance Tuesday have changed all that.
Confident, well prepared, Hillary Clinton reminded his Democratic rival as his Republican opponents that must be reckoned with and that, eight years after his failure in the primary face of Barack Obama, his determination to become the first woman president of the United States was in no way undermined.
The cry from the heart of his main rival Bernie Sanders, who judged the applause that Americans had pissed to hear about those “damn emails” could also give him a healthy boost.
If he finally gives up launching a third time in the race for president, Joe Biden will console themselves by saying that when he leaves the vice presidency in January 2017, it will leave behind a man image integrity.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll in the three states that are key Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, placed in the head at all declared candidates – and far ahead of Hillary Clinton – when Americans were asked to say s they judged this or that “honest and trustworthy”.
In pronouncing the end of May, the eulogy of his son Beau Biden, Barack Obama, speaking in his own way, that feeling.
After referring to the broken voice, the tragic end of “Beau”, he made a glowing tribute, in a rare tone at home, to his vice president. “Joe, you’re my brother. Every day, I admire your big heart, your magnanimity and if your broad shoulders. ”