Biden moneyman Josh Alcorn has joined the Draft Biden Super PAC — and you don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to know what that means:
While Alcorn’s move isn’t formally sanctioned by the Biden family, his new role lends legitimacy to a group that’s built an email list of 170,000 potential Biden supporters. And amid news reports that a dying Beau urged his father to run for president, it’s one of the first concrete and public steps from a member of the son’s inner circle encouraging a challenge to Hillary Clinton.
Alcorn’s goal is to use his perch at Draft Biden – a small movement that’s persisted mostly online and hasn’t raised significant money or held large events – to gauge interest from major donors in Joe Biden and Beau Biden’s inner circles in supporting a bid. The super PAC can raise unlimited funds, and could allow top donors to send a message supporting Biden’s potential run.
“With Josh’s help, we’ll be able to expand our fundraising to show the VP the country is ready for him to enter the race,” Pierce said.
But the kicker is in the next graf:
Biden insiders say the former vice president is talking to aides and advisers as he weighs a bid. But many of Joe Biden’s closest political advisers have already signed on with Clinton’s campaign, including former national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
“Inevitability” was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s thing in 2008 until a superstar young Senator from Illinois came along. This time around she’s leaving even less oxygen for other candidates.
But how weak is Clinton really, when even Biden’s people smell blood in the water?