David Lightman has the latest on the Will He/Won’t He epic:
The vice president spoke to DNC members Wednesday in a 40-minute conference call. Asked about a presidential bid, Biden said he was trying to gauge “whether or not there is the emotional fuel at this time to run,” according to two people familiar with the call.
“If I were to announce to run, I have to be able to commit to all of you that I would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul, and right now, both are pretty well banged up,” CNN reported Biden as saying. Biden’s son, Beau, died earlier this year.
The conference call was arranged ostensibly so that Biden could discuss the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal. It also proved a reminder of his role as a key Obama lieutenant, and showcased his expertise on a complex national security issue.
I’m not being cynical — or at least not too cynical — when I remind you that “both are pretty well banged up” is exactly the kind of thing a candidate might say before entering a race, in order to make their decision seem more momentous or even heroic.
That said, Biden did lose his son to cancer, and I have no doubt, none, zero, that his heart and soul are hurting in terrible ways.
All that aside, I find myself in a very strange condition. My brain says there’s only a 20% chance Biden jumps in, but my guts would be shocked if he didn’t.
How about you — are you another sufferer of Brain-Gut Dichotomy?