“There’s a whole lot of reasons why I wouldn’t run,” Biden said before the inauguration. “I don’t have to make that decision for a while. In the meantime, there’s one thing I know I have to do, no matter what I do. I have to help this president move this country to the next stage.”
Let’s hope he’ll set his ego aside and let that be his White House legacy.
Earlier this month, after attending a meeting with about 200 Democratic insiders at Biden’s house, New Hampshire state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro said: “I took a look at who was there and said to myself, ‘There’s no question he’s thinking about the future.’”
Which was exactly my thought as I scrolled through some photos that someone who was at this gathering showed me a few hours later. Biden didn’t appear to be a man celebrating re-election. He looked to be a man on a fact-finding mission, working the room, trying to figure out who would be with him if he does decide to run.
But he shouldn’t.
The people like him — but they don’t seem to be for him. They weren’t for him when he first ran for president in 1988. They weren’t for him when he ran in 2008. And it seems voters are saying it’s a no-go for Joe yet again.
Perhaps the best thing for him to do is give Clinton a call and ask “What can I do to help?” because tossing his name in the ring is going to hurt only one person — himself.
Editor’s note: LZ Granderson, who writes a weekly column for CNN.com, was named journalist of the year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and is a 2011 Online Journalism Award finalist for commentary. He is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter: @locs_n_laughs.