Joe Biden still not ready to go away quietly

Joe Biden will be 78 just after Election Day 2020, so let’s say that.

Still, several reports note that the former vice president has been available to appear at nearby every political event on offer. Politico reports that he and “his staff have started talking about how to begin planning a strategy with a roughly 18-month timeline so that if he decides on another presidential run, he’ll be best positioned to get it off the ground.”

He will be in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Sunday night for a speech at the state Democratic Party dinner. After that, he’ll appear at a fundraiser for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and deliver, by turns, a speech to the Florida Democratic Party, an address to investment leaders’ SALT Conference in Las Vegas in May, and commencement addresses at Harvard University, Colby College and Morgan State University. It’s the kind of schedule that would fit with a candidate in the early stages of a White House run, but adviser say that at this point his activities are guided only by keeping his commitment to staying involved and helping rebuild the Democratic Party.

Could happen. Who knows? It is certainly an open field at this point. Republicans are no doubt thrilled at the prospect of countless Democratic contenders ripping each other to bits. What they ought to worry about is Trump trying to shake off GOP challengers when his approval numbers start to shade towards 30 percent.

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