There was one big unknown in the Democrat Presidential primary.
And that was, what were Barack Obama’s intentions about the race?
That speculation just ended because Barack Obama made this big decision about 2020 that Democrats were waiting for.
When Joe Biden entered the Presidential race last April, it was very noticeable that Barack Obama did not endorse his former Vice President.
Biden claimed it was because he asked Obama not to endorse him so he could win the nomination on his own merit.
That laughable claim did not pass the smell test.
Obama’s lack of support for Biden was viewed as the first sign that Biden’s candidacy was nowhere near as strong as it appeared.
As the campaign wore on, Biden slowly began to lose altitude in the key early states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
Biden’s sagging poll numbers combined with his poor debate performances, lackluster fundraising and the rise of Elizabeth Warren created a panic among Democrat elites.
Now the whispers about Biden’s weakness are turning into action.
Former two-term Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick met with advisors over the weekend and discussed entering the Presidential race.
The New York Times exclusively reports:
Former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts has told Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democratic officials that he is considering making a last-minute entry into the 2020 presidential race, according to three Democrats familiar with the conversations, the latest evidence of how unsettled the party’s primary is less than three months before the Iowa caucuses.
Mr. Patrick, a respected two-term governor and one of the highest-profile black leaders in the party, has told some of the Democratic officials that he doesn’t think any of the candidates have established political momentum and that he thinks there is an opening for somebody who can unite both liberal and moderate voters, according to Democrats who have spoken to him.
Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics noted that this was a clear sign the Democrat Party establishment viewed Biden as damaged goods and wanted to keep their options open in terms of finding a candidate to back in the 2020 primary.
“…I think getting in is a signal from at least some Party elites that they think Biden should get out,” Trende added. “There is no argument. The argument isn’t that he gets in to win. The argument is that he gets in to kneecap Biden.”
Patrick even thinking about getting in the race also gave voters a clue as to Obama’s true thoughts on Biden and the other candidates in the race.
David Axelrod – who served as Obama’s chief strategist – also worked as a top advisor on Patrick’s successful 2006 Gubernatorial Election.
Axelrod used that campaign as a beta test for the themes Obama rode to victory in 2008.
Obama is also reported to have a good relationship with Patrick and there is little chance Patrick would proceed with a Presidential campaign without running it by Obama and his senior advisors.
That Obama did not waive Patrick off is a clear sign that Obama declined to endorse Biden because Obama viewed Biden’s campaign as hopelessly flawed.
Conservative Revival will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.