Presidential candidates like to prolong their entry into campaigns, and it’s not just for the Federal Elections Commission and/or monetary considerations. It builds suspense among the public and creates an atmosphere where people can plead for their candidacy.
The creation of a movement demands fervent followers, and the best campaigns are built from the ground up. Politicians, at least the successful ones, understand this dynamic and exploit it shamelessly. Do you really think it takes two months for them to decide what to do after they’ve been building for this moment their entire careers?
Such is indisputably the case with Joe Biden. Biden knows Hillary Clinton will be covered by the dark cloud of scandal, whether the facts merit it or not. And whatever might be going on behind the scenes, he still has time to build demand among the general public. Moreover, with the cover of his “day job,” Biden can stay in the public spotlight and let the clamor for his candidacy run its course.
After evaluating the groundswell for his candidacy, Biden can determine whether the path to the White House holds a realistic chance of success before leaping into the fray. Such is the best and most time-tested practice. Meanwhile, Hillary can only push forward and hope.