Despite at least eight women accusing former Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriately touching them, and countless video montages of Biden openly molesting women and children, the 76-year-old appears to be pressing forward with plans to jump into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary next week.
Except, according to one unnamed former Biden aide, things are not going according to plan - if there is one.
"I’ve never seen anything so half-assed," the former aide told Time. "They’re improvising and doing last-minute planning. The guy has been running for President since 1987 and can’t figure the basics out, like where to stand on his first day? This should make everyone very nervous."
Another source described as a Biden "insider" told Time "The guy’s best day is the day he announces," adding "Everything after that gets worse."
Not to be dissuaded, Biden is "finally expected to pull the trigger," according to a Friday report by Vanity Fair.
According to reports in the Atlantic and NBC News on Friday, the former vice president will announce his third presidential bid next Wednesday, ending months of speculation and officially launching his 2020 challenge to Donald Trump. He’ll enter the race as a front-runner, sitting atop early polls thanks in part to his high profile. But he will also need to elbow past a crowded field of worthy opponents, some of whom may better reflect the party’s diversity and progressive energy. -Vanity Fair
Biden aides told The Atlantic that the former VP thinks the primary will be "easier than some might think," and that he "sees a clear path path down the middle, especially with Bernie Sanders occupying a solid 20 percent of the progressive base, and most other candidates fighting for the rest."
Of course, most other candidates - in fact none of them, have been accused of inappropriate touching. Then again, none of them are BFFs with President Obama, who will surely support his former VP. Maybe he'll wear that friendship bracelet on the campaign trail?
Happy 55th, Barack! A brother to me, a best friend forever. pic.twitter.com/uNsxouTKOO— VP Biden (Archived) (@VP44) August 4, 2016