As former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign has begun to fall apart in recent days Democrats are looking to a familiar face.
Biden was pushed as the “safe” candidate for Democrats when Democratic-Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was surging.
Faced with having an avowed socialist as the party’s nominee the other candidates got out of the campaign and endorsed Biden.
He appeared to be the establishment candidate that would quietly be defeated by President Donald Trump and jog into the sunset.
But this week the sexual assault and harassment allegations against Biden have reached peak controversy and many have called for him to end his campaign.
An Emerson Poll showed that supporters of President Trump were 19 percent more enthusiastic than Biden supporters.
And of Sanders supporters, who Biden needs to win the election, 51 percent of them are open to voting for a third-party candidate.
Biden also has a fundraising issue as the Trump campaign has a whopping $187 million cash advantage against Biden.
And now Liz Peek, opinion columnist at The Hill, believes Democrats could look for former two-time candidate Hillary Clinton as the answer.
She pointed to the poll and fundraising numbers as major issues and also mention the cognitive decline many voters believe the former vice president has.
Add to that the mounting rape and sexual harassment allegations and Biden and his campaign as winking like the Titanic.
“One idea has been to convince Biden to step aside in favor of the very popular Michelle Obama, seen as a sure bet to beat Trump. So far, though, the former first lady has reportedly rebuffed all invitations to enter the fray,” Peek said.
“That leaves Hillary Clinton. Biden could choose Clinton as his running mate, and then step down before the election and allow Hillary to run in his place.
“Clinton is the only VP candidate who would be able to pull off such a last-minute switch. She has the team, the resources and the experience to be the nominee; Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) do not,” she said.
“Clinton is ready and eager. She is desperate to avenge her 2016 loss (which she still blames on Putin) and has pumped up her public profile to keep herself in consideration. In past months she has conducted endless interviews, promoted the uber-flattering four-part Hulu film about herself, made headlines by attacking Bernie Sanders and Mark Zuckerberg, and fired unending broadsides against President Trump.
“Most recently, she joined Vice President Biden in a town hall devoted to women’s issues, during which she effusively endorsed her long-time colleague. She reminisced about their time together in the Obama administration, talked about their mutual love of Scranton, Pa., where her father grew up, and recalled meetings in the Situation Room.
“In fact, Clinton talked so much about their shared history that it was easy to forget that she was endorsing Joe Biden. It almost sounded as though she were touting her own resume instead. Maybe she was,” she said.
Imagine that. Imagine having Clinton in a rematch against President Trump and in her third attempt at becoming president.
It appeared to be impossible even a month ago but as Biden continues to fall the possibility is becoming more believable.
It is the rematch no one wanted, and it could be enough to disenchant enough Democrat voters that President Trump wins in a landslide.