Hillary Clinton opened the 2016 presidential campaign with a powerful first strike aimed at the heart of her presumed to be most important opponent. At a conference of convenience store owners in Atlanta, the former secretary of state related how she fully supported the decision to kill Bin Laden while the Vice President waffled.
Joe Biden has attended a number of events in Iowa while making the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner rounds elsewhere.
Many, including some presidential aides, say the nomination is Clinton's to lose. But "experts" said much the same in 2008.
Interestingly, this could reignite the Benghazi scandal. Besides her general lack of authority in office or accomplishment as secretary of state, the Benghazi raid remains her weak point. Will Democrats who ignored Republican questions listen to Biden camp arguments?
America could finally get some real answers.
Also, the Bin Laden raid has become in Democratic circles the measure of toughness. Even those, like Jonah Goldberg, who argued that he should have been captured and questioned, have faced strong attack. It has hidden the wayward and bizarre foreign policy of Obama. A pusillanimous policy with the facade of the cowboy that frittered away international respect.
Biden finds himself in the same position as Hubert Humphreys in 1968. Much of his bosses policies deserve criticism. How far will he go to build credibility by attacking the poor decisions of the man who named him vice president? Especially since Biden can hang many of those albatrosses around Clinton?
Recent GOP intraparty debates have centered around principle, not personality. Should be interesting and instructive to see the Democrats fight over Biden versus Clinton