The past three days have seen reported windows for a Joe Biden 2016 announcement open and close without any official confirmation from the vice president.
But on Wednesday afternoon, after months of speculation, we finally heard it from the horse’s mouth—and he’s not running. That means many pundits, politicians, and reporters got it wrong.
U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) on Monday telegraphed an imminent Biden campaign launch:
I have a very good source close to Joe that tells me VP Biden will run for Prez
— US Rep Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) October 19, 2015
Fox News’ Ed Henry also reported Monday that three sources close to the vice president said he would be jumping into the Democratic primary race. And New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman argued last week that it was “obvious” Biden was running for President, and in fact already had been working a sort of underground campaign ever since speaking with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd about his dying son Beau’s entreaties for him to run.
But Twitter users took especial schadenfreude in retweeting Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol’s busted predictions. The consistently wrong Kristol, who’d said Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton likely wouldn’t run in 2016, took another wild swing and missed on Biden:
Biden confirms to Obama at lunch today he’s running, announces at U Delaware tomorrow. You can feel the Joementum!
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 20, 2015
New poll: 1) Debate didn’t matter. 2) 45-29-18 sets up competitive race when Biden enters. 3) Biden best in general.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 19, 2015
I’m told by Democrat I trust that Biden “almost certain” to run, will announce this week in time to speak at the Iowa J-J dinner Sat night.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 18, 2015
The Washington Post was so ready for Biden to take the plunge that on Monday night it accidentally published an article it had prepared in advance of the vice president’s announcement that he’d be joining the race. The newspaper said it was due to a “technical glitch” and the reporter, Paul Kane, tweeted that he also had a “he-says-no” prepared to run. That story was published Wednesday.
Boyle, at least, copped to getting it wrong:
I’m surprised. Clearly something changed. Like many, I admire & respect VP Biden. In the meantime I’ll stick to my day job!
— US Rep Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) October 21, 2015