Joe Biden's podium, but no Joe. photo via Jim Acosta on Twitter

Joe Biden’s podium, but no Joe.
photo via Jim Acosta on Twitter

Biden will not be there, but 48 percent of Democrats surveyed in the Reuters poll wish he were a candidate, compared with 30 percent who said he should stay out. Independents were split on the question, with 36 percent saying Biden should stay in and an equal share believing otherwise. [Reuters]

YOU ARE always more desired before you give someone what they want, even in politics. Nothing describes Joe Biden‘s podium and the fantasy of his candidacy more. Because as much as 48% of Democrats want him in, that doesn’t translate to passion for his candidacy, let alone a reason for him to run.

Bernie Sanders is providing the challenge to Hillary Clinton right now, with the debate a moment where not only the frontrunner will be on his mind, but also his opportunity to reach African American voters, whom Democrats can’t win an election without.

But there’s a lot of love for Joe Biden in the Democratic party. With the focus on foreign policy, what Joe Biden would add to the discussion is incalculable.

The ad below will run during the Democratic debate, titled “Never Quit,” which replaces the previous ad that Biden asked the super PAC not to run. The ad ends with “Joe, run.”

Joe Biden will be in the room, even if his podium is off stage unclaimed.

Watching what takes place, tonight is Hillary Clinton’s chance to make the case Joe Biden isn’t required in 2016.

However, there are a lot of people who still think Joe will run. Senator Kirsten Gellibrand is one.

If I was a betting woman, I’d say he would. I think he’s always aspired to it. He’s been a vice president for a long time. He’s been a wonderful public servant who cares deeply about issues, and he’s a champion and he wants to fight for his values and his goals for America. [Fortune]

I’ve said for a long time that I think Joe Biden entering the race would be good for Hillary Clinton. She needs to beat the entire Democratic field, stripping everyone’s concerns from their minds, reminding people of the champion she can be. It would be a much better primary season if Biden were in the race speaking on behalf of the Obama coalition.

Clinton making her case for something else, with Obama’s “red line” switch lingering over the ISIS expansion, Russia inside Syria, and the unraveling we’re all watching. Because though Secretary Clinton served President Obama ably and loyally, few who know her politics think she will be the same type of commander in chief.

The first thing I’d ask Clinton tonight is if she thinks boots on the ground are needed in the fight against ISIS. Then ask what the military would mean to her foreign policy. It’s my guess that “leading from behind” won’t be her battle cry.

Whether President Obama’s military disengagement from the Middle East will last beyond his presidency is very much wrapped up in Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.

That’s something Joe Biden has got to know. Without him, and with Hillary Clinton far ahead at this point, Democrats are about to turn in a new direction to match the saber rattling on the right.

That’s always how it begins.

This post has been updated.