....amazingly enough. It's difficult to draw any other conclusion from this story. Although the cautious, little-rabbit-feet approach Herself is taking speaks volumes about the position of weakness from which her campaign is undertaking this "shot across the bow":
In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won't be easy.
As Biden ponders a challenge to [Mrs.] Clinton for the Democrat nomination, she has rolled out a string of high-profile endorsements in the early-voting contests of Iowa and South Carolina and scheduled an onslaught of fundraisers across the country in the effort to throw cold water on a possible Biden bid.
"Preemption" is what President Bush used to call it.
Donors who have publicly expressed support for a Biden run have been "contacted" by the [Rodham] team, according to donors and Democrat strategists who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the private conversations. Even [Mrs.] Clinton herself has made a few calls, they said, to "express her disappointment".
Biden-friendly Democrat donors have been threatened, in other words. Probably woke up the following morning with severed donkey heads with gray chia-pet hairdos in their beds, too.
While [Mrs.] Clinton and her team speak warmly of Biden in public, they have taken steps to show their dominance over the party's establishment and Barack Obama's political infrastructure in hopes of quietly discouraging the vice president from entering the race.
Except that she doesn't control Barack Obama's political infrastructure; Barack Obama does. And Barack Obama has tacitly endorsed Joe Biden precisely to thwart (again) Hillary Clinton's bid for the Democrat nomination. Which is why the Empress is having to tip-toe on eggshells in attempting to combat it.
I've got to wonder how those aforementioned Biden-friendly Donk donors are reacting to Hillary's "expressions of disappointment". The only reason they're open to Biden is because she's a hopelessly awful candidate who has no chance of winning next November (absent a Donald Trump indy run, anyway) and is drowning in her own scandals without any ability to hypnotize the masses to her side like her husband does. How berating them for not wanting to bind themselves to her sinking ship is going to get them to do so is a question that is probably never going to occur to her.
Which is why her "disappointment" is only going to mount.
The rest of the dismembered donkey carcasses are probably going to start showing up in Donk donors' beds next.
If they're lucky.