Daily Archives: September 19, 2015

Jump on in, Joe! (And down with Debbie! More debates!)

Joe Biden reacts upon arrival to meet with Jewish community leaders at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie

Reuters photo

Veep Joe Biden, pictured above earlier this month at a Jewish community in center in Florida, is said to be ready to jump into the presidential race within the next month. I hope that he does. While we’re talking about Biden, let’s talk about Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the pathetically ineffectual head of the Democratic National Committee, left, who sorely needs to be replaced by someone who actually is competent and who isn’t a DINO who is only trying to coronate fellow DINO Billary Clinton, such as by limiting the number of Democratic Party presidential primary debates to a paltry six. (The number of Repugnican Tea Party presidential primary debates is 12, three of which already have taken place.)

The political chatter is that Vice President Joe Biden plans to jump into the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primary contest within the next month.*

I welcome him in with arms wide open.

Prognosticator king Nate Silver, after all, recently wrote, in an article about Billary Clinton’s being “stuck in a poll-deflating feedback loop,” that “Biden is being included in most polls of the Democratic race, and his numbers have improved as the media has given more coverage to his potential campaign, with most of that support coming from Clinton.” (Link is Silver’s.)

That’s what I’d already figured: That because Biden is an establishment Democrat like Billary, Biden’s entry into the race would take more support from Billary than from the anti-establishment Bernie Sanders.

Not only would such a three-way race (let’s face it, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee aren’t contenders [look at their polling]) help Sanders more than anyone else in the race, but it has been pathetic that more than a dozen fascists have been duking it out for the Repugnican Tea Party presidential nomination but that thus far the Democratic Party has had only two real announced contenders (Bernie and Billary).

We would see if an official entry into the race would help Biden’s polling numbers. Thus far, almost all nationwide polls of Democrats and Democratic leaners put Biden in third place, behind Billary at No. 1 and Bernie Sanders at No. 2.

If Biden were to jump in and his third-place status doesn’t improve in the polls, I’d say that he’s a pretty weak candidate. I mean, he’s the vice fucking president, for fuck’s sake. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he never breaks out of his third-place status — after all, he ran for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1988 and in 2008 and the voters rejected him then.

Biden is not a strong candidate, and sympathy for his recently deceased son won’t put him into the White House. (I’m not being mean; just being honest.)

A columnist for The Hill recently put forth the interesting idea that “Biden could at some point announce he is running to be a one-term president, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as his vice-presidential nominee and preferred successor in 2020.”

He adds, “This Biden-Warren unity ticket would be a fusion of the experience of Clinton with the progressivism of Sanders to achieve the progressive populist majority waiting to be born.”

Meh. I, for one, don’t want another four years of a Clintonesque, milquetoast, Democrat-in-name-only presidency. I don’t want progressivism to be deferred for another four fucking years; we already have lost eight critical years under Caretaker in Chief Barack Obama, another Clintonesque DINO who relentlessly had promised us “hope” and “change” but who has delivered only More of the Same.

Anyway, I don’t see Warren joining a Biden ticket while Billary is still in the running for the presidency — Warren thus far very apparently has been quite reluctant to step on Queen Billary’s royal red cape — but in the unlikely event that a Biden-Warren ticket actually emerges from the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primary contest, I probably could hold my nose and vote for Biden in November 2016, but only because of the promise of a future Warren presidency.

I cannot, however, foresee myself ever casting a vote for Repugnican Lite Billary Clinton, no matter who the 2016 Repugnican Tea Party presidential candidate turns out to be, even His Royal Trumpness. (Billary, if she emerges as her party’s 2016 presidential candidate, would win my state of California, with all of its 55 electoral votes, anyway, so I wouldn’t need to vote for her; my not voting for her would make zero difference at all. [Unfortunately, some readers do need to be reminded that the U.S. president is not elected by a popular vote, but by the Electoral College…])

Joe Biden may do as he wishes. Unlike the anti-democratic DINOs who claim that certain people (like Ralph Nader) shouldn’t run for president, I believe in democracy, which necessitates that anyone who is qualified to run for president and wishes to do so not be dissuaded from doing so. Let anyone who wishes to run to run and let’s see who wins the contest, for fuck’s sake; let democracy happen.

In the meantime, I continue my steadfast support for Bernie Sanders. Not out of stubbornness, but because I still believe that on the Democratic side he would be the best — the most progressive — president of the United States of America.

And I’m not alone; Sanders leads Billary by around 10 points in New Hampshire and is at least tied with her in Iowa.

Next month will be an interesting one, with the first of the significantly-too-few Democratic presidential primary debates** set for October 13 in Las Vegas (Nevada is the third state to weigh in, with its caucuses scheduled in February, after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire) — and with Billary set to testify publicly before Congress on the bullshit Benghazigate yet again on October 22.

Hey, I loathe the Repugnican Tea Party traitors, who shamelessly crassly are using the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi in 2012 only for their own political advantage — I mean, Mittens Romney tried but failed miserably to use Benghazi for political gain way back in 2012 — but as I very much don’t want Billary to be the Democratic presidential nominee, I can’t bring myself to defend her too much.

Not only is Billary a despicable, a self-serving sellout, but her political weakening means my chosen candidate’s political strengthening.

Joe Biden jumping into the race and another Benghazi hearing within the same month or so can only help Bernie Sanders.

October should be full of surprise for the Clintonistas.

*Slate.com’s Daniel Politi writes today (links are Politi’s):

On the question of whether Vice President Joe Biden will enter the presidential race, it now looks more like an issue of when, rather than if, reports the Wall Street Journal. In Biden’s circle it seems conversations are now more focused on when would be the best time for the vice president to throw his hat in the ring. Regardless, the Journal warns that nothing is certain yet, pointing out that Biden “could still back out if he finds the emotional toll from the death of his elder son, Beau Biden, too much to overcome.”

Some in Biden’s team want the vice president to jump into the race soon so he can get a spot in the Democratic debate scheduled for October 13. Yet his advisers also have another date in their heads: October 22. That’s when Hillary Clinton is scheduled to testify in a House committee on Benghazi. It is seen as a pivotal moment for her campaign that could weaken or strengthen the former secretary of state’s candidacy. And the opinion there is split. Some want Biden to delay any decision until after the hearing, while others say it will look too opportunistic if he waits for Clinton to stumble in order to join the race.

The Journal article comes shortly after key fundraiser Josh Alcorn was overheard on Amtrak saying that “I am 100 percent that Joe is in,” according to the National Review. Alcorn reportedly expressed uncertainty about when the announcement would be but guessed it was going to take place in mid-October.

These latest signs of Biden’s apparent willingness to enter the race comes as almost 50 prominent Democratic fundraisers and party activists signed a letter calling on Biden to run for president due to the “spectacular success” of the Obama-Biden administration. [“Spectacular success”? Really? Again, while the worst president of my lifetime of course was the unelected war criminal George W. Bush, with Ronald Reagan in second place, Obama at best has been a caretaker president.] “To finish the job, America needs a leader who is respected both home and abroad, and who understands the real challenges facing American families. In our opinion, the next president must be Joe Biden. If he announces he’s running, we’re all in. It’s a campaign we know he will win,” the letter says.

**Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is just another fucking DINO, really, really, really needs to go. She never should have been made head of the party in the first fucking place, but now that she has helped to drive the party into the ground (after former DNC head Howard Dean had built the party up), she sorely needs to be replaced with someone who is competent.

Wasserman Schultz’s steadfast refusal to allow more than six Democratic presidential primary debates is anti-democratic, anti-Democratic and unpardonable.

If you agree — and you should — you can sign MoveOn.org’s petition calling for Wasserman Schultz’s removal as head of the Democratic Party here.

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