Poor Joe Biden.
Can you imagine the pressure the Clinton camp is putting on him not to run?
And can you imagine the pressure the Obama camp is putting on him not to run?
Such pressure is not directly seen in the public eye — it is behind the scenes, as rendered unintentionally in a New York Times piece earlier in the summer. <New York Times, Friends of Joe Biden Worry a Run for President Could Bruise His Legacy>
Later this month, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will escape for a family retreat to mourn his late son, Beau, but also to mull, as his dying son urged him to do, a campaign for president. Some of Mr. Biden’s friends and allies worry that he will decide it is a good idea.
Amazing isn’t it? Anonymous references to Biden’s “friends”, all with the clear message that it would be a mistake for him to run for the highest political office in the land, a goal he has had for decades. Obama and Clinton plant stories like this inside the New York Times, a newspaper that is all too willing to be used in this manner given the likely promises being made by the Clinton camp of granting future “access” to stories (yet more planted narrative of course).
While the concern about Mr. Biden appears widespread among his political allies, few seem eager to tell him out of fear of hurting his feelings and seeming to be presumptuous about a decision that is all too personal.
Right, thank you New York Times!! You are doing God’s work and publishing Joe’s friends’ concern for him so that he can receive their message without putting them in any discomfort. Sure, sure, his “friends” said all of this, we believe you, yes we do.
“You can’t win, Joe”
Note this paragraph’s construction:
Those supporters, in the White House and the Senate, and within the political circles he has moved in for decades, fear that the legacy Mr. Biden has built as an effective partner who took on tough jobs for President Obama….could be sacrificed in the pursuit of an unsuccessful challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
Bernie Sanders, an openly Socialist, fringe candidate whom everyone wrote off as a joke candidate, is now beating Mrs. Clinton in New Hampshire. Two days ago (September 6th), this news hit the wire:
Stone-faced Hillary Clinton is in trouble in the Granite State, according to a new poll. The presumed 2016 Democratic frontrunner is trailing surging Vermont. Sen. Bernie Sanders by a whopping nine percentage points in the critical early voting state of New Hampshire, an NBC News/Marist Poll released Sunday showed. Sanders got the support of 41% of Democratic voters in New Hampshire, the survey showed, compared to 32% for Clinton.
It is quite plain that if Joe Biden announced his candidacy for the Democrat party nomination for president, he would destroy Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in an instant, and be on a fast track to win the nomination outright, and even early on in the process.
But the New York Times would rather carry the nasty messages of Obama and Clinton rather than report real news. The article is littered with predictions of failure of a Biden run:
….that it could end disastrously.
Hey Joe, are you scared yet?
Here’s one last bit of fraudulent ventriloquism on the part of the New York Times, once again using Joe’s friends, to whom they’ve allegedly spoken:
They fret that Mr. Biden, as well known for his undisciplined, sometimes self-immolating comments as he is for his charm on the trail, could endanger Mr. Obama’s own legacy by injuring Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy and causing his party to lose control of the White House.
“They” (his friends) fret that Obama’s legacy could be injured?
I don’t think so.
Barack Hussein Obama frets about his so-called legacy, not Joe’s friends.
There is one area in which I am sympathetic to Joe Biden’s thoughtful consideration before announcing his run: The Clintons, and Barack Obama, have shown no restraint in torturing and maiming their political enemies.
Barack Obama has used the IRS to suppress political opposition, an act of outrageous abuse of power, and the Clintons have used the FBI against political enemies (remember the 900 raw FBI files that ended up in Bill Clinton’s hands “by accident”?).
This from January 1998:
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was interviewed under oath today by Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr about the circumstances behind the White House’s gathering of hundreds of sensitive FBI background files on previous White House employees… Mrs. Clinton has said she knows nothing about the controversy or the hiring of Craig Livingstone, the former aide who headed the office that collected the sensitive FBI material. <CNN.com, link>
These are scary people, and Biden surely knows it.
Will he crumble under the pressure?
I hope not, for the prospect of Hillary Clinton, a person who would sacrifice national security for political ambition and cold-cash, winning the nomination and then cobbling together the coalition of voters who re-elected Barack Obama, a failed president who obviously hates the Unites States, is the worst possible fate our country could suffer.
Run, Joe, Run, please.