Heil Hillary! Joe Biden’s decision not to run for the office of President of the United States has essentially anointed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for 2016. Agree or disagree with his politics, Biden would have been the only candidate with the clout to give Clinton real competition. The nomination is now Hillary Clinton’s, barring maybe an indictment from the FBI for mishandling classified information.
The mainstream media has repeatedly described the Republican field of candidates as a clown car or circus, but at least we are seeing real competition from real candidates. If you watched the Democratic Debate on CNN, you know exactly why 3 of the 5 candidates (now 4 candidates) are polling at only 1% or 2%. These are people, regardless of what you may think of their public service, that are in no way presidential.
Bernie Sanders‘ supporters are deluding themselves if they think he will become the nominee. The fix is in. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and the Democratic National Committee, will not let anyone else but Hillary Clinton become the Democratic Presidential nominee. And with Biden officially not running, there is nothing stopping the DNC from making that happen.
Say it isn’t so Joe!
Finally, after months of speculation, we know Joe Biden will not run for President of the United States in 2016. This is clearly good news for Hillary Clinton, good news for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and good news for the Democratic National Committee. But is it good news for the Democratic Party as a whole, or the American people? Clinton now has no real fight on her hands.
Bernie Sanders is not a formidable opponent, despite what some polling may suggest. Sanders does not have the support of “establishment” organizations. Joe Biden would have forced Labor Unions and other traditional Democratic organizations to make a choice. Now, they have no choice. Even if they like many of Sanders’ ideas, and don’t see Hillary as the ideal Progressive, major donors and supporters will not waste time and resources on a candidate who cannot win a general election.
Joe Biden’s decision also means Obama will not need to split his loyalties. However, I doubt Clinton is Obama’s prefered choice. It feels a whole lot like, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.” Obama wants his legacy to be the Democratic version of Ronald Reagan. Obama, to meet that standard, not only needs a Democrat to win the White House in 2016, he needs an “Obama Democrat” to win—his vice-president.
The Hillary Fix is In
Joe Biden’s decision, not to run for the President of the United States, is an example of everything Americans hates about politics. Biden wants to be President. Everything he has done leading up to his announcement, including the total time he took to make the decision, says he wants to run. So, why isn’t he?
While I get the impression Obama would prefer his vice-president to be his successor, Hillary Clinton was declared the next in line, and the deal was made back when she lost to Obama in 2008. Don’t believe it? Do you really think Secretary of State is something she would have been offered otherwise, or was a position she would have wanted? Of course it wasn’t. It was offered, and she took it, simply to add to her resume.
What about the debates? Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley have both publically complained of too few debates compared to 2008—6 debates versus 26. State Senator Martha Fuller Clark, vice-chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, apparently was the first to bring the issue up and vigorously confronted Debbie Wasserman Schultz at a national meeting in August.
Even Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi have publicly criticized both the small number of debates and the restrictions imposed to keep candidates from participating in non-DNC debates. The list of Democrats upset with the limited debates, designed to help Clinton, grows. The most public confrontation being actually at the first Democratic debate when Martin O’Malley, former Maryland Governor, directly addressed Wasserman Schultz from the stage.
Joe Biden’s Decision
Biden’s decision is only to help Clinton win. Sanders does well with white, well-educated, Progressive voters. Clinton does well with minorities. Joe Biden would have inherited much of the Obama coalition, and does well on his own with blue-collar voters, which Clinton was attempting to woo. Now, Clinton has no real competition.
Therefore, you may see an end to Hillary’s swing to the hard left. Clinton no longer has to worry about the 40% of the Democratic Party who are socialist leaning in order to get the nomination, which those policy positions could cause her problems in a general election. She can now focus all her energy on attacking Republicans, and treating Sanders as the crazy but beloved uncle at Thanksgiving.
I believe Biden’s decision was based on a number of establishment Democrats telling him not to ruin Hillary’s chances of being the first woman President. She is the one the DNC wants to be the Democratic nominee for President, and she is the one they are working to get elected. They also did not want Biden to force Clinton to spend more money and resources than needed before the general.
The DNC did not want Biden to split the 60% of the Democrats who are not hard left, and force Clinton to court the socialist Sanders’ wing. They also did not want the potential of a Sanders nomination with a competitive field, where every percentage point was important. In a 3 person race, every percentage point will count.
And this is what Americans hate about politics—the idea that someone, anyone is entitled or deserves the Presidency simply because. Agree or disagree with his politics, Biden is as qualified—legitimately more qualified—to run for President of the United States as Hillary Clinton. However, he was not the chosen one by the political elite.
America is not suppose to be an oligarchy, where political power rests in the hands of an elite, who are groomed for power, but that is what it has become. Today, we have a system where people are chosen by the political class to govern, not the American people, and those selected are often distinguished by being from the right families or coming from the right schools. Power and influence is passed from one select group to another, ensuring only the “right people”govern.