Vice President Joe Biden had some harsh words for Hillary Clinton on CNN Tuesday, questioning her ‘authenticity’ as an advocate for the middle class.
Vice President Joe Biden just took Hillary Clinton out at the knees. “Bernie [Sanders] is speaking to a yearning that is deep and real,” Biden told CNN’s Gloria Borger. “And that is the absolute enormous concentration of wealth in a small group of people, with the middle class, now being shown, being left out.”
When Borger pointed out that, “Hillary’s been talking about that as well,” Biden was undeterred. “It’s relatively new for Hillary to talk about that,” he said. “Hillary’s focus has been on other things up to now, and that’s been Bernie’s — nobody questions Bernie’s authenticity on those issues. . . . I think they question everybody’s who hasn’t been talking about it all along, but I think she’s come forward with some really thoughtful approaches to deal with the issue.” You don’t say this sort of thing if you’re enthusiastic about Clinton being the Democratic nominee in 2016. Either the vice president wants to ensure that Sanders gets a fair shot at the nomination, or he’s itching to reverse his own decision not to run in 2016. (He has recently hinted at the latter possibility.) Perhaps Biden is just miffed at Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Democratic National Committee for rigging the primaries in Clinton’s favor. The DNC ruled there would only be six debates, only four of them before Iowa, and two buried late on Saturday nights.
They’ve scheduled debates opposite major sporting events — last night’s candidate forum, which ran on little-watched Fusion while Americans were captivated by the college football national championship game, was just the latest example — and on the weekend before Christmas, doing everything in their power to give the impression that they don’t want audiences to watch their candidates spar. Smaller viewership, of course, is good news for the status quo, which in this case means Clinton, who has been an overwhelming favorite to win the party’s nomination since the moment she conceded in the summer of 2008. And that’s a shame, because there couldn’t be a worse time for either party to hold a coronation. As much as Donald Trump and his brand of angry populism have turned the Republican presidential primary upside down, the Democrats face the same hurricane of political and cultural forces in a frustrated country. Many Americans feel like the Great Recession never ended. The Affordable Care Act has not made health care affordable. Race relations are as bad as they’ve been in decades. ISIS is spreading like wildfire and a global Sunni-Shia war looms. Americans eye immigrants, both legal and illegal, with new wariness and suspicion.
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