Joe Biden jogs to the Left

posted at 9:31 am on May 11, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Was it just another case of Joe being Joe, or, as some people are hinting, a sign that the Vice President was staking out the liberal high ground to the left of Hillary? At issue is a speech by the Veep to a private audience in South Carolina in which he was said to take a shot at the Clintons over the subject of income inequality. Well, if it was it was fairly subtle.

Vice President Joe Biden gave a closed-door speech Friday to South Carolina Democrats that included a shot at the Clintons.

Biden, a potential 2016 candidate, said the unraveling of middle-class financial security began in “the later years of the Clinton administration,” not under George W. Bush, CNN reported Saturday.

Speaking for more than thirty minutes at the VIP Capital City Club event in Columbia, S.C., he addressed the prominant group of attendees in the key presidential primary state.

In recent months, the vice president has focused on revving up liberals on issues of income inequality, as he prepares for a possible run against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though many Democrats don’t think he’d run against her.

I suppose it’s always more fun to examine every utterance of any politico through the prism of the next presidential election. Lot’s of us make our living off such minutia and, to be honest, it serves as potential link bait if you can invoke Hillary’s name. But from the reports of what Biden actually said, there’s really a much more obvious – if boring – explanation for this. Part of Biden’s job is to act as an emissary not only for Barack Obama, but for his party, and this is a mid-term election year. Talking about income inequality, how long it’s been around, and how awful all of those nasty rich people are is the bread and butter of revving up the liberal base. It’s not all that different from when Biden recently made provocative statements about illegal aliens already being citizens. Sure, you could describe that as staking out the high ground to the left if you like. But it’s also what the base wants to hear, and if you want to get their butts up off the couch in November and down to the polls, this is what you feed them.

I’m not saying Biden wouldn’t like to be President. He’s certainly taken enough shots at the job and hasn’t exactly been coy about his aspirations. But for all of his goofy antics, Biden isn’t a novice at politics, and he can read a poll as well as the next person. He’ll continue to lay the groundwork for a run on the off chance that Hillary decides to cash in her chips and go home, but if she does decide to pull the trigger I don’t expect Joe Biden to make more than a token push to knock her off. It’s still Hillary’s show on the Democrats’ side, and she’s the only one who gets to say if and when the curtain comes down.


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But for all of his goofy antics, Biden isn’t a novice at politics, and he can read a poll as well as the next person.

Stand UP, Chuck!

I think the man lost his cake in the rain, goofy antics or not, he isn’t all there.

upinak on May 11, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Hillary is going to need a commie to run against her just to try to make her seem more “moderate”, but Joe isn’t the best choice for that role.

forest on May 11, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Hillary is going to need a commie to run against her just to try to make her seem more “moderate”, but Joe isn’t the best choice for that role.

forest on May 11, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Bernie Sanders of Vermont seems interested, but he could end up being the 2000 Ralph Nader of 2016, so I doubt Hillary wants that much opposition.

Wethal on May 11, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Joe jogs whichever way he’s told to jog.

petefrt on May 11, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Biden: “Listen up union bros–my boss has been screwing you but I won’t. Pinky swear.”
Shrillary: “Listen up sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits–it may appear that my husband screws everything, but let me assure you….nobody screws me.”

….and we think our options suck?

ElectricPhase on May 11, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Biden had the second most left wing voting record in 2008. Obama beat Biden for the top spot.Bernie Sanders is a piker.

celtic warrior on May 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Hillary is going to need a commie to run against her just to try to make her seem more “moderate”, but Joe isn’t the best choice for that role.

forest on May 11, 2014 at 9:40 AM

I agree with your statement. However, I wonder who Jeb Bush will
run against to make him appear more conservative?

Amjean on May 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

I agree with your statement. However, I wonder who Jeb Bush will
run against to make him appear more conservative?

Amjean on May 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Huntsman?

forest on May 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM

I agree with your statement. However, I wonder who Jeb Bush will
run against to make him appear more conservative?

Amjean on May 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Huntsman?

forest on May 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM

McLame.

upinak on May 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

income inequality

Socialist buzz words.

farsighted on May 11, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Our bureaucracy has become so large and entrenched that it almost doesn’t matter who wins. Obama is a figurehead and doesn’t even realize it. Hillary may realize it, but she wants to give the apparatchiks what they want, so it’s all good from her perspective.

Fenris on May 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I agree with your statement. However, I wonder who Jeb Bush will
run against to make him appear more conservative?
Amjean on May 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Huntsman?

forest on May 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM

McLame.

upinak on May 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

C’mon, either Rubio or Christie or both. Three peas in a pod. They can pick an issue or two and spin it any way they want to make any one of them seem the conservative.

Fenris on May 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I agree with your statement. However, I wonder who Jeb Bush will
run against to make him appear more conservative?
Amjean on May 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Charlie Crist. Duh.

nobar on May 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Joe Biden jogs to the Left

…that’s a big phucken deal?

KOOLAID2 on May 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM

To give Biden at least a little credit for political acumen, this is in the same boat as Harry Reid’s crazy uncle comments about the Koch Brothers — he and Reid know that the party’s core voters on the left love this kind of stuff. Sheriff Joe gets no traction just being his old wacky self, but throwing some red meat out there to the reality community that still doesn’t trust Hillary is a way to at least set himself a little apart from the Clintons and keep some of Obama’s hard-core left supporters from fleeing to other candidates.

(Where it fails is those same hard-core left supporters have completely bought into special interest identity politics, and even if Biden wasn’t a goofball, he’s still an old, white male — the last possible candidate the ‘Not Hillary’ crowd on the left wants to support if they can help it. That’s why Bernie Sanders’ hints at running for president also are gaining no traction — unless Bernie or Joe are willing to undergo late life sex change operations so they can become a part of the LGBTQ community, those left of Hillary want Liz Warren or some other non-traditional candidate who allows them to play the gender and/or race card in 2016 on whomever the Republican nominee turns out to be.)

jon1979 on May 11, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Does anyone really take this dope seriously? Anyone?

Warner Todd Huston on May 11, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Where’s the audio? You know, like they had for Romney’s private off-the-record meeting with donors and supporters… this appears to be a rumor to make Unca Joe look like a real contender. Consequently, it has been determined that Romney did not lie and that Sloe Joe doesn’t know anything about what happened during the Clintoon administration. Biden is of the “Mark Felt was a hero” contingent of D.C. teat suckers. So, he knows, kinda, how to manipulate the system although his son Beau may be much more successful at it.

ExpressoBold on May 11, 2014 at 11:47 AM

I dunno, just the thought that Joe Biden is vice-president and Barak Hussein Obama is president tells me that it really doesn’t matter much WHO runs.

Cleombrotus on May 11, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Jogs to the left? I am surprised he can stay on the track! Oh, wait…. he can’t.

ultracon on May 11, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Greasy joe “the gaffe machine” biden has to stake the far left out over hillary. There will be some backing for him, but not enough to make a serious run for president. He may win Iowa, but that’s about it.

He’s an imbecile.

rightside on May 11, 2014 at 1:48 PM

forest on May 11, 2014 at 9:40 AM

She’ll get lots of help from the MSM who will call her a “moderate” no matter what she says.

The MSM does this with Ds all the time. Senators like Pryor, Begich, and Hagan are always referred to as “moderates” even though they vote with Dirty Harry almost 100% of the time.

cat_owner on May 11, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Biden, a potential 2016 candidate, said the unraveling of middle-class financial security began in “the later years of the Clinton administration,” not under George W. Bush, CNN reported Saturday.

Am I the only one here who had a holy crap moment when reading this ? Stop for a moment and reflect on this… a DEMOCRAT just admitted the economic decline was not BUSH’s FAULT it was something he “inherited” from a previous presidency! Atleast that is my take on that sentence . hahaha

katee bayer on May 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM

You are correct, he’s just revving up the base, not slamming Hillary.

Biden is treading carefully here. He won’t say anything directly against Hillary or Bill – or Barack. He needs them all.

Suppose Hillary decides not to run because of her health, or just preferring to make million dollar speeches a few times a year and play with her grandchild instead of fighting Congress. It would be really stupid to have spent any time trashing her if you’d like her endorsement – or at least for her to hold off endorsing someone else.

If Biden made his decisions to run for President based on polling, he would never have run in the first place in 1988. He may be nuts, but he’s not dumb enough to burn his bridges before he crosses them.

Adjoran on May 11, 2014 at 5:25 PM

He’s An IDIOT!!!!

williamg on May 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM

The village idiot wouldn’t know his left from his right if it wasn’t scribbled on his hands.

Let history remember you as the bumbling uncle Joe and don’t do the country any more harm than your boss did by running for president.

D.D.Mao on May 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM

The biggest Facepalm moment are the words President Joe Biden.

terlizzi99 on May 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Cicus clown Biden would make a better living being the spokesman for Winchester shotguns.

Krupnikas on May 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM

If he runs quick enough, he might even catch that tail of his one day..

DJcool on May 14, 2014 at 6:28 PM