UPDATE /// (October 9th, 2015) How could Joe Biden run against Hillary (who only now opposes the TPP trade) and Bernie (who has always opposed the TPP trade deal) when Joe Biden's spokesperson just confirmed that Biden supports the bill and will help pass it on the Hill. The TPP trade deal is vehemently opposed by labor unions, whose support Biden would have to count on if he enters the race. But as a sitting Vice-President, it would be impossible for Biden to oppose the TPP because it is one of Obama’s top priorities. /// END UPDATE
First, let's be very clear about a few things. Obama turned out to be a "moderate" Democrat who ran as a "progressive" Democrat. He was never a "Socialist". Just look at the TPP trade agreement that he loves so much (that most Democrats were against) that benefits multi-national corporations at the expense of American workers. (TPP, TTIP and TISA -- The Triple Trade Treaty Threat)
Hillary Clinton (just like her husband, as a "centrist/Third Way politician) is also an admitted "moderate" Democrat — but who is trying to falsely appear as a "progressive" Democrat — and probably after only realizing how popular Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders populist messages have been. So Hillary didn't "evolve" — for political expediency, Hillary's just acting. Any sensible person can see though her charade!
And no God-fearing Russian Socialist or self-respecting European democratic socialist would ever approve of such a terrible trade agreement. Warren and Sanders both always opposed the TPP trade deal, the one that Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden had helped push --- BUT ONLY JUST TODAY did Hillary Clinton now say she opposes TPP!
Does anybody else see a pattern here? Once again, following in Bernie Sanders' footsteps (like she has on college tuition, same-sex marriage, the Keystone Pipeline, prescription drug prices, the Cadillac Tax on healthcare plans, stricter controls on sales at gun shows, trade agreements. etc) --- it was only during her presidential campaign that she has JUST STARTED advocating on behalf of issues that Bernie Sanders has been doing for years, sometimes for decades. Hillary is the biggest flip-flopper of all time! What a fake person she is!
The triple "moderate" threat vs the REAL progressive: Bernie Sanders
Unlike Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren is a Democrat who truly believes in very "progressive" values. Whereas Bernie Sanders is a self-described "democratic socialist" — but unlike Warren, he actually caucuses with "progressive" Democrats — and has always advocated on behalf of "progressive" issues (for decades, and not until just lately like Hillary.)
Earlier, at one of many campaign rallies, at the University of New Hampshire, Senator Bernie Sanders drew over 3,000 supporters; a Clinton event two days earlier at the same place attracted a mere 600. Recently almost 30,000 showed up to see Bernie Sanders speak in Boston. (His next rally is scheduled for October 9th, where he will address supporters in Tucson, Arizona — just four days before his first debate with Hillary Clinton).
Julia Barnes, the state director for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, says: “In a normal campaign, you spend an enormous amount of effort signing up volunteers. We don’t have to waste time doing that here. Our folks are engaged and ready to go — to the point where we’re dragging behind them! We need to turn all those people who go to rallies into workers.”
The (libertarian) Washington Post will praise Hillary Clinton when it's comparing her to Bernie Sanders. Why Hillary Clinton is more progressive than Bernie Sanders, in one sentence: “I am not in favor of making college free for Donald Trump’s kids,” Hillary said. The Washington Post wrote: "Real progressives seek to show that government can operate smartly, not haphazardly. Real progressives spend money on urgent needs, not on the rich. But it’s hard to attract huge crowds by calling for reasonableness."
Meanwhile, from the (liberal) Huffington Post: Bernie Sanders Is About as Radical as Harry Truman: "The mainstream media continues to be shocked that Bernie Sanders keeps gaining traction against frontrunner Hillary Clinton. However, if you look at what Sanders actually stands for, it is well within the mainstream of what used to be the Democratic Party."
The Democratic party used to be "progressive" under FDR — but according to the Republicans, the corporate media and "moderate" Democrats today, FDR would be a "far-left wing radical Socialist".
Hillary Clinton said that while Bernie Sanders is beating her in New Hampshire, polls show her winning in Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada and nationally. “I’ve got work to do in New Hampshire. I’m very excited to be leading everywhere else,” Clinton said, laughing. But Bernie has also been steadily gaining on her in all those other polls. The website Democrats.Com shows her losing badly (Bernie at 50% to Hillary 20%).
And Hillary never mentioned a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll that shows Bernie Sanders outperforms her in Iowa and New Hampshire in a general election against Republicans. So theoretically, Democrats who vote for Hillary Clinton could give the 2016 presidency to the GOP.
By far, Bernie has also been drawing much larger crowds to his campaign events. So why wouldn't Senator Elizabeth Warren and all the labor unions also come out early to endorse Bernie? The other Democratic "establishment" members of the party's political machine seem want to keep the status quo just as it is (doing too little for the middle-class and poor) — and will endorse another "moderate" such as Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden (despite whoever most voters would probably prefer. This might help explain why Congressional approval ratings have been so historically low.
Referring to an appearance she made on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, Hillary said: “You know, I’ll admit, I’m a more reserved person than maybe some people in politics are. But as you can see from the skit, I also like to have a good time. So we’ll mix it up a little bit in the campaign.”
Of course, that was after Bill Clinton had his Hollywood pal Steven Spielberg supplied Hillary Clinton with acting coaches to critique her campaigning performances — to make her more "likeable". This may have helped her acting career on SNL, but so much for "authenticity. (We'll see how "likeable" she is when confronting Bernie Sanders at their first debate.)
Hillary Clinton promised to unveil proposals to go after Wall Street and hold banks and individuals responsible for “their bad behavior" (despite benefiting from the support of wealthy Democratic donors on Wall Street). This is an issue that regularly stirs loud applause at the rallies of Senator Bernie Sanders. Clinton had recently approved of Ben Bernanke's remarks while promoting his new memoir that “people should have gone to jail” after the financial crisis of 2008. (Wow! Hillary Clinton as an anti-banker economic populist! I which I owned a bridge in Brooklyn!)
The Nevada and South Carolina polls suck for Bernie (where there are lot of Latinos, especially in Las Vegas — and African-Americans in South Carolina — so Bernie needs to get on the ball with minority voters.
Otherwise, they will end up voting against their own economic best interests (by voting for Hillary or Joe) because they aren't familiar with the name "Bernie Sanders" or his past track record on civil rights, racial injustice, wages, incarceration rates (etc) and a slew of other issues that would greatly benefit them — more so than the Clintons or Biden has ever in the past.
Billionaire financier George Soros, a top contributor to the Clinton Foundation, had Hillary’s ear when she was Secretary of State. Washington Post: “How Hillary kept her wealthy friends close at the State Department”. Soros also funded #BlackLivesMatter, the group that interrupted a Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle — despite Bernie's record associated to Black Lives.
As for the other "moderate", Uncle Joe: If Joe runs, it won't necessarily be against Hillary Clinton (the Democratic Party Machine Establishment choice), it will be against Bernie Sanders if Hillary falters.
The "Draft Biden" super PAC announced that it will spend six figures ($999,999?) running an ad on cable TV urging the vice president to get into the race. Politico reported that it was Joe Biden himself who leaked the word of his son's dying wish for his dad to run for president: "The vice president is mourning. He’s also calculating." (If this is true, who would have ever guessed that a politician would ever behave in this way?)
The New York Magazine reports that if Joe Biden jumps into the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton will be ready to go on the offensive. According to a Clinton campaign source, a team of opposition researchers working on behalf of Clinton is currently digging through Biden’s long record in office to develop attack lines in case the vice-president runs. The research effort started about a month ago and is being conducted by operatives at Correct the Record, the pro-Hillary superPAC founded by David Brock, which is coordinating with the Clinton campaign.
Bernie doesn't run negative campaign ads or fight dirty against his political opponents. But then again, that could change according to the New York Times:
"For months, Mrs. Clinton has gingerly approached Mr. Sanders, the Vermont senator, who has routinely drawn tens of thousands of Democrats to his rallies and who is rivaling her in polls of Iowa and New Hampshire voters. She has seldom mentioned his name, let alone criticized him. But while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. may be a looming threat, Mr. Sanders poses more immediate concerns to Mrs. Clinton and her aides. Many Democrats believe that Mr. Sanders, an independent who calls himself a democratic socialist, will prove too far left-leaning to capture the nomination, despite his popularity at this stage. But the growing chance that he could win either Iowa or New Hampshire, or both, has raised the stakes for the debate on Tuesday in Las Vegas. Beyond the debate, neither Mrs. Clinton nor Mr. Sanders has ruled out resorting to negative advertisements in the months ahead, though both have insisted they would prefer to avoid them." [I'm not sure if that is true.]
But from everything we've witnessed so far, all Bernie has to do is speak the truth from his heart to the American people. He doesn't have to put on a Academy Award performance like Hillary.
According to the newest independent Quinnipiac University Poll — for the three States of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
- Clinton and Trump have the worst overall favorability ratings
- Clinton and Trump have the lowest scores for being honest and trustworthy
- Hillary Clinton is losing ground among Democrats
- Biden does better against leading Republicans than does Clinton or Sanders
The Washington Post writes in their newsletter:
Clinton leads among Sunshine State Democrats with 23 percent, while Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are tied at 19 percent.
With Pennsylvania Democrats, Hillary dropped 9 points to 36 percent, with Biden closing in at 19 percent and Sanders at 19 percent, compared to August.
In the general election, the survey pegs Carson and Biden as the optimal nominees at this point (they have not been attacked relentlessly for months on end).
- In Florida, Biden beats Carson, 45 to 42 percent
- In Ohio, Carson beats Biden, 46 to 42 percent
- In Pennsylvania, Carson beats Biden, 47 to 42 percent
* It should also be noted that Bernie Sanders also lacks much of the publicity that Clinton and Biden have both enjoyed for many years prior; so Bernie (as of yet) is still not that well known among the general population. Hopefully the debates will help change that.