I don’t think so Joe, really

Joe Biden knew he could beat Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination but decided not to run because he feared a “stop at nothing” smear campaign by her supporters, he reveals in a new memoir.

The Clintons had such a lock on that nomination. Plus, of course, Joe Biden?

16 thoughts on “I don’t think so Joe, really”

  1. …and reignite speculation the 74-year-old is preparing for one last run.

    It just gets better and better. More popcorn, please!

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    It looks like everyone who stood against here was on a hiding to nothing, which is probably why she treated the primaries as the first stage of a victory lap.

    So I followed the money. My predecessor, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had not been the most active chair in fundraising at a time when President Barack Obama’s neglect had left the party in significant debt. As Hillary’s campaign gained momentum, she resolved the party’s debt and put it on a starvation diet. It had become dependent on her campaign for survival, for which she expected to wield control of its operations.

    That wasn’t true, he [Hilary’s finance manager] said. Officials from Hillary’s campaign had taken a look at the DNC’s books. Obama left the party $24 million in debt—$15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million owed to vendors after the 2012 campaign—and had been paying that off very slowly. Obama’s campaign was not scheduled to pay it off until 2016. Hillary for America (the campaign) and the Hillary Victory Fund (its joint fundraising vehicle with the DNC) had taken care of 80 percent of the remaining debt in 2016, about $10 million, and had placed the party on an allowance.

    If I didn’t know about this, I assumed that none of the other officers knew about it, either.

    “Gary, how did they do this without me knowing?” I asked. “I don’t know how Debbie relates to the officers,” Gary said. He described the party as fully under the control of Hillary’s campaign, which seemed to confirm the suspicions of the Bernie camp. The campaign had the DNC on life support, giving it money every month to meet its basic expenses, while the campaign was using the party as a fund-raising clearinghouse. Under FEC law, an individual can contribute a maximum of $2,700 directly to a presidential campaign. But the limits are much higher for contributions to state parties and a party’s national committee.

  3. BiND,

    Backs up what I thought. The hacks weren’t Russia. It was someone inside the DNC who was pissed at what was going on.

  4. There’s a similarity with Gordon Browns memoir in which (apparently¹) he claims that had he stood against Blair after John Smith’s death, he would have won.

    1) I have absolutely NOT read the book – only Danny Finkelstein’s excellent, perceptive and cruel assessment in The Times.

  5. TMB, such a shame he didn’t, Labour’s 13 year stint could have been so much shorter. And we wouldn’t have had to endure that Television Evangelist they had in charge.

  6. @TMB

    Is that anywhere outside the paywall? Danny’s view would be one worth reading. A counterfactual to an alternate history and all that.

  7. @johnsquare. “an email address and a password”. And the buggers reverse look up to see if you have a real address. My domain is a real one that forwards on to my iCloud account but it doesn’t work. Bastards. They can keep their article and their spam.

    Shame as finkelstein is good but the barriers to reading are too high.

  8. I’m fairness Hilary seems like the sort of person that would have screwed him over just to be sure despite having the party in her pocket and also to punish him for even having dared to run against her

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