RNC Issues Completely Ridiculous Statement Following Joe Biden’s Announcement

reince-priebusAfter months of speculation, Vice President Joe Biden finally announced today that he will not be running for president. While I wouldn’t call the news “shocking,” it was at least a little bit surprising. Over the last several weeks most signs seemed to indicate Biden was leaning toward becoming a candidate; the strong performances by both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders during the first Democratic presidential debate might have ultimately been what led to the vice president not running.


While the news is a disappointment for many people, at least his announcement puts an end to the speculation that had been hanging over the Democratic primary for months. It’s now officially a two-horse race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders – two very solid candidates with mostly good ideas. Sorry Lincoln Chafee supporters (do those exist?), but I really don’t #FeelTheChafe.

And while media pundits all over the country will undoubtedly have a wide range of opinions concerning Biden’s announcement, the chair of Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, issued what was easily one of the most absurd statements of the day:

The Vice President’s decision not to enter the 2016 race is a major blow for Democrats, who now will almost certainly be saddled with their unpopular and scandal plagued front-runner Hillary Clinton. President Biden was the most formidable general election candidate the Democrat Party could have fielded, and his decision not to challenge Hillary Clinton greatly improves our chances of taking back the White House. With each revelation about her growing email scandal or conflicts of interest at her State Department, Hillary Clinton is getting more beatable by the day.

That’s what you call a load of BS from a party that’s absolutely terrified of Hillary Clinton.

What the RNC was really hoping for was that Biden would enter the race and hurt Clinton’s chances of winning the nomination either by winning it himself or splitting the moderate Democrat vote, allowing Bernie Sanders to become the nominee.

Trust me, despite all of the rhetoric coming from the Republican party, they do not want to face Clinton in the general election. They haven’t dedicated three years to this ridiculous Benghazi witch hunt because they were bored or just for fun; they’ve spent years doing everything they can to go after Clinton, with Benghazi being their “best bet,” hoping beyond hope to hurt her chances in 2016.

They would love to see a scenario where Clinton doesn’t even make it to the general election, and they were hoping a Biden candidacy would have inadvertently helped make their wish come true.

When I read the statement issued by Priebus, all I see are words from a party that’s desperately trying to convince themselves of something. Instead of being respectful of the vice president, they issued an asinine statement which reeks of a party trying to convince themselves that their own lies about Clinton are actually true.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jersey Observer

    The GOP clearly wanted Biden to enter the lists, both because (a) he might have denied Hillary the nomination and made Bernie Sanders (whom the GOP will paint as a crypto-Communist) the Democratic nominee, and (b) if he had somehow managed to secure the nomination, he would personify the Obama administration that the “base” so vehemently detests and would have invigorated the GOP’s efforts to turn out that voting segment. (And, because of Biden’s notorious penchanrt for putting his foot in his mouth, he would have made a disastrously inept campaigner in the bargain.) So the GOP’s claim that Biden’s pulling out was a blow for Democrats is clearly BS on every level.

    • Howard Sands

      Here’s what would truly be news: If the republicans did something that WASN’T BS.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        And blatantly self-serving BS at that, Howard.

    • pplants

      I don’t know. He chewed Ryan to pieces in the debates. I also think he would chew up Trump in a one on one.

  • The GOP are out of ideas, time, smart people and luck….Rinse Priebus is a complete moron..The GOP are completely the party of ZERO!, Zilch, ZIPP, goodbye GOP!!!…

    • Howard Sands

      I would say “We hardly knew ye”, but I’d be lying.
      We know them way too much.

    • Howard Sands

      The GOP are NOT out of ideas (They just don’t have good ideas), and they aren’t out of time either. Or luck.
      But I agree about the smart people. they’ve been out of smart people for quite some time.

  • Paul Julian Gould

    I posted this in the FB feed above, but it seems apropos here on Disqus for the inevitable progressive folks of otherwise goodwill who’ll show up with their hair on fire regarding the possibility of a HRC presidency:

    The question still remains, though, of whether you’d be willing to vote for HRC should Bernie not win the primary. I’m a pretty hardcore Sanders supporter, and will proudly and happily vote for him in the primary (subsquently by doing my happy dance all the way back to the car… scaring my neighbors and children by such a terrifying sight, I admit… but I digress) but let’s remember one thing. The fools and mountebanks the large number of otherwise reasonable Texans have saddled them/ourselves with owe their “mandate” due to 70% of registered voters staying home and watching “reality” TV, or something…

    You may strongly dislike Secy. Clinton, but consider a few things… Within the next decade, it’s a safe bet there will be 4 SCOTUS seats vacated by either retirement or death.

    And then there’s the little matter of the military officer following the president around, 3 steps to the rear and to the left with… the nuclear launch codes.

    Would you be willing to grant any one of the 16 riders on the Republican Clown Bus that responsibility by default?

    However much the TeaParty voters may love Trump for “speaking his mind,” as though that’s by itself such a great thing, and even Carson, with his Valium/Ketamine delivery of derp, they’re #1 and #2 respectively amongst that stable of horsecrap… It’s a credible possibility… By staying home, would you and others of good will present here be willing to hand the big chair to either one of them by default?

    As I’ve seen on other blogs, the “sending a message” or “so I can sleep at night” by voting for some noble but unelectable Don Quixote has obviously worked out so very well in the past, no?

    And further, I’d add that the inevitable cop-out of “gimme someone for whom I deem worth voting, or I’m staying home” in large enough numbers, as in my current state of residence can and does cause disasters of epic proportions.