After 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.