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Is Joe Biden Corporate Plan B?

October 15, 2015

Tags: Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden

The mainstream media is flush with stories that it is decision time for Joe Biden. Will he enter the race for President?

I donít watch as much network news and political talking-head television as I used to; itís too repetitious, scandal and poll-focused. But Iíve watched enough in the last couple of weeks to note the media spin on Bidenís indecision. Without exception, pundits frame the question in terms of its impact on Clintonís chances. They conclude Biden is more likely to enter the fray if Clinton is stumbling and that, personal reasons aside, he is less likely to run if her lead is robust.

Despite the punditsí obsession with the polls, and polling evidence that Bidenís entry would significantly decrease Clintonís lead over Sanders, their analysis still ignores Sanders. Bidenís positions arenít very different from Clintonís. Heís a Senator from the corporation-friendly state of Delaware and is a foreign-policy hawk, particularly when it comes to confronting Russia in Ukraine. If Biden enters the race and mounts a vigorous campaign he and Clinton might split the corporate-oriented Democratic vote.

In other words, Bidenís immediate entry into the race could substantially boost Sandersí chances of winning the nomination. I havenít heard this opinion on air. Could the mainstream media be ignoring it to prevent viewers from considering the possibility? Is this part of promoting the ďBernie Canít winĒ theme to discourage people from voting for him?

Voting for Sanders in the Massachusetts Presidential Primary next spring feels like a no-brainer. Until recently however, I was almost certain he would lose the nomination to Clinton. Iíve wondered if, in that case, my Sanders-supporting friends and neighbors will hold their noses and vote for a war-mongering, environmental disaster (Clinton) in the general election, even if doing so brings us closer to signing our grandchildrenís death warrants.

Two things have changed my thinking. The first is that Sanders has done better than expected, although perhaps not well enough to secure the nomination in a two-way race. Throwing Biden into the mix adds a crucial ingredient. If Biden and Clinton split the votes of their overlapping constituencies, Sanders could actually win the nomination.

If my analysis is correct, powerful corporate insiders would rather Biden remain on the sidelines for now. They want him available to step in at the convention as the ďcompromiseĒ candidate, if Sanders manages to catch Clinton. For that reason, I predict that Biden will decide not to run at this time. And I predict he will be held in reserve as plan B in the hope that a corporation-friendly candidate will be the Democratic Party nominee, even if it isnít Hillary Clinton.

PS I wrote the above before the debate. The corporate mediaís effort to cover-up Bernieís victory is further evidence of what I wrote.

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"Bravery is rare. Tyranny is commonplace. Both define the life of Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. In his heart-wrenching, honest memoir, Meeropol recounts the emotional terrors of his childhood, the kindness of Abel and Anne Meeropol-who adopted him and his older brother after their parents' execution-his struggle to vindicate his parents, and his own political activism, culminating in the creation of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, which he now directs."
ĖPublisher's Weekly
"one of those rare books everyone should read"
ĖJoyce Carol Oates

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