Looking back on the 2016 presidential election, many dejected Democrats have no doubt lamented the fact that their party ran Hillary Clinton instead of Barack Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden.
It’s easy to see why — while it’s an open question whether Biden would have been able to defeat Donald Trump, the relatively charismatic liberal couldn’t have possibly done any worse than the robotic, scandal-plagued former First Lady and Secretary of State.
Well, it turns out Biden himself agrees, but decided against throwing his hat in the ring for a reason that will be very familiar to supporters of socialist Bernie Sanders. Fox News Insider reports that in his new memoir to be released next week, Biden says he opted not to run in large part over his fear of what the Clinton smear machine would do to him:
“My numbers on trustworthiness, honesty, and empathy were as high as they had ever been. And I was strongest where the most formidable candidate, Hillary Clinton, was weakest: the key swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida,” Biden writes in “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.”
He says that as the primary race was gearing up, he was still grieving his son Beau’s death. Although Biden does not mention it in his book, his family was also dealing with his other son Hunter’s messy divorce.
Biden writes that he feared opposition research from the Clinton camp that would “stop at nothing,” and he eventually announced he would not run in October 2015.
“Clinton backers sent the signal that they would not stop at voting records and policies if I did get in the race,” Biden reveals.
That’s probably a wise move. After all, he wouldn’t want Team Hillary reminding America of his history of plagiarism:
Biden’s puttering campaign for president effectively died on Sept. 13, 1987, when the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd reported that he had pinched major elements of a recent and celebrated speech by Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock […]
But Biden didn’t merely borrow words and phrasings from Kinnock, which is a time-honored practice of candidates and their speechwriters and is almost never regarded as plagiarism. He became Kinnock, as David Greenberg writes today, claiming things about himself and his family that were untrue and that he knew to be untrue […]
As E.J. Dionne Jr. reported in the previously mentioned Times article, he “plagiarized a law review article for a paper he wrote in his first year at law school” at the Syracuse University College of Law. According to a Dec. 1, 1965, report by the law school, five pages of Biden’s 15-page paper were copied without quotation or attribution.
Further, as the Clinton campaign made clear in its attacks on Hillary’s actual primary competitors, they wouldn’t have stopped with factual hits on Biden.
Remember when she implied that Bernie Sanders was not only sexist, but potentially racist, based on nothing more than convoluted inferences from statements that were nothing of the kind? How about those leaked emails revealing that the Clinton-owned DNC considered painting Sanders as an atheist?
Of course, 2020’s Democrat presidential field is wide open, and Hillary Clinton won’t be a part of it. Do you think Joe Biden will decide that’s finally his year, and if so do you think he can kick President Trump out of the White House? Or will Biden conclude that he’s missed his window and settle for retirement? Let us know what you predict below!