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Sorry, America, but it looks like Joe Biden is your next president

10 October 2015

9:00 AM

10 October 2015

9:00 AM

I have a sinking feeling that Joe Biden might be the next president of the United States. In a brilliant essay published by the American Spectator in 2010, Angelo Codevilla of Boston University foresaw a popular revolt against ‘America’s ruling class’. What he calls ‘the Country party’ repudiates the co-option of the mainstream Republican party by the bureaucratic behemoth that is Washington, DC. You cannot understand the popularity of Donald Trump until you grasp the essential characteristics of this Country party. White, male, ageing Americans are sick of political correctness. They are sick of carefully calibrated talking points. They are sick of immigrants. They are sick of wars in faraway places of which they know nothing and care less. And they are sick of government programmes — even ones they collect money from. In all his crassness, Trump speaks for these people. The more he says the unsayable — ‘Build a wall [along the border with Mexico]!’, ‘Send back the Syrians!’ — the more the ruling class shudders. And the more the ruling class shudders, the better he does. As I write, the latest polls for the Republican primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire have him in front. In the former, he is on 24 per cent. Jeb Bush, the ruling class’s candidate, is on 7 per cent.

Yet there will surely come a time when Trump will overplay his hand — or perhaps the costs of campaigning will start to exceed the benefits to his brand. When that moment comes, white, male, ageing Americans will need a new champion. Of course, a professional politician like the Vice President is as much a member of the ruling class as it is possible to be. But never underestimate the appeal of crassness at a time like this. Biden is routinely described as a blowhard and a loudmouth. To the Country party, that’s alluring. The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll says Biden would fare significantly better than Clinton in a contest with any leading Republican contender, including Trump, whom he would trounce 56 to 35 per cent.


Henry Kissinger, whose life I am halfway through chronicling, was never much good at American domestic politics (his friend William F. Buckley referred to his ‘dogged ignorance’ of the subject). Grand strategy was Kissinger’s thing. But by the time of the 1968 election, he had learned the lesson that ‘the typical political leader of the contemporary managerial society is a man with a strong will, a high capacity to get himself elected, but no very great conception of what he is going to do when he gets into office’. Biden fits this bill. He understands, for example, the enduring appeal of the reluctant candidate, who only enters the race when his party and his country insist that he do so — hence his public agonising about whether to run. He understands, too, that a Democratic victory will depend on keeping together President Obama’s anti-Country coalition of groups who still see Washington as their friend: women, the young and minorities (call them the ‘Supreme Court party’) — hence his much-publicised August meeting with Senator Elizabeth Warren, the darling of the left. Note, too, that Biden would be the candidate most likely to inherit the formidable, data-driven electoral machine that won two successive Obama victories.

ON TUESDAY I launched Kissinger, volume one, at the Four Seasons — still the powerbrokers’ number-one restaurant in Manhattan — courtesy of my favourite international man of mystery, Nicolas Berggruen. Former mayor Mike Bloomberg swung by, triggering a wave of acclaim and flash photography. A Bloomberg run for the White House remains the Upper East Side’s dream. It isn’t going to happen, alas. ‘You can’t win,’ is how he succinctly puts it. One of many handicaps is that Bloomberg knows exactly what he would do if he ever got to the White House. He is a bit too Lee Kuan Yew for the rest of America. That ban on supersize sodas has not been forgotten by the Country party.

It’s different in South America, where I spent the weekend. Argentina’s presidential election is just days away and the ruling class — the Peronists, who have dominated since the era of Juan and Eva Perón — are nervous. Peronism’s signature combination is unaffordably generous welfare and (consequently) regular financial crises. Periodically, Argentine voters weary of the latter and today, after 12 years under another Peronist husband-and-wife team, Néstor and Cristina Kirchner, change is in the air. Admittedly, two of the three leading candidates are Peronists. But the third, Mauricio Macri, is the Mike Bloomberg of Buenos Aires. A successful businessman who has been mayor of the city since 2007, Macri might just win if he can force a second round that would pit him one-on-one against the Peronist Daniel Scioli. If, meanwhile, Hillary Clinton goes on to win the US presidency, Argentines can say that Peronism has moved north. Her path to power would essentially be the same as the one taken by both Eva Perón and Cristina Kirchner.

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  • WFB56

    “I have a sinking feeling that Joe Biden might be the next president of the United States.” A very depressing thought with which to start the day.

    • Pamela Stein

      You got that right. “Why, oh why did I have to notice this article right now?”

      • Connor Lamont

        Don’t worry about it. Americans would never Elect a guy whose only agenda is being a yes man!

        • freddiethegreat

          They elected a narcissist twice in a row!

          • Aye, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Fool me thrice…alright alright I’m a big dummy.

          • It hasn’t been twice but 4 times now. Remember Bush 2 trying to use that line?

            “Fool me once….” eyes glaze over, face freezes in panic before the following was pulled from the subconscious

            “…won’t get fooled again”

            If Bush could have articulated and communicated what he was trying to do, we might not have faced the disaster of Obama

          • Heil Hitler

            Obama: “America is the greatest country, elect me to change that.”

            McCain: “Vote for me, I súck less.”

            Romney: “I am a Moronomon and belong to a weird zíonist cult.”

          • Grace Ironwood

            Biden. Obama’s third term. The White House has already done a “pivot” on Hilary.

          • PapayaSF

            Which is why Biden won’t be President. Vice Presidents rarely follow two-term Presidents, and Obama is not popular enough to give Biden much of a tailwind. Plus, Biden is a gaffe master who edges out even the legendary Dan Quayle, he’s old, he’s run for President before and generated no excitement, he’s been wrong about nearly every foreign policy issue of the last generation, he’s got those plagiarism scandals, and few people take him seriously. Democrats not willing to bet on the geriatric socialist might get Biden the nomination, but I doubt if the voters will buy him. They’re too ticked off to want anyone like Biden.

          • Grace Ironwood

            Let us hope so.

          • ajcb

            He may be geriatric, but Obama’s youngsters may give him a go. So he’ll get fellow geriatrics (they always vote) and kids who have voted once already. And given the (dire) rest of the field, I suspect all-is-forgiven with respect to Biden. (People forgot him borrowing Neil Kinnock’s childhood, and gaffe-ism can be endearing, cf. Prince Philip.)

          • ajcb

            I think the Obama White House always hated Hillary (no pivot necessary). Her appointment as SecState was inspired both as a keep-your-enemies-closer strategy and because that job is robotically Yes-Minister, given the inertia and lack of imagination of the State Department’s “seventh floor” where the decisions are made. So she just had to wear bright suits and collect air miles. (And the Benghazi sh*tstorm, which she is being unreasonably blamed for, and the classified email scandal, which she is being reasonably blamed for, are redounding on Hillary not the White House.) So: win-win.

          • Grace Ironwood

            I understand they’ve been leaking if not gushing against her for months.

    • Pamela Stein

      You got that right. “Why, oh why did I have to notice this article right now?”

    • freddiethegreat

      On the other hand, maybe it would destroy the Democrats forever. That means that the Earth wins!

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  • Damaris Tighe

    Er … can someone fill me in on the ban on supersized sodas?

    • AJH1968

      He banned sodas large enough to sate the thirst of a large woolly mammoth. The right took umbrage at this intervention.

      • Mirafiori

        So no, many on both sides took umbrage at this intervention. Mostly attorneys who concluded this was government overreach and not legal, it was also meaningless legislation that would affect nothing. Media put the right on the center stage of this legal issue. Consider Americans eat in portion sizes that are astounding to me. The worst restaurant I have ever been to in the US is Olive Garden. (never again) Being Italian I thought it might be good. I was horrified they call this Italian. But more than that, the plate of food was enough to feed at least 3 people. This is why Americans are fat, not just large soda. Can government ban single food portions that could feed 3? No. Can government ban soda size? No. I am an attorney but I am not an American so for me all this will be left behind in a few more years.

        • AJH1968

          Thanks for the correction; and you are right about olive garden awful place. Authentic Italian has to have an authentic Italian.

      • Reluctant Mlungu

        Yes, certain people on “the right” “took umbrage” at a city mayor deciding on what sizes of soft drinks could be sold or consumed. How dreadfully ‘bigoted’ and ‘prejudiced’ of them!
        Anyone who >doesn’t< see that as a gross overreach of authority would probably be quite at home in the EUSSR…

    • Boleslaw Bierut
  • Gebhard Von Blucher

    Oh well…it looks like a Republican Congress for the five or six years then….

    • Heil Hitler

      Jüdischen bankiers sind überschwemmung Europa mit muslimen.

  • “…Biden would be the candidate most likely to inherit the formidable, data-driven
    electoral machine that won two successive Obama victories.”

    Whichever candidate the Democrats choose they will inherit this machine when it
    comes to the Election. If only Hillary had won in 2008 with Obama then being
    chosen as her Veep it would be obvious that Obama would get the nomination in
    2016, and win. As it is we have a visibly aging Clinton and an even older
    Biden as the main alternative. Call me ageist if you like but I don’t want a President
    in his/her eighth decade in the Oval Office. Obama is only 53 now – how good
    would he have been with eight years close to power behind him? We’ll never know
    sadly.

    When I first took an interest in American politics there were decent liberal Republicans
    around like Nelson Rockefeller or John Lindsay. That breed is extinct. The
    current lot seem pleased to outdo one another with their bigotry, ignorance and their
    prejudice. Unelectable the lot of them.

    So its Joe or Hillary I suppose. Either will need a warm rug over their knees…

    • Christopher Gage

      What about Sanders?

      • No that can’t happen. It would be like Jeremy Corbyn being leader of the Labour Party…

    • Curnonsky

      Obama’s problem is not lack of experience (though that hasn’t helped), it’s the fatal combination of arrogance and delusion that has led to his serial failures as President.

      As far as Biden goes, he has a few things going against him: first, he hasn’t any money behind him (Hillary has locked up the major Democratic donors); second, he’s frankly not very intelligent; and third, he’s old and shopworn. Elizabeth Warren may excite the hard left but her history of lies and hypocrisy don’t make her an attractive running mate.

      This election is the Republicans to lose (of course they are more than capable of doing just that). Right now Fiorina, Rubio and Cruz look like the strongest candidates once the Trump circus has left town.

      And John Lindsay? Generally regarded as the worst mayor New York ever had (no wonder the New York Times was so enamored).

      • Pioneer

        It is not a Trump circus. He is serious.

        Rubio would be the end of western civilization, Fiorino is a RINO, Cruz looks promissing.

        • Vindice

          I wish I could see a way not to find such sentiments utterly ridiculous. Trump is *literally* a RINO – a Republican in Name Only. He gave a lot of money to Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign FFS. He is not remotely conservative, not in favour of limited government, ignorant of the content or value of the constitution. What in the world do you see in this ridiculous creature Trump? He inherited his money from his father and has done a pathetically bad job of investing it. Please tell me what you see in him?

    • Curnonsky

      Obama’s problem is not lack of experience (though that hasn’t helped), it’s the fatal combination of arrogance and delusion that has led to his serial failures as President.

      As far as Biden goes, he has a few things going against him: first, he hasn’t any money behind him (Hillary has locked up the major Democratic donors); second, he’s frankly not very intelligent; and third, he’s old and shopworn. Elizabeth Warren may excite the hard left but her history of lies and hypocrisy don’t make her an attractive running mate.

      This election is the Republicans to lose (of course they are more than capable of doing just that). Right now Fiorina, Rubio and Cruz look like the strongest candidates once the Trump circus has left town.

      And John Lindsay? Generally regarded as the worst mayor New York ever had (no wonder the New York Times was so enamored).

    • freddiethegreat

      It’s not a matter of 8 years close to power. He’s never had a job!

  • Dr. Heath

    George Packer’s “The Unwinding” contains a very unflattering portrait of Biden. This charmless non-entity has been an also-ran in a series of failed attempts to become the Democrats’ presidential candidate. Why would either his party or American voters suddenly be interested in him in 2016?

    • Jabez Foodbotham

      Anyone who thought plagiarising Neil Kinnock was a good idea must be suspect. OTOH Joe probably had never heard of the Welsh Windbag and just spoke what his aide/speechwriter had written.

      • PapayaSF

        Yes, but it’s one thing to plagiarize speeches. It’s another to (in effect) plagiarize your autobiography.

  • Faulkner Orkney

    Biden seems far better than the majority of candidates who are currently flapping their jaws…

    • No he bloody isn’t.

      • Hello there maam you based in the UK?

        • I’m in the USA — and did I mention that I don’t want a Democrat as president? : )

      • turriseburnea

        Classy! (Well, just look at your avatar… says all)

        • Calculated rudeness is sometimes called for. Classy people know this. Brian Sewell, for example.

  • Paul Montgomery

    Well done Ferguson – at least three plugs for your new book amongst all that verbiage.

  • No, he bloody isn’t (our next president)!

  • Athelstane

    Niall too quickly writes off (actually does not mention) the arguably most electable Republican in the campaign: Marco Rubio. Jeb is probably finished, but a good deal of his support and donors appears to be quietly shifting support.

  • douglas redmayne

    At least he isn’t an anti abortionist who will not appoint an anti abortionist to the supreme court.

    • “At least he isn’t an anti slave-trader who will not appoint an anti slave-trader to the supreme court.”…there I’ve correct your mistake. Toodles.

      Abortion is murder

      • douglas redmayne

        Abortion is the removal of a bunch of foetal cells. That’s what the majority believe and will continue to believe. Stupidity from turds like you won’t change that, especially as we will soon have embryonic stem cell cloning which will commit people to it.

        • A majority of whites in America once believed enslaving blacks was their God-given rights, a majority of Germans agreed with the ostracizing of Jews…dufus, the majority does not determine what is right or wrong.

          Yeah carry on with your new godless project built upon the blood of the innocent. Inbuilt into nature is God’s own form of justice. You cannot cheat the creator as much as you can cheat the nature he created.

          Carry on supporting murder of human life.
          At least you are true to yourself, Hitler called the Jews rat before he gassed them, you called human babies “bunch of foetal cells” because you crush their brains in the womb. Same method, same agenda, same outcome.

          • Pioneer

            Slavery has been going on since the beginning of recorded history. The word comes from Slav, who are not black people. Black Africans enslaved other black Africans.They also sold slaves to buyers. At least 100 million African slaves were sold to Islamic buyers. Castration and the routine murder of babies born to black sex slaves explains why there is no large black/mixed race population in ME countries today.The Atlantic slave traders were also supplied by black Africans. About 500 thousand black slaves were shipped to the US,so were about 300 thousand white Irish slaves.Black slaves were more valuable than the white Irish slaves.

            It was the white/western/christian nations who realized the error of their ways and made great efforts to stop it. The people who stopped slavery are the people who get blamed for it.

          • you’re preaching to the choir

          • douglas redmayne

            You need to either take some medication or still better learn to meditate so that your emotions cease to disturb you. You will also learn to see into the centre of the universe and what you call “God”.

          • Kennybhoy

            “Inbuilt into nature is God’s own form of justice.”

            Aye.

            “Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever…”
            – Thomas Jefferson

        • blandings

          “Abortion is the removal of a bunch of foetal cells.”

          Depends what age they are when you remove them doesn’t it.

  • Connor Lamont

    Not in this lifetime – Joe Biden doesn’t shake the polls he’s a sparrow not a hawk!

  • Freddythreepwood

    Surely there must be a movie star with time on his hands. Drag Arnie away from those meerkats.

  • Scradje

    Whoever the Democrats chose, they have an enormous built-in demographic advantage which has been increasing steadily since Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which made it much easier for immigrants to get in from backward countries and much more difficult for those from traditional ‘seed’ countries. The act has ensured a growing population of enthuseastic welfare consumers/Democrat voters. Without this supplement to the Dems’ voter base Romney would have comfortably won last time.

  • Velo

    Biden is Obama’s anointed successor. Obama detests the Clintons. In his own words, Biden has put up with doing “every s**t job in the world” for Obama, such as attending funerals in Israel. If, of course, anything were to happen to Obama before the election, old Joe wouldn’t even need to get elected. Hillary, meanwhile, reminds one of a ship struck below the waterline, listing gradually before it sinks. The latest batch of emails released by the FBI has caused further damage to her campaign.

  • Roger Hudson

    The next president of the USA will be a ( another) disaster., whoever it is.

  • WTF

    Sadly just like the UK, America has been let down by a bunch of self serving politicos indoctrinated by political correctness who have sold out the electorate. Nigel Farge had it spot on in the UK but lack of funds hampered his rise to power and Trump has more than enough money to shake the usual suspects up.

    Farage, Trump, Carson & Fiorina are all non self serving politicos and that’s what the majority of middle America or Britain want. Even in Trumps case where an arrogant over the top figure whose been attacked relentlessly by his opponents has still remained top of the polls. The message from all four is the same, stick up for your own country, control immigration and promote moderate nationalism.

    The left politicos are either despised or considered a joke with Bernie Saunders leading their camp but another Corbyn about to bankrupt the country due to his ideology, Biden who is a Obama lackey or Hillary Clinton the biggest liar since Nixon. On the right Bush can’t gain any traction and looks like a spent force, Rubio could grab the Latino vote but not much more but all of the establishment figures have achieved little in positions of power and the electorate doesn’t trust them.

    The dream team for me would be any two from Trump, Carson & Fiorina to become POTUS and VP as its time non establishments figures should be given a chance at fixing the countries problems of immigration just as the UK needs to do the same.

    We’ve had more than enough cr**ap from libtard policies and social engineering that have failed us and its time to look inwards and protect ourselves and apart than trade ignore other countries political issues. Let the middle east destroy itself or have Russia do it for us, have the UK pull out of the EU and let them destroy themselves. Its time for both countries to crush home grown Islamic extremism, build our defenses and restore our natural strengths to what they were decades ago. It worked in WWII and will work again if the will is there.

    • Pioneer

      Got to be Trump/Carson and Cruz would be great VP.

      Anything else would be the end of Western civilisation.

      Fiorina is not what she seems.

      • WTF

        I tend to agree.

  • “Yet there will surely come a time when Trump will overplay his hand — or perhaps the costs of campaigning will start to exceed the benefits to his brand.” This is wild speculation and a gross understimation of Trump’s massive popularity. The insulting characterization of Trump’s base as aging and white is childish, by some polls he has 25% of the black vote and 30% of hispanics. Vote manipulation or physical violence (God forbid) are what will stop Trump if anything. Joe Biden is a transparent hack of a politician, and he only looks plausible because of the total ineptitude of Hillary Clinton.

    Angelo Codevilla wrote a great essay, but he’s more than a half-century behind James Burnham who defined the managerial state and a generation behind Samuel Francis who wrote about the Middle-American revolution.

  • brianOO7

    Why would Americans vote for the man (not woman) most likely to lead the Supreme Court party back to power when that is the one thing they are revolting against?

    • because, as the main piece points out, many of them aren’t. They are relying on the SCOTUS to ensure that the wealth producers and earners have to share their wealth, power and in the case of illegals, their country too. You really have to wonder how long both groups can remain in the same polity

  • Grace Ironwood

    America’s Presidential system – Emperor for a term – has it’s disadvantages.

    • sidor

      The British PM has more real power than the American president.

      • Grace Ironwood

        And why do you say that?

        • sidor

          Because it is so. The US president is constrained by the Congress, whereas the British PM, as the leader of the ruling party, has full control over the British Parliament. Strange that you haven’t noticed it.

          • Strange that you haven’t noticed that America has been for the past century and a half the most powerful nation in the world. And the most decent, given the power.

          • sidor

            Strange that you assume that I haven’t. And what does the US power have to do with the US form of government being discussed?

          • Oh I think you could probably figure it out. Reasoning isn’t a Leftist’s strong point though, I grant you.

          • sidor

            Please accept my condolences about your difficulties with reasoning. I am still trying to get what you were going to say but failed to: do you thing that the US president has more power than British PM? Yes/no would suffice for the answer.

          • pedestrianblogger

            Are you for real?

          • OK, let’s try one of a number of possible answers. America has been so powerful that the president has been the de facto most powerful person on the planet, regardless of what our constitution does and does not allow him (him: so far). Vastly more powerful than a British P. M. on that ground: yes: obviously.

            But also: American presidents can govern in part by Executive Order, as this latest clown has done all too often (since he can’t find a more democratic way). American presidents have immense influence within and beyond their parties, and inspire their parties and inform debate even after they are dead (e.g. Calvin Coolidge, the Roosevelts, Ronald Reagan, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and above all, Abraham Lincoln). British prime ministers simply do not loom as large in the political imagination, with very few exceptions.

            I could go on, but that’s enough for now.

          • Grace Ironwood

            All systems have been increasingly executive in nature over the last several decades. With Obama, you’ve had a President testing his constitutional power to the limit, ruling by edict. Congress has never demonstrated such weakness in the use of its power to constrain via spending. Presently this power looks notional.

            The US Constitution unquestionably gives more power to the President, who gains his legitimacy and mandate through elections by the people via the college. Voters in the Westminster system do not vote for Prime Ministers but merely for their local member, who choose the PM.

            In the Westminster system the PM is highly constrained by his party and parliament. As an example, in Australia the last four Prime Ministers (in only seven years) have been deposed by their parties after polls looked bad. Paradoxically, it has emerged that nothing’s more powerful than mere backbenchers in fear of losing their jobs.

            Finally, the Westminster tradition of Question Time in parliament subjects the executive to regular public interrogation. Is there any equivalent in the US?
            I’m not arguing which is better or worse – just pointing out the great power of the office of the President.

      • Sue Smith

        This is very true!! It’s called “a mandate”. I always laugh about black American academics crowing about King and getting the vote for African-Americans when only 35% of the WHOLE US ever bothers to vote. Priceless!!

  • Redsfanx

    I’m not convinced that Hillary Clinton really wants to be president. She has a grand child and is nearly 70 years old. And Obama and Hillary are not friends. Joe Biden will win in 2016 with Elizabeth Warren as V.P.

    • Hillary is a criminal and would run a gulag as soon as look at you. I look forward to her crushing defeat.

    • Sunshine Sux

      I deeply despise both of them, but for some reason I imagine Hillary having actual friends, while Obama having absolutely none. Not sure why.

  • “Her path to power would essentially be the same as the one taken by both Eva Perón and Cristina Kirchner.” Wrong. Enough distinctions make a difference – a subtlety that this American would hope that a Brit could appreciate. Even more wrong to think that Biden could inherit more than a whiff of Trump’s support, traveling as it would have to across the American red-blue divide (with all due respect to Obama’s 2004 speech on that topic.) You seem to be sharing your subject’s (overstated, with regards to him, though perhaps not to yourself)
    incapability in the area of US domestic politics.

    • Sorry – your headline and the first part of your argument are, in the way which I think you intended, hilarious.

  • Terry Field

    He has been biden his time.

  • Ringstone

    You look at some of the nothings and nut jobs the Americans are seriously considering, you look at Labour’s nervous breakdown over here and the inexplicable rise of Corbyn [I voted for him, but I’m a £3 Tory]: what on earth is happening to politics?

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  • paroikos

    “I have a sinking feeling that Joe Biden might be the next president of the United States.” Which means what, exactly? That one or more of the other Democratic and Republican candidates give you ‘a hopeful feeling’? Hah!

  • BlackArrow

    Niall can’t read American politics … Americans … any better than most Europeans, it seems.

    Joe is too old and political-machine-corrupt. He’s also eager to confront the Russians in Ukraine. The American people are fed up with our political establishments and do NOT want any more neocon or “liberal hawk” wars … and that includes Syria.

    It will be very interesting to see how Jim Webb does in the debate tonight.

    Lou Coatney

    • BlackArrow

      I don’t even want to guess who the ape is in that sordid cartoon. 🙂

      • Anon

        Trump.

        Also, this article is exactly what #cuckservatism is about. But Niall may just be a run-of-the-mill Socialist (or “liberal,” as they call it in US of Bizzaroland).

  • John Mitchell

    After the first Democratic presidential debate yesterday there is certainly room for Joe Biden to enter the race and he could be a challenger but he’s also unlikely to go after Hillary Clinton and I think that’s really the only way he’d stand a chance. I think it’s going to be a contest between Sanders and Clinton but if Clinton starts to drop back in the polling then maybe Joe Biden will step up as the consistency candidate.

    Contrary to most commentators I don’t think that Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic nomination is a guarantee at all. Bernie Sanders will likely give Clinton a real challenge in this era of anti-establishment politics.

    • BlackArrow

      She’ll win it if CNN and our neocon mainstream media keep … pushing … and covering for her, John. They think they can force any candidate they want on the American people.

      And CNN’s belittling of Jim Webb was bias. His intro wasn’t bad … although he could have foregone listing all 5 daughters … 🙂 … and he apparently knocked back Anderson’s critical question about him once saying affirmative action is no longer needed … which, judging by our election of a black president twice, it isn’t.

  • LonnyZone

    Yeah, nice try, Niall.

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