Vice President Joe Biden is known for putting his foot in his mouth and not much more. In his most recent gaffe he called out Hillary Clinton for accepting so much money from big money bundlers, lobbyists, and special interest billionaires. Though he claims he wasn’t referring to the democratic frontrunner, there’s little doubt who his remarks were aimed at.
Biden was speaking at the Generation Progress National Summit in Washington DC today. The Hill reports:
Vice President Biden has called on Democrats to limit the role of big money in the primary season, reflecting at length on the “corrosive impact of massive amounts of money.”
“Folks, we ought to start in our own party. You ought to be demanding of all of us, all of us, because at least in our own party fights among ourselves, in primaries, that we adhere to a policy that doesn’t rest on millionaires and billionaires,” said Biden.
“They’re good people. They’re not bad, per se,” said Biden of rich people. “But it’s a hell of a way to run a democracy.”
“So the first place you got to start is in the Democratic Party. No matter how much you love me or somebody else, you have to demand of us that we demonstrate that we understand,” he concluded.
Democrats in general have a “do as I say, not as I do” attitude, so this message is not likely to sit well with the VP’s own party. Does he honestly believe that democrats are going to stop being hypocrites after hypocrisy has served them so well all these years?
At some point Biden must have realized that he just called out party darling and democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton so he tried to cover his tracks with this BS:
“I know a lot of people are going to read into this part of what I’m saying something I’m not intending. I’m not talking about any individual. I really am not,” lied Biden.
Really? Who was he talking about if not Hillary Clinton? Bernie Sanders and his socialist revolution? Martin O’Malley and his $1.4 million dollar fundraising? Heck, I think Lincoln Chaffee and Jim Webb actually owe money since they announced their candidacies.
Hillary on the other hand has raised $47 million in the first quarter of her candidacy. 83% of that money comes from big money bundlers, lobbyists, and Hollywood elitists. That means that most of her money comes from the millionaires and billionaires that Biden says are corrosive to democracy. Plus let’s not forget that Clinton has a history of doing favors for generous wealthy donors.
Who do you think Biden was talking about? There is no doubt his remarks were aimed at Hillary Clinton.
Biden is still mulling over whether he will toss his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential election or not. Maybe this wasn’t a gaffe at all. Perhaps he was taking a deliberate shot at Clinton’s obscene fundraising as a precursor to his campaign announcement.
Naw, that can’t be it. Joe Biden doesn’t say anything on purpose. He just likes the taste of his shoe.