Now, Mrs. Clinton was surely no “friend” of Barack Obama when she campaigned ardently against him and almost defeated him for her party’s nomination in 2008. After that, being a party loyalist, she sucked it up and became his nominee for Secretary of State in which she performed capably barring a mishap in Benghazi. She didn’t just go along as it is known that she jostled to get her points across.
Joe Biden was Obama’s choice from the beginning because he needed an experienced backup, someone who could work with Congress and schmooze. Telling bad jokes and having an uproarious sense of humor is part of schmoozing, and maybe a little boozing too. That’s Joe Biden, the champion of everyman. When push comes to shove, Joe is a solid backstop albeit with some missteps.
Can they step away from the person to which loyalty bound them? Since the rest of the party seems to be stepping away from Obama, they can too, except the GOP won’t let them. They are glued, tarred and feathered to Barack Obama. The President himself said that voters want that “new car” smell in Election 2016, and those around Obama have the Five Guys odor instead.
Not being a fan of the Washington Times, this story is pretty good.
The Democrat Party needs to finish its soul searching and to come up with a fresh start on leadership before it is too late.
“Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton increasingly walking away from Obama
By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Thursday, November 27, 2014
Et tu, Joe?
Whether out of frustration or political necessity, some of President Obama’s closest lieutenants from his first term are distancing themselves from Mr. Obama as 2016 approaches. The latest is none other than Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who usually boasts about the lack of daylight between the president and himself.
The vice president let it be known last week that he was “ticked off” about the way the president forced out Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a longtime Senate colleague of Mr. Biden‘s. Mr. Hagel was pushed out in less than two years by a White House that is accused of micromanaging national security policy.
Earlier this year, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized Mr. Obama’s stated principle of foreign policy: “Don’t do stupid stuff.”
“Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” Mrs. Clinton said in an interview.
An anonymous Clinton ally criticized Mr. Obama’s handling of the Islamic State and other Middle Eastern crises this fall as too “passive,” saying, Mrs. Clinton “would have taken a more aggressive approach.”