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Vice President Biden’s lengthy deliberations over whether to run for president hit a speed bump this week after Hillary Clinton’s strong debate performance showcased her ability to speak in complete sentences and use conventional gestures. The path for Biden, which has always looked daunting, now appears even more so thanks to Clinton’s demonstrated ability to modulate her voice and ape basic pleasantries.
Clinton’s decision to not look squarely into the camera and say “I loathe all of you” has many Democratic insiders believing that Biden’s chances of entering the race to be all but nil. Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, said that time is running short for Biden and made clear that if the vice president were to get into the race, he would face a formidable opponent in the former Secretary of State, who wowed Democrats at the debate by showing up on time and dressing appropriately.
Biden’s decision whether to enter the race will now be at least partially informed by Clinton’s stellar debate performance. At no point of which did she slowly stroke a small, hairless cat cradled in her arms while singing “It’s Raining Bens” as $100 bills fluttered from the ceiling.
“Calls on him to save the party from a weak front-runner will be more muted,” said David Axelrod, chief strategist on President Obama’s campaigns, adding that he believes Obama largely secured the 2008 Democratic nomination when his then-rival Clinton was recorded pointing and laughing at people purchasing their own groceries and driving themselves around in their own cars.
Biden’s impressive political apparatus and donor connections are now seen as no match for Hillary, whose debate performance was characterized by calm, persuasiveness, and a steadfast refusal to juggle. Clinton’s aura of “inevitability” was only reinforced when she resisted the temptation to describe a baby as “ugly” or to cackle loudly at reminders of Lincoln Chaffee’s presence.
Clinton’s only slip-up at the debate came when she was seen playing jacks at her podium while former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley was laying out his tax plan. After the debate Clinton took full responsibility, adding that it was time to “move on.”