Hillary Clinton’s Toughest Opponent is Not Joe Biden

Trib MastHeadThis past week, I had the pleasure of spending time on the phone with one of the best political reporters in America, Salena Zito.  I don’t know anyone who is more connected to, or giving better voice to the struggles and fears of working class voters. We talked about what is really going on with Hillary, Bernie and Joe, and from that conversation she wrote a terrific story that you should read here.  Or here at Real Clear Politics.

The substance of our conversation was how many Democrats are becoming terrified that this is “second verse same as the first” for Hillary.

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Hillary Clinton – The NY Jets of US Politics

It’s becoming clear that the problem with Hillary is not Obama, it’s not Mark Penn, its’ not Patti Solis Doyle, and it’s not Bernie Sanders.

It’s Hillary.  She’s the New York Jets of American politics.

All the damage comes from inside her own locker room. The blows aren’t struck from outside, but from her own non-campaign. Her own server. Her own emails. Her own foundation. Her own remarks like “dead broke.”

The toughest opponent Hillary Clinton is facing is Hillary Clinton.  And she’s losing to her.

I feel her pain.

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As Hillary shrinks (and as the latest polls show that shrinkage is real), the law of politics abhorring a vacuum takes its inevitable hold. Angry Republicans desperate for leadership didn’t hear a voice in tune with them early? Hello Donald Trump.

Now, working class Democrats see in Hillary an out of touch elitist who can’t shoot straight because she’s tripping over her own rules that she made up as she’s gone along. And while Bernie Sanders makes millennials and celebrities swoon, most folks just see a goofy socialist. Like those same Republicans with Trump, Democrats who don’t live on Park Avenue want to hear an echo of their struggle, their pain, their concern about the future.

joeEnter Joe Biden. The same Joe Biden who has always been the champion of working class Democrats. The same Joe Biden who was a bridge to those Democrats for the current president.

And the same Joe Biden we were reintroduced to during the tragic, agonizing passing of his son Beau. The Joe Biden who above all politics has always first been a thoroughly likeable, relatable and decent human being.

Hello Joe Biden. Please pick up the white courtesy phone. An important call is waiting.