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Monday, December 30, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he would consider choosing a Republican as his running mate for a "unity ticket," according to reporters from CBS News and The New York Times.

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Just plain SILLY!

#1 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-12-30 08:10 PM | Reply

Joe's just driving those lefties on the fence to Bernie. Atta boy, Joe!

#2 | Posted by Spork at 2019-12-30 08:14 PM | Reply

Time for progressives to rally around Sanders. Biden is going to sell you out.

Sanders 2020!

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-12-30 08:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Here comes Corky to enlighten us all with how this is a "good" thing. Engage large boots- gonna get deep.

#4 | Posted by Spork at 2019-12-30 08:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I hope this is what he means:

Ezra Klein @ezraklein

The degree to which this web site takes everything Biden says literally, as opposed to politically, is odd.

He's not going to choose a Republican VP. He thinks it's good politics to signal that he'll work with Republicans if they'll meet him halfway. He's probably right.

To put this differently: what makes it likelier that Democrats win the Senate race in Arizona and keep the seat in Alabama? A nominee who bends over backwards to signal his respect for wavering Republicans? Or one who antagonizes them?

When Biden says stuff like this, it's a low-cost way of trying to appeal to 1) the small group of GOP-leaning voters who are persuadable and 2) the much larger group of voters who hate how bitter and angry politics has become.
3:29 PM - 30 Dec 2019

Maybe it works, maybe not, but that's the play.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-30 09:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 3

Should be:

Maybe it works, maybe not, but that's the play.
3:29 PM - 30 Dec 2019

IOW, all words are from Klein's tweet.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-30 09:16 PM | Reply

My perfect government would be
House: 235(R) 200(D)
Senate: 50(R) 50(D)
President & Veep (D)

Give the R a large edge in the House split Senate but with Veep a tiny lean (D) and (D) at the helm.

With that makeup a (R) veep would throw the whole thing out of balance since the (R) would have both House and Senate.

Of course that whole concept is based on all elected officials acting in good faith and not having one party decide to be the party of NO! So I guess about the time we get unicorns who ---- skittles, home based cold fusion reactors and the middle east breaking out into spontaneous singing of Kumbaya.

#7 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2019-12-30 09:40 PM | Reply

Moldy Joe will say anthing and pander to everyone. He just said he would nominate Obama to SCOTUS. Nothing he says is believable.

#8 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-12-30 11:53 PM | Reply

Unkle joe is his own worst enemy! And he is definatly the last person that the dems need as the 2020 candidate.

#9 | Posted by lduvall at 2019-12-31 12:49 AM | Reply

LOUVALL @ #9

Not necessarily. Unlike you, some people (See GAL TUESDAY #5) can see advantages in Joe Biden's statement that are political light years beyond your comprehension.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-12-31 01:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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Answer to a question from a woman in the audience, not a reporter.

His complete answer, in summary, was that there aren't any good Republicans anyway.

#11 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-12-31 01:45 AM | Reply

Initially, I thought "is Joe TRYING to lose." But I can see Ezra's point. He has to win back the Obama-Combover Quisling voters who were upset with the way Washington was running and elected a chaos candidate who promised them the moon and stars with no actual plan for how to deliver. If Joe continues to drive the moderate lane, he'll get some of those folks back who are tired of IMPOTUS' crime and incompetence, plus he has a better chance of delivering Senate wins in NC, AZ, MA, GA and hold the seat in AL. Bernie can't beat Drumpf and he's likely to push those Senate seats to the GOP. Without the Senate he could never deliver on any of his lofty goals. M4A would be a dead issue if McTurtle is still majority leader. Joe will never choose a Republican running mate, but to say he's open to the idea costs him nothing. He is far more likely to choose Kamala Harris or Stacy Abrams or maybe Julian Castro, and really put pressure on the GOP to defend TX.

#12 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2019-12-31 02:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

--Joe will never choose a Republican running mate, but to say he's open to the idea costs him nothing

So he's a lying, cynical opportunist.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-12-31 03:05 AM | Reply

I agree with GUNSLINGER's statement but NULLI is reading something into Biden's answer to the question that isn't there. It wasn't a campaign promise.

Biden clearly qualified his statement by say: "There were "some really decent Republicans" but the more "well-known" members of the GOP needed to "step up."

This is my opinion:

So far, each and every member of the GOP Senate have turned into gutless wonders. Privately they'd probably like to get rid of an albatross (bearer of pending doom for the party) like Trump. Politically, they'd rather take the ostrich approach and stick their head in the sand until after November 3, 2020. That the safest way out . . . at least for them. Which is all they really care about anyway.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-12-31 03:44 AM | Reply

Biden was speaking hypothetically:

"The answer is I would,"

but in practice, not so much:

"but I can't think of one now," he says.

At least I hope that's what he was doing.

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-31 08:47 AM | Reply

He should pick Hunter as his running mate. #MoneylaunderingAndInfluencePeddling

#16 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-12-31 09:13 AM | Reply

My perfect government would be
House: 235(R) 200(D)
Senate: 50(R) 50(D)
President & Veep (D)

Republicans have made it clear that if they ever take back the House, they're going to impeach a Dem president for waking up in the morning. My perfect government is the Republican Party ceasing to exist.

#17 | Posted by JOE at 2019-12-31 09:21 AM | Reply

Biden was speaking hypothetically

Hypothetically, the answer should be no from any candidate worth voting for. Republicans under Trump are a cancer on society.

#18 | Posted by JOE at 2019-12-31 09:22 AM | Reply

"Republicans under Trump are a cancer on society."

There are some #NeverTrump Republicans who would agree with you.

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-31 09:39 AM | Reply

"Hypothetically, the answer should be no from any candidate worth voting for."

"I can't think of one" isn't no enough for you?

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-31 09:41 AM | Reply

"Republicans have made it clear that if they ever take back the House, they're going to impeach a Dem president for waking up in the morning. My perfect government is the Republican Party ceasing to exist."

The only Republicans who are worthy of any kind of respect would never be elected in today's Republican party. Sad but true.

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-31 09:45 AM | Reply

"I can't think of one" isn't no enough for you?

It isn't, because he preceded that with a yes. The fact that he couldn't name a specific person off the top of his head, or didn't want to without focus-grouping it to death, doesn't change his yes to a no. Any candidate i'm considering has to be an unequivocal no.

#22 | Posted by JOE at 2019-12-31 10:11 AM | Reply

Eisenhower could never get the Republican nomination today based on his policies. For that matter, based on policies, neither could Nixon or even Reagan. Hell, Barry f'n Goldwater was to the left of these guys on social policy (e.g., abortion, gay rights, and "religious liberty") and to the right of them on Russia. They are a lost party that made a deal with the devil (the "Moral Majority") to get power and now they have to pander to them to keep it.

#23 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2019-12-31 10:14 AM | Reply

Biden has also said he would consider Warren, Harris, Abrams and O'Rourke, so it seems like he's leaving a lot of doors open:

'Whomever I would pick were I fortunate enough to be your nominee, I'd pick somebody who was simpatico with me, who knew what I, what my priorities were and knew what I wanted to,' he continued. 'We could disagree on tactic, but strategically we'd have to be in the exact same page.

www.dailymail.co.uk

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-31 10:39 AM | Reply

Maybe Moldy Joe could get that fraud, John Kasich as his VP. He's ambitious enough to roll the dice, especially given Biden's age. He certainly could get the opportunist party-jumper William Weld.

#25 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-12-31 10:39 AM | Reply

#25 Personally, I think picking a GOP running mate would be a dumb idea and doomed to failure.

#26 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-31 10:45 AM | Reply

So he's a lying, cynical opportunist.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian

You support Trump.

F--- off already you miserable sack of crap.

#27 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-31 11:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Sen Romney is jumping up and down with his hand raised and yelling "here, here!"

#28 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-12-31 02:59 PM | Reply

"Biden Would Consider GOP Running Mate"

^
Is this code for Hillary?

#29 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-31 03:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I might have to hold my nose if Joe did choose a moderate Republican running mate but I'd still vote for him over Trump any day. Vote blue not matter who!

#30 | Posted by danni at 2019-12-31 03:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

John Kaisch.

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-31 03:08 PM | Reply

LOL, he could go halfway and pick Tulsi Gabbard, who is clearly a DINO so that she can get elected in Hawaii.

#32 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-12-31 03:16 PM | Reply

Tulsi wouldn't do it she would be groped non-stop as his Veep.

Who am I kidding she would consider that a small price to pay for Veep.

#33 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2019-12-31 04:04 PM | Reply

LOL, he could go halfway and pick Tulsi Gabbard, who is clearly a DINO so that she can get elected in Hawaii.

Posted by Rightocenter

She'll definitely be 'former representative Gabbard' come January 2021. Maybe she'll get some gigs as a speaker at gun shows or CPAC meetings.

#34 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-12-31 04:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

John Kasich would be a pragmatic choice. I may disagree with him on many issues, but he has a lot of credibility in my eyes. He has consistently been one of the few Republicans willing to forthrightly call out Trump on his lies and his embarrassing behavior.

#35 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-12-31 04:37 PM | Reply

If a Republican agreed to be Biden's running mate one of two things would happen. 1. He/She would have to promise to arrange for President Biden to meet an early death or 2. the Republican party would just kick whoever it was who agreed to run with Biden out of the cult. Then they wouldn't be a Republican anymore.

#36 | Posted by danni at 2019-12-31 05:53 PM | Reply

It's a novel idea but save your bandwidth. It ain't gonna happen. Biden will do the same thing Obama did ~ find himself a good solid wingman that can do something else besides attend funerals and cut ribbons.

#37 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-12-31 07:28 PM | Reply

She'll definitely be 'former representative Gabbard' come January 2021. - #34 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-12-31 04:35 PM
Considering she's not running for the seat, that's not a tough prediction to make.
www.usatoday.com

#38 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-12-31 10:58 PM | Reply

AVIGDORE

"Considering she's not running for the seat, that's not a tough prediction to make."

AU wasn't making a prediction, dummy. It was a statement of fact. WAKE UP!

#39 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-01-01 02:10 AM | Reply

AU wasn't making a prediction, dummy. It was a statement of fact. WAKE UP!

#39 | Posted by Twinpac

He's a ... well, you know, Trumpite, not the deepest thinkers. :-)

#40 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-01-01 02:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I am sure there are lots of people who would see lots of advantages in having Biden, no doubt tRump as well of those who miss "the good old days".

#41 | Posted by lduvall at 2020-01-01 06:56 AM | Reply

LDUVALL

"I am sure there are lots of people who would see lots of advantages in having Biden"

Foreign policy experience would be #1. After the mess Trump has created, the last thing the U.S. needs is a greenhorn with training wheels.

#42 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-01-01 08:03 AM | Reply

Jeebus Crow, somebody get this old fool Joe a stiff drink and park him in a comfy chair someplace else.

#43 | Posted by john47 at 2020-01-01 11:12 AM | Reply

Abrams will not help carry georgia.
Kemp and the republicans down here are already culling black voters.
Biden Warren.

#44 | Posted by Docman at 2020-01-01 03:25 PM | Reply

Biden heard the question wrong.

Michelle is considering him for her VP.

#45 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-01-01 06:13 PM | Reply

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