May 12, 2016

Warren Predicted That Clinton Would Face A “Progressive Backlash”

Vice President Joe Biden’s Hamlet-like flirtation with running for President was a frequent headache for Hillary Clinton and her campaign. Now even his decision not to run is causing problems for the former Secretary of State.

This morning Politico reported that Biden approached Elizabeth Warren about being his Vice Presidential nominee if he ran and won. Warren was “not displeased” with the offer:

“Biden, according to a person briefed on details of the meeting, told Warren he wanted her to be his running mate ‘during the conversation’ but didn’t explicitly ask her to commit to the slot or endorse his candidacy. Warren, the person told POLITICO, was ‘noncommittal’ but ‘not displeased.’”

Additionally, Warren predicted the rise of Bernie Sanders’ campaign, saying that Clinton was going to face a “progressive backlash”:

“Warren conceded — prophetically in retrospect — that Clinton would face a progressive backlash but she informed Biden that his record on Wall Street was little better than that of the woman he hoped to topple as front-runner.”

Warren also gave the Vice President advice on how to beat Clinton:

“As a senator, Biden, like Clinton, had supported a 2001 bankruptcy bill that Warren vehemently opposed; her advice to Biden was that, to appeal to the left, he would need to start talking right away about Wall Street reform.”

Warren’s jaundiced view of Clinton, and her lack of progressive bona fides, is not surprising, especially considering Warren’s past comments on Clinton and the 2001 bankruptcy bill:

MOYERS: “And then, and then?” WARREN: “One of the first bills that came up after she was Senator Clinton, was the bankruptcy bill. This is a bill that’s like a vampire, it will not die right, there’s a lot of money behind it –” MOYERS: “Bill her husband had vetoed.” WARREN: “Her husband had vetoed it very much at her urging.” MOYERS: “And?” WARREN: “She voted in favor of it.” MOYERS: “Why?” WARREN: “As Senator Clinton, the pressures are very different. It’s a well-financed industry. You know a lot of people don’t realize that the industry that gave the most money to Washington over the past few years was not the oil industry, was not pharmaceuticals, it was consumer credit products. Those are the people, the credit card companies have been giving money and they have influence.” MOYERS: “And Mrs. Clinton was one of them as senator.” WARREN: “She has taken money from the groups and more to the point, she worries about them as a constituency.”

Warren’s allegation that campaign contributions from the credit card industry caused Clinton to change her position on a Senate bill helps explain why the Massachusetts Senator has been consistently lukewarm on Clinton’s candidacy. With grassroots liberals still powering Sanders to victories, Clinton’s inability to unite all factions of the Democratic Party could have consequences in the fall.