Don’t get bent outta shape with this ….
Joe Biden IS the leader in the Democratic nomination race….
He BEATS Donald Trump consistently in just about every poll…
A vote right now would make him President….
There will be debates coming for the Democratic candidates…
There will be votes in the early primary/caucus states….
Donald Trump has no serious challengers except HIMSELF…
Some Democratic lawmakers are growing uneasy with the political haymakers being thrown a Joe Biden…
(In the Senate Bipartisanism is NOT a curse word…It’s an everyday way of doing things)
Now other nomination candidates have every right to go after the leader in the race…
At what cost to parties efforts to win the Presidency next year…
Or how Democrats have a chance to get things done as the minority party in the US Senate…
Biden has come under harsh criticism from other presidential candidates, especially Booker, one of only three African American senators, for touting his collegial relationship with Eastland and Talmadge, who opposed civil rights and racial integration.
Speaking at a fundraising event in New York on Tuesday, Biden imitated Eastland’s Southern drawl and reminisced, “He never called me boy, he always called me son.”
That comment drew fire from Booker, who demanded Biden apologize and admonished him by saying, “You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boys.’”
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is also African American, said Biden’s comment “concerns me deeply” and noted that if Eastland and Talmadge had prevailed “I would literally not be standing here as a member of the United States Senate.”
She said “to coddle the reputations of segregationists” is “just misinformed and it’s wrong.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also called for Biden to apologize, tweeting: “I agree with Cory Booker. This is especially true at a time when the Trump administration is trying to divide us up with its racist appeals.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said, “It’s never OK to celebrate segregationists. Never.”
The sharp rebukes seemed to catch Biden by surprise. On Wednesday, he insisted he had nothing to apologize for.
“Apologize for what? Cory should apologize to me,” he said of Booker.
That drew criticism from another presidential candidate, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who said Wednesday that Biden “should apologize.”
“He certainly shouldn’t be asking Cory Booker for an apology,” Bennet said.
It’s not lost on Senate Democrats defending Biden, however, that Booker is stuck at about 2 percent in national polls and needs to generate more attention for his campaign.
A Senate Democrat who requested anonymity to comment candidly on Booker’s sharp criticism called it “a cheap shot.”
“I think everybody’s shooting because that elevates, they think, themselves, but I also think it has detriment to it because we’re in the same party. What can happen is you can so weaken the front-runner, you may take his place but you may be weakened by it too,” the lawmaker said. “So my view is, don’t snipe at your people. Run your own race.”
Other Democrats are trying to step in and call a timeout….