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Last night, Jon Stewart looked at how Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden seem to be appealing to blue collar voters.

Clearly, there's only one way to settle which Democratic candidate can appeal best to traditional blue-collar Reagan Democrat voters. Looks like we need to have ourselves a good ol' fashioned Poor-Off!

....

JOE BIDEN (6/23/2014): Don't hold it against me that I don't own a single stock or bond. Don't hold it... I have no savings account.
"Don't hold it against me, but my clothes are made of old curtains." (audience laughter) "Don't hold it against me, but I shit in a bucket outside." (audience laughter)
Video and full transcript below the fold.


So do you remember a time when Barack Obama was but a naive young presidential candidate, and he said working class voters in the Midwest were clinging to their guns and religion? Now, the American people punished him by electing him to two terms as President of the United States. Cuz that ain't fun!

Well, the Democratic frontrunners for 2016 aren't going to make that mistake.

HILLARY CLINTON (6/9/2014): I do not believe our great country should be playing minor league ball.

HILLARY CLINTON (1/31/2013): We are the force for progress, prosperity, and peace.

KRYSTAL BALL (6/22/2014): She was asked about the book that made her who she is today, and her answer was the Bible.

Oh my God, did she just threaten to smite her enemies? So Hillary's clinging to religion. Who will cling to guns?
JOE BIDEN (2/19/2013): If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barreled shotgun. ... If there's ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here ... fire two blasts outside the house. ... Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.
(audience laughter)

My favorite part of that is the dude sitting next to him like, "Holy shit!!"

"I want you to call shotgun while shotgunning a beer to your shotgun wedding. That's how much I love shotguns! So come on down to Crazy Joey's Shotgun Emporium!"

Clearly, there's only one way to settle which Democratic candidate can appeal best to traditional blue-collar Reagan Democrat voters. Looks like we need to have ourselves a good ol' fashioned Poor-Off!

(audience laughter at flies circling the two candidates in barrels)

I reckon it's time to find out which of these two is just more plain folk. Madame Secretary?

HILLARY CLINTON (6/9/2014): We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt.
"I still get emotional just thinking about it!"

(audience laughter)

Well played, Mrs. Clinton. But if I know Joe Biden, you just brought a $100 dollar bill to a loose change fight.

JOE BIDEN (6/23/2014): He's Vice President of the United States of America. He makes, notwithstanding that he's listed as the poorest man in Congress....
How poor is Biden? Can't even afford a first-person pronoun. That's how poor he is.  (audience laughter) Your move, Madame Secretary.
HILLARY CLINTON (6/9/2014): We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources, mortgages for houses.
Yeah, when you're appealing to the middle class, you may want to use the singular ... (audience laughter) when referring to the most valuable asset most people will ever come in contact with. Biden? I see an opening.
JOE BIDEN (2/6/2014): For 36 years, I commuted from Washington, D.C., to Wilmington round-trip every day.

JOE BIDEN (6/23/2014): Don't hold it against me that I don't own a single stock or bond. Don't hold it... I have no savings account.

"Don't hold it against me, but my clothes are made of old curtains." (audience laughter) "Don't hold it against me, but I shit in a bucket outside." (audience laughter)

Top that, Secretary Clinton! Top it!

JOHN BERMAN (6/23/2014): The British newspaper The Guardian asked Mrs. Clinton whether she could be a credible champion for fighting income inequality, despite her wealth. Mrs. Clinton said this. Quote:
HILLARY CLINTON (6/21/2014): They don't see me as part of the problem because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names....
I think we know who she's talking about. Becky, from camp, always cheating at dodgeball and taxes. It's another bold attempt, but I'm afraid once again you're simply no match for Joe "I'm allergic to money" Biden. Although his "I don't own any stocks" story does have a bit of a hole in it.
DAVID SHUSTER (6/23/2014): Well according to disclosure forms, Biden does have some money in savings and investments.

NEWS REPORT (6/24/2014): His office says the Vice President was telling the truth because the investments belong to his wife.

(audience laughter)

"I'm homeless! I happen to stay in a mansion belonging to my lovely bride."  (audience laughter) Kind of like the King of England. (audience laughter)

What's with the Poverty Tourette's? Why do these two seem to think we need a hobo for President? Own what you have, it's fine! And more important, why do you think we'll believe them? I mean, both of you guys have had your faces on book covers—books written by them, about them.

That usually means you're doing pretty good.

NBC BAY AREA (5/16/2014): His memoir, Promises to Keep, earned less than $201 in royalties last year.
On second thought, I'm not sure how this guy affords a bucket to shit in. (audience laughter) We'll be right back.
Jon also looked at the real IRS scandal we should be outraged over.

Meanwhile, Stephen looked at ISIS using social media, and then had another Tip/Wag segment. He then noted New York's upcoming ban on taking selfies with tigers.


Jon talked with actress Jennifer Esposito, and Stephen talked with actress Edie Falco.

Originally posted to Electronic America: Progressives Film, music & Arts Group on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The points raised by Stewart in this piece is (5+ / 0-)

    one reason that I am supportng Elizabeth Warren for President, and hope  she runs. One thing of which that you can never accuse her is claiming to be someone that she isn't.

    •  ah, just wait (2+ / 0-)
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      LeftyAce, SherrieLudwig

      i'm sure the general election will be full of republicans accusing her of lying about being native. Dan Snyder will campaign for the republican nominee saying "I know Redskins, I own the Redskins, and you, Senator Warren are no Redskin!"

    •  Really? Princess Fauxcahontas? My God if Hillar... (1+ / 0-)
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      aratinga

      Really? Princess Fauxcahontas? My God if Hillary had done that she'd be getting even more ripped here if that's possible. And yes the issue is utter bullshit.

    •  Warren isn't running. (1+ / 0-)
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      Rita5018
    •  My only question (0+ / 0-)

      Warren came to the public's attention some years ago as a powerful advocate for the poor (along with Grayson, Sanders, etc.). She gave some amazing speeches explaining how and why it's impossible to rebuild the middle class without shoring up the poor. Then Warren (and the others) abruptly dropped the poverty crisis to raise the Middle Class Only banner. The day they stopped addressing "the American people" in their speeches to exclusively address middle class campaign donors, they lost their integrity. What do they really believe?

  •  Hillary could claim,,, (0+ / 0-)

    that she was born in a log cabin, but that would be so 19th Century.

    "Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can't afford to double-down on trickle-down." Bill Clinton

    by irate on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 06:13:25 AM PDT

  •  Which Favors International Minimum Wage? (1+ / 0-)
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    NewtC

    If they want to fight for blue-collar workers, they need to tell us how they will get an international minimum wage in place because it's the "free trade" policy that's killing the middle class.

    •  Eh (1+ / 0-)
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      Liberal Thinking

      What happens to those blue-collar workers when they aren't needed? What happens to those who become long-term jobless or unemployable? The last I heard, there are 7 jobs for every 10 people who urgently need one. As for the more fortunate, those who currently have blue collar jobs: There is no need to raise wages because we have a huge surplus of very qualified people who are desperate for any job, any wage.  In recent decades, we have significantly increased the share of the workforce that can be paid less than the minimum wage (prison labor, workfare labor, "disability workshops," etc.).

      •  There's a Reason for That (0+ / 0-)

        Not too long ago, the American worker competed with other people in the town, or maybe from another state. Then we had free trade. Suddenly, those workers are competing with everyone, everywhere. That increased the basic supply of workers by 20x.

        If the supply of something doubles, you'd expect the price to go down. If it tripled, you'd expect it to really drop.

        What happens when you increase it twenty times over?

  •  Nice work, Jon. The GOP says thanks. Even Stewa... (0+ / 0-)

    Nice work, Jon. The GOP says thanks. Even Stewart has to play at fake 'balance.'

  •  Another False Comparison (6+ / 0-)

    Biden has something going for him in his claim to represent the working class--authenticity. I don't think he's ever served on the board of a major corporation or benefited from billionaire backing.

    But Stewart has a point. How much money you have isn't the issue. I'd have voted for Mitt Romney if he represented what's best for the country.

    Get off the floor. Get off the floor. Stop laughing.

    It's theoretically possible. FDR managed to do it despite his money handicap.

  •  Joe Biden does have some blue collar credentials (3+ / 0-)
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    JanetT in MD, houyhnhnm, akmk

    He never became a millionaire in all his years in the Senate. He also always took Amtrak from Wilmington to DC and back again every day. He wanted to do that in the Vice Presidency, but wasn't permitted to do that. Could you imagine most Senators or Representatives doing that today?

    •  Correct (1+ / 0-)
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      RightHeaded

      Biden is far more in touch with ordinary people. Clinton doesn't come across a whole lot of poor/working class people at the cocktail parties. Biden takes the time to find them and talk to them. B. Clinton's focus was on ending the Great Society branch of the New Deal (and he still had time to begin "reforming" Social Security itself -- policies that were finally reversed by President Obama), while H. Clinton spent years as an advocate for the "free trade" agenda, responsible for the loss of a huge portion of our working class jobs.

  •  Tell the young people of today that and they won't (2+ / 0-)
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    houyhnhnm, Rita5018

    believe you.

    FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN:
    I was happier then and I had nothin'. We used to live in this tiny old house with great big holes in the roof.
    SECOND YORKSHIREMAN:
    House! You were lucky to live in a house! We used to live in one room, all twenty-six of us, no furniture, 'alf the floor was missing, and we were all 'uddled together in one corner for fear of falling.
    THIRD YORKSHIREMAN:
    Eh, you were lucky to have a room! We used to have to live in t' corridor!
    FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:
    Oh, we used to dream of livin' in a corridor! Would ha' been a palace to us. We used to live in an old water tank on a rubbish tip. We got woke up every morning by having a load of rotting fish dumped all over us! House? Huh.
    FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN:
    Well, when I say 'house' it was only a hole in the ground covered by a sheet of tarpaulin, but it was a house to us.
    SECOND YORKSHIREMAN:
    We were evicted from our 'ole in the ground; we 'ad to go and live in a lake.
    THIRD YORKSHIREMAN:
    You were lucky to have a lake! There were a hundred and fifty of us living in t' shoebox in t' middle o' road.
    FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:
    Cardboard box?
    THIRD YORKSHIREMAN:
    Aye.
    FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:
    You were lucky. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank.

    Monty Python- The Four Yorkshiremen
    http://www.youtube.com/...

  •  By the standards of the US Senate.... (4+ / 0-)
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    Thornrose, akmk, Calamity Jean, Rita5018

    ....Biden was pretty impoverished. Most of these guys are multi-millionaires, but Biden's net worth circa 2008 was something like $200,000. Which is a lot more than most people, but it's jack shit compared to almost all Senators. I think only the famously uncorruptible Russ Feingold had a lower net worth.

    •  Consider (1+ / 0-)
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      Rita5018

      Just the fact of being rich doesn't always turn a person into a sociopath. FDR, JFK and LBJ were not poor people. Yet, their focus was on building a strong middle class by putting rungs on the ladder out of poverty.  It was actually successful. Of course, then came Reagan, etc., we cut the rungs off of that ladder, redistributed wealth upward, bestowed abundant welfare on corporations (which used their handouts to ship our jobs out...).

  •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

    Does anyone identify as a "Reagan Democrat" today, and if so, what does that mean?  Reagan was actually well to the left of Bill Clinton/the Clinton Dems, particularly regarding socioeconomic policies. (So was, for that matter, such historic conservatives as Eisenhower and Nixon -- something that eludes this generation of lib media.)

  •  What Choice? (1+ / 0-)
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    bobcat41702

    So the corporate Democratic Party is offering the poorest and the corporate Republican Party is offering the dumbest. Meanwhile the Tea Party is looking for the most barbaric troglodyte and the Progressives are trying to get the corporate media to recognize their existence. The Presidential race in 2016 will be between two fully vetted corporate stooges. The corporate media will not allow anyone who has not been approved by the Plutocrats any face time at all. The somnolent American people will once again stagger to the polls to select the evil of the two lessers totally unaware that the game is rigged. We will continue the charade of “two Party system” by arguing over non-big money issues like gay marriage, women’s rights………… whilst being fleeced by the Forbes 400.

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