The fallout from the latest WikiLeaks document dump continues. The latest email in question was another one hacked from the server of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. (When will Democrats figure out how cybersecurity works?)
This time, Vice President Joe Biden’s name appears prominently, but not because of any wrongdoing on his part. For much of recent history, vice presidents have been practically guaranteed at least a shot of becoming president, but any such ambitions Biden may have had were thwarted by Hillary Clinton’s determination to become the first woman president.
Others were persuaded to abandon former loyalties and share her ambition, as this document shows:
Ron Klain, a Democrat stalwart who served as chief of staff to Biden and Vice President Al Gore, sent an email to Podesta suggesting the Clinton campaign wasn’t sitting idly by while Biden was agonizing as to whether or not to stage a campaign for president, just months after the tragic death of his son Beau.
“It’s been a little hard for me to play such a role in the Biden demise – and I am definitely dead to them — but I’m glad to be on Team HRC, and glad that she had a great debate last night,” he wrote to Podesta and Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri. (…)
Klain’s defection from the administration further underlines the extent to which establishment Democrats rallied around Clinton in advance of the campaign.
This email is hardly earth shattering, but it does confirm the general impression that the Democratic Party is internally fractured. Clearly, Hillary Clinton wasn’t the first choice for many of those now obligated to support her.
Credit: Daily Caller