Joe Biden Was A Bad Choice And Dems Are Lucky He Didn't Run

So...counterpoint: Biden offered a bad contrast with Clinton, and a lot of legislative baggage. Did everyone just...forget that?

So, that happened. This week, Vice President Joe Biden announced he wasn't going to run for president. That's good for Democrats: Biden helped to create ruinous bankruptcy legislation, and he is still bragging about passing a failed crime bill. And how does that make him an alternative to Hillary Clinton, exactly? The entire theory of Biden's candidacy lacked logic. Worse, it would have highlighted Democrats at their worst, and further alienated the base. Which means now ... sorting this out is Hillary's problem.

Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has emerged from two days of strange ultimatums with ... maybe the best possible situation he could have hoped for, to be honest. In Canada, Justin Trudeau won a landslide victory for the Liberal Party by being honest about deficit spending. And finally, is the Securities And Exchange Commission up to some "bullshit" again? One former SEC accountant says yes!

"So That Happened" hosts Jason Linkins, Zach Carter, and Arthur Delaney are joined this week by Americans for Financial Reform's Alexis Goldstein, and HuffPost reporters Ashley Alman, Ryan Grim, and Samantha Lachman.

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