Former Vice President Joe Biden has a strategy for increasing bipartisanship if he’s elected president. He’ll just “shame” Republicans into doing what he believes is “the right thing.”
Biden revealed his plan in response to a question from MSNBC’s Joy Reid about how he planned to get things done if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is still running the Senate.
“I know you’re one of the ones who thinks it’s naive to say we have to work together,” Biden replied. “The fact of the matter is if we can’t get a consensus nothing happens except the abuse of power by the executive. … You can shame people to do things the right way.”
Former Obama administration officials took exception to Biden’s plan.
“Maybe you can shame people. you can’t shame McConnell. It would be dope to find a path to greater bipartisanship but this isn’t that path,” wrote Alyssa Mastromonaco, former deputy chief of staff for operations under former President Barack Obama.
“I can’t tell you how angry this makes me,” an unnamed top Obama administration official texted journalist Yashar Ali in response to Biden’s comment.
Biden has, to the disapproval of some in the Democratic Party, expressed a belief that he knows how to get things done in cooperation with Republicans, and that every issue can’t be a knock-down, drag-out fight with the opposing party.
“Some of these same people are saying, ‘You know, Biden just doesn’t get it. You can’t work with Republicans anymore. That’s not the way it works anymore,'” Biden said last month, according to The Hill. “Well, folks, I’m going to say something outrageous. I know how to make government work. I’ve worked across the aisle to reach consensus to make government work in the past.”