According to the savvy political observers, President Obama will dump Joe Biden in favor of Hillary Clinton. On the surface it seems a plausible strategy. Biden has all the flair of the Ford Pinto: pointless, ignorable, and prone to explode at inopportune times. He’s a gaffe-a-minute sideshow who provides the Obama administration with all the style of a leisure suit. Hillary is the name brand; the erstwhile queen in waiting who could breathe life into a lackluster campaign.

If you’ll recall, we heard similar speculation in 2004 concerning the Bush-Cheney ticket. It was all swirl eight years ago, just media-generated spin intended to create news where none existed. Likely as not, the “Dump Biden” theory is also spin. The probability of Hillary joining the Obama ticket can be assayed with a few simple questions. Is a change practical? Will it help the campaign? Would Hillary accept the position?

It sounds cliché, but when horses were the primary source of transportation it was considered imprudent to change mounts in midstream. If a change was necessary it was made before entering the river. Had Biden been removed from the ticket early in the race it might have been workable. Not now. Effective campaigns must present confidence. To shake-up the ticket at this point would undermine confidence. In fact, with the Republican challenger all but announced, a change on the Obama ticket would convey desperation.

The Vice President serves little purpose other than to make the presidential candidate look good. As long as Biden remains Biden, the “teleprompter President” can maintain his image as a comparatively great orator, a reasoned voice amid Biden’s nuttiness. Therefore, from a strategic viewpoint, dumping Biden seems both senseless and impractical.

Adding Hillary to the ticket might solidify Obama’s image with feminist voters, but few others. Ms. Clinton is only slightly right of Obama if not his equal. Let’s not waste time recounting Hillary’s youthful activism and questionable acquaintances. Most everyone has some embarrassing associations they can claim to have disavowed. Besides, we needn’t revert to the Woodstock era to uncover Clinton’s ideology. As First Lady, Ms. Clinton was a driving force for nationalized healthcare. She’s an open proponent of wealth redistribution, especially when the raided coffers belong to the hated “Big Oil.” Therefore, to say Hillary Clinton would moderate the Obama ticket is utter nonsense.

I’m not sold on this “Hillary is the world’s smartest woman” bit, but she’s no fool. The last thing she needs is to be linked to the scandal and ineptitude common to presidential second terms. There’ll be no Democrat incumbent in the 2016 election. So, although Clinton will be 69 by then, she’ll have the inside track to the nomination if she chooses to run. Being linked to a four-year disaster will sully her image and ruin her electability.

The obvious drawbacks of an Obama-Clinton ticket outweigh the perceived benefits. So, will she or won’t she? She won’t; not for all of the socialism in Western Europe.

Comments

  • Whodat

    I am already mildly euphoric over the PD Composite poll on the masthead above which shows Romney .2 AHEAD of Obomb.  I believe that is the first one of its kind!!!!!!!!  Oh joy!  Oh rapture!  Quiet, quiet my beating heart!

    Now, the jungle drums are growing louder that Biden will be sent riden’ and The Thighmaster will saddle up?  Holy Cow!  How good can this get?  To show such panic this close to the campaign is so telling. And, I know Joe has some buddies who are not going to be too happy.  For all his gaffs, he is an everyman to many, so to humiliate him in favor of Hillary might just keep them home on election day.

    I believe that Hillary would take it if given;  I think anyone would if only on the chance that #1 might go down.  But, Hillary is running out of time.  She is looking older and fatter and uglier.  Her options are narrowing.  But, what if a discarded Biden starts a 3rd party, Hmmmmmmmmm?

    • Anonymous

      Gary Johnson/Joe Biden 2012

      • Whodat

         Biden/Paul 2012 – “What we don’t get right, we get weird.” That’s what I’m talking about.  Is Gary Johnson still making appearances?  I thought he had moved into the “Elvis sighting” league. 

  • Whodat

    I am already mildly euphoric over the PD Composite poll on the masthead above which shows Romney .2 AHEAD of Obomb.  I believe that is the first one of its kind!!!!!!!!  Oh joy!  Oh rapture!  Quiet, quiet my beating heart!

    Now, the jungle drums are growing louder that Biden will be sent riden’ and The Thighmaster will saddle up?  Holy Cow!  How good can this get?  To show such panic this close to the campaign is so telling. And, I know Joe has some buddies who are not going to be too happy.  For all his gaffs, he is an everyman to many, so to humiliate him in favor of Hillary might just keep them home on election day.

    I believe that Hillary would take it if given;  I think anyone would if only on the chance that #1 might go down.  But, Hillary is running out of time.  She is looking older and fatter and uglier.  Her options are narrowing.  But, what if a discarded Biden starts a 3rd party, Hmmmmmmmmm?

    • Anonymous

      Gary Johnson/Joe Biden 2012

      • Whodat

         Biden/Paul 2012 – “What we don’t get right, we get weird.” That’s what I’m talking about.  Is Gary Johnson still making appearances?  I thought he had moved into the “Elvis sighting” league. 

  • Anonymous

    Obama may wish to make the switch; Hilary will refuse. She’s not a fool. She knows that the more America learns about the O & his Admin (from all the alt media since the MSM won’t do their jobs), the less they like. So she’s not going to throw away all the cred she’s earned over the last 4 years for the desperate plea from an emperor who’s been exposed. She’ll stand to the side and watch him wail and flail his way through a campaign that, even if he wins, will reduce his stature yet even more.

    She also knows that some things are going to be brutal – the Euro collapse, a possible recession, Iran issues – that may tap out the next guy’s capital from  the people. Plus, they are things beyond control. So she knows the near future will be rough, and may want to opt out till the lines become a bit more clear.

  • Anonymous

    Obama may wish to make the switch; Hilary will refuse. She’s not a fool. She knows that the more America learns about the O & his Admin (from all the alt media since the MSM won’t do their jobs), the less they like. So she’s not going to throw away all the cred she’s earned over the last 4 years for the desperate plea from an emperor who’s been exposed. She’ll stand to the side and watch him wail and flail his way through a campaign that, even if he wins, will reduce his stature yet even more.

    She also knows that some things are going to be brutal – the Euro collapse, a possible recession, Iran issues – that may tap out the next guy’s capital from  the people. Plus, they are things beyond control. So she knows the near future will be rough, and may want to opt out till the lines become a bit more clear.

  • Anonymous

    And more bad news for Obama:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3mXI0YZDiu0 

    It’s sort of related.

  • Anonymous

    And more bad news for Obama:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3mXI0YZDiu0 

    It’s sort of related.

  • Anonymous

    Once again I agree with Hager. Obama may in fact attempt to change Slow-Joe for Hillary, but, if and when he does, it will be a sure sign of a desperate and flailing campaign. Which, of course it is.

  • Anonymous

    Once again I agree with Hager. Obama may in fact attempt to change Slow-Joe for Hillary, but, if and when he does, it will be a sure sign of a desperate and flailing campaign. Which, of course it is.