Lately I have had a sinking feeling in my gut.
Joe Biden has been running around the country making gaffes, which is fairly normal for him. What isn’t normal is the number of gaffes made in a row, or the willingness of the media to cover them, however briefly.
Why does this matter..?
In politics, it is very hard to remove someone from a ticket without seeing a substantial backlash, unless there is a good and well-known reason for doing so.
To me, this all looks like a politically calculated set up.
The Obama campaign is stagnating. They’re out of ideas, and have gone fully negative. With no achievements to crow about, they have nothing positive with which to hang their hats upon. Joe Biden doesn’t add anything for the Obama team this year. In fact, he almost certainly represents a net loss for the campaign as a whole. He keeps taking them off of their message. He is seen as a buffoon everywhere except for the most liberal of circles.
He just isn’t good old “Uncle Joe” anymore. He’s a liability.
Barack Obama does not like liabilities.
Enter Hillary Clinton.
Many pundits and politicians have made comments recently about the notion of replacing Biden with Clinton. Seriously, I wish they would all shut the hell up!
I have nightmares about this scenario.
The Democrats would almost certainly win under this scenario.
Like it, or not, Clinton’s positives are through the roof for a politician; higher than anyone currently in the race, regardless of the fact that she is one of the most corrupt figures in American political history. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, I suppose.
If she still holds ambitions for the presidency, her best shot in 2016 would be from the catbird seat of Vice President. Still, Clinton might be inclined to turn down such an offer, were one extended to her. By all accounts, she just isn’t very fond of Barack Obama, and who could blame her after the tactics that Obama’s handler David Axelrod used against her in the last presidential primaries?
But her ambitions were enough to allow her to overcome those negative feelings and take the job as Secretary of State. It isn’t a stretch to think that she would put her ambition for power ahead of everything else, given that she has done exactly that her entire life.
But will Obama even offer her the job?
Recently, I have been feeling it in the political winds that such a storm was brewing.
John McCain may have provided shelter from that storm.
During a recent interview on Fox News, McCain said that he would drop Biden and replace him with Hillary. He also said that Hillary was not likely to go along with that plan, but I don’t trust that notion very much, and it isn’t really pertinent here.
What does matter is that the liberal blogosphere was completely apoplectic about the notion of taking advice from that rotten, evil bastard John McCain.
Ah, good old childish liberals. So very predictable.
Was McCain being a Jedi Master of reverse psychology? Probably not. He was most likely just vocalizing what many of us were thinking. Again, I wish some people would shut the hell up! But in this case, I am actually glad he did it. McCain, wittingly or not, has shored up support for Biden to remain on the Obama ticket.
And John, if this works, I forgive you for everything!