Last night I went to a party here in Colorado and we got talking about politics. Soon people began speculating that President Obama would have to drop Joe Biden from the ticket. (Representative comment: "I like his goofiness but he doesn't seem ready to be president -- ever.") I'm inclined to agree. President Obama wants to win and obviously Joe "y'all don't mind me casually calling my opponents racist while being unclear about what state and century I'm in" Biden isn't helping things.
My husband says it will never happen. His argument at the party last night matched what Jim Geraghty's saying:
Of course, a sudden Biden departure won't happen and can't happen, for a couple of reasons. First, it would require President Obama to admit a mistake. Secondly, it would de facto concede that the critics who deride Biden as an ill-informed, tactless, often obnoxious, loudmouthed, bloviating rhetorical time-bomb have been right all along. Thirdly, no one would believe the "sudden health crisis" or other story put forth to explain the switch. Fourth, there's no automatic slam-dunk replacement. Think Hillary Clinton wants to jump in two months before Election Day to help save Obama from his own bad decisions?
I think Clinton could be convinced and that Obama's ego is just as invested in victory as not admitting he made a grievous mistake four years ago.
The Weekly Standard has started a countdown clock for how long Obama has until he can legitimately dump Biden.
And the Standard also pointed out today's schedule:
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing Oval Office Closed Press
10:45AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of State Clinton Oval Office Closed Press
12:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch Private Dining Room Closed Press
What do you think? Will he be dumped? Is today the day?