After a week when Joe Biden employed his best Delaware drawl to warn “y’all” the GOP wants to put you “back in chains,” told the same Virginia crowd that they would help President Obama win North Carolina this year, and declared America perfectly capable of leading the worldwide automotive industry well into the 20th century, the vice president is catching plenty of heat. Naturally, the rumors are swirling that he will, or should, be replaced on the Democratic ticket this year.
Should Obama dump Biden from the ticket?
Total Voters: 1,193
Ed Klein, author of a book about the Obama administration, said last night on CNBC that Hillary Clinton was offered, and turned down, the job — two weeks ago. Personally, I would be surprised if that entire conversation — from Obama “putting out feelers” to Clinton turning them definitively away — had already taken place. But I wouldn’t be surprised if such conversations were happening inside the Obama campaign. Biden is a liability, and looks even more like a drag on the Obama campaign compared to the smooth, serious Paul Ryan on the GOP side.
But let’s say Klein has it right. Is Hillary the only person Obama should ask? At Hot Air, Ed Morrissey suggests she isn’t even the best replacement Obama could make. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana are two people he says would be better than her. I don’t know about that: For all the Democrats’ talk of the (phony) “war on women,” I think there would be a lot of angry liberal women if Obama was seen as having passed over Hillary again. And it’s not as if she could reveal publicly that she’d turned down the job without really angering Obama: A sitting president sure wouldn’t want to be seen as settling for his third choice as a running mate.
So how about it: Should Obama dump Biden for someone else, and if so, who? That’s this week’s Poll Position question. Answer in the nearby poll and in the comments thread below.
– By Kyle Wingfield