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OBAMA STICKING WITH BIDEN AS VP OUT OF FEAR THAT HE WOULD SAY SOMETHING STUPID
August 16 2012
Washington, D.C. - The dream of the democratic Dream Team is dead once again. White House officials have announced, have made it clear, that President Obama has no intentions of replacing Joe Biden on the Presidential ticket in favour of Hillary Clinton.
The latest round of speculation about just such a thing happening started in the last few days after Biden made a vague allusion to slavery, a gaffe that Republican foes have jumped on. Those comments, many believed, were the death knell for Biden as Vice President and would open the door for Clinton but it appears that is not to be.
While the details of that decision making process, presuming there was a decision being made at all, have not been made public it’s believed extremely likely that Obama and his team would be concerned about Biden going off and saying ridiculous things if he was left off the ticket because, well, that’s what Biden does and no one wants to be in that firing line again.
“They know that what they're saying about this is ridiculous. It’s an obvious attempt to take attention away from policy issues,” said White House spokesperson Jay Carney. “The vice president was talking about Wall Street reform. The vice president's intention was clear.”
Obama reportedly met with Biden and Clinton early this morning which inspired fresh speculation about a switch but considering that they are the two closest and most important cabinet members it was probably just a regular meeting.
Even Republicans have encouraged Obama to dump Biden in favour of Clinton which is weird because it would likely all but secure a victory in the election.
“From a pure politics perspective, Clinton would be the best choice. I don’t think there’s any debate on that. She would also be a really good Vice President and certainly wouldn’t let her mouth get her in trouble. It’s like she’s an intern or anything. Bazinga!” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “Anyways, yeah she seems like she would be the perfect choice and given that Obama is already clearly the President and there is no chance of him being overshadowed it seems weird that he wouldn’t make the choice. It would suck for Biden and cause a bit of stir in that area but overall, well, who cares. You have an election to win.”
Clinton has long been considered a candidate for the 2016 Presidential race. Biden, not so much.
“I think it would be a great pairing and would be as close to a slam dunk as these things get. With two pretty dull candidates on one side and two dynamic and compelling candidates on the other it seems a pretty sensible thing and an easy win but I guess Obama sees it differently,” continued Kinsey. “I guess there always is a danger as to what Biden would do or say if he was taken off the ticket. Maybe if it was acceptable to, say, put him down instead of letting him continue to roam around and cause problems it might be more of an option but given the way he is, well, it’s dangerous to say the least.”
It’s not clear if Obama has discussed or considered ways to put Biden down recently or at any time.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent