One hates to leap forward because of rumors alone, but the Net is flooded with stories that Obama is about to jettison Delaware Joe and take Hilary Clinton in his stead. I’m no political historian, but I can’t imagine this has ever been done before, short of an untimely illness or death of the veep running mate. (PoliSci/History majors, commence with the facts…)
This is not an attempt to gloat about what may happen to Obama’s ticket should these rumors indeed be true. In all seriousness, what would be the ramifications of this move by Obama? Certainly Biden’s career will be finished. Would adding Hilary so late make that much of a difference? (One thing that leads me to believe the rumors are bogus is that there’s a date already in place for the axing of Biden – Oct. 5. Why wait so long? If Biden is crippling the ticket, what good would it do to leave him hanging on for another 10 days?)
If this happens, will the same questions be asked about Obama’s judgment that were asked about McCain’s when he selected Palin? If Biden was such a sound choice, then why replace him? Will Hilary’s selection be considered a pandering move toward the female vote? I think the media won’t dare go there, even though that was their first analysis of the Palin pick.
Again… it seems silly to speculate on all this, but in this, the craziest American political season in history, would this scenario really seem all that far-fetched?
(Or have I fallen for one of the oldest Internet tricks in the book – mass, false hysteria?)