Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Biden out - Hillary in ?

A friend recently received an email which he forwarded on to me, asking my thoughts on the whole thing..........here's the email as forwarded to him;

"Let me share some info with you that I have gotten from excellent sources within the DNC: On or about October 5th, Biden will excuse himself from the ticket, citing health problems, and he will be replaced by Hillary. This is timed to occur after the VP debate on 10/2. There have been talks all weekend about how to proceed with this info. generally, the feeling is that we should all go ahead and get it> out there to as many blog sites and personal email lists as is possible. I have already seen a few short blurbs about this - the 'healthproblem' cited in those articles was aneurysm. Probably many of you have heard the same rumblings. However, at this point, with this inside info from the DNC, it looks like this Obama strategy will be a go. Therefore, it seems that the best strategy is to get out in front of this Obama maneuver, spell it out in detail, and thereby expose it for the grand manipulation that it is. So, let's start mixing this one up and cut the Obamites off at the pass - send this info out to as many people as you can - post about it on websites and blogs - etc etc"

Although this was this first time I'd heard the rumor, it's been blogged before. After a Google search, I came across this:
Biden's "health problems".
Joe Biden's health - part deaux.

I'd have to say, that I certainly wouldn't put it past the Democrats to attempt this if they thought it could be to their advantage. For those who are prone to follow conspiracies, we already have Biden saying that Hillary may have been the better pick and Bill Clinton saying things, such as, " [Hillary] would have been the best politically ” and that, although Hillary Clinton “didn’t” want to be Obama’s running mate,
“She said that if he asked ‘I’ll do it because it’s my duty’ but I think, look, she loves being a senator from New York.”
Some might say that seeds are already being planted for the coup.

I'm not quite sure that such a change could even be possible, legally. There are State laws regarding a candidate's name being placed on the ballot and I don't know if the Democrats would be allowed to substitute Hillary's name for Biden on such short notice. In Texas, Libertarian Bob Barr is taking Obama and McCain to court to challenge their being on the ballot there because both had missed the official filing deadline.
In some States ( like Georgia ) early voting starts this week. If the Democrats could substitute VPs, there are certainly going to be some voters who will have already voted for Biden. Talk about a huge legal mess. This would make the 2000 election mess look like a cake walk.

If I had to bet on all this, I'd say this "Biden health issues" story is just an Internet rumor.

Update: Obama/Palin?.


LarryD said...

Never underestimate the sneakiness of the American politician...Rush Limbaugh mentioned this a couple weeks ago on his show as well. It wouldn't surprise me in the least.

Robert said...

I don't get to listen to Rush as much as I'd like. My work schedule doesn't allow it. I didn't know Rush had spoke of this.......if this was true, they'd no longer attempt it due to Rush being about to bring up his old sound bites.

LarryD said...

Is this scenario more likely: Biden stays on the ticket, Obama loses, allowing Hillary to run again in 2012. If she's on the ticket and they win, she can't run until 2016. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if the Clintons are hoping Obama loses so that she can run in 4 years as opposed to waiting 8.

Robert said...

I think most of us feel the same. The Clintons don't want Obama to win.