November 3, 2013
Obama-Biden or Clinton 2012
By: Joseph S. Fichera
A new book (“Double Down”) says that Obama’s campaign staff explored the option of dumping Joe Biden for Hillary Clinton as VP. No confirmation that Obama knew of the “testing the waters.”
What’s most troubling for me is the lack of personal loyalty solely for political/personal gain. It is one thing to ask someone to step aside because of a specific issue that creates a liability, a hinderance to a larger objective. But that was not the case. Biden was/is an excellent VP as VPs go. The thought was “what do we get if we dump him and pick up Hilary?”….a win at any cost strategy…even the trust and loyalty of a colleague. Me first?
As for whether the President knew… Where was the “Are you nuts? The boss would never go for that!” or “Yes we can but no we shouldn’t?” It just is troubling. Nothing to do because all the alternatives were/are worse. Just disappointing I guess.