It’s a cruel, cruel world when a decent Vice President is in talks of being ousted from a national ticket, but rumors are swirling that this summer, VP Joe Biden will be replaced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the President’s running mate.
Whether Biden will simply retire or the two will switch places with the former Delaware Senator taking the helm of the State Department is up for debate, but one thing is for certain: the ticket would be far much stronger with Clinton in the co-pilot’s seat than Biden.
This isn’t to say that Biden has done a bad job. By most accounts, he’s been a critical “point man” on the President’s team, a sort of glue that coalesced the Cabinet early on. He’s also been the main go-to official on interaction with Iraqi leadership, visiting the country several times to do everything from expressing the Administration’s expectations of Iraq’s governmental progress to helping reinstate banned candidates from the country’s 2010 elections.
But let’s be honest here: Joe Biden isn’t capable of winning at the top of the ticket in 2016. Yes, he’s lovable, a foreign policy expert, and a mainstay of Democratic statesmanship for four decades, but he’s also gaffe-prone, lacks gravitas, and, well, he doesn’t have that “x-factor” that propels a national figure to the White House. He has the same problem that Sen. John Kerry had in 2004: an impressive resume but nothing that excites the base.
Clinton, on the other hand, has steadily been boosting her reputation among, well, everyone since she was elected senator in 2000. She’s grown on some conservatives (mainly her Senate colleagues) and even has received high marks from top military officials. The Hillary Clinton of 1994’s disastrous Clinton Health Care Plan looks nothing like our modern Secretary of State. Her approval rating has continuously hovered in the low-60s for more than a year, far above VP Biden’s.
The point is that we need a natural successor to President Obama in 2016, and right now, Biden, for all his wonderful qualities, doesn’t hold a candle to the statesmanship and game-changing abilities Hillary Clinton would bring to the table.
The problem is that the President seems stuck on carrying Biden with him for the long haul. According to the Vice President, Obama has already asked him to run with him for re-election, and the online campaign store appears to be symbolic confirmation of this as its packed with Obama-Biden gear for long road to November.
And if it does turn out that Biden stays on the ticket, we’re missing an incredible opportunity to change history. Yes, Clinton could be our country’s first woman president, but more importantly, she’s the type of person that seems to scream destiny.
You think President Obama is good? Imagine President Hillary Clinton.
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