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  Should Obama Replace Biden?
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ContributorThomas Walker 
Last EditedThomas Walker  Sep 16, 2008 11:22am
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News DateTuesday, September 16, 2008 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn what now seems the long ago days between the time Sen. John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate and her acceptance speech, there was considerable speculation in the news media that Sen. McCain would drop her from the ticket.

This was entirely a media invention. There was no sentiment among Republicans for replacing Ms. Palin, and Sen. McCain -- whose loyalty to his friends nearly cost him his life in Vietnam -- is not the kind of person who would desert his choice.

And there was a very practical reason why this option never was considered. Sen. George McGovern was going to lose in 1972 no matter what, but the final nail in his coffin was when he dumped running mate Thomas Eagleton after it was revealed Sen. Eagleton had had shock treatments for an unspecified mental illness. With one stroke, Sen. McGovern called into question both his judgment and his loyalty.

There has, of course, been no further speculation about dropping Sarah Palin from the ticket after her boffo performance in St. Paul. But my friend Steve Maloney (who first got me interested in Sarah Palin) says his sources in the Democratic Party are telling him Barack Obama is being pressured to dump Sen. Joseph Biden from the ticket and replace him with Hillary Clinton, the switch to come just after the vice presidential debate Oct. 2. Speculation about such a switch has emerged on several left-wing blogs.
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