The walls are closing in for Joe Biden. There were rumours flying around about a possible Hillary-Obama ticket to replace the former vice president. These rumours were natural considering the general weakness of Biden’s candidacy.
Yes, Biden scored stunning victories over Bernie Sanders. He outlasted all his rivals running for the Democratic nomination. Yet, despite his victory, Biden never appeared like a candidate ready to take on Trump. From regular gaffes in rallies and town halls to poor debate performances, Biden stumbled from one bad situation to another.
His campaign, devoid of any fresh ideas, allowed Biden to float into nothingness until Jim Clyburn’s endorsement won him the South Carolina primary. After poor performances in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, the South Carolina win made Biden the only establishment capable of stopping Sanders.
Helped by Obama, Biden secured key nominations from rivals in the race to corner Bernie who fought for the progressive vote with Warren. Biden eventually trounced Bernie thereafter and is now the nominee to take on Trump.
Then where does the Hillary-Obama ticket talk come from?
Tara Reade’s Allegations Have Gained Momentum
Mainstream media, great friends of Biden who wanted him to run back in 2016 too, laid off the Tara Reade story. The fact that CNN, the paragon of sensationalism, didn’t think once to book Tara Reade for an interview to explain her side speaks volume about the network. MSNBC didn’t cover itself in glory either. Chris Hayes gave the story the importance it deserved. However, he did so only after watching his network get shamed for ignoring the allegations against Biden.
In a recent interview, Biden refuted the allegations against him. Morning Consult did a survey to find out what Democrats thought about the apology and his candidacy. The results showed one in four Democrats who watched the apology want a different candidate.
The DNC knows it needs to unify the party in order to beat Trump in November. If the allegations against Joe Biden take a more serious turn, the party would divide further and hand Trump the election. The Hillary-Obama ticket is seen as an option to replace Biden if he indeed drops out in light of these allegations.
The Hillary-Obama Ticket
Unlike former vice president Biden who finds it difficult to get media attention at the mere mention of his name, the exact opposite is true of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Obama is still viewed as a great president, especially when compared to Trump. Hillary, despite losing to Trump in 2016, is amongst the few politicians in America who commands media presence.
A Hillary-Obama ticket would be the dream for moderate and centrist Democrats who are tired of Biden’s inadequacies. Obama’s presence would grant Hillary the legitimacy she needs in the party to take the nomination at the convention.
The problem with the ticket is that it sounds only good on paper. The decisions of the Obama administration were a big reason for Trump’s 2016 victory. If the Hillary-Obama ticket does indeed become a reality, Trump will simply revert to his 2016 playbook.
Remember Trump’s approval rating isn’t in dire straits. Despite presiding over the worse crisis in America since World War II, 49% of the country approves of Trump. A larger portion of the country hates the media. If Hillary and Obama run together and gather hollow positive coverage, this part of the population will again sit at home, vote third party, or go red for Trump.
There is no sound policy core at the heart of the Hillary-Obama ticket. This again would make it easy for Trump to poke holes and divide the Democratic base.
A Dream for Centrist Hacks
The rumours of the Hillary-Obama ticket, probably initiated by centrist hacks to make their childhood dreams come true, lacks any core substance. The American public wants solutions, not dream teams dredged up to excite political hacks. If Biden does end up dropping out, the Democrats must award the nomination to the candidate with the next best number of delegates.
Naturally, that will never happen.