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Biden Getting Ever More Nervous?

4:15 PM, May 21, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Hillary Clinton's favorability with the American people remains near an all-time high, according to Gallup. Sixty-six percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Secretary of State, while only 23 percent view Clinton unfavorably, tied for a record low.

So here's yet more cause for Vice President Joe Biden to be getting ever more nervous about his future on the ticket with Barack Obama. This new poll might help confirm for the president the wisdom of the advice offered by the boss in his editorial this week, where he notes that Biden does nothing to help the Obama campaign and often serves as a source of embarrassment for the administration:

Who should replace Biden? Everyone knows the answer. Hillary Clinton received nearly 18 million votes in the race for the 2008 Democratic nomination. Her rating in a Washington Post survey a couple of weeks ago was 65 percent favorable, 27 percent unfavorable. Biden hurts Obama. She would help him. 

What’s more, she’d help with precisely the undecided voters Obama needs in November. Many of them are white, working- and middle-class Americans who supported her in the 2008 primaries. They overcame their disappointment at Clinton’s defeat to vote for Obama that November. But many became disillusioned and voted Republican in 2010, producing that year’s GOP landslide. Barack Obama needs to win back as many of them as possible in 2012. They voted for Hillary Clinton once. Surely they’d be more likely to return to Obama if given the opportunity to vote for her again as part of the ticket.

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