They Doth Protest Too Much
Biden's defenders vs. the evidence.
9:28 PM, May 23, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Joe Biden's defenders have been awfully defensive lately about calls for President Obama to swap the current vice president for Hillary Clinton. "Vice President Biden is a big political plus for the ticket, and will make a real difference in the swing states this fall.... I've seen the connection he makes with hard-working Ohioans," former Ohio governor Ted Strickland wrote at The Atlantic's website on May 19. "If Joe Biden is more of a target for Republicans in 2012 than he was in the 2008 campaign, that’s only because the GOP fears him more, according to Ted Kaufman, Biden’s former chief of staff and successor in the Senate," reports Politico this afternoon.
But where's the evidence that Biden is actually an asset to the president? Strickland and Kaufman don't cite any polls to make their case. In fact, a Gallup poll released Wednesday shows that Biden's favorability rating is now negative for the first time since Obama picked him as a running mate: 42 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Biden, while 46 percent have an unfavorable view. And Biden is particularly not well-liked in swing states:
If Biden has a negative favorable rating, while Obama has a positive favorable rating, how could Biden possibly be of help to the president?