Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Obama-Clinton ticket in 2012?...No Way!

Not even if you see swine go airborne!
Not even if the Pope does deficate in the woods!
Not even on the coldest day in Hades!
Yes, the White House is all but publicly grousing about the way the vice president forced the president’s hand on gay marriage.
And yes, Biden has proven to be a much juicier target for the late-night comedians than the more phlegmatic president.
Still, dumping a sitting VEEP is not, if rarely done!
How would Barrack explain such a flip flop?

why won't it happen? click image for complete story

When have presidents who are up for re-election dumped their vice presidents, and why have they done it?
In modern times,a president has dumped his veep only three times.
F.D. Roosevelt twice,
 and G.R. Ford once.

Franklin Roosevelt did it in 1940.
 His two-term vice president, the former House Speaker John Nance Garner, was far more conservative than his president, and had broken with him on issues like the packing of the Supreme Court. The Democratic Party’s liberal wing despised Garner. At a congressional hearing, labor leader John L. Lewis called him "a labor-baiting, poker-playing, whiskey-drinking, evil old man." When Garner showed signs that he might challenge FDR’s nomination for a third term in office with his own presidential candidacy, the Democrats replaced him on the ticket with Henry Wallace, the secretary of agriculture. (Garner retired to Texas, his place in history assured by his famous aphorism–often censored–that the job he held was “not worth a bucket of warm piss.”)
Four years later, it was Wallace’s turn to say goodbye. His liberal views on race and social justice, along with a very sympathetic attitude toward the Soviet Union, unsettled Democrats who were well aware that FDR might not survive his fourth term.
Out went Wallace, in came Harry Truman.
 Wallace got the consolation prize of secretary of commerce, until his increasingly open hostility to Truman’s Cold War policies got him booted. In 1948, he ran for president as a member of the very-left Progressive Party; he got 2.4 percent of the vote, but the 8 percent he captured in New York likely cost Truman that state, and he surely made the results in California and Ohio far closer than they otherwise would have been.

The other time came in 1976, when Gerald Ford was facing a strong challenge to his renomination from Ronald Reagan. Ford had to have the support of prominent conservatives such as Strom Thurmond–and the price of their support was the dumping of Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. To help Ford, Rockefeller fell on his own sword by taking himself out of the running early–in November 1975–saying, "I didn't come down (to Washington) to get caught up in party squabbles which only make it more difficult for the president in a very difficult time, when the problems of the country require his fullest possible attention.” He left the political stage dramatically, caught on camera giving the middle-finger salute at a campaign rally; and left life even more dramatically, having given up the ghost while engaged in intercourse–perhaps social, perhaps otherwise–with a woman 45 years his junior.

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