Obama’s poll numbers are stickily under 50%, his money is not coming in on schedule or as hoped, and the election is on the horizon. Frederic Dicker of the NY Post is postulating that Obama will replace Biden on the ticket with Andrew Cuomo, Gov. of New York. Plausible? Oh yes.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt Obama is going to pick him as his running mate. The president is in trouble and [Vice President Joseph] Biden doesn’t bring anything to his ticket.
“The president will call him up later this year and say, ‘Andrew, you have to do this for the good of the country.’ What’s Andrew going to say, ‘No?’ ”
Cuomo, who saw a flurry of predictions last week in the wake of the gay-marriage victory that he’ll run for president in 2016, has repeatedly refused to discuss the possibility of higher office.
Presidential candidates always try to patch holes in their resumÃ©s with a running mate’s qualifications.Â When Obama was first a Presidential candidate, he had many holes, but one of the worst was a lack of foreign policy experience, especially detrimental to him since we were in a long and treacherous war.Â Biden, as a long term member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, seemed a good patch.Â We’ll leave aside for now the fact that Biden has been wrong about every foreign policy decision at least since the time he reached elected office, he was still able to check that box and the media was more than happy to cover for Biden’s failures.
But now we have a new election, and with several years behind him Obama can say that he has experience in this area, so Biden is bringing nothing to the ticket.Â Where is the biggest lack now?Â Competence.Â Unemployment is persistent and deep, manufacturing is slumping again when it had hardly started to pick up before, the deficit is ballooning, housing is going to crash again, and the only thing Obama has accomplished is a Health Care bill that America hates.
Cuomo disagrees with me on everything government does or could do, but he has managed to get his agenda through.Â It’s not a good agenda, but he has shown a fair amount of competence if you’re willing to overlook his complicity, while he presided over HUD, with the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac meltdown.Â Therefore, I’m inclined to believe the rumor that he will be on the 2012 ticket.Â Now let’s see if America is foolish enough to re-elect an incompetent due to a competent side-kick.
h/t toÂ Jim Geraghty over at National Review. He sends me an email every day (unless he’s off fishing or otherwise playing hooky) with all kinds of neat information in it. Sign up here if you want in on the action.