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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 08/17/2012

Leave Joe Biden alone


Streaking above the fruited plains en route to the Left Coast, my thoughts keep going to Joe Biden. Sure, the vice president has a way with words that get him — and his boss — in trouble. But all this talk about dumping him from the ticket with President Obama is just plain nuts.

And if you thought yesterday’s feverish speculation was something to behold, a preposterous report today on a story from Ed Klein involving Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was off the charts.

“As recently as a couple of weeks ago, the White House was putting out feelers to see if Hillary Clinton was interested in replacing Joe Biden on the ticket,” Klein told Secrets. “Bill Clinton, I’m told, was urging his wife to accept the number two spot if it was formally offered. Bill sees the vice presidency as the perfect launching pad for Hillary to run for president in 2016.”..
Klein, whose book is No. 2 on the NYT bestseller list, quoted unnamed sources who revealed that top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett put the vice presidency on the table during a lunch with the secretary of state. “The lunch was ostensibly about policy issues, but the subject of the vice presidency came up,” he said. “Hillary told Valerie Jarrett that she was not interested in running as Obama’s vice president.”

.Clinton spokesman Phillipe Reines is used to the ceaseless daydreaming of reporters, agitators and instigators who would love nothing more than to cover such drama. But, as Alexander Burns at Politico notes, Reines’s response might be “the best Clinton-for-VP denial ever.”

Biden has been an asset to Obama and to the administration. He goes where the president can’t (figuratively and literally). He has that chummy nature that folks (and reporters) say is essential for politicians. More importantly, he has the foreign policy and Capitol Hill experience that have served this president well.

So, while Biden might have had the worst week in Washington, it nowhere near warrants all this talk of immediate unemployment.

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