Monday, September 22, 2008

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Biden Stepping Down?

It appears that the current buzz on the Internet is the question of whether or not Biden will be stepping down and Hillary will be taking his place as VP candidate.

Here's the content of an e-mail I got this morning from a friend (thanks, J!) --

On or about October 5th, Biden will excuse himself from the ticket, citing health
problems, and he will be replaced by Hillary. This is timed to occur after the VP
debate on 10/2.

There have been talks all weekend about how to proceed with this info. Generally,
the feeling is that we should all go ahead and get it out there to as many blog sites
and personal email lists as is possible. I have already seen a few short blurbs about
this - the 'health problem' cited in those articles was aneurysm. Probably many of
you have heard the same rumblings.

However, at this point, with this inside info from the DNC, it looks like this Obama
strategy will be a go. Therefore, it seems that the best strategy is to get out in front
of this Obama maneuver, spell it out in detail, and thereby expose it for the grand
manipulation that it is.

So, let's start mixing this one up and cut the Obamites off at the pass - send this
info out to as many people as you can - post about it on websites and blogs - etc.

[Source unknown]


Coincidentally, yesterday I was doing some reading about Biden's health. I find it curious that some of McCain's opponents point to his age and health as risk factors, overlooking that Biden is only six years younger and had two surgeries for brain aneurysms in 1988.

In August, FoxNews reported this:

Biden underwent surgery in 1988 to repair two berry aneurysms on opposite sides of his brain. (A berry aneurysm gets its name because the bulge it creates is so small it looks like a tiny blueberry.)

As long as Biden is checked regularly by his health care providers, and has regular brain CT scans (at least every 1-2 years), he should have a normal life expectancy, Dr. Michael Marin, chief of surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, told FOXNews.com.

"He is probably on medication, but not for the aneurysms. Maybe for blood pressure or that kind of thing," Marin said. "These aneurysms were diagnosed before he had any events, so he is fine."

An aneurysm is an enlargement of a normal artery. If an artery has a bulge on its surface – due to genetics or a medical condition such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure – and the artery wall becomes stretched, it can rupture.


Another coincidence:
this morning I got my weekly update from Snopes, the website that's great for checking out "urban legends" and some of those questionable e-mails that get forwarded to your inbox en masse. This week's update included its take on this Biden / Hillary rumor. It states that the veracity of the e-mail is "undetermined," citing that there have always been such rumors during presidential campaigns. The origins of such rumors are from back when McGovern abruptly replaced his VP running mate Thomas Eagleton for Sargent Shriver just 18 days after the Democratic National Convention in 1972.

If you google "Biden stepping down," you will find numerous pages of links to articles and blogs discussing this rumor.

Is it possible that Biden will step down and Hillary would be tapped to take his place? With how ugly this campaign is getting (and getting uglier by the day!), I kind of put a bit of stock in this rumor. There are so many angry Hillary supporters, many going over to the McCain camp with the selection of Palin as his running mate. Obama and McCain are fairly neck and neck in various opinion polls, with Palin having boosted McCain a bit among voters.

It would be one helluva of clever move -- dumping Biden for Hillary would probably cinch the election for the Democratic ticket.
I think Obama and his advisers are shrewd enough to "throw Biden under the bus."

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