Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), tipped her hat to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Friday, with an op-ed suggesting President Barack Obama should replace Vice President Joe Biden with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Biden provoked conservative critics this week when he told a crowd at a Virginia campaign rally that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's economic platform would seek to "put y'all back in chains." He later followed up, saying the comment was meant to be a play off a Republican talking point about "unshackling" the private sector, and that attempts to paint it as a racial statement were misinterpreting his message.
The younger McCain hasn't always had the warmest relationship with the Palins, but this idea appeared to be one she could get behind. Earlier this week she called Biden an "idiot," and on Friday she took it to the next logical conclusion.
From her editorial in the Daily Beast:
The actual reality of President Obama ditching Vice President Biden is slim to none, because if President Obama were to join forces with Hillary he would have to share the stage with a fellow Democrat, whose, let’s face it, star shines brighter than his these days. After four years as secretary of state, Hillary seems to be able to do no wrong. Even a Republican like me thinks it’s refreshing and entertaining to see her let loose, as she danced in South Africa. and she played along with her infamous “Texts from Hillary” Internet meme. She’s such a diplomatic badass, she’s one of the few women on the planet who can pull off wearing a scrunchie and still look cool. A recent Gallup Poll showed her favorability ratings at an all-time high 66 percent.
She's right about one thing. The White House isn't biting.
"One place I would not go for advice on vice presidential running mates is Sen. McCain," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said earlier this week in response to a question about a potential switch.
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The Romney Brothers
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