The Vice President dropped by MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program this morning. Mika asked him about Palin’s assertion that she would win in a 2012 match up. The first half of his answer is what you might expect. But then the voluable Biden becomes, for perhaps the first time, suddenly tight-lipped.
Biden‘s words aren’t without grounding — at this point. A CNN poll released shortly after the election earlier in November found that Obama would best Palin in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. In that election, 52 percent of registered voters would re-elect Obama, while 44 percent would support Palin.
If Palin does run in 2012, it’s no sure thing that she would face off against Obama in the end. The Republican primary field is crowded and without any clear frontrunner, and it’s very possible she might not win the nomination.
Some of those Republican candidates’ cases against Palin will involve electability, especially since that same post-election CNN poll showed some GOP figures faring better against Obama. For instance, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) led Obama 52-44 percent in the poll, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) had a 50-45 percent advantage over Obama.
I still want to know what Biden really wanted to say.