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Steve Kornacki's latest article: Clinton revisionism will cost the right

The controversy over the “chains” metaphor that Joe Biden used in a speech earlier this week has given Republicans another excuse to engage in one of their favorite Obama-era past-times: Talking up the Clintons.

In this case, it’s Hillary who is the subject of their rhetorical largesse, with several Republicans claiming that Biden’s comment should prompt President Obama to make a running-mate switch.

Sarah Palin, for instance, branded Biden’s remark “disgusting” during a Fox News appearance Tuesday night and said, “If that’s not the nail in the coffin, really, the strategists there in the Obama campaign have got to look at a diplomatic way of replacing Joe Biden on the ticket with Hillary.” Fox’s Neil Cavuto was then able to refer back to this in a Wednesday interview with John McCain, who gamely played alongby saying that it “might be wise” for Obama to swap Clinton in for Biden.

“But that’s not going to happen,” McCain quickly added, “for a whole variety of reasons.”

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