Panicked Obama Preparing The Torricelli Maneuver?

Late last month, it was suggested Sarah Palin Excitement would compel the Obama campaign to pull the Torricelli maneuver:
Joe Biden will disappear from the campaign trail, and we will later learn it was to see a doctor. A previously-undiscovered, vaguely ominous health issue will be discovered, and Biden will sadly announce that he cannot continue as Obama's running mate. With a sudden need for a new one, Obama will turn... to Hillary Clinton.
I thought it was a joke...and still do. But. Biden said this today in NH.
Make no mistake about this, Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be Vice President of the United States of America,” he said to one man who expressed his relief that Obama chose Biden over the former First Lady because of “the things she’s done in the past.”
“Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me,” he said with a grin. “I mean that sincerely. She is first rate. So lets get that straight.”