Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Obama/Clinton beats a Royal Flush
Drudge is linking to a Time article by Robert Reich, a genuine Democrat insider, who is predicting an Obama/Clinton ticket. He claims no inside intel, believe what you will. At the very least it is a very well-informed trial balloon for the D base.
No matter. What matters is that if it happens, it will work. It is very unlikely any R candidate can overcome the D excitement at having Hillary on the ticket. Sorry, that's just reality.
But here is the more important reality: Would Hillary do it?
Why should she? She carries none of the Obama stain as things stand right now. If she signs on to bail him out, she "might" be seen as the saviour of the D party...and she would also be accepting the taint that President Obama now enjoys by himself. If his second term goes badly, as VP she can not distance herself from the stench, the way she can as Secretary of State.
What does Hillary gain by bailing out Obama?
Looking at the political world through the Clinton lens, they win bigger if Obama fails and Hillary runs in 2016 as savior, without any stain.
But the flip side of that: President Obama is doing the heavy lifting toward socialism, a place Hillary would like to go. If she signs onto the ticket and let's President Obama continue the pace, she will look like a moderate in 2016, running from the office of the VP. That is a powerful position.
You can bet the Clintons are doing the political calculus, and it will be interesting to see how it goes.
One political reality is certain: Obama/Clinton beats any R ticket in 2012.
Here's the Reich piece.
Posted by K at 4:54 PM