Tuesday, September 27, 2011
People familiar with this Blog know I don’t use anonymous sources. If I can’t source by name, chances are good the story doesn’t make it in. I am making an exception this time because of the subject — Hillary Clinton and because it comes courtesy of Peter D. Rosenstein.
On a recent Sunday morning, a very prominent Democratic insider stated unequivocally, “Mark my words, on the podium in Charlotte, NC on the final day of the Democratic Convention, the hands held high will be that of Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.” Everyone within earshot looked at him and asked, “Is this inside information?” He responded with a resounding NO but then stood by his prediction nonetheless.
He went on to explain his reasoning and it made sense. If the president’s polling numbers don’t come up or fall even further, he will need to do something to change the discussion and focus to reinvigorate the party and excite the faithful. There would be nothing more exciting then Hillary on the ticket in 2012.
Why would Obama want her on the ticket? First there is the four-shot at the end of the convention. Hands held high, Barack and Hillary flanked by Michelle and Bill being a not-so-subtle reminder that when Bill Clinton left the Presidency the nation was at peace with a budget surplus. Today Bill and Hillary Clinton are two of the most popular politicians in the world. Why would Obama allow Hillary to be the star of the 2012 election? The answer is simple. With Hillary on the ticket he wins a second term, without her he could be a one-term president. What about Joe Biden? He has reached the pinnacle of his elective political career. He can have any position he likes including Secretary of State or Ambassador to Ireland or just retire as an admired elder statesman and make the kind of money he has never made before.
Whether this scenario comes to fruition will depend on what happens over the next six to eight months. Does Obama rebound in the polls or do they continue to show he is vulnerable? Who is the Republican nominee? What is the state of the economy and how high is unemployment? But I have learned to never dismiss as idle D.C. coffee house chatter.
Let’s not forget, back in October, 2010, Washington reporter Bob Woodward said the possibility of a Barack Obama- Hillary Clinton presidential ticket in 2012 was “on the table.”
“Some of Hillary Clinton’s advisers see it as a real possibility in 2012. President Obama needs some of the women, Latinos, retirees that she did so well with during the 2008 primaries and, so they switch jobs, not out of the question.”