ROBERT REICH: Get Ready for an Obama-Clinton Presidential Ticket

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

According to the latest Gallup poll, the most admired man in the U.S. is President Barack Obama and the most admired woman is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This marks the fourth consecutive year for Mr. Obama while Ms. Clinton has been the most admired woman in each of the last 10 years. Quite an accomplishment.

While the Gallup poll certainly confirms the enduring popularity of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, Robert Reich, the former Clinton labor secretary is making a prediction: Get ready for Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden to swap places in 2012. Mr. Biden becomes Secretary of State, a position he’s coveted for many years and Ms. Clinton becomes Vice President.

Reich explains:

Why do I say this? Because Obama needs to stir the passions and enthusiasms of a Democratic base that’s been disillusioned with his cave-ins to regressive Republicans. Hillary Clinton on the ticket can do that.

Moreover, the economy won’t be in superb shape in the months leading up to Election Day. If the European debt crisis grows worse and if China’s economy continues to slow, there’s a better than even chance we’ll be back in a recession. Clinton would help deflect attention from the bad economy and put it on foreign policy, where she and Obama have shined. 

The deal would also make Clinton the obvious Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 — offering the Democrats a shot at twelve (or more) years in the White House, something the Republicans had with Ronald Reagan and the first George Bush but which the Democrats haven’t had since FDR. Twelve years gives the Democratic party a chance to reshape the U.S. Supreme Court as well as put an indelible stamp on America. 

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8 Responses to ROBERT REICH: Get Ready for an Obama-Clinton Presidential Ticket

  1. Randy Arroyo says:

    It’s one thing when Hillary Clinton’s supporters float this idea but so many high profile Washington Democrats suggest an Obama/Clinton 2012, you really have to stop and give it pause. I know Biden is interested in State because I’ve heard him say as much on the Sunday blab shows but, Hillary is like a Mona Lisa. She just gets up each day and does her job and rarely responds to these rumors. Her silence seems to say it all. I think 2012 will be very interesting for the Democrats.

  2. Politisite says:

    Not an easy ticket to beat

  3. Adirondacky says:

    Robert Reich is a reliable guy. Not a nut case or on the Clinton payroll. Who knows? Maybe it will happen exactly as he and others say it will play out in 2012?

  4. Nigel Karsten says:

    For goodness sake, just get on with it and replace Biden with Hillary Clinton. Biden talks carelessly and is something of a loose canon. Obama deserves better as do the American people. Then Hillary will be perfectly positioned for 2016.

  5. feminazi says:

    Robert Reich is correct. Obama needs Hillary, but Hillary does not need Obama. With polls showing Romney at 45% and Obama at 39%, adding Hillary to the ticket is the president’s only path to an election victory next year.

  6. The Real Adam says:

    I think it all comes down to the economy.

    If joblessness remains at or near 9% then Obama will have to do something bold like replace Biden with Hillary. But if the economy improves and he can run as the president whose policies turned the tide on the worst economy since the Great Depression, then replacing Biden with Hillary won’t be a priority.

  7. Harry says:

    Fingers crossed!

  8. Tiny Dancer says:

    Like Harry said. Fingers crossed.

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