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.
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.