By Ralph Hipp
Whether it is the political fodder of columnists and book writers, or a newly hatched idea from the walls and halls of the White House and State Department, one of the interesting wrinkles of the 2012 Campaign is only barely being talked about at the start of this election year. So with ALL this coverage of the Republican primary season, I want to float this trial balloon with you before it may become one of the big stories of the fall campaign.
President Obama is pondering whether to switch Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. He would be named Secretary of State in an Obama 2nd term, if he and Hillary can win as the 1 & 2 on this year's Democratic ticket.
Clinton brings a virtual airplane load of baggage with her into the Vice-Presidential spot. But there were so many voters who supported her last time, an Obama-Clinton ticket might be the only way the President could lay claim to the White House for another four years.
Hillary Clinton is simply worn out, globe hopping on jets and being away from Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea for long stretches at a time. And Joseph Biden has, shall I say, a world more experience in foreign policy than Ms. Clinton in his Foreign Relations Committee work in the Senate before he was tapped to run for VP.
Critics say Clinton joining the ticket would sink it, driving Obama even further away from the voters who love him and can't stand her. Others say a ticket shift shows desperation from a President quickly losing confidence that he can win, despite his enormous gifts as a political fundraiser. And some are quick to point out putting Obama and Clinton together would virtually hand the Presidency over to the Republicans.
What say you?
I'd love to read your thoughts on whether you think bringing Hillary in as a possible Vice-President is a stroke of genius, or could be a final stroke of bad luck for Barack Obama. rh