Dream Team: Obama, Clinton Ticket 2012
1 year ago
Voters, bloggers still push for Hillary Clinton as Obama’s vice president.
Although Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie that the idea of her joining Obama in 2012 as vice president was not a “serious issue in the administration,” voters and political analysts have continued to tussle with the possibility.
In October 2011, Hillary said: “I do not think it’s even in the realm of possibility, and in large measure because I think Vice President [Joe] Biden has done an amazingly good job.”
She added: “It’s maybe a subject for speculation on Google, but it’s not a serious issue in the administration.”
Indeed, the Obama/Clinton possibility became a trending topic since the ball dropped. From The Daily Beast’s “Bill Clinton vs. Obama? Democrats Need to Go Centrist for 2012” to “Why 2012 will be Obama-Clinton vs. Romney-Rubio” by the Chicago Tribune journalists are weighing in.
The mysterious Biden/Clinton swap idea that will catapult the vice president to Hillary’s secretary of state position has also been an accepted theory. But what could Clinton really bring as Obama’s vice president?
In 2010, Tunku Varadarajan of The Daily Beast predicted Clinton could set a tone that is tough, serious—contrary to what he thinks the current administration has exuded.
“In an administration that has become a byword for overreach, Hillary has struck a tone of hard-nosed, understated dignity, of no-nonsense professionalism, of a pant-suited determination in telling contrast to the panty-waist in the White House,” he wrote.
Clinton’s addition could energize the Democrat base. With a bad economy and unemployment rates, the secretary of state could remind voters of a number of “firsts’” the administration has accomplished. From health care reform to Obama’s mark in history as the first African-American president; the first woman vice president does not sound bad at all.