Dream Team: Obama, Clinton Ticket 2012
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.
The former New York senator would remind voters of her well-liked husband, Bill Clinton, and the current administration’s foreign policy efforts—with the capture of Osama bin Laden as No.1. In a recent Gallup poll, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton topped the “Most Admired List,” again. This is Clinton’s 10th year taking the spot with Obama in his fourth year. Not too bad.
The constant communication between the Clinton's and the Obama campaign could be an indicator that some sort of good relationship exists. During November 2011, Obama's top advisers met with Bill Clinton and his former advisers for re-election help.
Joe Conason of the National Memo logged what happened at the meeting:
“As the meeting began, the Obama aides laid out their sense of the political landscape, their polling data on attitudes among voters in the Democratic base and independents who might be truly undecided, the shaping of their message and their campaign's organizational structure across the country. They also frankly discussed findings from voter focus groups that the campaign has conducted in recent months. Much of the presentation dealt with battleground states such as North Carolina, Virginia, Nevada, and Arizona, where Obama prevailed four years ago but faces more difficult odds next year,” Conason wrote.
The match is ideal, but ultimately it is up to Hillary and the Obama campaign team, considering “it’s not a serious issue in the administration,” according to Mrs. Clinton.
On Facebook, I asked users their thoughts. Here’s what they had to say:
Jason Lawrence: I guess in some distant leftist utopia, free of cronyism and blatant corruption Hillary Clinton could be a viable VP candidate. It’s constitutionally possible. But for most Americans, in reality, it would just be weird.
Peter McKay: Biden is just fine. If it ain't broke.
Kimberly Nettles: I believe Hillary Clinton would be a great choice for vice president. She exudes an air of power and knowledge that is extremely influential. I believe Joe Biden hasn’t fulfilled his positional duties to the necessary extent. During this time of disarray, I feel the person best suited to uplift this country would be a ticket including Obama and Clinton 2012.
What are your thoughts?