The idea that Hillary Clinton would make a good vice-presidential pick for Obama in 2012 is gaining steam. The Wire covered Sally Quinn's op-ed on the topic back in June, and former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder's case for Clinton in Politico last week. But could it really happen? The debate is on:
- She Doesn't Want the Job "Would Clinton want to be vice president?" Asks P.J. Aroon at Foreign Policy's Madam Secretary blog. "Based on what she has said when asked about any presidential ambitions for 2016, it seems like she's ready to transition out of government after serving as secretary of state." Aroon reviews the quotes.
- Of Course She Does, retorts Newsweek's Howard Fineman. "Listen, I've covered Hillary for a long, long time," he says on the Chris Matthews Show. "It's Hillary. It's who she is. She's watched Barack Obama. I think in her mind she's saying he's done some good things but there are things I would have done much, much better. ... And if it's possible to work out the deal to get on the ticket, absolutely she would take it in a second."
- What's More, She's Needed, argues New York Magazine's John Heilemann on the same show. "Right now, with a white approval rating in the mid-thirties, having won forty-three percent of the white vote," Obama could use some help, he says. "Having her on the ticket would be a huge advantage with those voters and would inject a huge amount of energy into the ticket that you would never get with Biden."
- Watch What She Does, If You Want Indicator of Obama's Political Health "An assessment by Clinton that the Obama bandwagon still carries enough wind to win in 2012 would make sticking around and joining the ticket attractive," explains Alain Sanders at The Huffington Post. "Even more intriguing, however, would be a Clinton assessment that Obama is heavily damaged by the November election, and a consequent decision to abandon his Administration to take him on again for the Democratic nomination in 2012." His conclusion:
Pay attention to Hillary. What she does, when she does it, and how she does it will be the most important assessment of the outcome of this November's midterm elections.
- Do Conservatives Want Hillary to Make a Primary Challenge? Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway wonders this, surveying conservative coverage of the new Clinton momentum. First of all, he says, "absent evidence that he's harming the ticket, or unless Biden himself decides he wants to step aside, the idea of Obama selecting a new running mate in 2012 is sheer fantasy." Second, he writes, responding to a call for Hillary to "head for the top of the ticket," Clinton isn't stupid: "Even if [she] did still harbor Presidential ambitions ... Nobody who has challenged an incumbent President in a party primary race has actually succeeded in defeating them."