In early December I started pontificating on the idea of an Obama/Clinton ticket in 2012. Well, it seems folks are thinking about it a little more these days and maybe even being serious.
A White House official said that questions about election strategy have to be handled by the Democratic National Committee and so any shake up in the President’s cabinet would really be directed by the DNC.
Outside analysts suggest the odds are slim a vice-presidential trade is in the offing, but they would not rule out the possibility entirely, especially if the polls look grim for Mr. Obama a few months from now.
A benefit for Clinton, and Biden, would be a more prominent place in history books. Clinton would go from a the first female presidential candidate who gave a serious run for the position, to Secretary of State to first female Vice President–her political stamp would be emblazoned for centuries across the minds of the world. Biden would become only one of a handful of politicians who successfully navigated a VP to Secretary of State switch and may just have a more direct impact on US policy.
Clinton as VP opens all sorts of possibilities. It would create a big stir, it would be a way of stealing thunder from the Republicans. While Presidents are not elected because of their VP running mates there may be a precedent set here if Obama can find truly valuable ways to flush out Clinton’s job description that may give the American people some belief that she will truly be second in command and helping shape American policy on a daily basis.
We know Clinton is leaving the Secretary of State role at the end of Obama’s first term–she has said so on many occasions. Is it time for a VP roles and responsibilities update in the job description?