Thursday, December 29, 2016

Clinton as VP? Biden as Secretary of State? A flashback to 2011

Here's an reminder of an interesting moment in politics from 2011.

Tom Hayden, who passed away in 2016, was writing then that he thought the talk about Clinton becoming Obama's Vice Presidential running mate in 2012 wass more than just frivolous media chatter. In Vice President Hillary Clinton? Secretary of State Joe Biden? Peace and Justice Resource Center 10/31/2011, he writes:

Democratic insiders worried about 2012 are discussing a Grand Switch, making Hillary Clinton the vice presidential nominee and Joe Biden the Secretary of State. Nothing is decided, but the talk cannot stay secret for long.

President Obama’s re-election is threatened in the electoral college and by potentially low turnout in key battleground states, including North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada. On the face of it, the popular Clinton might help the ticket in several of those states, if only marginally more so than Biden.

But Clinton is seen as bringing a charge to the party’s critical levels of energy, registration and turnout. Enthusiastic support from women alone could make a major difference in an election considered to be dangerously close. It also would boost the 2012 campaign involvement of Bill Clinton, now an elder statesman and a popular campaigner, as well as the significant force of Hillary supporters among women and others seeking to make history. Her presence on the ticket would spare the party a nomination fight in 2016 should she decide to run for president at age 69.

As for Biden, Secretary of State would hardly be a demotion. While Biden has served Obama loyally and effectively, he may want to resume a high profile in foreign policy, his longtime specialty in the US Senate.
This looks now like an interesting suggestion of how much hope and confidence Obama and the Democratic establishment had for Hillary Clinton as the successor to Obama.

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