My nephew and his teammates had a blast in New York City this week — from visiting Yankee stadium and its “Legends Club,” to storing their gear in the Yankee’s locker room (including “A Rod’s” locker), to visiting the New York Stock Exchange — and on a more somber note, visiting the 9/11 memorial. This morning Iowa State fans appeared on the Today Show. (I loaned my nephew an old “Access” guide to New York from our bookcase to bone up on the flight out. I noticed it still had the World Trade Center featured, and we talked about that).
The New York trip was a once in a lifetime experience for the team — something you don’t get from a visit to Arizona or Texas for a bowl game. Now it’s gameday. We’re going to huddle with the in-laws in front of the TV, with some New York-style pastrami — imported from famed Katz’s Deli — and watch the game. Happy New Year to the team and Ames, Iowa, fans!
“My political prediction for 2012 (based on absolutely no inside information): Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden swap places. Biden becomes Secretary of State — a position he’s apparently coveted for years. And Hillary Clinton, Vice President,” Robert Reich, who has served in three administrations (most recently President Clinton’s as labor secretary), writes on his blog.
“So the Democratic ticket for 2012 is Obama-Clinton.
“Why do I say this? Because Obama needs to stir the passions and enthusiasms of a Democratic base that’s been disillusioned with his cave-ins to regressive Republicans. Hillary Clinton on the ticket can do that.
“Moreover, the economy won’t be in superb shape in the months leading up to Election Day. Indeed, if the European debt crisis grows worse and if China’s economy continues to slow, there’s a better than even chance we’ll be back in a recession. Clinton would help deflect attention from the bad economy and put it on foreign policy, where she and Obama have shined.
“The deal would also make Clinton the obvious Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 — offering the Democrats a shot at twelve (or more) years in the White House, something the Republicans had with Ronald Reagan and the first George Bush but which the Democrats haven’t had since FDR. Twelve years gives the party in power a chance to reshape the Supreme Court as well as put an indelible stamp on America.
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