An Obama-Clinton ticket in 2012?

“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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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

21 thoughts on “An Obama-Clinton ticket in 2012?”

  1. Not so fast Steve. Remember Obama was courting Clinton to be his VP in the beginning but she was too “butt-hurt” at the time for not recieving the nomination and couldn’t swallow her pride to accept it. She has gone way above proving herself in the Sec. of State job and I think it would be a boost to the Obama Admin come election time. Alas, I think she has made it known that she is ready to retire from “public service” and is awaiting grand-children to arrive. But…never say never.

      1. John,
        I Don’t want to go into all the specifics of each situation but what I guess I “generally” meant to state that she has worked hard to represent the United States in foriegn affairs and gets a lot of respect from foriegn leaders. That being said, Madeline Albright and Condoleezza Rice also seemed to do their jobs well despite the parties they represented.

    1. Note to those that may have been offended by the term “Butt-Hurt”.
      Definition: Adj., slang term meaning angry, resentful, upset usually by small slight or percieved insult.
      Sorry if anyone was offended:)

  2. I personally think it would be good for winning an election but bad for the nation. The Obama administration already has to much corporate Clinton connections and Hilary is the same type of democrat as Bill.

  3. By the way, I think Hillary has at least 3 hallmark accomplishments so far as Secretary of State.

    First, she proposed and is overseeing an initiative at the office to create mission specific short, medium and long term goals and review them on a 4 year rotation. I think all government agencies should be required to do similar goal setting and report against them.

    Second, she has led a global coalition equating internet freedom with principles of fundamental human rights, specifically targeting countries like China where the internet is heavily censored.

    Third, she was the main driver and proponent, overcoming internal opposition within the administration, for the NATO led coalition that supported the overthrow or Mumar Quadaffi. Under any circumstances the elimination of Quadaffi is a good thing.

    1. Steve,

      Your number one is certainly a very good idea, but sadly there is usually much focus on the plans & reports and little on the accountability. It has gotten so bad here in California that Governor Brown recently asked his various agencies to STOP producing reports.

      Your number two raises the issue again of whether you can have such a thing as “fundamental human rights” if you reject God-given rights. Just what would those fundamental rights be and who enforces them?

      If you think getting Quadaffi was a good thing, should we also go after the madmen that are blowing up churches in Nigeria?


      1. John, your God given rights are merely what men who think they are talking to God have written down. They are no different from any other group of Fundamental Rights, such as those in the Magna Carta, ideas put forth by humans, as good concepts by which to run a society.

      2. Well John, as far as number one is concerned, you may want to take a look at the process and results before passing judgement, but I would add that if we stop trying to make government accountable then why not just become nihilists? Should we just critique those who try to increase accountability in such an off handed way?

        Second point: we’ve discussed this before so I know your opinion, but it is not automatically necessary for someone to be a Christian to be or support human rights.

        Finally, believing seizing an opportunity to change the regime in LIbya is not warranted just because we are not changing the regime in Nigeria, or China or North Korea is kind of silly. Its a classic logical fallacy.

        With all of that said–have a happy new year! I’m glad we can agree to disagree and remain civil.

  4. I do have some reservations about Joe “stuck my foot in my mouth” Biden being appointed Secretary of State however. I can just imagine him being in Kwaite and asking for a pulled PORK sandwich for lunch or Being in India and wanting a STEAK dinner. We would be in more wars than we could shake a stick at!!

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