Bob Woodward: An Obama/Clinton ticket in 2012 is “on the table”

posted at 7:28 pm on October 5, 2010 by Allahpundit

If the economy’s as flat next winter as it is now, isn’t it a damn near certainty? Obama’s approval rating will be deep in the toilet and Republican candidates will be energized to take on a weak incumbent. His only option will be to jolt the electorate and convince them that term two would be different from term one by welcoming the Clintons aboard. Electing the first woman VP — and anointing her as the likely nominee in 2016 — would help bring home women voters who’d grown tired of Hopenchange and would give Hillary Democrats a reason to turn out. And as much of a headache as it’d be to have Bill around the White House again, his high favorable ratings could only help Obama. Besides, Hillary’s proved herself to be a team player thus far; if Obama had any worries about her backbiting behind the scenes when he named her Secretary of State, they’re surely assuaged to some extent now.

Basically, in order to believe that The One wouldn’t do this to save his political skin, you need to believe that he’s serious when he insists he’d rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two-termer. Does anyone seriously believe that? Anyone think he’d pass up a shot at another four years because he’s unwilling to compromise on the magic that is Vice President Joe Biden? Exit question: Which hard-left Democrat recently said, “I assume that Obama will get a second term in office”? Answer here!

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You’ll lose the putty-colored demographic if you drop Biden.

Fortunata on October 6, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Big mistake for Hillary.

That would be end of her.

Saltysam on October 6, 2010 at 12:58 AM

I actually think its a path to no-where. If he’s in the dumper at that time and the economy is still in the crapper as well, it wont matter if Hilary is the next VP.
The reason why is that its his POLICIES on trial (so to speak) and if he’s still screwing the pooch, it wont matter if he has her for his new vp. Especially if she’s on board with his policies.

Game over.

Handel on October 6, 2010 at 1:49 AM

Schwartzi wants to be the Dem VP in 2012. They can have him since he’s one of them anyway.

leftnomore on October 6, 2010 at 5:15 AM

While it might help O with some Democrats it probably wouldn’t change the outcome because the people that have had enough of him are going to vote in droves against him. It doesn’t help Hilary to hitch her wagon to a loser. She doesn’t need to run for VP and risk a big loss that will ruin her future aspirations. As long as she sits it out until 2016 she has the I told you so factor going for her.

Done That on October 6, 2010 at 6:41 AM

Woodward’s predictions are as boring as his histories. It’s certainly possible but Biden has been doing a bang-up job at looking more foolish than the fool in the big job. They can’t count on Hil for that, not 100 percent anyway. It would be hard to give up such a faithful tail-wagging pet as Joe. Would Hilary even want it? About 50-50 there. It’s a big help in 6 years but she’d also have to sit through the purgatory of a mega-fail second term (s-s-shudder) if she helps elect him. In any case it really boils down to whose organized crime backers are stronger. At this point, advantage Biden.

curved space on October 6, 2010 at 6:42 AM

I am dubious. Being VP to Obama will not help the harridan.

dogsoldier on October 6, 2010 at 6:50 AM

If a liberal icon like Bob Woodward is throwing this out there, it shows THEY don’t even have faith, that Obamalinsky has driven the bus off the cliff. I love the smell of Burnt Moonbat in the morning. It smells like……..VICTORY…

adamsmith on October 6, 2010 at 7:41 AM

Not going to happen. Hillary’s last chance is 2012, and the time is right. If she is to challenge Bammie she must make her decision this coming Spring, and the primary will rock the democratic party to the core. The Clintons have to go all-in. The black vote might break off. If Bammie loses he might be so enraged that he runs as an Independent.

All this will mean even more bad blood between the two families.

slickwillie2001 on October 5, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Loved this post, especially imagining Democrat civil war split around race. Talk about chickens coming home to roost! Man, do they deserve to be hoisted with that petard!!!!

smellthecoffee on October 6, 2010 at 10:29 AM