Time to roll out the Obama/Clinton 2012 ticket

Nothing personal against Senator Biden, but the Sarah Palin – teabag type of GOP is here to stay.

Whomever the 2012 GOP ticket consists of, its probably a safe bet that one of the spots will be a mama grizzly aka Palin or Haley. Having Hillary in the VP slot will provide a buffer to GOP ‘Mama Grizzly’ attacks.

And, let’s face it, the midterms have shown us that the President needs to shore up the fractured base heading into his re-election.

This is not a new idea – it has already been written about and I have to agree with Mr. Hutchinson’s assessment:

As Obama’s VP in 2012, Hillary will bring the same top notch political qualities to the reelection campaign that she brought to the 2008 campaign. … She will still be a role model and inspiration for millions of women young and old. She will prove that women can hold a top political power spot that requires providing valuable policy guidance and expertise on tough domestic and foreign policy issues…

Hillary will also bring another priceless quality to the ticket. She is not intimidated by the GOP smear machine.

That last part about not being intimidated by the GOP is the most important.

By many observer’s reckoning, President Obama came to Washington with a Senator’s mentality. He tried to reason with the unreasonable, and in the end, it took Obama an entire year to get us a watered down form of Health care reform that the base was not inspired by and that the Democrats were unable to campaign on in the midterms. Heck, the only people running the Obama platform of Healthcare were Republicans.

Biden has not been an attack dog for the President, certainly not garnering the fear and loathing of Darth Cheney.

The face of the attack dog in the Obama administration was Rahm Emmanuel.

Yet, Rahm proved his pettiness by axing Howard Dean and his successful 50 state strategy (how’s that working for us?)

and by meddling in Primaries in Colorado and Pennsylvania which will be giving the incoming GOP House something to ‘investigate’ (read witch-hunt) – and he certainly did not know how to appreciate the activists, to whom he called ‘f*&cking retarded’.

The President can claim that he was too busy with the incredible mess that President Bush left him to inherit to notice these gaffes by Rahm, but that excuse is exactly that, an excuse – and people don’t want excuses, they want leadership.

By picking Hillary for VP, Obama can remain calm and collected and Hillary can begin to twist arms in the Senate, a place where she was successful in her own right.

The Sarah Palin/Michelle  Bachman echo chamber is about to get much, much louder.

We need a counter punch to that idiocy and Hillary is it.

This will also put the Big Dog back in the inner circle of the White House  – and let’s face it, Bill Clinton is still the most popular Democrat with the party faithful. This will also give Democrats a long term successor in 2016.

As for those that worry that putting Hillary in the VP slot will be akin to giving her and Bill too much power in the second Obama administration, I say this to you – we’d better do what we must NOW to ensure that there will be a second Obama administration at all – and deal with the other issues after he wins his second term.

I am sorry to say this so soon, Mr. President, but it is 3 am and you need some help in the White House.

15 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Ralphie says:

    But she’s very polarizing; just by being Black, so is Obama.

    Part of me likes the idea of an Obama/Clinton ticket.  The other part of me worries that it just gives more people something to hate.

    • Aristotle says:

      how well that works. The people who hate Obama also hate Clinton, and they’re voting GOP even if they nominated Mussolini’s remains.

      In this day and age, I don’t see any swing voters taking that into account, just the haters on the hard right wing.

  2. GalapagoLarry says:

    There’s still time to shake out a new VP. I think it has to be (just politically speaking, not philosophically) a white male with working class roots, as was Biden, but from the South or West. You’re spot on in this: he has to be a fighter and a guard dog for the Presidency. My biggest WTF the past two years has been, I thought that’s what we hired Biden for. Where’s he been?

    My hope is Clinton moves to Defense, Biden moves to State. Emanuel moves to obscurity in Chicago’s hottest Hell.

    • Ralphie says:

      but from the South or West.

      He’s not going to carry the south or the west, at least the flyover west.

      He needs help in the Rust Belt.  Who’s left out there?

      • Dabee47 says:

        there isn’t anyone.  Ed Rendell?  Evan Bayh?   Sherrod Brown?  None of those compare to Biden…

        • VanDammer says:

          He made PA Gov on bluster & playing on what he was owed, but putting him on the national stage opens up bit argument about his sexism & some character faults.  If you think Biden could make a gaffe, just wait for Eddie’s mouth to get running.

          Besides, he was there in the stands when the Eagles fans snowball-beaned Santa.  Some say he had a hand in egging on the offensive.  Would you vote for a guy that put a hit out on Santa?    

      • VanDammer says:

        homespun gritty straight talking westerner.  Gave great speech at Dem nominating convention in ’08 and still has one of the highest approval rating of Gov’s across the country.

        How about Bubba & Obama 2010?  

      • SSG_Dan says:

        one of the most requested speakers on the Dem circuit, he’s also well respected in the South and Midwest by a large demo of voters.

        He’s also a Clintonista, and has that backing behind him.

        I’m guessing he’ll be the next SecDef when Gates retires, then after two years he could step into VP shoes quite easily.

  3. BSWilson83.83 says:

    Really?

    I think the biggest mistake that Obama could make in the next two years is to do anything that would make it appear that he, or anyone else, thinks the teabaggers have any kind of governing credibility.

    The grizzlybag wins last night were few and far between.  They have no credibility with either party and apparently very little with anyone except for a handful of neo-Birchers.

  4. BSWilson83.83 says:

    Really?

    I think the biggest mistake that Obama could make in the next two years is to do anything that would make it appear that he, or anyone else, thinks the teabaggers have any kind of governing credibility.

    The grizzlybag wins last night were few and far between.  They have no credibility with either party and apparently very little with anyone except for a handful of neo-Birchers.

  5. Laughing Boy says:

    Might be more formidable, and he could totally play more golf.

    🙂

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