While making the rounds to peddle his new book, Bob Woodward suggests that Democrats are mulling a switcheroo between Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, with Clinton becoming the party’s nominee for vice president in 2012 and Biden becoming secretary of state.
“It’s on the table,” veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward told CNN’s John King in an interview Tuesday on John King, USA. “Some of Hillary Clinton’s advisers see it as a real possibility in 2012.”
“President Obama needs some of the women, Latinos, retirees that she did so well with during the  primaries and, so they switch jobs, not out of the question, and the other interesting question is, Hillary Clinton could run in her own right in 2016 and be younger than Ronald Reagan when he was elected president….”
“Now you talk to Hillary Clinton or her advisers and they say ‘no, no there’s not a political consideration here,’” Woodward continued. “Of course the answer is, you point out to them that her clout around the world when she goes to Europe, Asia, anywhere is in part, not just because she’s Secretary of State or because she was married to President Clinton, that people see a potential future president in her.”
The latest politico to predict an Obama-Clinton ticket in 2012 was former Bush Chief of Staff Andy Card, who, during an interview with CNN, said the notion doesn’t surprise him.
“That would shake things up,” said Card.
I think such a step is plausible — not likely, but plausible. Biden, however, has enough standing with the party and with Obama to ensure that he would have the final word in such a switch. In other words, he’d have to agree to it, and maybe he would. He was, after all, former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has a deep interest in international affairs. After four years as vice president, a switch to the State Department might have real appeal to him.
Discussing such a topic inevitably stirs talk of a much more implausible scenario — Hillary replacing Obama himself at the top of the Democratic ticket. And that ain’t gonna happen. With an approval rating of roughly 45 percent, Obama is well ahead of where Ronald Reagan was at this point in his presidency, and if Republicans gain control of Congress this fall, Obama’s approval rating is likely to soar. In addition, any effort by Hillary or anyone else to push Obama out of the top spot would destroy the Democratic Party and render the party’s 2012 presidential nomination a prize not worth the winning, and everyone involved knows that.
It’s also downright amusing to see Republicans treat Bill and Hillary these days as moderate, sensible Democrats, after years in which they lambasted the two as far-left, corrupt, anti-American countercultural hippie socialists. The Clintons haven’t changed; all that’s changed is that the GOP has decided to aim its powerful hate-generating machinery at another, more important target for a while.