Apparently today President Obama met with his gaffe-stricken veep and his Secretary of State. A few wags have suggested recently that a put-upon Obama may “switch” these two — putting Biden at State (John Kerry will be crushed, and our diplomatic relations may never be the same, anywhere) and Hillary Clinton on his ticket.
Mrs. Clinton would certainly be a better debater against Paul Ryan than Biden.
Lots of opinion out there. Some think Hillary won’t do it — that she and Bill Clinton are still miffed at the Obama team for playing the race card on them in ’08. Others think Hillary will do it because as veep she will be perfectly positioned to run for president in 2016.
Four years ago, when Sarah Palin first arrived on the national scene — when she was helping McCain’s poll numbers before it all collapsed — I imagined this little scene; a meet-up between a harassed and panicking Clinton and Barack Obama.
So, I was a few years too early. Here we are in ’12 and a panicking Obama has Bill Clinton keynoting the convention, and he’s taking a meeting with Hillary. Because no matter how much some want to tell you that it’s “Obama’s party now” the truth is, it still comes down to Don Clinton and his Consigliere:
So, it appears that “The One” is going begging to Don Clinton, hat in hand:
The One strides in confidently and extends his hand to The Don. The Don looks up, contemplates the proffered hand, and watches The One’s smile fade as it is not shaken. The One retracts his hand, and tilts his head, comprehending, but not liking it. Still, he needs this meeting.
Don Clinton nods slightly, and with a silky hand motions The One to take a seat. Don Clinton’s blue eyes are grave, but there is a noticeable twitching about his mouth, as though he is suppressing a smile, or sucking on a peeled grape. He remains silent. The One looks about the room in discomfort, waiting for an opening. Don Clinton makes a point of playing with his pinky ring, and gives him none. Finally, clearing his throat and assuming a cavalier affect, The One speaks:
The One: Uh, thank you, Mr. President, for seeing me in your beautiful offices.
Don Clinton nods, but says nothing. More praise is due.
The One: I, um, think it’s er…a wonderful, a wonderful testament to your, eh, your um, unquestionable commitment to em, the uh, your solidarity with the black community.
Don Clinton, remembering when The One played the race card on him, narrows his eyes and does not smile. He leans back in his chair and waits, squinting through the smoke, his cigar tilting upward in his mouth, ala FDR. More praise is due.
The One: It – it was a masterstroke of erm, brilliant racist-baiting, erm…a stroke of masterburbating, uhhhh, stroking, ermmm…a master…stroke…of getting back at the Republican jerks who impeached you and foreplaying, I mean forestalling any future innuendo or scandals intern erm…in turn.
Don Clinton’s eyes are ablaze with anger. The One, too cool to cower, crosses his legs and wishes for a teleprompter.
The One: What I mean, is, uhm, when Charlie Rangel suggested you taking offices here, it just uhm, under- underscored your lifelong commitment to fairness and your emm, legacy of commitment to small community underprivileged paradigms and archetypes of social architecture of your gravity and boundless past and future greatness. Um. Mr. President.
Don Clinton leans back in his chair, highly amused. He takes the cigar out of his mouth.
Don Clinton: Jonah Goldberg.
The One: Excuse me?
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UPDATE: Ed Morrissey says Obama would not dare change Biden for Hillary if it looked like he was taking Sarah Palin’s advice on it. I had the same thought.
Jim Geraghty takes it further:
First, it would require President Obama to admit a mistake. Secondly, it would de facto concede that the critics who deride Biden as an ill-informed, tactless, often obnoxious, loudmouthed, bloviating rhetorical time-bomb have been right all along. Thirdly, no one would believe the “sudden health crisis” or other story put forth to explain the switch. Fourth, there’s no automatic slam-dunk replacement. Think Hillary Clinton wants to jump in two months before Election Day to help save Obama from his own bad decisions?
I guess it comes down to how much Hillary believes in Obama’s “progressive vision” because if he is re-elected, she becomes the veep to a president who has already let slip that once he’s re-elected, he’s answering to no one and nothing.