In his recent article entitled, Just the Ticket, Bill Keller, a New York Times columnist says it’s time for President Barack Obama to “seriously” consider replacing Vice President Joe Biden on the ticket this fall with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
According to Keller, the arguments in favor an Obama-Clinton 2012 ticket are as simple as one-two-three:
One: it does more to guarantee Obama’s re-election than anything else the Democrats can do. Two: it improves the chances that, come next January, he will not be a lame duck with a gridlocked Congress but a rejuvenated president with a mandate and a Congress that may be a little less forbidding. Three: it makes Hillary the party’s heir apparent in 2016. If she sits out politics for the next four years, other Democrats (yes, Governor Cuomo, we see your hand up) will fill the void.
She would bring to this year’s campaign a missing warmth and some of the voltage that has dissipated as Obama moved from campaigning to governing. What excites is not just the prospect of having a woman a heartbeat — and four years — away from the presidency, although she certainly embodies the aspirations of many women. It’s the possibility that the first woman at the top would have qualifications so manifest that her first-ness was a secondary consideration.
What do you think? Should the president ditch Joe Biden and seriously consider a Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton 2012 Ticket?