Clinton on 2012 ticket could invigorate the right-wing

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Clinton on 2012 ticket could invigorate the right-wing
Clinton on 2012 ticket could invigorate the right-wing

Here we go again: another call for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to replace Joe Biden on the Obama 2012 ticket (Biden would switch jobs with Hillary).

This time it comes from New York Times columnist Bill Keller, who says Clinton as the vice presidential nominee “does more to guarantee Obama’s re-election than anything else the Democrats can do.”

Keller also says the move would strengthen Obama’s hand with Congress in a second term and would make her the party’s heir apparent in 2016.

Keller’s column is only the latest in a long line of rumor and speculation about a Biden-Clinton switch.  Among those who have come before him: Douglas Wilder, John Heilemann, Bob Woodward, Jonathan Alter and Robert Reich.

They argue the many potential benefits, but what about the potential hazards?  

For example, a Clinton on the ticket would undoubtedly invigorate the right-wing, which would otherwise be apathetic with Romney as the GOP nominee.  Remember what they tried to do to her husband in the late 90’s? 

The idea’s been dismissed by the Obama, Clinton and Biden camps and few actually predict it will happen.  So why does it keep coming up?  Because, of course, its fascinating!

And Ed will lead a fascinating discussion on it tonight at 8pET on @msnbctv with Joan Walsh, Salon’s Editor at Large, and Jonathan Alter, msnbc Political Analyst and Bloomberg View Columnist.

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Clinton on 2012 ticket could invigorate the right-wing

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