The Allure of an Obama-Hillary Ticket

The idea has been greeted with scorn, incredulity and glee, depending on who's talking, writes Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura S. Washington.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Getty Images)

Laura S. Washington writes in her Chicago Sun-Times column that bringing Hillary Clinton aboard as vice president might be the spark that ignites President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Her popularity among women voters could help counter his sagging poll numbers, she says.

Hillary to the rescue? That rumor-theory-speculation-spin-Hail Mary pass has been circulating around the political hustings for the last year.

The Washington mouths are blabbering that Vice President Joe Biden will take a political bullet for his president and step off the 2012 presidential ticket. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama's archrival-turned-secretary of state, is tired of the international fly-arounds and serving as red meat for America's attack dogs.

She could step off the world stage and into the vice presidential nomination. It's a way, some political soothsayers say, to rekindle that old "black" magic.

Washington Post reporter and author Bob Woodward floated the prospect in an October 2010 interview. CNN Host John King suggested that "a lot of people think if the president's a little weak going into 2012, he’ll have to do a switch there and run with Hillary Clinton as his running mate."

Read Laura S. Washington's entire column in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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