White House Rolls Eyes at Clinton-Biden Trading Places Fantasy (Video)
October 6, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—The inside the Beltway pundit class loves to speculate on various political shake ups. And once an idea gains hold, it becomes a zombie-like narrative that’s impossible to kill. Such is the case with the latest Washington parlor game of fantasizing about a 2012 Obama-Clinton ticket. How would that come about? Current Vice President Joe Biden would switch places with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Yesterday on CNN’s John King program, author Bob Woodward, said the trading places scenario was definitely “on the table.” How does he know this? Some Clinton advisers told him they liked the idea. Well, today White House senior adviser David Axelrod, dismissed the chatter as nonsense.
Responding to King’s question about the possibility of an Obama-Clinton 2012 presidential ticket, Woodward, said “It’s on the table.”
“Some of Hillary Clinton’s advisers see it as a real possibility in 2012,” he added.
The reasoning behind the talked-about ticket, is always that Obama would benefit from Clinton’s voter base and her star power.
“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,” Woodward told King.
But Axelrod quickly put the kibosh on the fantasy match up.
There’s absolutely nothing to it,” Axelrod said. “The president is blessed to have a spectacular vice president and an outstanding secretary of state. They’re both doing great work, and he wants to keep them on the job.”
How did such a rumor gain hold? Anne Kornblut of the Washington Post has a good rundown today, of the genesis of the story. Newspaper columnists Peggy Noonan, Sally Quinn, and Leslie H. Gelb of the Council on Foreign Relations, all speculated about the possible 2012 superstar match up.
“In June, for example, Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, suggested that Obama appoint Clinton to replace Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates when he leaves the Pentagon next year. Then, Gelb wrote, Obama “could drop another bombshell and announce Mrs. Clinton as his vice-presidential running mate.”‘ [...]
“A few days later, WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan came to a similar conclusion after declaring the Obama presidency “snakebit.”‘ [...]
“Shortly thereafter, Sally Quinn opened an opinion piece in The Washington Post with: “Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden should switch jobs. Really.”‘
Despite all of kitchen table talk about a 2012 Clinton-Biden switch, Kornblut points out that “no one has offered any evidence to suggest it’s true.”
Will that stop the punditocracy from chattering about it? Not in the least.