Unsubstantiated rumors and vicious gossip isn’t just for Hollywood—our nation’s capitol loves spreadin’ rumors, too. The latest buzz out of D.C. is that President Obama will drop his vice president, Joe Biden, from his 2012 re-election ticket and run with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as his VP instead. The logic supposedly is that the president would make this switcheroo so Clinton could run for president in 2016, as Biden might be “too old” by then. [U.S. News & World Reports]I’m extremely doubtful this gossip is true (although it would be sweet to have Amy Poehler guest on SNL again!). Here’s why:
- Clinton told NBC’s Ann Curry that she plans to retire after her term is up as Secretary of State.
- Clinton already ran for president in 2008. As far as I am concerned, she doesn’t need to do time as VP in order to apply for the job!
- By all accounts, Clinton is doing a great job as Secretary of State, why would the Prez would change a winning game? He’s not dumb.
- John McCain was 72 when he ran for president, so I don’t see why a then-74-year-old Biden couldn’t hypothetically run for president in 2016, too. (Not that septugenarians make ideal presidential candidates, but that’s not the point.)
But! On the other hand, if Sarah Palin seriously does run for president in 2012 or 2016, Hillary already serving time as SOS or VP would serve to underscore Palin’s lack of experience on the federal level. Oh, politics. You are so confusing.
What do you guys think?