Ed Klein, author of The Amateur
, says that Hillary was offered the VP spot
but turned it down.
“As recently as a couple of weeks ago, the White House was putting out feelers to see if Hillary Clinton was interested in replacing Joe Biden on the ticket,” Klein told Secrets. “Bill Clinton, I’m told, was urging his wife to accept the number two spot if it was formally offered. Bill sees the vice presidency as the perfect launching pad for Hillary to run for president in 2016.”
Some parts of this story seem a bit thin, such as the bit later in the story that Hillary told Jarrett that “If elected, she didn’t want to be tied to Obama’s left-leaning politics in her own 2016 bid.”
"Obama's left-leaning politics"?
I'm hardly Hillary's biggest fan. That's Riverdaughter's
job. Although I'm very disappointed in Hillary Clinton's record as Secretary of State, she certainly would have been a more liberal president than Barack Obama has been.
Obama is considered a radical leftist only within the confines of right-wing wackyland. Actual
liberals are pissed off by this president's escalation of the Afghan war, his "kill lists," his drone wars, his refusal to close the Gitmo prisons, his surveillance state, his appointments of Rahm and Geithner and...
...and my readers can extend that list for themselves, right up to the current "Get Assange" conspiracy. The point is, Obama is no leftist. If Klein had simply said that he (Klein) perceives Obama to be a leftist, he would merely be expressing an opinion. But if Klein says that the Clintons
perceive Obama to be a leftist, then Klein stands revealed as a fantasist.
Klein is a writer of fiction. I mean, how the hell would this
guy develop sources in the Obama White House?
For what it is worth: I may be the only political writer who still thinks highly of Joe Biden. How do you like those
contrarian apples? The Veep's most recent gaffe may have been cringe-inducing, but the sentiments he tried to express match my own feelings. During that instantly infamous speech, he decried Romney's promise to deep six the (insufficient) Wall Street regulations instituted by this administration. I prefer someone who says the right thing badly to someone who says the wrong thing well.
(If the preceding sentence confused you...well, you just proved my point!)