Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Hillary/Biden switcheroo rumor

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!)
I doubt that Hillary said that she didn't want to be tied to Obama's left-leaning policies. It doesn't sound like Hillary, but I saw the video, and the essence that she was sort of offered the VP, seemed believable. It's possible that he got the information from a contact who has a contact at the WH. I just thought about another possibility: Obama may be planning to run in 2016 if he loses in 2012. Always the backstabber, he's preparing the soil, and wants his koolaid drinkers to believe that Hillary is not willing to help him win this year.
This is related to your last sentence. I keep thinking the same thing lately every time I read your blog you know were you advocating voting for Obama. Yes the Rep are bad news But keeping O is not the answer either. I hope u get what I am trying to say here
Methinks someone has been watching to much Fox or reading too many right-wing blogs if they describe Biden's "gaffe" as "cringe-inducing."

Let us hear the testimony of just one member of that audience who will confess to cringing or taking offense.

Didn't think so.
Obama is a progressive, Hillary Clinton is a liberal who will go centrist to find the best solution, that is a HUGE difference between the two.

No way that Hillary Clinton approves of Parallel Foreclosure, a constitutional violation, whereas Obama thinks Parallel Foreclosure is legal.

No way that Hillary Clinton leaves the reinstatement of Glass Steagal off the democrat platform, as Obama has recently done.

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