Hillary Clinton for Dem VP?
I think that Washington Times columnist Joseph Curl is stretching a bit far on this one, but it raises a whole series of interesting questions if even half of this is true.
America's first black female secretary of state is quietly positioning herself to be the top choice of the eventual Republican presidential nominee, ready to deliver bona fide foreign-policy credentials lacking among the candidates. The 56-year-old has recently raised her profile, releasing her memoir in November and embarking on a monthlong book tour.
After 2 1/2 years as a professor at Stanford, Miss Rice is reportedly getting "antsy" to get back into the political game. "She's ready to go," said one top source.
Plus, her selection would be a giant chess move to counter the expected replacement of Vice President Joseph R. Biden with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sure, the White House denies and denies, but that should really make any political watcher more suspicious. One White House insider even told me that the position swap was the only reason Mrs. Clinton joined the administration in the first place.
Curl goes on to suggest that having Rice as #2 on the GOP ticket would once again blunt the race card Democrats play against Republicans at every available opportunity. But Curl fails to point out that the race card is alive and well despite the huge popularity of Herman Cain in the early nominating contest. Never mind that both Cain and Rice were the successful products of growing up in the Deep South during the segregation era. Something Obama only read about in books.
And you can bet that the moment Dr. Rice was selected, or even seriously considered, the left wing racebaiters who always get a pass on their racism will recycle their old taunts of "house slave" and "Aunt Jemima" with nary a whisper of outrage from their media allies.
It's possible Rice might be interested in the V.P. slot. But if so, it's the best kept secret in politics. And it would also depend on who the GOP nominee is. If the nominee were Romney, he'd have a stronger need to shore up the GOP base by selecting someone like Florida Senator Marco Rubio. The choice of Rice would not exactly send conservatives into doing cartwheels of joy. She's got excellent foreign policy credentials but her views on domestic policy might be a stretch too far for many conservatives.
As for the suggestion that Hillary Clinton might replace Biden as #2 on the Dem ticket I have my doubts on that score as well. The rumor has been bandied about for months. It would be a formidable switch as Biden is a hopeless idiot and drag on an already failing ticket. But would Hillary really want to be #2 to Obama? There has also been speculation she's ready to get out and may be tired of trying to prop up Obama's failing foreign policy.
Still, since I don't read the National Enquirer, I'll take Curl's column as the next best thing. Very entertaining and even thought provoking but with a grain of salt!