Now Bob Reich thinks so too. I first heard this idea last summer from my brother-in-law, Will Swearingen, and it stopped me in my tracks. I endorsed it–fancifully, I thought at first–but then I endorsed it, thinking it’s a game changer when, despite the weak Republican field, the environment points to trouble in keeping the White House Democratic. On that last point, check this.
This scenaro also sets Hillary up for the nomination in 2016 if she wants. Biden can move to Secretary of State; as a former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he’d love it.
I’m not like Pat Caddell and Doug Shoen, two Democrats who have just written an appeal to Obama to do a Harry Truman or LBJ and not run, stepping aside for Hillary for the good of party and country.
But I think he should take up the idea my brother-in-law, Will Swearingen: namely, to ask Hillary to be his running mate next year and, if successful, appoint Joe Biden–the former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee–as Secretary of State. Hillary would shake up the race, help unite the party, win back independents, and open the only way for her own run for the presidency in 2014.