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As you may remember, four days ago, I posed a question: Is It Hillary’s Time? Had I shelved the piece for a day or two and posted it after Joe Biden indicated his inability to identify the century in which he was living and the state in which he was speaking and after his unsubtle race-baiting ploy, the piece would have had more purchase.
My conclusion, in any case, was that neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton was apt to be interested. It would, I noted, require the former to acknowledge, if only tacitly, a blunder, and it would require of the latter a willingness to sign on with the former. My view was that she is not well or at least that she is too worn out to go on.
There is now a report, as Rob has pointed out, that Valerie Jarrett met with Hillary two weeks ago to sound her out about the possibility of joining the ticket and that she demurred. It comes from Ed Klein, who was once upon a time editor of The New York Times Magazine, and who is the author of The Amateur. Among liberal journalists, Klein is not in good odor. Whether this is because he is unreliable or merely because he is critical of politicians that they revere I cannot say. But I could easily imagine Bill Clinton, who is the one who supposedly described The One as an amateur, leaking the news with an eye to taking revenge on the man who played the race card against him with such aplomb in 2008.
If the story is true, the President knows that he is in a pickle and really has contemplated tacitly admitting fault and dumping the Delaware Motormouth. That in turn raises once again a question I posed in my earlier post: Who else is there? If you follow the link above, you can study the list I came up with – which included luminaries such as Governor Moonbeam, John Edwards, Al Gore, John Kerry, Fauxcahontas, and the illustrious Howard Dean.
I fell short, I regret to have to say, in leaving off the list of possibilities figures such as Jon Corzine, former Senator and former Governor of New Jersey, who managed to loot the investment accounts of private individuals in an attempt to save MF Global and has been slick enough to avoid criminal charges; Eliot Spitzer, former Governor of New York, a man who knows a thing or two about tricks; and Anthony Weiner, an aptly named former Congressman from New York. Rod Blagojevich may be temporarily ineligible, but these men are available, and any one of them would jump at the offer. Not so long ago, let me add, they were all proven vote-getters. Obama needs a game-changer, and there is still time. Picking any one of these men would certainly alter things.
Sic transit Gloria.