I have no idea whether John Heilemann and Mark Halperin know what they’re talking about in predicting a Clinton-for-President campaign four years from now.
But one thing I’m sure of: I’m for it. And so is every other early Obama fan I’ve talked to. None of the baggage she would have had to carry in 2008 will be nearly as heavy then, and her record as Secretary of State is both a huge political asset and reassurance about her managerial ability. And Bill Clinton would also be a big asset in four years from now, which he wouldn’t have been four years ago.
There was a rumor running around that Clinton was tired of being Secretary of State and Biden equally tired of being VP, and that they would switch jobs. That rumor seems to have died, but it seemed like a great idea to me. Clinton as the incumbent VP would probably walk to the nomination, greatly improving the Democrats’ chances of holding the White House. Otherwise, there’s no obvious front-runner. And for this year, an Obama-Clinton ticket would create more energy on our side than an Obama-Biden ticket, without especially stirring up the Republican base any more than it already is.
It all works: if only HRC has the stomach for a Presidential campaign at age 68.