With both Gillibrand and Carville chiming in, this is starting to look real to me. I should add that my enthusiasm for a Clinton/Biden job switch drew skepticism from a politically connected and sophisticated Republican I met recently who told me he’d probably vote for Obama against Romney. His take was that such a move would be a turn-off for independents, who would see it as reflecting lack of loyalty to Biden on Obama’s part. My sense is that it would still be a net boost for the campaign, but if I had to choose between my own political judgment and my informant’s, I’d choose his. In any case, I don’t think Clinton needs to be VP to be the instant frontrunner – possibly the uncontested choice – four years from now.