That Hillary Thing

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Ya know that thing about Hillary Clinton replacing Joe Biden on the Democratic ticket this year?

BE: Fantasy. Old news. Won't happen.

JB: Maybe. But I'll bet there'll soon be a resurgence of the idea.

BE: Because you're a lousy better?

JB: Because I remember what Ed Rendell told me last year. He said the possibility will arise if we get to July and the race is within a point or two. "It's all about the politics of July," he said.

BE: It ain't July.

JB: Pretty soon though. And let's look at the numbers. Gallup's daily tracking poll shows Obama and Romney within a point or two, a dead heat, and it's been like that for more than a month.

BE: Obama would never dump Biden.

JB: Obama wants to win. Hillary's favorable/unfavorable numbers in a CNN poll are 67-29. Biden's are 41-44.

BE: Obama wouldn't want admit that he needs the Clintons, especially Hillary. It would just look desperate.

JB: Please. He uses Bill because it's all about winning. And stuff's bubbling up. Like recent pieces in The Washington Times and the Dallas Morning News that say (a) she'll get picked and (b) picking her means a win. I think the ball is rolling.

BE: If so, it's rolling into foul territory.

JB: Or gathering strength.