Friday, September 19, 2014
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That Hillary Thing

It's about time for the Hillary for VP rumors to kick in again. With race polling consistently close, all things are possible.

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.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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