The Washington Examiner is reporting right now that Obama’s consigliere Valerie Jarrett approached Hillary Clinton recently about replacing Joe Biden as Obama’s running mate, but that Hillary turned it down:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was pressed by her husband and a top Obama aide to consider replacing Vice President Joe Biden just a couple of weeks ago, claims the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Amateur.”
But Clinton, exhausted from four years of international travel and diplomacy, shrugged off the suggestion to lay the groundwork for her own 2016 bid with her husband at her side, according to author Ed Klein.
“As recently as a couple of weeks ago, the White House was putting out feelers to see if Hillary Clinton was interested in replacing Joe Biden on the ticket,” Klein told Secrets. “Bill Clinton, I’m told, was urging his wife to accept the number two spot if it was formally offered. Bill sees the vice presidency as the perfect launching pad for Hillary to run for president in 2016.”
Some parts of this story seem a bit thin, such as the bit later in the story that Hillary told Jarrett that “If elected, she didn’t want to be tied to Obama’s left-leaning politics in her own 2016 bid.” I doubt Hillary would be that blunt and direct. But the parts about Bill’s plotting and scheming for 2016 seem entirely believable.
It will be interesting to see whether the rest of the Lamestream Media pick up on this story.