Sunday, August 1, 2010
Ready? Here's the story. Tomorrow, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are sitting around in a post-wedding glow, and the conversation turns, as you know it would, to the Sunday Times valentine to Mo Vaughn (Hillary, as you may suspect, is secretly a Red Sox, Angels, and Mets fan). Well, one thing leads to another, and next thing you know they're in the Oval Office telling the president that after his current term, they're retiring from politics for good to form a boutique company that supplies low-cost, clean energy to poor people, so that they can be featured in NYT puff pieces just like the formerly despised-in-New York slugger. The president then turns to you and asks: with both of them out of the way, who would you like to be the VP nominee in 2012, and from there the obvious frontrunner in 2016? He gives you a memo summarizing the political science research that suggests VPs don't really affect presidential vote very much (so don't take into account whether your selection would help or hurt in 2012), but he is looking for a viable candidate for 2016. So, who are you going to advise him to select?