- The Washington Times - Monday, February 23, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

With the inauguration behind us, most of the chatter has turned to whom the Republicans will choose as their nominee in 2012, with little discussion of the potential Democratic ticket, assumed to be a given.

However, as President Obama stumbles down the stairs of his stimulus package, I’ve noticed the maneuverings of his most serious competition in his team of rivals, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. It may have been a strategic mistake not to offer her the much lower-profile vice presidency and instead give her a position only tangentially related to economic affairs. Joe, who, what, where… ?

As their own personal valentine for Presidents Day week, Mrs. Clinton fawned all over the Far East while Mr. Clinton dissed the dour at home. Although the media was chock-full of headlines, self-promoters Bill and Hill more than held their own and were not eclipsed by “Travels With Barack.” As the secretary of state peregrinates for and toward a run for the presidency in 2012, and stars in her own road show, I’ll bet Mr. Obama wishes he had tapped her for vice president and kept her close, in his own orbit. Because he didn’t, the formidable former first lady is flying high again.

KAREN ANN DELUCA

Alexandria

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