As President Obama’s approval ratings continue to decline it should come as no surprise that Hillary Clinton’s star power is on the rise once more. Last week former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder, the state's first African-American governor, touched off a firestorm in Washington with an article he wrote for Politico.com in which he lamented the sad situation the Democratic Party now finds itself in and promoted the idea that Hillary Clinton should be offered the position of Vice-President on the 2012 ticket. Having Hillary join the 2012 ticket, he said, would revive the Democratic Party and reestablish the party's working-class voters who found her appealing during the primaries against Mr. Obama.
Political pundits and Washington watchers were all abuzz and strangely enough, in nearly complete approval. Everyone from The Wall Street Journalto MSNBC weighed in. Chris Matthews even assembled a panel just to discuss the Wilder article and the need for Obama to have a stronger hand at his side for his re-election campaign. There is also the looming possibility of what will happen if Hillary is not offered the position. As weakened as President Obama is, many pundits worry that his presidency could not survive another clash with the Clintons in a primary race.