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Here’s hoping for change: Hillary Clinton for VP

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Updated: September 21, 2012 6:14AM

Here she comes again. She’s going to cue up that broken record, once again. She’s going to beat that old horse down, down into the ground.

Here’s my pitch, one more time. Hillary Clinton for vice president is a hands-down, sure-fire victory strategy for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

It’s still not too late for the Clinton/Biden switch.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s selection of U.S. Rep Paul Ryan as his running mate showed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is capable of taking a political risk that can pay dividends. Until Ryan, the Romney campaign had been defensive and dull. Romney’s choice of a young, charismatic and conservative politician means the right can believe again.

The November election will be excruciatingly close and will turn on the mood of a sliver of independent voters in the swing states. Both sides must turn out their loyalists just to stay in the game. The enthusiasm factor is pivotal.

The GOP’s got it. The Dems, not so much.

After Ryan hit the hustings, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee blew out an email about a “disturbing” news report: The committee’s field director, Brynne Craig, was alarmed about a Romney-Ryan rally in North Carolina that “pulled in an overflow crowd of 15,000 people,” Craig wrote. “There’s no spinning that number. It’s a LOT of people, and the Republican base in energized.”

The Obama campaign should be alarmed. I detect a yawning enthusiasm gap among Democratic voters in the 2012 race.

Just stroll around Chicago, Obama’s hometown, and look for the ubiquitous, blue Obama buttons and bumper stickers of 2008. They’re nowhere to be found.

The Republicans are correct when they charge that Obama has abandoned hope and change — except to change the subject from the ailing economy.

Disappointed voters should have known better. But they want to get real jobs, keep their homes and see a future.

In two weeks, the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Charlotte. In one gargantuan move, Obama could blow it all out, by presenting Hillary Clinton as his VP.

Obama can dispatch Joe Biden to happily serve as secretary of State, a job Biden reportedly has coveted.

The Big Switch would rivet every corner of the nation, from the skeptical bookmakers in Las Vegas, to Florida’s Bingo blue hairs, to the drought-weary corn growers of Iowa. This play that would make history, all over again.

An Obama/Clinton ticket would, among other things:

† Provide the president a huge convention bounce, generate gobs of free media, thus leveling the Republicans’ SuperPAC-fueled advertising advantage.

† Bring home disenchanted liberal and independent female voters who wanted a Hillary Clinton presidency in 2008, and remind recession-weary Democratic voters of the golden Clinton years.

Lately, Joe Biden seems to have chains on his mind. Obama can liberate Mr. Loose Lips from his vice-presidential shackles and declare victory.

It’s not too late for a Draft Hillary movement. Let’s get this party started.

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