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Hillary as VP is best response to Gingrich nomination

Updated: January 20, 2012 8:02AM

How about a Clinton/Gingrich rematch? No one is better at getting Newt Gingrich’s nose out of joint than Hillary Clinton.

If the former U.S. House Speaker continues his presidential surge, look for Secretary of State Clinton to sign on as Barack Obama’s new running mate.

Gingrich is now the front-runner for the 2012 GOP nomination. If he prevails, it will be a propitious time to pull the Big Job Swap: Clinton signs on as President Barack Obama’s second-term VP, and Vice President Joe Biden swings over to the State Department.

At 69, Biden is a caretaker vice-president, probably too old to run for president in 2016.

Enter Hillary Clinton as the new No. 2. If she can avoid stepping all over Obama’s toes for the next four years, she’ll have ample on-the-job training and another shot at the presidency.

It’s the smartest move Obama could sling Newt’s way. It’s the campaign gift that will never stop giving.

Biden entered the vice presidency with a solid foreign policy resume. The globetrotting, front-and-center player in Obama’s world agenda has visited Iraq eight times as vice president.

A Gingrich nomination would energize liberal and women voters, who despise and fear him.

Day in and day out on the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton would be a stone-cold reminder of the bad old 1990s, when she and her husband battled Gingrich tooth and nail. No one is better prepared to remind voters just who Newt Gingrich really is: The man who incessantly attacked the Bill Clinton presidency. The one who deployed bitterly partisan strategies to bring the government to a halt. The guy who viciously assaulted — and defeated — Hillary Clinton’s prized universal health care plan. And, best of all, it was Newt “Mr. Adulterer” Gingrich who sanctimoniously called for Bill Clinton’s impeachment over the Monica Lewinsky affair. That last bit will go over swimmingly with women voters, who will be a pivotal voting block next November.

Gingrich has plowed through so many wives and affairs that he was forced to write a letter pledging that he would not cheat on his third and current wife, Callista Gingrich.

Gingrich’s letter, released Dec. 12 by Family Leader, an Iowa-based conservative group, promised that he would “uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others.”

A “Gingrich for President” bumper sticker is a sugarplum vision dancing in the White House heads.

When I posited the Big Job Swap back in October, the nattering nabobs sneered. A Clinton/Biden swap would smack of desperate pandering, they chattered. Since then, the White House, Clinton and Biden have all denied the possibility.

In 2012, Obama will need all the help he can get his hands on.

If Newt is the GOP’s man, Hillary could be the game changer.

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