FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
They nearly tore the Democratic Party apart the first time around, yet some are hoping for a Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama rematch in 2012.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/28/art.clinton.obama.jpg caption="(FILE PHOTO) Clinton and Obama during the April 2008 debate in Philadelphia."]
When President Obama brought Clinton on-board as his Secretary of State after a long and bitter battle in the primaries, many saw it as a smart move to unite the party and get Hillary on board. It was compared to when Abraham Lincoln brought his "team of rivals" into his cabinet.
Fast-forward a year - there's a piece in U.S. News and World Report suggesting that a lot of Democrats are worried about the ongoing decline in President Obama's approval ratings. When you add in the recent losses in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts and the president's unsuccessful bid - so far - for health care, it has some Democrats running for the hills.
Similar circumstances helped the late Senator Ted Kennedy challenge the incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter in 1980.
For her part, Clinton tells PBS she is "absolutely not interested" in running again for president. But in the same interview, she suggests she is a one-term secretary of state. Clinton says considering the demands of the job, eight years would be very challenging.
No doubt all this has helped stoke chatter about Clinton leaving the cabinet sometime in the president's first term - perhaps over a matter of principle - so she could be in place to challenge Mr. Obama in the primaries in 2012.
For Hillary's supporters, it might just be wishful thinking, but history suggests it's not a good idea to ever count a Clinton out.
Here’s my question to you: Should Hillary Clinton challenge President Obama in 2012?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Damn right she should challenge him in 2012; she should have beat him in 2008 but everyone wanted "change." Now we are all giving up our "dollars and change" to finance this mess we're in.
Brandon from Idaho Falls, Idaho writes:
Hillary was my first choice in the primary. I wound up voting for Obama in the general election, but in my heart I feel Hillary would have been a much better president. I am all for Hillary challenging President Obama in 2012. Bring it on!
Absolutely not. I was behind Hillary during the 2008 elections, but this rivalry in 2012 would not only hurt the Democrats but boost the Republicans! Let her run as V.P. and switch jobs with Biden.
Jack, come on. Why are you instigating a rivalry, long-forgotten might I say. It’s only the first year into Obama's presidency. Give the guy a break.
Who cares? The Republican lie machine combined with the recent Supreme Court decision opening the doors to unbridled spending by corporations and the ultra-rich will define who wins major elections in this country for the indefinite future. And it won't be Democrats.
Tina from California writes:
I still think most Americans backed the wrong horse in 2008. Maybe a wasted vote, but I wrote Hillary Clinton in on my ballot. And I refuse to take her sticker off my car... it's a matter of principle.
Charles from Ohio writes:
Jack, No. Hillary is where she needs to be. President Obama will be a two-term president. What are you doing, trying to cause trouble?
I think Hillary should definitely run for president again. If we’re lucky, she will face Palin and Saturday Night Live ratings will go through the roof!