|'The proposal to draft her in place of President Obama this year is preposterous. It exaggerates his vulnerability and discounts Hillary's loyalty. But the idea that she should replace Joe Biden as Obama's running mate is something else. It has been kicking around on the blogs for more than a year without getting any traction, mainly because it has been authoritatively, emphatically dismissed by Hillary, Biden and Team Obama. It's time to take it seriously.
'Hillary Clinton is 64 years old, with a Calvinist work ethic, the stamina of an Olympian, an E.Q. to match her I.Q., and the political instincts of a Clinton. She has an impressive empathic ability -- invaluable in politics or statecraft -- to imagine how the world looks to an ally or adversary. She listens, and she learns from her mistakes. She was a perfectly plausible president four years ago, and that was before she demons'