The answer to what the 42nd President of the USA was doing in seeming to endorse Mitt Romney (even for an eyeblink) has finally been worked out by conservative commentators, then voiced last week by Rush Limbaugh. It appears that the Clinton team has decided Hillary should run for POTUS in 2016 and by far the best Republican opponent for her will be a one-term Mitt Romney.
The reasoning behind this is cool and incredibly calculated. If Obama wins this time, he may well completely annihilate the Democrat brand name by 2016. The reason for this assumption arises from the same economic assumption that may ultimately doom and destroy a four-year Romney reign in the White House--the world is likely facing a deep depression and there ain't nothing anyone can do about it.
Picture how this plays out with a sweeping GOP victory this November. Romney glides into the presidency, likely with control of the U.S. Senate and an increased decidedly conservative majority in the House. For a brief, giddy few months right-wingers will be in hog heaven. Their ideas will at long last be give the unfettered opportunity to prove themselves that the right has always longed for--the same opportunity, in fact, that Obama and the Democrats had from 2008-2010.
Unfortunately, Jesus Christ and Solomon in person will not be able to prevent the suffering that the Great Depression will bring. The best a Romney administration will be able to do is to appoint some more Republican judges to the Supreme Court and maybe prosecute a few former Obama officials for the security leak and Fast and Furious scandals.
By 2014 the restive American political mood will change once again and Romney's GOP may lose the Congress totally. Romney will become Herbert Hoover, and the new FDR to bring him down will be a woman, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
From a Clinton point of view the worst outcome this year is that Obama wins. This result will bad on two fronts--as the economy inevitably continues to decline Barack Obama will go hard left even as escalatingly angry conservatives make the centrist Clintonian type of triangulations all but impossible. Worse yet, once Romney is out of the way the Republicans have a fresh and vigorous new crop of presidential contenders ready to rise up. Be assured, the aging Hillary Clinton does not want to run against any of them.
Strangely enough, the worst obstacle to this remarkably adept Clinton family plan to seize the White House may be the chance that Barack Obama collapses too soon, becomes too obviously nonviable by late July, and events force Hillary to step up at a convention in total riotous disarray in North Carolina and knock the foundering incumbent off the pedestal.
You can imagine the bag of horrors this (perhaps real) possibility presents to Bill and Hillary. She will have a good chance of being elected president, sure enough, but likely will not have the coat tails to take back the House or hold the Senate. The world economy will do its disastrous nosedive and she will become Hillary Hoover with an aroused bunch of conservatives preventing her from trying to become the Franklin Delano Roosevelt of the 21st century.
Perhaps the only good result from a left wing point of view is that our first female president will be able to pack the Supreme Court with progressives, and not even FDR could accomplish that.