Although she has stated that she intends to leave politics at the end of Obama's first term, Hillary Clinton is the focus of much speculation on the part of pundits inside the beltway regarding the 2012 presidential election.
Sensing that Obama is increasingly vulnerable, many top Democrats dream of a scenario where Hillary is placed on the ticket, either as the presidential nominee or the vice presidential running mate.
In the first instance the scenario would mean an announcement by Obama, like Lyndon Johnson in 1968, that he is withdrawing from his re-election bid. The second instance would mean that Vice President Joe Biden either would withdraw from the ticket or be replaced in a surprise decision by Obama.
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