Saturday, May 10, 2008

Clinton as Obama’s VP choice?

Robert Novak says today:

Close-in supporters of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign are convinced he never will offer the vice presidential nomination to Sen. Hillary Clinton for one overriding reason: Michelle Obama.

The Democratic front-runner's wife did not comment on other rival candidates for the party's nomination, but she has been sniping at Clinton since last summer. According to Obama sources, those public utterances do not reveal the extent of her hostility. …
The rest of Novak’s piece is here.


I don’t know what Ms. Obama’s really saying to the Senator privately about Sen. Clinton as a VP choice.

I don't know how much weight he’ll give what his wife says, assuming she expresses an opinion.

But I can think of some very important reasons for Sen. Obama's not putting Hillary on the ticket.

For one thing, he says he’s “new politics,” whatever they are. Hillary is very “old politics,” and we know what they are.

It would be an odd match with Obama repudiating the “old politics” of the person he picked as his running mate.

For another thing, Hillary has so much “baggage.” Why add her “baggage” to the ticket when Obama already has enough of his own?

I think adding Hillary to the ticket would be a kind of Wright-move.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

A snowball's chance in Hell is much higher than the chance that Rodham will be selected by Mr. Obama as his veep. The GOP would have a field day showing clips of Rodham lambasting Mr. Obama as being unfit to be president, etc. Plus, I believe Mr. Obama has a deep and abiding hatred for the Clintons just as we're finding most Democrats have. If Rodham manages to steal the nomination away from Mr. Obama, does any rational being think she might invite him on board her campaign as partner?
Tarheel Hawkeye