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 rest of Novak’s piece is here.
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. …
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?