August 21, 2008 2 Comments
UPDATE: Just Kidding! This twit is thrilled to have been so wrong in her ominous prediction of doom.
I’m the last twit that wants to believe it, but check it out:
Obama said he wants a running mate who’s “independent” and willing to tell him, if elected, “You know what, Mr. President, you’re wrong on this and here’s why.”
Hillary Clinton surely fits that description.
and notice how much Obama promises to restrain his veep:
“I won’t hand over my energy policy to my vice president,” he said. “I won’t have my vice president engineering my foreign policy for me.”
because for some reason we might be concerned about a Cheney-like presence in the West Wing?
“My vice president will be a member of the executive branch, he won’t be one of these fourth branches of government where he thinks he’s above the law,” Obama told a crowd in North Carolina.
Maureen Dowd pointed out part of the ugly reality in her recent op-ed: Hillary helps McCain. Hillary is one of Obama’s greatest enemies in this election, if not the greatest. Keep your enemies closer, I figure, would be a logic that flows out of that…
as the veep nominee, Hillary would also bring her supporters on board with a lot more gusto than the tepid displays of ‘unity’ since she lost the nomination. She’s played a mean game and it could be paying off at this point, if the various polls are to be believed, including what was reported by TIME on July 10, 2008:
almost half of Clinton supporters tell pollsters that they will not vote for Obama. And Clinton’s big-money backers are deflecting money and energy away from their party’s presumptive nominee.
and what Anderson Cooper notes on his blog on August 20, 2008:
remember that a quarter of Hillary’s voters still haven’t “come home” to the Democratic column.
over at the Washington Post, Richard Cohen points out in an op-ed on August 14, 2008:
… Kennedy picked Johnson. He hated him, but he picked him anyway, and they won. Reagan chose Bush. They battled each other in the primaries, but in the end Reagan was big enough to take him.
I mean, sometimes you’ve got to face reality. This is politics. Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.
Basically, all the other VP picks are boring and a bunch of racist old Bitters who Hillary coaxed into the Democratic fold are rapidly defecting to McCain. But an Obama-Clinton ticket would get the Hilltards back on the bus, plus Barry clearly needs somebody who’s vicious.
… scheduled to visit the New York State Fair Friday and speak in Fresno, Calif., Sunday at the United Farm Workers of America’s 18th Constitutional Convention.
a stop in Illinois on Saturday would be right on the way…
and as a final bit of grim and woe (for now) it is often said that the veep is supposed to be an ‘attackdog’ on behalf of the presidential candidate.
Hillary would be the most qualified out of all the contenders for that role…
UPDATE: or perhaps not, via Politico on August 22, 2008:
“She was never vetted,” a Democratic official reported. “She was not asked for a single piece of paper. She and Senator Obama have never had a single conversation about it. How would he know if she’d take it?”
The official also said Clinton never met with Obama’s vetting team of Eric Holder and Caroline Kennedy.
And the official said she was never asked for medical records or for any financial 2008 information about her or former President Bill Clinton.
UPDATE: unless somebody has drank the “she’s fully vetted” kool-aid…
“I said nobody has been vetted the way she has been vetted,” Iscol said. “We need to pick the most qualified, wisest, smartest, experienced person to serve our country alongside of Barack Obama. And I think it’s Hillary Clinton. We need her, and the party needs her, and it will be a ticket that will steamroll its way to the White House.”
UPDATE: how many of Hillary’s memes does Obama have to use before we can all start hitting the liquor:
Obama said he wanted somebody who is ‘prepared to be president’ and who will be ‘a partner with me in strengthening this economy for the middle class and working families.’
He said he was looking for not just a partner but a sparring partner. ‘I want somebody who’s independent, somebody who can push against my preconceived notions and challenge me so we have got a robust debate in the White House.’
When I say “Ready on Day One,” you tell me the candidate who locked down that valuable meme real estate during the primary season.
UPDATE: and yes, speaking of the economy, Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak right before the veep nominee, and yes, he is conveniently contained to only live cable coverage, at least according to Marc Ambinder on August 8, 2008:
I hear that Clinton has been asked to speak between 9 pm and 10 pm ET. Primetime — sort of. Remember that the television networks will broadcast only the 10pm-11pm hour live, leaving the other two hours of prime time to the cable nets…
On Wednesday, the 10-11pm hour is reserved for two events: putting the candidate’s name over the top and the vice presidential candidate’s speech.
So while Clinton _would_ speak in prime time, he wouldn’t be live on network television, and at most, the networks would briefly excerpt his speech before they turned to live events.
UPDATE: not to put too fine a point on it, but even Drudge seems worried about the possibility, seeing how he has helpfully adorned his site with this today (August 22, 2008, noonish on the pacific coast):
UPDATE: and as of 1:30 ish PST, there is a “sad-faced” Biden looking over at the front and center picture of Obama and Hillary:
UPDATE: continuing to psychoanalyze the art of the Drudge Report (around 3:15ish PST)
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