Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Could it be?

As the years go by, Ralph Nader seems more and more like the crazy uncle you hide in the attic when company comes calling, and now he's telling Politico that his unidentified sources tell him that Hillary Clinton is still being seriously considered as the running mate for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. He also believes she's clearly the best person for the second spot on the ticket. I've written many times before about my disdain for Hillary Clinton. I think she's a weasel. But I also think that Nader might be right. It's not that my opinion of Hillary has changed. It's the people who supposedly are on Obama's short list that make me wonder. Sen. Joe Biden has foreign policy expertise but brings very little else to the equation. Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, while from states that figure to be important in November, engender lengthy yawns. It's hard to see where they would motivate voters outside their states. At this point in the race, it's my opinion that Obama is not in a position to go "safe" with his vice presidential choice. At one point, Republicans such as Sens. Olympia Snowe and Chuck Hagel were mentioned as contenders, but that talk has gone by the wayside. So, what choice could Obama make that would energize a large group of Democratic voters while attracting blue-collar, rural support and fence-sitting independents? Could it be Hillary?



Blogger Ellipses said...

Has there been a poll

"Would you consider NOT voting for Obama if Hilary was his VP?"

Gawd I dislike that woman.


August 20, 2008 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clinton's negatives outweigh her positives and she'd never be happy as second fiddle. Biden is a bigmouth fool, despite his foreign policy credentials. How about Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas to placate female voters? Colin Powell would be lovely, but if we won't vote for one black ...

August 20, 2008 at 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One plus that Biden might bring is the ability to be the attack dog -- a role I can't see Bayh or Kaine taking.

Nevertheless, at this stage of the game, I would take anything Ralph Nader says with a box of salt. He's unfortunately devolved from being a heroic figure to a crank.

--Brad Hundt

August 20, 2008 at 2:12 PM  

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