Friday, February 22, 2008

Hillary aiming (sort of) high

Last night's Democratic debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton raised the question as to whether Hillary now recognizes that her days as a candidate are numbered:

"You know, no matter what happens in this contest, I am honored, I am honored to be here with Barack Obama," Clinton said. "I am absolutely honored."

As Bill Schneider pointed out in his analysis of the debate, Clinton dominated the substance of the discussion, but Obama clearly won the battle of rhetoric. Obama's campaign is proving that the race for the Democratic nomination (and perhaps the entire General Election) is truly a case of symbolism over substance. Clinton did very well, Schneider said, but it simply wasn't enough to slow Obama's momentum.

Hillary was so congenial to Barack Obama at certain points in the debate that it was enough to make some observers wonder if she is beginning the process of ceding the nomination to Obama. If the Clinton camp does believe that their quest may be nearing its end, is the sudden effort to make nice something more than Hillary trying to put on the face of unity? It is quite possible that at this point in the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton may be legitimately aiming for the Vice Presidency.

It may be disappointing for her supporters, but it makes sense for her. If Obama's administration is anywhere near politically successful, she then becomes the annointed successor to the messiah himself.



At Friday, February 22, 2008 10:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know all the hype is out there about a so called 'Dream Ticket' (it's getting a lot play everywhere it seems) but I wouldn't bank on it. I really wouldn't. I see it as being much more likly that Sen. Clinton returns to the US Senate to become Majority Leader.


At Friday, February 22, 2008 9:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No it will be those two!

At Saturday, February 23, 2008 8:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, Fabian,
I have to disagree. If the roles were reversed, Clinton with slight lead and apperant 'mo' then I could easily see a Clinton/Obama ticket. Easily see it and support it. However, I can't see Sen. Clinton wanting to play second fiddle to Obama, not after all the 'ineviatablity' stuff that has been floating around for so long until just recently.
No, should Sen. Clinton turn out to be the VP choice I'll still support it but I just really don't think that'll happen.


At Saturday, February 23, 2008 11:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Insiders say they are in the works to utilize both on the ticket. Only delima right now is who is top and who is bottom

At Sunday, February 24, 2008 12:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, Fabian,
That might be true, insider machinations and all, but I still think Clinton/Obama (should she win the nomination)or, if Obama gets the nod, Obama/Edwards, Obama/Richardson, or Obama/X, would work with better with Clinton returning to the senate and becoming Majority Leader.
Senator Clinton playing second fiddle to Obama just doesn't sound like a good fit.



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