Hillary aiming (sort of) highLast 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.
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