It’s time for Barack Obama to think about a running mate. Sure the democratic presidential race is still close, but everyone this side of Howard Wolfson knows HIllary can’t win, no matter how many rabbits she tries to pull from her political hat.
The Dems call Obama-Hillary a dream ticket, and if you polled Democratic voters, most would love this match made somewhere in Washington nirvana.
How, though, would swing state voters and independents stand on this union of change and experience? Washington correspondent Lynn Sweet says Obama has a list of potential running mates that includes, but is certainly not limited to, Hillary.
Some notables on the list are: Bill Richardson (a solid candidate but a bit too on the nose), independent New York mayor Michael Bloomberg (savvy, but also an obvious stretegic move), Joe Biden, who would be a good choice based on his excellent political record but he looks like a loser, and as Sweet so aptly illustrates John Edwards, who couldn’t get John Kerry over the top, so who’s to say he’ll help propel Obama into the White House?
All of this supposition brings us back to Hillary.
The best reasons Obama has not to select the New York senator is a) the choice makes him look like he’s the Democratic National Committee’s puppet, and b) there’s an unspoken fear in the Obama camp that the undecideds, who may be leaning to his side, would disdain Obama in November because they’ll believe Hillary will clash with Obama’s “Change” mantra.
This decision, as muddled as Lynn Sweet and this post makes it appear, is really not all hat difficult.
All Obama has to do is name Oprah as his running mate. She helped him leapfrog Hillary, so why can’t she help him crush John McCain? Sure, it’s an old idea, but as the primary season nears an end, the idea has a certain freshness to it.