Increasing fears of a divided party have many Democrats, myself included, wondering if Obama can say no to a Hillary V.P. bid.
Obama and Clinton both have insisted the Democrats would unite once they have a nominee, but you can’t help but wonder. What if they don’t?
Now that time has come, and while many analysts say Obama should put Clinton on his ticket, many Obama supporters say Obama needs to say no. To them it’s almost a personal thing. Actually, I believe it is a personal thing.
Obama’s search for a running mate has begun. Former Deputy U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, Caroline Kennedy and Democratic insider Jim Johnson are on the vice presidential selection team, and their input will weigh heavily. Concern about possible division has surfaced because Clinton and Obama appeal to such different segments of the electorate. Clinton did well with working-class voters and the elderly. Obama was supported by affluent, well-educated voters, African-Americans and the younger generation.
Clinton won the big states like Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, she says are necessary in order to win in the fall. Obama won everything else.
Exit polls throughout the primary season have indicated that a significant portion of Clinton backers would not vote for Obama if he were to become the nominee. Obama supporters said the same thing.
So what to make of all this? Well, the answer is simple really. Winning is everything – especially this time around. The only way to unite this party is to create the dream ticket. By doing so, you almost ensure a resounding McCain defeat. Hillary will split the rural and elderly vote with him, and Obama will mop up the rest (at least in theory).
But there is something deeper here.I quote Senator Obama…
“You think about all the people who had to knock down barriers for me to walk through this door,” he said. “And the challenges they went through were so much more difficult, so much more severe, and the risks they took were so much greater that I will say, last night standing in that auditorium, it struck me that it was testimony to them.”
Barack Obama has shattered the glass ceiling for African Americans, why not let Hillary do the same for women? he is a least as qualified or maybe more qualified than any of the other contenders. She brings the Clinton machine to the table, she is bright, and in spite of going from coronation to disintigration in one year, she has been a sport about losing.
I say give here a shot.