Clinton, Obama, and the Next Phase

The word now is that Clinton will concede on Friday Saturdaymaybe. Now Hillary is going through this elaborate pretense that she “is open” to the vice-presidency if Obama thinks it will “help unify the party and help Democrats win the White House.” The truth is that she’s campaigning for the number two slot, and as this piece by Dan Balz reveals, she didn’t start yesterday:

Johnson said he began discussing the vice presidency with Clinton last month and that they talked about it at a dinner in Puerto Rico last Saturday and again by phone and e-mail on Tuesday. “Let me be clear,” Johnson said in a telephone interview Wednesday morning. “She said if asked to do this, she must accept because she believes that it is in the best interest of the party that the party come together and win in November.”

Johnson launched an effort to create an Obama-Clinton ticket Wednesday morning with a letter to Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who endorsed Obama on Tuesday morning. In the letter, Johnson said the best way to unify the party is with an Obama-Clinton ticket. “I believe that the most important step that you can take now is to encourage the Congressional Black Caucus to urge Senator Obama to select Senator Hillary Clinton as his Vice Presidential running mate,” he wrote.

Remember, this is the candidate whose strongest selling point was supposed to be her judgment and political experience:

Putting aside the fact that she has been leading her increasingly bitter die-hards astray for at least a month, knowing full well she could not win but still telling them she could and milking them for donations, it is important to remember who Robert Johnson is:

Robert L. Johnson, the billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television, injected himself into the middle of a flaring campaign controversy on Sunday. During an appearance with Sen. Hillary Clinton, he seemingly raised the specter of Sen. Barack Obama’s youthful drug use.Speaking to a crowd in Columbia, South Carolina, the African-American business tycoon chastised Obama for a memo his campaign put together documenting instances in which Clinton or her surrogates made allegedly racially-insensitive statements.

“I am frankly insulted,” Johnson declared, “that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues since Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood -­ and I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in the book -­ when they have been involved.”

The comment was greeted with ire by the Obama campaign. In the past, Clinton surrogates have raised the drug issue. Hours later, Johnson claimed he was simply referring to Obama’s work as a community organizer.

THIS is who she thinks is her best chance at negotiating a spot on the ticket? This guy? Seriously?

Please let this guy just be making it all up, because the thought that Hillary could have been the nominee, with this kind of judgement if this story is true, is just terrifying.

Jimmy Carter has an interesting take on why Hillary Clinton should not be on the ticket:

“I think it would be the worst mistake that could be made,” said Carter. “That would just accumulate the negative aspects of both candidates.”

Carter, who formally endorsed the Illinois senator last night, cited opinion polls showing 50% of US voters with a negative view of Clinton.

In terms that might discomfort the Obama camp, he said: “If you take that 50% who just don’t want to vote for Clinton and add it to whatever element there might be who don’t think Obama is white enough or old enough or experienced enough or because he’s got a middle name that sounds Arab, you could have the worst of both worlds.”

I agree with everyone else who has said that it’s highly unlikely Obama will invite Clinton onto the ticket, for a whole bunch of reasons. But even if Obama was thinking of asking her to be his running mate, the blatant way she’s been pushing for it would be likely to put him off the idea. And perhaps she’s even started to understand that:

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today disavowed a campaign by some of her supporters to pressure Senator Barack Obama into choosing her as a running-mate, saying they were acting on their own and the decision on who to pick was “Senator Obama’s and his alone.”

The statement from Mrs. Clinton campaign came after two days in which a number of her key supporters had pressed the idea of picking her as a running-mate, saying that such a match-up was key to salving wounds in the Democratic Party and to assuring a Democratic victory in the fall. And Mrs. Clinton had made no obvious effort to discourage it, telling New York lawmakers, in a private conference call earlier this week, that she was open to serving as Mr. Obama’s running-mate.

The apparent campaign to push Mrs. Clinton onto the ticket was, in its directness, unusual and several Democrats said arguably counterproductive. Aides to Mr. Obama said they were unhappy with the effort and some Democrats outside the campaign said that Mr. Obama could be portrayed to bowing to pressure should he choose Mrs. Clinton to run with him.

Hopefully, with some time to process what happened, Sen. Clinton will be able to come to terms with it in a positive way, and move on to the next challenge, which is getting Obama elected in the fall.

5 Responses to “Clinton, Obama, and the Next Phase”

  1. matttbastard says:

    Yeah.

    Jimmy Carter.

    If anyone knows about “the worst [mistakes] that could be made”…

    *cough*

  2. matttbastard says:

    Also, what Hilzoy said. More her, less MoDo/Sully kthnxbai (unless one is using them as examples of all that is wrong with contemporary punditry).

  3. Dynamic says:

    Hey guys, I’m not dead! 😆 Good to see you lot are still at it, I’ve missed reading this.

    I have to agree with this assessment, although I do think that Clinton is coming to terms with her role and is becoming ready to move on and out of the struggle. But then I always was an optimist. We shall see!

    Hopefully I’ll be finished moving soon and will have my connection restored, it’s been a pain getting stuck out in the real world these last few weeks. 😆

  4. DYNAMIC!!!!!!

    That’s all I wanted to say.

  5. Chief says:

    At 2135 (9:35 PM) MSNBC is reporting that Obama is in Clinton’s DC area house meeting with her.

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