Thursday, May 22, 2008

Team of Rivals

Love how Obama's Team of Rival's speech coalesces with Andrew Sullivan's same article in the Times of London. But while some take this speech to indicate an Obama-Clinton ticket is in the making, I beg to differ.

Let's parse Obama’s words carefully: referring to putting rivals into your administration, "I think that has to be the approach one takes to the vice president and the Cabinet.

He is saying he’s open to having Hillary in the Cabinet…but I think, perhaps much less so as VP.

Why? Because, as Obama says, “My goal is to have the best possible government. And that means me winning.”Obama will select the VP that has the best chance of helping him win. Nothing more, nothing less. I don’t think the person who can best deliver votes to Obama is Hillary Clinton. White voters in Appalachia who won’t vote for Obama because of his race won’t decide to vote for him because Hillary is on the ticket as VP. And women who want a woman in the white house would be satisfied with ANY prominent female politician.

Clinton doesn’t deliver Obama more votes. He needs a southern/Midwestern/western good-old-boy, Hispanic, or female governor, depending on which democraphic will push key states into his column – look for either someone like a Jim Webb/Ted Strickland, a Bill Richardson, or a Kathleen Sebelius, Kathleen Blanco, or Christine Gregoire.

Too bad Jennifer Granholm of Michigan was born in Canada.

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