Posts Tagged ‘Veepstakes’

More Unity Ticket

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Michael Tomasky

10 Reasons not to Pick Hillary

The Unity Ticket

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

I’ve got a piece up with my take on the hypothetical Obama-Clinton ticket; the pros, the cons, and a potential alternative.

 But how much water does that really carry? Let’s be honest, one of the underlying currents in the election thus far have been the unmentionables in the Land of Clinton. From Whitewater to Travelgate, sniper fire to the obvious question of just how much being First Lady qualifies one in the realm of foreign policy (Laura Bush 2012?), there are a plethora of campaign soundbytes Republicans were just waiting to sling at Hillary that no candidate in a Democratic primary could possibly mention, for fear of reprisal from Democratic voters, namely females who consistently made up nearly 60% of the electorate in every primary.

     And then there is the question of appeal. Even though she might have garnered a larger share of the demographics than Obama, how many rural, gun owning, white voters who wouldn’t vote for Obama in November would do so merely because he tapped Hillary Clinton to be his VP? Maybe more to the point, how many people really believed the Hillary-as-conservative populist routine she adopted after Bittergate? We’re talking about one of the most solidly pro-gun control politicians in recent political memory. A candidate who, with her husband, has raked in over $100 million in the past 8 years. And while Sen. Obama could not “go there” in a primary (especially one he was already winning, with little to gain and everything to lose), Republicans will have no such reservations over the summer and into the fall.

Full piece here.

Kennedy Dings (slams?) Clinton Over VP Spot

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Ben Smith has the scoop on Kennedy’s appearance on Al Hunt’s Bloomberg program over the weekend:

“I don’t think it’s possible,” he told Hunt of the joint ticket, continuing that Obama should choose a running mate who “is in tune with his appeal for the nobler aspirations of the American people,” Kennedy said. “If we had real leadership — as we do with Barack Obama — in the No. 2 spot as well, it’d be enormously helpful.”

Implying, obviously, that she doesn’t share Obama’s “appeal for the nobler aspirations of the American people” nor exhibit “real leadership.” Wow.