Wednesday, March 12, 2008

An Offer He Should Refuse


Since the early days of what has become a television spectacle, a reality show I like to call "Ultimate Race to the White House," I have pondered the outcome of a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket. Could this be the best chance at Democratic stability? Could this be the player line-up we'd need to take down McCain?


But imagine how it would play out in the end. I doubt that either candidate, neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama, with all their qualifications and hubris, would want to take a backseat as Vice President. There would presumably be quite a bit of infighting and a struggle for power even if they were serving on the same team.

Though on a more positive note, they could benefit from each others' strengths and make up for their respective weaknesses. Obama could deal with international diplomacy and domestic race relations with a finesse that Clinton sometimes lacks, and Clinton could work on cementing a healthcare plan that is best for all Americans and ensure women's reproductive rights.

I did not have to wait very long, however, for my thoughts to turn into reality. As of late, in public speaking engagements, the Clinton camp has been hinting at a Clinton/Obama ticket, with Obama serving as Vice President, of course. Yet many analysts, as well as Obama himself, find this suggestion not only offensive, but poorly timed.

[Obama] suggested that the Clintons were being duplicitous in their offer, implying on one hand that he was not ready to be president, but that on the other, he could solve the party’s political impasse by joining together. “I don’t know how somebody who’s in second place can offer the vice presidency to someone who’s in first place,” Mr. Obama told a town meeting at the Mississippi University for Women here, alluding to his lead in delegates. As the crowd cheered, he said: “If I’m not ready, how is it that you think I should be such a great vice president? Do you understand that?”

Considering Obama's success in the polls, despite Hillary's wins in Ohio and Texas, it seems that suggesting that Obama take a backseat is, well, jumping the gun. There are a few more primaries in store that may help clear our heads, but in the meantime, I think it would be best if the candidates themselves kept their mouths shut, and let their quantitative successes do the talking.

- Wendi Muse

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