July 10, 2008

Obama/Clinton Ticket?

I must admit, I don't get it. I don't get how Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are now best buddies. Clinton, who is working with Obama to fill the coffers of his presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, helped raise about $4.1 million at one event in New York last night. Obama is helping Clinton pay down her campaign debt.

Of course, this is the same Clinton that went on “Meet the Press” and accused the Obama campaign of, among other things, distorting her Martin Luther King Jr. comments and agitating racial tension. In another dust-up, Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson, while stumping for Clinton, made a thinly veiled reference to Obama’s admitted drug use.

Clinton and Obama had tangled over Obama’s statement that he would be willing to meet in the first year of his presidency with the leaders of countries antagonistic to the United States. Clinton called Obama’s comments “irresponsible” and “naive.” Obama countered by accusing the Clinton campaign of hatching a “fabricated controversy” and suggested that her position put her on the same track as the Bush administration.

The two had angrily accused the other of nasty politics over a Hollywood donor, David Geffen, who once backed Hillary Rodham Clinton's husband but now backs Obama.

Clinton and Obama had clashed over NAFTA, health care and the war in a debate.

They swapped some of the most negative attacks of the campaign two days before the Pennsylvania primary, each unleashing television ads that accused the other of maintaining ties to special interests they both claim to reject.

So the question begs: Do people buy it? Do people believe that these two individuals who showed such disdain for each other are now working together for the betterment of the country? More importantly, would the public buy into an Obama/Clinton Democratic ticket?

The old saying, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" comes to mind here. They may dislike each other, but they hate Bush and McCain more. I'm not sure that's what's best for the country, but it certainly seems to be the direction we're headed.


Anonymous said...

Sure hobbes, Bush trashed McCain when they were running against each other but now they are kissing up with each other, whats the difference? Bush's henchmen went as far as saying that he was like the Manchurian candidate.

Pete M said...

We can only hope that the American public is a bit smarter than when Bush faced off against McCain. That being said, I think that a Obama/Clinton ticket is a serious stretch. Yes, they can put their past behind them to unify for the Democratic party, but there political philosophies are so different, I don't think the people would buy into it.

Anonymous said...

I think Obama would be dumb to run with Clinton. I think people that really like Obama, may really dislike Clinton, and therefore may be disgusted with him for running with her, and therefore vote for McCain instead?? Who knows...time will tell...

Joe Niagara said...

Yawn, does anyone really care? Our vote is worthless, state will be a blue state even if they ran charlie the chimp for president. Does anyone disagee? I mean except Larry.

WilliamWallace said...

I agree, either way, NY state is voting for Obama. The race will be in the usual close 5 states or so.

pirate's code said...

Pros, cons:

Pro -- By adding Hillary, Obama believes he attracts her die-hard supporters who wouldn't otherwise support him.
Con -- It is clear that there is a faction who hate her so thoroughly they would vote for ANYONE else. That group would be mobilized.

Pro -- She might counter the almost certain "not enough experience" argument that will come from the McCain campaign.
Con -- Her "I'm more experienced than he is" tactic didn't work against Obama, so it probably wouldn't be much of a counter to McCain's ticket.

Pro -- She brings familiarity with the White House.
Con -- She brings Bill with her. Does Obama really want a two-term ex-president looking over his shoulder?

Pro -- Love her or hate her, most would admit that she is wicked smart.
Con -- Does anyone want Bill wandering the west wing in his bathrobe looking for something (or someone) to do?

An Obama-Clinton ticket for many, I think, would more accurately be descibed as Obama-Clinton-Clinton, since Bill just won't be able to stay away. If I were advising Obama, I'd tell him to find something important and useful for her to do other than vice-president. Or, encourage her to actually be a Senator from New York.

But, why would he listen to me?