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The Clinton-Obama debate in Philly. What did either of them get out of that? I thought Obama was off his game, like he didn't prep for the event. I also got the impression that they were really not on good terms with each other. Tone and body language suggest that things were quite frosty on that stage.
Technical point: If Hillary does NOT stay in the race, she risks losing out on the chance to be VP. If she stays in, she can force Obama to take her as VP at the convention. What says the rest of you?
posted by xpert11
Following your line of thinking to be the VP pick Hillary would have to convince the right people that she could bring the Latino vote to the ticket . I still maintain that Richardson is the wild card for the dems VP slot.
Originally posted by Justin Oldham
What does Obama do to neutralize her threat potential?
posted by Justin Oldham
Let's assume for the sake of discussion that it plays out as you say. Hillary is known to be vindictive. What does Obama do to neutralize her threat potential? Anyhow does his Richardson choice prevent the party from falling apart as the Republicans have under similar circumstances?
IMO you have to separate the issue of selling an Obama - Richardson ticket to voters from the issue of Hillary dealing with losing the nomination. In terms of dealing with Hillary she or Bill could be promised a cabinet position. The job of secretary of state would look good on Hillary CV.
As for selling an Obama - Richardson ticket to Dems core supporter base the promise of hope and change combined with the last eight years of Republican rule ought to do the trick. People bemoan Carter presidency and he was only in office for one term. Of course if large elements of the population have lost faith in the two party system the whole US political system becomes mute.
As I write we’re one day out from the Pennsylvania Presidential Primary. Senators Clinton and Obama are locked in a twisted “celebrity death match” for the Democratic party’s nomination.
Barack Obama has made his share of mistakes. When he responded to the Reverend Wright controversy, he raised the bar on political discourse. Unfortunately for him, he raised it too high. From that point on, he’s being sticking his foot in his mouth at least once every other week.
Every time Hillary has managed some headway in this campaign, Bill has come along to take it away from her. As a political analyst, I’d have to say that this campaign has simply gone on for far too long. Both of these people have emptied their respective bag of tricks. The fiasco of the 21st debate in Philly proved that.
Since I don’t think John McCain will be our next President, I think we owe it to ourselves to have an extra good look at these two … while we still can. We know they can perform well in staged events. We are now seeing just how well they perform under the worst kind of pressure. High-level leadership means working with people you just can’t stand. National leaders do this all the time. The President should be no different. I can appreciate the fact that those people don’t like each other. Not any more. I am disappointed to see that they are losing their ability to be civil.
Eleven percent of those voting in the Democratic race said they would vote for John McCain, the Republicans' presumptive nominee, over Clinton. Another 6 percent said they would stay home in a race between McCain and Clinton, the New York senator and former first lady.
Ten percent of Democrats said they would sit on their hands in a McCain-Obama race, and 15 percent said they would vote for McCain over the Illinois senator. www.cnn.com...
"According to the exit poll for the TV networks and the Associated Press, 54 percent said Obama, who is ahead in delegates and popular vote, will be the nominee and 43 percent said Hillary Clinton will win the nomination. The exit poll also found that 38 percent would be satisfied with either as the nominee, but a majority would only be satisfied if their candidate wins -- 32 percent for Clinton and 25 percent for Obama." www.post-gazette.com...
Originally posted by Justin Oldham
Is Hillary staying in this race so that she is sure to get the Vice Presidency?
. . America the land of opportunity and free people, this nation is and will ever have an issue with black and white..