I remember distinctly mentioning to my dear wife about 13 weeks ago. It was one of those conversations with my spouse I actually admit to remembering. It was June 7, 2008. Hilary finally conceded the Democratic nomination to Obama. And, as I watched the tube, I blurted, “If Obama picks Hilary as VP, he’ll win in a landslide. It wouldn’t matter what the Republicans do from here”.
But someone, something got into Barack’s head, and he chose Biden. And for a full-week (the week of 4-day long Democratic National Convention not to be confused with the DNC – see earlier post), Biden seemed like a good choice. A good choice until Sarah was introduced.
Now, I’m not one to speculate. I only like to make decisions based on facts. On metrics. Justifiable Ones. But I just cannot get over what to think if Obama had picked Hilary. So, I present to you…
Top 10 Reasons Why Obama Didn’t Pick Clinton as Demo Running Mate:
10. Would you want to go on the road for 60 days with Hilary?
9. Would you want to go on the road for 60 days with Hilary AND Bill?
8. Barack asked her to swap out for another color pant suit (i.e. other than light blue) for casual Friday and Hilary gave him the silent treatment.
7. Something about Chelsea refusing to sit next to Barack on the bus.
6. Would you want to spend 60 days on the road with Joe Biden? Oops, wrong blog post.
5. Demo party leaders convinced that conservative McCain would never choose an unknown woman for an executive position and disrupt everything. Not in a million years.
4. Hilary reminds us too much of Carly Fiorina, a republican (Carly’s pic at right).
3. Hilary didn’t actually seek the VP role. Yea right.
2. Barack was worried that Hilary would drive his campaign into deep debt like hers.
And, the #1 reason why Obama didn’t pick Hilary as his running mate:
1. Ran out of lipstick.
It’s a major “what-if” to think that if Barack did this. The campaign talk right now would be completely different. The talk would be Clinton vs. Palin and Obama vs. McCain. With about 53 days to go, current victors are the Republicans by causing a major disruption to almost every strategy and tactic (strategery, thank you Mr. Bush) that the Obama campaign spent months putting together.
The Obama/Clinton tickets would be less of a war of words and more a war of experience. But, that ain’t the case, and for now, Obamaites need to go back to the drawing board. Digging up dirt and slinging it at Palin seems to be the only tactic right now, and seems ineffective at changing the interests of voters. Unfortunately, people like Palin, and like her more than they like McCain. Hilary is on the sidelines, waiting desperately for her cabinet position. And, Obama can’t reverse his decision, and likely his VP choice won’t affect the eventual decision in favor of Obama.
Where is Joe Biden anyway? Has anyone heard from him? I heard he plans to be “Casper the Friendly Ghost” for Halloween.