Why Obama Didn’t Pick Hilary as Running Mate

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.

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Oh the McPain

No, I didn’t just eat McDonalds. I watched the final speech of the Republican National Convention though and I’m feeling it. The McPain! (= McCain + Palin)
Just 2 months away from trying to keep the Obama clan for running the board in November, McCain seems to have a unique, weary humbleness that doesn’t seem to add up to “leader”, but here the Republicans are…rallying with their party pick. A 72 year-old man who can’t seem to raise his arms up above his head. A man who could be victorious and wouldn’t even be able to show a V – the touchdown signal. A man who seems to have the strangest of scowling smiles. See pic – Go ahead and practice it at home.

One of the greatest, mercurial triumphs for the Republicans this week must be that the race for the office seems like a squirly competition between Obama & Palin. Yes, a Presidential candidate vs. the other party’s VP candidate. That just seems the strangest of twists after the delayed start, the overwhelming ridicule of the VP choice with a swoosh opaqueness of desparation by the McCain team to go after conservative American voters.  The amazingly poor choice of credentials by Cindy McCain to say “of course Governor Palin knows about foreign policy…look how close Alaska is to Russia”.  Say what?

And, it’s not like their wasn’t weeks of drama building up to these national conventions.  Jabs at eachothers’ preparations.  The media swarms & interviews in Denver & St. Paul.  There was a massive build up.  But, nothing could have predicted this midwestern tropical storm just within the last week.

5 days ago, Democrats and Republicans, in fact in almost every part of the world, people were snickering at McCain’s VP candidate choice. Today, democrats will shy away from any slash at Sarah Palin or anyone in her family. Not just cause it’s a poor competitive tactic, but no one appears to be interested in taking Sarah on in a war of words.

5 days ago, we were comparing the Sarah Palin pick to Dan Quayle pick. Dan Quayle, the one we thought would keep Bush 1 out of the White House. Today, I find it difficult to put those 2 names in the same sentence.

5 days ago, Hurricane Gustav was bearing down on the Gulf, and about to permanently disrupt the Republican National Convention. (With prayers to the residents of that region). Today, it’s hard to decipher any disruption in St. Paul.

5 days ago, President Bush was backing out of the convention (like you really want Bush in your camp given his approval ratings). Governor Schwarzenegger was backing out of the convention due to “budget mess in Sacto” (you want Arny in your camp).  Today, it doesn’t really matter who else did or didn’t speak at the RNC.  There’s only 2 speeches anyone will ever talk about.

Some final takeaways:
(1) The McPains have made Americans take a stand, a position. Not to say that Obama didn’t, but it was just too undetermined a week ago as the RNC had yet to take center stage.
(2) As eluded to during Palin’s speech, the overdone stage and outdoor stadium thing does show a bit of one-up manship at any cost and could be a pre-cursor to the over-spending Republicans fear.
(3) Sign me up anytime for Alaskan adventure with Todd Palin (Sarah’s husband).  I’m positive he can provide the goods for a memorable trip.
And, (4) It should be 1 heck of a debate between Biden (the quickly forgotten Democratic VP candidate, but a fierce competitor and smooth talker) and Palin.

If someone was really smart, make the VP candidate’s debate a Pay-Per-View event with no flipping commericals and donate all the profits to environmental non-profit organizations.  $9.95/2hr event.  
ABC, NBC, CBS – get your heads together.  Do-it-now!

Only 4 Days? Let’s Make It 5!

You couldn’t have missed knowing that the Democratic National Convention, also known as the DNC, has started.  And, just who came up with this abbreviation – DNC?  If you want to know what I’m referring to, search google for “DNC OBGYN” and look at the first set of results.  I’m sure it wasn’t Michelle Obama.  The one lady we may all like to know a bit more about as she has a chance to take the coveted “first lady” position. 

And, this is the platform to “get to know her”?  Not even.  Ms. Obama’s performance tonite was nothing but a highly anticipated, well-orchestrated, professionally rehearsed, canned recital that I’m sure she had no part of writing or editing.  A perfect composition of apparel, haircuts, and lapel pins.  Do people actually believe such presentations are real?  That her personality somehow magically arose from the harmony?  At a minimum, I’d feel more comfortable knowing her if I was reading a candid rendition of her Facebook profile, if I had access to it that is.

…Back to the convention.  Wow.  4 days of content.  That’s just unreal.  Beating out the Super Bowl by a full touchdown in terms of pre-game follies.  We’ve been talking about the National Convention (I just can’t use that DNC terminology any longer) for what seems like a year.  Oh yea, it has been a year.  Actually longer than a year.  And, for what, to do a spin around the audience of state delegates who declare that they give their perverbial nomination to Obama or Clinton or Edwards (god help us), when everyone in the entire world already knows that Obama wins.  This seems like the sickest of exaggerated rituals.

Yes, sick.  How much energy, time is wasted on this?  It hurts my head to calculate the environmental impact of utilizing 100 different hotels, airline flights to CO from all over the country.  The piles of bottled water?  I am aware that Convention organizers have gone miles beyond any previous event in terms of “greening”, but does it really require live delegates — how do you think they got there?   If environmental impact is an issue, what about using a Virtual (online) Trade Show platform?  Wouldn’t that be novel.

And, why not make it a Pay-per-View event, to those who want it.  Somewhere Vince McMahon must be having a beer and thinking, “hmmm, it’s so well acted, just like my WWF was.  I wonder if I could buy it”.  Yes, maybe the SuperBowl should be a Pay-per-View event as well.  Then, you’d really know who cares.

I’m not underestimating the impact to the US and world economic, social, and political landscape affects of a new President.  None the least.   That’s huge and we all care.  But, frankly, that tally doesn’t get counted until November.  And, until then, this seems like an awfully long event, syphoning funds and energy that could be used in far better ways.   Thursday is Mr. Obama’s time in the sun, well, evening, in an outdoor stadium of 70,000+, which should be a horrid reminder of how far we’ve come, or perhaps, missed the mark.