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July 20, 2008
The Case for Hillary
In the VP Sweepstakes, It's Time to Make the Case for Hillary
I know that I've written here just a few short months ago that Senator Obama, if he succeeded in securing the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, could never choose Hillary Clinton as his running mate.
Please allow me to turn 180 degrees in the exact opposite direction.
My though process back then was that Senator Clinton's supporters would march to the polls and pull the handle, punch the chad or press the button for whoever was the Dem's choice in November, including Barack Obama. And I still mostly believe that today. However, what I didn't see in the past was the strong commitment that Senator Clinton's supporters have for her. Nor did I see the superior spokesperson and campaigner that she truly is and what kind of help she could be in securing the White House for the Democratic Party this November.
Hillary Clinton has been vetted, probably more so than any other candidate for any office in US history. She has been deemed ready to be President by everyone on the Left, many on the Right and just about every news agency that operates with a modicum of fairness (Fox excluded). Certainly she is ready to become the Vice President.
Mrs. Clinton brings an appealing right-hook following Obama's potent left-jab. If she becomes the Veep nominee, there will be two campaigners to contend with from now until the election rolls around. As it stands today, Hillary accompanies Obama as his opening act. As a VP candidate, her stature would allow her to travel separately from him and offer his campaign twice as much coverage and twice as much credibility.
I believe that if Senator Obama wants Hillary Clinton on the ticket with him in 2008, he should make the offer sooner rather than later. And if he makes it publicly, so much the better. A Public request from Obama to Clinton makes her make a decision now, even though it's a chance to take. If Clinton refused the request, Obama will be open to attacks from all sides and that would hurt his chances.
But if she accepts (which should certainly be known prior to a public announcement), then the pair get to tag-team Senator McCain and the mouthpieces on the Right who must truly fear an Obama-Clinton ticket.
Certainly there can be no better surrogate for the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee than the most powerful woman perhaps in the history of the United States.
The McCain campaign has already used Mrs. Clinton's words against Obama in regard to the Illinois Senator's experience. The "Ready on Day One" quote is one we're going to hear ad nauseum until all the handles are pulled come November. But with Clinton on the ticket, that noise dissipates. Certainly the same argument will be used but not on tape from a Hillary Clinton speech.
Hillary Clinton will help solidify some of the states which might be up for grabs. Her brand is well-known and well-liked in the Northeast and no Democrat can win without that section of the nation going a near solid-blue on the election night map.
In short, Hillary Clinton's upside is just the upside Obama could use. There are others who would be a good choice at the VP slot, but none bring home the votes the way in which Hillary would.
This is just too good to pass up. Reported by ABC's Jake Tapper:
The White House this afternoon accidentally sent to its extensive distribution list a Reuters story headlined "Iraqi PM backs Obama troop exit plan - magazine." [...}
The White House employee had intended to send the article to an internal distribution list, ABC News' Martha Raddatz reports, but hit the wrong button. The misfire comes at an odd time for Bush foreign policy, at a time when Obama's campaign alleges the president is moving closer toward Obama's recommendations about international relations -- sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, discussing a "general time horizon" for U.S. troop withdrawal and launching talks with Iran.
Now, will the GOP, McCain and their media apologists stop all of the damaging spin? The Iraqi people told us almost from day one of our immoral and illegal invasion that they want us to leave. It's clear that they consider us a foreign occupier and do not trust our intentions concerning their oil resources and future attacks we may launch on neighboring countries from Iraq. Obama has been and still is 100% right. McCain just can't see the forest through the trees. He thinks that military tactics are a substitute for moral issues. Mr. McCain, shut up already and draw up your own withdrawal plan. Americans, the Iraqi people and the world had enough
of this occupation.
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