Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Craig Crawford - If Hillary Rodham Clinton does nort want to be Barack Obama's running mate, she is doing just the right things to make sure that he does not pick her: Aggravating his camp by refusing to concede his nomination victory while at the same time pressuring him to give her the Number Two slot.

Slapping someone in the face and extending the other hand, palms up, for handout is hardly the way to curry favor. It is the ultimate act of passive aggression. The path to success in this case would be to keep your running-mate interests strictly private while publicly vowing only to do what the nominee asks. But this might be what Clinton really wants -- to be rejected for running mate. Forcing a high profile rejection would get Clinton off the hook for doing more than she might want to do for Obama in the general election campaign. An Obama rejection of putting Clinton on the ticket would further complicate his efforts to woo her voters -- and it would pave the way for Republican John McCain to accelerate his already forceful efforts to win their support. In short, being forced to publicly reject Clinton's supposed interest in the vice presidential nod might make it more difficult for Obama to win the presidency. And Clinton could then appear to be blameless, allowing her to pick up the pieces after November for a 2012 run.

Glenn Thrush, Newsday Even if reports that Hillary Clinton will acknowledge Barack Obama has enough votes to win, one man is urging her to stay in it. Former top strategist Mark Penn, reviled by many on Hillary's staff but still an important voice in the candidate's ear, has emerged (to no one's surprise) as the strongest advocate of her remaining in the race regardless of what happens in the next 24 hours, according to sources inside the campaign. . . Penn is advising the Clintons to remain in the race through the convention -- just in case another Rev. Wright-type scuffle breaks out. His argument: Suspend the campaign if you must, but don't end it, because all those Obama supers will flock to Hillary if more dirt on O emerges before the convention.


At June 4, 2008 7:08 PM, Anonymous Realist said...

The Clintons have both been stealth Republicans ever since the 90's, destroying the Democrat Party from within. After sabotaging Obama's campaign, the obvious plan is for Hillary to switch parties after Obama wins the nomination, and run for VP on a Republican McCain-Hillary ticket.

At June 5, 2008 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the history of mysterious deaths and suicides clustered around the Clintons, I think putting her on as Vice President almost guarantees that something would happen to Obama, probably after being elected. She's laid the groundwork already.


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