Monday, March 17, 2008

Hillary Clinton For Veep

Rumor has it former Senator John Edwards, the 2008 working-class candidate,will endorse Hillary Clinton before the North Carolina primary. We wonder what she promised him (Veep?)

It is time for Senator Barack Obama to hold his nose, raise his chin and make the appropriate noises in the media freakshow to signal, with dignity, that he is ready to broker a deal in which Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is made his running mate for the 2008 presidential race.

Granted, Obama detests Clinton and the Clintonian style of throwing a river of shit at their opposition. And, granted, the Clintons dealt the race (and gender) card from the bottom of the deck, using surrogates -- and sly, oily innuendo -- to racialize the campaign, thus suggesting Obama was "the black candidate (Averted Gaze)." And that's why he won Mississippi, and, sadly, he will lose Pennsylvania's white working class districts. Obama, by contrast noble, ran a post-racial campaign that did well in traditionally Republican strongholds.

Still, Hillary Clinton's strong showing in Democratic strongholds -- California, Ohio, New Jersey -- and her intense support among older women and successful women (like Tina Fey), make it necessary that she get her duly deserved spot on the ticket. The alternative would be that women -- and the working class whites who voted for Clinton in the big states, might stay home on election day.

This blog found the campaign that the Clintons ran to be loathsome, low and appealing to the lowest appetites of the Democratic party. It was grotesque; it was Clintonian. But one doesn't have to like ones running mate (Exaggerated cough suggesting feigned detachment), as the Reagan-Bush and Dole-Kemp tickets teach us. One has only to want to win. And with Hillary Clinton as a running mate, Obama would signal with deep political maturity, that he is willing to heal a rift in the Democratic Party and enter into the 2008 freakshow with a single and harmonious voice.

And that's a good thing.

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