Saturday, February 16, 2008

Egos shouldn't stop a Dream administration

(Huffington Post: AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

During the debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton before Super Tuesday, the question of whether they would have one another as Vice Presidential running mates arose. Though non-committal they naturally thought the other would make a good VP.

Jennifer Baumgardner blogged on the Huffington Post today about Hillary:
A bitter reality is beginning to sink in for me, a daughter of the Second Wave. Here we are: several generations raised with the mantra that a "woman" could be president, and learning that we don't mean any woman who actually exists.
A Woman in the White House (15 February 2008)
It struck me that they would make a powerful team, not just as an election ticket but also as an administration. The one who doesn't get the nomination could take specific responsibility for areas such as health and global warming. Dick Cheney has shown that the Vice President's role does not have to be just ceremonial (no irony or sarcasm intended).

The recent election of the Kevin Rudd/Julia Gillard led Labor government in Australia shows the power and the potential of such an alliance.

It would be a great pity if the talents and potential contribution of one of these two is lost because of egos or political expediency.

The cliché about the dream team feels just that, a dream. Realpolitik or real politics? to borrow the spin, we live in hope.

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry Kevin, but i cant see Hillary playing second fiddle (and Bill third).

Dan

Kevin Rennie said...

There's a way to go yet. Would Barack play second fiddle?

Anonymous said...

I think it would be very risky to have either one of those candidates as VP.

Obama won't get the vote of white racists. Clinton won't get the vote of sexist men.

If you combine these unfair prejudices together, it could be quite risky.

In addition, Clinton seems to have a significant number of voters who dislike her.

I would like to see Obama get the Democratic Nomination, with Edwards as VP.

Al

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