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It's hard to remember the details of previous Presidential campaigns, as all of the details tend to go into the memory hole, except for the "standout" moments, like Dukakis in a tank, or Willie Horton. But if my admittedly fuzzy memory holds, I believe this "dream ticket" stuff has been floated many times in the past, with the front runner being urged to take one of the runners-up onto his ticket.
With this particular campaign, it seems logical that Barack Obama should pick Hillary Clinton as his veep, since the electorate seems nearly divided--and stubborn--between the two. But that logic may be faulty when we consider that the memory hole will swallow a lot of this primary race before the general election gets here. Clinton could help unite the party for Obama, but what about that whole "politics as usual" cry that Obama supporters are trying to end?
Putting Hillary Clinton on the ticket--assuming the dream team wins--would mean an unbroken chain of Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton in the executive branch from 1980 through 2012, or even 2016. There are already full-grown adults who don't know the White House without one or the other. Since I heard (now forever ago) that Hillary was running for President, my attitude was "Hey, it pisses off all the right people!" But now that it's pissing off some of the wrong people (fellow Democrats), I'm not so sure.
Kennedy to Hillary: 'No Veep For You!'
Since Tim Russert and I declared the Democratic nomination settled, there has been a whirl of discussion about Hillary joining Obama's ticket as Vice President. According to Politico's Ben Smith, however, prominent Obama supporter and Democratic Party royal Ted Kennedy says, "Not so fast..."
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