And I heard today, from a reliable personal source, that she wants the VP slot, so this isn't academic. I hope Barack doesn't make the mistake of Kennedy - who asked Johnson thinking he'd say no. That was the root of the 1968 Democratic Party rift.
It's a bad idea because it's NOT necessary.
Poulos give three reasons:
- Democrats should be clear that they face a woman who has consistently put her own interests and passions above those of her party. For Hillary to retreat back to the Senate, John Kerry-style, or lower her sights, like Nixon, to her home state's governor's mansion, is unpalatable to her and her husband...All things being equal, it's reasonable for a candidate in Hillary's position to seek the second spot on her party's ticket. But all things are never equal in the with-us-or-against-us world of the Clintons.
- Democrats must recognise that Obama owes Clinton no love, and owes the party nothing in terms of faking it. Nothing could be more outrageous than for the Democratic party to demand of its first African-American nominee to join hands with a loathed, race-baiting opponent in the name of the greater good.
- Democrats shouldn't fear that only Hillary has the kind of name recognition or the voter affinity that can best enhance the ticket's electability. Joe Biden has far more experience than Clinton. John Edwards joins partisan credibility with southern appeal. And Jim Webb, as commentators left and right have observed, seems to offer Obama all the advantages that Hillary has tried to command without any of the drawbacks.
My favorite line from Poulos: the 2008 campaign is about more than the petty personalities of particular persons.
Read the whole piece.