Posts Tagged ‘Hillary Clinton’

The ABC of choosing Obama’s running mate

June 17, 2008

The Obama campaign has announced that Hillary Clinton’s sacked campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle has joined it as — wait for it — “chief of staff to the vice presidential candidate.”

Reportedly, Solis Doyle hasn’t talked to Clinton since her sacking, so the consensus is that Clinton’s chances of being Obama’s running mate are near zero. Solis Doyle apparently feels scapegoated for the Clinton campaign failure.

As one former Clinton fundraiser put it, this is the “biggest fuck you I have ever seen in politics.” That said, Solis Doyle is very well qualified for the job.

The electoral arguments for an Obama/Clinton ticket looked pretty compelling, given Obama’s failure to connect with the ‘guns and religion’ folk. But the political negatives seemed daunting. The Clintons have been dominant players in the Democratic Party establishment for a long time. You wouldn’t really want to share the White House with them, now, would you?

The need to placate irate Clinton supporters, angry at being cheated by the ‘misogynists’, and the problems with working class whites, must be near the forefront of the Obama campaign’s thinking. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius might help there, and would reinforce the bipartisan appeal.

On the other hand, there’s the foreign policy thing. In U.S. terms this really refers to the perceived capacity to wage war on strategically important third world countries. Choosing Senator Jim Webb would go a long way to neutralising McCain’s advantage here. He was Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy, after all.

There are plenty of possibilities for VP. It looks like it will be Anyone But Clinton.


Hillary’s loss

June 9, 2008

Today dailykos has a series of posts on why Clinton lost (and Obama won). Since her loss is the source of completely irrational response in some quarters as Russell Brown posts, it’s worth considering the reasons. (See also an account of the booing of Obama’s name at Hillary’s concession speech; hat-tip No Minister.)

Dana Houle argues that Hillary “fought the last war, with the wrong generals, and not enough of an army.”


Obama’s win

June 6, 2008

The Democratic primary contest is effectively over, even though it is not officially decided until the Convention votes. This contest was historic in so many ways. It was close. For the first time, the white guys finished last. For the first time in some time, it featured a giant-killer narrative. It was epic, compelling. The world watched, enthralled.

And of course, its significance and meaning are hotly contested, not least because it was also a contest of the aspirations of two previously excluded groups. What happened?