Sunday, August 17, 2008

Could it be... Hillary?

Like everyone else, I’ve wasted a ton of cycles wondering who Barack’s VP choice would be. For a long time, I’ve thought Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer — governor in a red state, fluent in Arabic, farmer, lived in Saudi Arabia for years — was a great off-the-radar pick. But picking him — or Tim Kaine, Kathryn Sebelius, or Tom Vilsack — would likely result in a loud, nation-wide “Who?”



And that’s not what Barack needs. Other front-runners bring as many negatives (Biden’s loose lips, Gephardt’s boring, Richardson’s got some Clinton problems of his own, etc.) as they do support, and what support they do bring is lukewarm among your average voter. (Is there really a Biden groundswell coming? I doubt it.)



What’s the most dramatic, news-worthy, guaranteed-to-bring-votes VP nominee Barack could name?



Much as it pains me to say, I think there’s just one name who fills the bill.



Hillary.



Not really sure how I feel about that — but the more I’ve thought about it over the weekend, the more it feels possible. And just a week ago I told a friend I’d be stunned if she were the pick… now I’m not so sure.

3 comments:

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  2. I'm starting to feel the same way.

    I think he needs someone to fight back these lame attacks that McCain's been (effectively) mounting.

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  3. Richardson's, um, short comings notwithstanding, I'd still like to see him get the nod.

    I think Hillary would be a catastrophe. The right *hate* her will a passion I really can't seem to wrap my head around, and if she gets the VP spot, they will use that as a rallying point behind McCain.

    And Tim: if you think the McCain attack ads are lame but effective now, imagine how bad they would be with Hillary on the ticket.

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