From CBS News…
Hillary hints at the Democrat primary leading toward Obama being a possible VP pick, but also says that she’d want to be on top of the ticket.
Co-anchor Harry Smith fueled the flames of speculation when he said to Clinton, “We talked to a lot of people in Ohio who said there really isn’t that significant a difference between you two, and they’d like to see you both on the ticket.”
It was a question the New York senator could have easily sidestepped. But she chose to answer it head on.
“Well, that may, you know, be where this is headed,” Clinton said. “But of course, we have to decide who’s on the top of the ticket, and I think that the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me.”
Not that this would really be a surprise, or anything. It would make McCain’s fight much, much more dangerous, with Obama’s charm, race, and speaking ability, being leavened with Hillary’s aptitude as a (socialist, liberty-squelching) policy wonk, to say nothing of her influence within the Democratic Party establishment.
In fact, Hillary is so enthralled at the potential for a Democrat presidency (especially as one who nearly sees her “mandate from heaven” to be the first female president), that it is almost all but certain that she will seek to name Obama as her VP, as she goes into “everything, including the kitchen sink” mode to win, both as a magnanimous gesture and also in light of any weaknesses she alone might present to a well-handled McCain general campaign.
Indeed, as much as McCain would have his work cut out for him just facing Hillary, facing the concession to the nutroots far left in the form of a combined ticket with Obama would make McCain’s run a long, hard slog. And the MSM hasn’t even begun to uncork its heavy artillery, no, not by a long shot.
However, I do not believe that the converse would necessarily prove true: Obama would certainly be staggered back by strongly energized campaign with the most of the GOP now backing him as the nominee-apparent, based on a hope, of course, that McCain picks a more conservative VP to balance him out in the eyes of estranged social conservatives, wary fiscal conservatives, and openly disgusted paleo-conservatives.
If by some chance the “One whose Middle Name must Not be Spoken” (Obama) stays above water until September, or manages to keep the SuperDelegates™ split on her, I seriously doubt that she will willingly subordinate herself under him. I suspect this is so mainly because she could wield more influence over the party as NY senator than she could as a VP, but I must confide that I have a rather unpleasant suspicion that she just might not want to be denied her (self-perceived) rightful “place in the sun” at the expense of a black man.
Though of course, she’ll go to her grave denying any such multi-culturally impure thoughts.