Skip to comments.Obama Says He Will Not Accept VP Spot
Posted on 03/08/2008 1:13:09 PM PST by Anti-Hillary
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FWIW he also said he has never been a Muslim.
Stepping down to take the presidency is enough of a demotion.
How can we even think of him moving all the way down to Veep?
Besides, Michelle-From-Hell would slap the dog stuff out of him because she has her heart set on redecorating the White House.
...And he won’t have her as VP if he values his life.
She’d likely off him in a heartbeat.
Obama Says He Will Not Accept VP Spot
I bet Hillary would.
People here are missing the ultimatum which the Clintons are sending through this (very clever) ploy.
Look, a lot of Democrats are terrified that the continuing race between Hillary and Obama will get bloodier and bloodier and end up tearing the Democratic Party apart, in which case neither one will win the general election. There is a desperate desire to resolve the contest one way or another, and then get on with the job of unifying the party.
If Obama had won Ohio and Texas, or even just Texas, the Democratic establishment was prepared to lean on Hillary to concede the race. They had a bunch of superdelegates lined up who were going to endorse Obama and try to put the nomination mathematically out of reach for Hillary.
But Hillary's victories torpedoed that plan. Now she can claim some momentum, and keep her campaign going until at least Pennsylvania and quite possibly right up into the convention. This is the Democrats' worst case scenario.
So what Hillary is telling all these Democrats is: ‘The only way you can stop the fratricide and keep the race from dragging on is to sign on to a unity ticket with me at the head and Obama as the VP. Lean on Obama, and make him see the political reality, and we can all join hands and win the November election.’
‘BUT, if my offer is rejected, then you'll get your worst case scenario. I'll rip Obama apart from now until the convention, so that even if he eventually wins the nomination it will be worthless. And don't even think about a unity ticket with me on the VP end. I'm setting the terms here, and Obama isn't ruthless enough to destroy the party with a counter-ultimatum.’
Of course Obama is publicly rejecting the offer. He has to, or all the superdelegates will immediately grab Hillary's offer and end his chances. But Obama can't publicly make the counter-offer of having Hillary as his VP choice. For one thing, he doesn't want her. For another thing, it would look like a me-too response and make him appear weak. He's trying to project the image of having an unbeatable delegate lead, so a compromise offer undercuts that narrative.
But Hillary's offer is hanging out there now, and she'll use it to paint Obama as the obstacle to political peace and unity. Meanwhile she'll keep attacking Obama, and every time she's criticized for her tactics she'll just blame Obama for stubbornly refusing to place the good of the Democratic Party above his own blind ambition.
If Clinton wins the nomination, what would Obama gain by running as her VP. If they win, he is stuck behind Hillary and Bill for 8 long years...and their scandals will rub off on him. If they lose to McCain, the glow is off the rose and he is 2012's John Edwards. It makes more sense for him to stay in the Senate or to run for governor...anything rather than to be tarnished by the Clintons.
OTOH, if Obama wins the nomination, why would Hillary want to be his VP...and why would Obama ask her? Does Obama want Hillary and Bill looking over his shoulder? And would Hillary and Bill really want to play second fiddle to Obama for the next 8 years? I don't think so.
I do not see a Hillary/Obama or a Obama/Hillary ticket coming out of this....
The VP spot is like totally hot.
Obama will do what massa Clinton tells him to do.
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