There is a faction within the democratic party, some of these being well wishers who are thinking to themselves that If Hillary can’t be Number one, she should be Number two, are ratcheting up the pressure on the Obama campaign to pick Senator Clinton as his running mate, but Hillary is seemingly disavowing them, at least on the face of it. It still does look like she is positioning herself to get that spot, if Barack Obama, the Presumptive Democratic Nominee for President, is willing to give it to her. Quoting a New York Times report:
While Senator Clinton has made clear throughout this process that she will do whatever she can to elect a Democrat to the White House, she is not seeking the vice presidency, and no one speaks for her but her,” Howard Wolfson, one of the campaign’s chief strategists, said in a statement provided to The New York Times. “The choice here is Senator Obama’s and his alone.”
On Wednesday, Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and one of Mrs. Clinton top contributors, called on the Congressional Black Caucus to make Mrs. Clinton’s case with Mr. Obama. Earlier this week, Lanny Davis, an aide in Bill Clinton’s White House, joined an effort calling on Mr. Obama to choose Mrs. Clinton.
I’m not sure that he should pick her. I really think there are better people out there. I will place here a short list of those who are the brightest lights, in my mind, in the democratic party as potential running mates for Barack Obama, with negatives if i think it necessary.
1) Bill Clinton. Yes the man can at times be a gruff, angry overbearing pain in the ass, but he is also a masterful politican, and there are many people out there who remember with fondness the comparative good times this nation had while Under his leadership. He is a strong willed and Intelligent man who knows the Ins and outs of Politics in Washington. Negative: Monica Lewinsky, Temper.
2) Sen. Jim Webb. Former Secretary of the Navy, and Junior Senator from Virginia, this man served with distinction In Vietnam, Earning 2 purple hearts, two bronze stars, a silver star, and the Second Highest honor the Navy hands out, The Navy cross, as a platoon commander in the 1st Battalion, 5th marines. He has served as the junior senator from Virginia since January last year.
3) Ed Rendell. Current Governor of Pennsylvania, and former Mayor of Philadelphia. Cut Philadlephia’s $250,000,000 budget deficit, and oversaw five years of Budget surpluses after that. He garnered many republican votes in winning the race for governor, due to his creation of the budget surplus in philadelphia during his years as mayor. Negative: has publicly stated he doesn’t want to be V.P. (minds however can change)
4) Ted Strickland. Current Governor of Ohio and former 7 term representative of Ohio’s 6th district(steubenville). He is a popular governor in a swing state and is much more conservative than Barack Obama and as a consequence, would balance the ticket Nicely. Negative: see Ed Rendell’s negatives.
5) Steny Hoyer. Long Time democratic Representative from Maryland’s 5th District. Named house majority leader, #2 behind current house speaker Nancy Pelosi. A civil rights and human rights leader in the congress. Most well known for sponsoring passage of the “Americans with disabilities act of 1990” Negative: Outside of political circles, virtually Unknown.
6) Hillary Rodham Clinton. 2 term Senator from new york. Former First lady. Kinda have to put her here with all the specualtion. She’s tough, smart, spunky and ran what appears to me to be the best ever campaign that led to a defeat. She has been a tireless worker for better health care since her days as first lady.
As far as i see it this race should boil down to one name. Jim Webb. But with Hillary Clinton pushing as hard as she has been to get her name on the ticket, this in now a two horse race. I am now asking her, please, remove your name from this list. I am sure it hurt like hell to have lost such a hard fought race for the right to go against John McCain for President of the United States, Don’t compound it by putting yourself in the position of Losing this one as well.
Webb is better suited for the position, In my Opinion. I think you are a great Senator, Hillary, Don’t do yourself more harm by aiming for VP here.
And now, a short goodbye to Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
On January 21st 2007 you announced your intention to run for the Presidency of The United States of America. But those of us who knew anything about anything, knew more or less from your first day as a senator,from when you defeated Rick Lazio for New York Senate, that you were going to give this a shot.
You knew from the beginning that it wasn’t going to be easy, but you didn’t know it would be this tough. You gave it everything you could. But it wasn’t enough. There were a great many things that stood in your way, and you cleared nearly every hurdle. except one. Barack Obama.
It was nice seeing you give it a shot. You went further then any woman had ever gone before, but it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe someday….
I would like to say that I am happy. I am not. I Voted for you Hillary. I wanted to see your Vision of America be the one to lead us out of the Dark hole that The Bush Presidency has become. I Do not have a problem with a potential President Obama, But I would much rather have seen a President Hillary Clinton. Most of the argument raised against you were personality driven, had nothing to do with how you would have run the nation.
Goodbye Candidate Clinton. Welcome Back Senator Clinton, good to see you again.
That’s It for Politics and Opinion. Onto personal stuff and a Video.
Guitar: A very Limited amount of playing today. call it 20 minutes. A few modes. A few scales. Not much else. I’ll play more tomorrow.
Video: Dick Cheney telling us, back in 1994, that It would have been a mistake to go to baghdad. Listen for the word quagmire.
That’s It for Me. JAM ON!
Today’s Nuggets, Via Wikiquote: The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds. John Maynard Keynes
Men … are easily induced to believe that in some wonderful manner everybody will become everybody’s friend, especially when some one is heard denouncing the evils now existing in states, suits about contracts, convictions for perjury, flatteries of rich men and the like, which are said to arise out of the possession of private property. These evils, however, are due to a very different cause—the wickedness of human nature. Aristotle