2008 presidential elections, Hillary, HRC, Obama, Politics, US

I have a dream (ticket). Do I? I do, don’t I? I think I do, anyway…

What if Hillary and Obama made the following deal: whoever ends up with more delegates come February the 6th will be the Presidential nominee. The other one gets to run as their VP.

Not bad, eh? Here’s a few advantages:

– both would get to run for the White House no matter what;

– the Democratic Party’s unity would be preserved and recent tensions, which are threatening the party’s chances to win in November, would be soon forgotten;

– we would get possibly the most revolutionary presidential ticket, at least from a symbolic point of view, in modern times (and than would probably scare Nader off)

One issue would be that while Obama can easily be imagined as HRC’s VP, the opposite is hard to think of (maybe ’cause of Bill?). But then again the most likely scenario’s still Hillary getting the nomination, and she could do much, much worse than choosing Obama as VP.

On the other hand, this arrangement would probably penalize the candidate who has the best chances in the states that vote after SuperTuesday, since however things go then, neither candidate will probably end up with a sufficient number of delegates already on the morning of the 6th.


5 thoughts on “I have a dream (ticket). Do I? I do, don’t I? I think I do, anyway…

  1. This scenario might seem enticing at first, but I don’t think either one of them would embrace the idea when it came down to it. It will be monumental enough no matter which one gets the nomination. They realize the obstacles that face them in a general election. It’s easy for some of us to forget that there are a lot of sexists and racists left in this country. If they were to combine and run on one ticket, the obstacle of convincing naysayers becomes twice as challenging. It may sound pessimistic, but I think its realistic to admit that as far as this country has come, the chances of Obama and Clinton being elected as running mates is much lower than with a white male VP candidate.

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  3. Alex,

    I share some of your same worries, but what I was thinkin was actually that the respective weaknesses, ‘gender’ and ‘race’, might cancel each other out. As in, once there are both on the ticket, it’ll be twice as difficult to play the discrimination card. But i havent yet worked out why i think that.

    On the other hand, one could just accept flat out your objection, and just say that those advantages that i highlight, especially the end of a potentially REALLY LONG primary season for the democrats, and the end to the rivalry, would together overwhelm the discrimination

  4. Frank Tillery says:

    It is unlikely that Mrs. Clinton would accept the Vice-Presidential role for any President after spending eight years witnessing Al Gore’s plight. Also, Mr. Obama would probably not be able to endure eight years of being Vice-President to the Co-Presidency of Bill and Hillary Clinton. By the way, does a co-presidency even have or acknowledge a vice-president?


  5. Hello Frank,

    I agree with you on the fact that Clinton won’t accept to be VP to anybody at this stage. Less certain that Obama wouldnt take it if he was offered it when it would be clear that he could not win.

    On the other hand, I very much despise this co-presidency talk: its the sort of patriarcal sexism that makes it paramount that we finally get a woman president

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