OK, I don't do much political stuff here, but the news is just buzzing about Hillary signaling that she'd accept the Number Two spot on a ticket with Obama. I understand the thinking that this would unite the Democrats. I understand that there are a lot of people who are passionate about Hillary and this would do much to calm any sense of animosity they've come to hold. Hey! Go back just a few months and I would have loved to see a ticket like that.
But really, not anymore. She's had too many hoof-in-mouth moments in the last few months. She's said too many things that should rightfully just piss off Obama no end. The fact is, some of the things she's said have been so infuriating that I'm surprised to hear that she's still on Obama's short list. I would have thought that her sticking around in case he was assassinated would have been enough to remove her from consideration.
I was listening to a radio talk show this morning (hosted by a Clinton supporter), who blames Clinton's missteps on bad advice. I don't buy that. Whether she followed bad advice or not, she's the one who followed it. And who are these advisers? The very same people who would be rewarded with staff positions so they could continue to advise her as V.P. No, she owns those missteps and she's going to have to work hard to overcome them.
I'd really prefer to see her go off and lick her wounds, then come back and concentrate on being a great Senator. She clearly understands that world and could really do some good there. I hate the idea of a campaign with her and Obama smiling and waving as if there were never any differences between them. Because those differences are precisely why I decided to support Obama.
When it comes down to it, I really see her as more of the same type of politics where the campaign for the next term begins on the first day of the first term.
I like the calm way Obama answers criticism. I like that he refused to jump on the gas tax bandwagon because it sounded good if you didn't look at it very closely. He quietly said, "Bullshit". And that was a more Presidential response. I like that he refuses to discuss appeasement with people who don't know the definition of the word.
Having said all that, I'll understand it if the Dream Ticket comes into existence. I can see where the possibility might just be irressistable and the V.P. usually is considered the Administration's Bulldog anyway, so maybe she has the right temperament for the job.
If all of this happens and helps Obama win, that's fine by me. I just hope that part of the negotiation includes that she stops speaking off the cuff, and starts taking advice from his advisers, who seem to have a more rational outlook.
I was going to finish this with something snarky but I deleted it. Because the thing is, if Hillary had decided to go this direction before she said so many stupid things that can't be unsaid, I'd have loved the idea of a Dream Ticket. And that's sadder than it is funny.