Or Obama/Clinton? Are you kidding? Hillary doesn’t want to be outshone by a vice president with ten times the appeal she has, who’ll be expected to have a major role given all the media attention lavished on him. Likewise, Obama doesn’t want to languish for eight years in a do-nothing job Hillary will only use to try to isolate him. He doesn’t need to be VP to become the presumptive nominee next time, either; he’s better off building a record in the Senate and taking the edge off that inexperience rap. As for her being his veep, would you want the Clintons as your number two, triangulating and backbiting the hell out of you at every turn? No wonder he’s cool to the idea.
Obama’s chief strategist David Axelrod hinted to reporters that the senator may now become more aggressive toward the Clinton team and might beginning raising questions about the ethics of Hillary and Bill Clinton.
When I asked Axelrod whether the apparent effectiveness of the Former First Lady’s more negative tone in recent days posed a problem for Obama, he responded: “If Senator Clinton wants to take the debate to various places, we’ll join that debate. We’ll do it on our own terms and we’ll do it in our own way. But if she wants to make issues like ethics and disclosure and law firms and real estate deals and all that sort of stuff issues, I don’t know why they’d want to go there.”
Seven more weeks!
UPDATE (Ed): I don’t think Barack Obama wants to be on a ticket with Hillary, not any longer if he ever considered it at all. He has enough problems with the Rezko story without getting associated with the Clinton baggage as well. At some point, he will tell the Democratic Party that either they take him as their nominee or not at all — and the Democrats will have a decision to make about which they can live without.