Scratch Hillary from the Veep list

posted at 9:02 am on July 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

CNN reports that Hillary Clinton will give the keynote speech for the second night of the Democratic Convention in Denver.  Calling it “Hillary Night”, the DNCC will put all of the female Senators on stage with Hillary and honor her efforts — but the timing reveals that she will not serve as Barack Obama’s running mate:

Sen. Hillary Clinton has agreed to speak on the second night of next month’s Democratic convention, headlining on the 88th anniversary of the day women earned the right to vote, sources say.

Two sources close to Clinton said the former presidential candidate will speak August 26 with all female U.S. senators on stage with her.

The timing will also highlight the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted suffrage to women after 144 years of second-class status.  That puts a nice gloss on the fact that Hillary will not deliver her address on Wednesday night, the position in which the nominee for Vice President usually gives the acceptance speech.  Hillary’s agreement to the second-day keynote speech indicates that she has given up on pushing to be Obama’s running mate, or at least that Bill has.

Has this factored into the thinking of Democrats already, given the many hints that Hillary would not be Obama’s running mate?  Or will this push the PUMAs out of the coalition altogether and have them taking a look at John McCain or simply staying home?  The celebration of the suffrage movement is obviously intended to mollify them, but won’t that reinforce their belief that Hillary got victimized by blatant sexism this year?


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Wait a minute…what’s this “women suffrage” stuff, do you mean they are allowed to vote? Next thing you know they will be allowed to post on blogs like HotAir…

right2bright on July 31, 2008 at 9:05 AM

She would have been the best pick to help him get elected, but he doesn’t want to deal with her. It’s all about Obama – “look at me! look at me! I’m awesome!”

forest on July 31, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Don’t worry. She’s already mapping out the 2012 strategy.

JammieWearingFool on July 31, 2008 at 9:07 AM

but he doesn’t want to deal with her.

He doesn’t want to deal with Bill.

Ed Morrissey on July 31, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Ed,

Yeah, that too. He’s probably right, but I still think it will cost him some votes.

forest on July 31, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Ludacris asked for comment

Said I handle my biz and I’m one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I’m ever in the slammer
Better yet put me in office, make me your vice president
Hillary hated on you, so that b!tch is irrelevant

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 31, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Maybe McNumbnuts should pick her! That would make his hero Pelosi happy happy happy!

sabbott on July 31, 2008 at 9:12 AM

with all female U.S. senators on stage with her.

Does this mean Kay Bailey is going to counterbalance Lieberman’s appearance at the GOP convention?

Stegall Tx on July 31, 2008 at 9:13 AM

Is it true that Ludacris is going to be the convention’s opening act?

Star20 on July 31, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Man I don’t care!

fossten on July 31, 2008 at 9:15 AM

The timing will also highlight the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted suffrage to women after 144 years of second-class status.

108 years of women being able to vote and still they get the second-class day of the convention to speak- Nice gloss that!

highhopes on July 31, 2008 at 9:18 AM

I would absolutely love it if Shillary took the opportunity of turning Keynote Speech Night into Vent Your Spleen Fest, and just proceeded to trash B.O and Mama Michelle up one way and down the next, turning the whole convention into a completely out of control mass riot.

Not saying this would be a bad thing, of course.

pilamaye on July 31, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Maybe obama can do this with our prisons (he is the chosen one)

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=hMnk7lh9M3o

tottoritodd on July 31, 2008 at 9:27 AM

He could choose his brother, you know, God’s ‘other son’ and my only interest would remain how do we stop this idiot from winning.

dustoffmom on July 31, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Like I’ve said before, there was no way she was going to take it even it was offered. There’s no way she was going to risk rotting as VP when she cane be the new Liberal Lioness of the Senate and push her own agenda and get on TV any time she wants to say whatever she wants. No way she was going to be his VP and have to ask for permission to speak in public and then have to push his agenda. Now way that was happening.

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2008 at 9:29 AM

McCain should pick Palin then pound Obama for dissing Billary when most of his party wanted her for VP.

Arrogant egomaniac oppresses the ladies.

cntrlfrk on July 31, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Heck, she doesn’t respect him and people thought she was going to subordinate herself to him? She’s still trying to figure out how this light-weight beat her.

TheBigOldDog on July 31, 2008 at 9:30 AM

When do the delegates and Sooper-Delegates vote at RatFest08? Herself pulls off her coup, gets the most votes by a squeak and her speech becomes the acceptance speech and Barry can be VP. That would be a McCoot-crushing ticket. Any argument against their Marxist policies would be sexist or racist or both. The LSM would love them.

GeneSmith on July 31, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Q: Is CHAOS dead?
A: Beneath CHAOS is an idea, and ideas are bulletproof!

BohicaTwentyTwo on July 31, 2008 at 9:52 AM

HRC’s speech will make or break the DNC.

We will see how it match the theme UNITY.

Sir Napsalot on July 31, 2008 at 9:59 AM

GeneSmith on July 31, 2008 at 9:35 AM

If that happens, screw the medically-induced coma, I’m moving to Poland.

Anna on July 31, 2008 at 10:00 AM

All the female US Senators? Does this mean Liddy Dole and Kay Bailey Hutchinson will be appearing at the Dem Convention?

mikeyboss on July 31, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Stegall Tx on July 31, 2008 at 9:13 AM

Sorry. I see you got there first.

mikeyboss on July 31, 2008 at 10:02 AM

mikeyboss on July 31, 2008 at 10:01 AM

You beat me to it.

Annar on July 31, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Obama is a genius, this will completely satisfy and placate the militant, aging feminasties who see their life’s entitlement being snatched away from them by a man with no qualifications. Oh sure, maybe a few of them will wince at the sting of defeat on such a symbolic day, but how many naysayers could there possibly be?

Good times!

jeff_from_mpls on July 31, 2008 at 10:05 AM

pilamaye on July 31, 2008 at 9:24 AM

My thoughts exactly. They would have to bring FEMA in to clean up after the chaos and devastation.

fogw on July 31, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Schedules can be rearranged…

Seixon on July 31, 2008 at 10:21 AM

I’d never even heard of the term PUMA (party unity my ass) until last night, but this piece I picked up at Atlas Shrugged rocks.

I think it’s the slam dunk that Obama is sunk.

http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/07/29/major-dnc-donor-to-party-treasurer-obama-is-a-bad-investment/#more-3877

Notice how the Hillary supporters own the gold standard of “Obwana” criticisms. Jeremiah Wright. Tony Rezko. Bill Ayers.

John McCain and we others on the ideological right are just fooling around in the kiddy pool of Obama’s arrogance and metro sexual appeal.

bongo on July 31, 2008 at 10:24 AM

How could she be president and vice president at the same time anyway?

peacenprosperity on July 31, 2008 at 11:03 AM

How demeaning to put all the female Dem senators on the stage at the same time and have an assigned night for them. As if they are a collection, or separate from the herd, or a side-show curiosity. Look! We have wommenfolk!

Honestly, what can the thinking be there?

MayBee on July 31, 2008 at 11:13 AM

bongo on July 31, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Thank you very much for the link, bongo. Most interesting!

OldEnglish on July 31, 2008 at 11:13 AM

“Hillary day…the DNCC will put all of the female Senators on stage with Hillary and honor her efforts…”

In the interest of reaching out, they should include the chubby male Senators who have man-boobs. Otherwise, this whole day will be sexist!

Kevin M on July 31, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Wait a minute…what’s this “women suffrage” stuff, do you mean they are allowed to vote? Next thing you know they will be allowed to post on blogs like HotAir…

right2bright on July 31, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Or be the CEO of Hotair.com as a spinoff of her own who should be VP!

HotAirJosef on July 31, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Heres John’s chance to nominate his best friend in the Senate and a former Goldwater girl to be his Vice President. This is Hillary’s chance to stick it to Bill and do it her way. This would also pay back Nancy for promoting Obama’s candidacy. Dingy Harry’s head will implode when he instantly becomes minority leader.

Hillary’s broad coattails will bring a huge shift in the electorate possibly ensuring a sweep of both houses of congress for the republicans.

All Hillary would need to say is this weeks apology by the House for Slavery and The Jim Crow segregation laws made her realize how intimately involved the democrat party was in passing these laws. Hillary could then say that see can no longer continue to be a member of a party that the House felt necessary to in essence apologize for.

meci on July 31, 2008 at 12:59 PM

Don’t know about you folks, but I would not want to be the only thing standing between a Clinton and the ultimate in temporal political power. I’m no conspiracy theorist and I don’t seriously believe they offed all the people they are rumored to (my wife does, though), but they are both so nakedly power mad that I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night! So yes, she would have been the best bet to get him elected, but he would have had to look over his own shoulder his entire presidency, and not just for physical threats, either.

I mean, who doubts that a Clinton VP would would try to grab more and more power as time went on? If you think Cheney was a shadow president, you should wait until you’ve got Billary…

Militant Bibliophile on July 31, 2008 at 2:53 PM