Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Hindsight with Short Memories

It is frequently being bandied about that Barack Obama wrecked his campaign by not choosing Hillary Clinton as his running mate, thus making the Sarah Palin phenomenon possible. However, everyone seems to be forgetting the behavior of the Clintons in the interim period between the time that Sen. Obama clinched the nomination and the Democratic National Convention. Their conduct, and that of her supporters, made it virtually impossible for the nominee to bring her on to the ticket without losing face, even had he been so inclined. And, an Obama/Clinton ticket, while attractive to the left wing Democratic base, might have turned out to be off putting to centrist voters who will decide this election.

Barack Obama has made a number of mistakes over the course of this campaign. His decision not to select Hillary Clinton as his running mate was not one of them.


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