Clinton buttonObama buttonOn ABC’s This Week show Sunday morning (March 9), the roundtable discussion among George Stephanopoulos, George Will, Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson spent a few minutes talking about running mate options for Senator Obama (if he is nominated) and Senator Clinton (if she is nominated). They agreed there will be a lot of pressure on each candidate to accept the other as their running mate, no matter which one wins the nomination.

I agree with this line of thinking. This option should unite the party, however, cracks are starting to appear in the veneer of unity that has been apparent to this point. A headline to appear in the March 11th Wall Street Journal says, “Obama Swats Away Idea Of Vice Presidential Role.” Senator Obama’s comeback to Senator Clinton stating that he would make a great vice presidential candidate is, “If I’m not ready, how is it you think I would be such a great vice president?” This could weaken Senator Clinton’s argument that Senator Obama is not experienced if she continues to say he should be vice president.

Also, the Spitzer revelations today may not be helpful to Senator Clinton. Spitzer is a superdelegate and has pledged to support Senator Clinton. When asked by reporters while in Old Forge, Pa. campaigning, Senator Clinton said, “I don’t have any comment. I obviously send my best wishes to the governor and his family.”

Talk of a Clinton-Obama or an Obama-Clinton ticket has been getting more intense in the last week or so as it is becoming apparent that neither will win the nomination merely by winning more delegates. The superdelegates now come into play and this is where the theories of unity that a dual ticket featuring these two also come into play.

I think these theories have merit. Senator Clinton would bring the rural areas across the country, probably the north east urban areas and for the most part – the female vote; Senator Obama would bring most of the urban areas, the mid-west, the south-east and for the most part – the male vote.  Senator Clinton could be President Obama’s “Dick Cheney.” And, vice-versa, where Senator Obama could be Senator Clinton’s “policy wonk.” The vice-president has more to do and is more important these days, and an active young figure like Senator Obama would be great in that position. Also, he would be in position to succeed President Clinton for two terms after she serves two terms. I know what you’re thinking, but I’m just looking at possibilities.

In a way, Senator Obama has to say the following, which he did, “I am not running for vice president. I don’t know how somebody who is in second place is offering the vice presidency to the person who is in first place.” I just hope in saying no, he doesn’t burn any bridges. Perhaps laughing it off as a joke rather than getting perturbed would be better for him at this point. This is true for both, neither one should do or say anything that burns bridges they may want to go back and walk on later.

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