20 Aug 2007

Hillary’s Running Mate: Not Obama

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Hillary can easily unify the democrat party, simply by giving Barack Obama second-place on her ticket. But Bob Novak says that democrat insiders think Hillary will need a non-conspicuously-liberal running mate from the South to have any chance of winning.

Anticipating that Sen. Hillary Clinton will clinch the Democratic presidential nomination, some supporters are beginning to argue against her choosing her principal rival — Sen. Barack Obama — for vice president.

They maintain Obama provides no general election help for Clinton. As an African-American from Illinois, he represents an ethnic group and a state already solidly in the Democratic column.

This school of thought advocates a Southerner as Clinton’s running mate. The last time Democrats won a national election without a Southerner on the ticket was 1944. Prominent Democrats from the South are in short supply today. The leading prospect: former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.

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