Make no mistake about it, Barrack Obama’s victory was an upset of nearly biblical proportions. A rookie senator taking down a popular and well know member of one of the country’s most powerful political families is an amazing achievement. But it didn’t come easy, and someone as big as Hillary Clinton will not fall very easily at all. So what is next for this David and Goliath?
It is hard to look into the mind of Senator Clinton and see if she really would want to be vice-president. She and Obama have fought an often personal fight and as a result her role in an Obama administration would likely be much smaller than her role as the nation best known senator. But it may be her best path to the oval office. What is certain is that it is hard to figure out what she really wants. However, looking into the mind of Senator Obama may even be tougher.
Would he need her or even want her on the ticket? Three months ago the answer was easily no. But that was then, and so much has happened since. Three months ago, Hillary Clinton had not won big in major states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. Three months ago, the media had not yet latched onto to this theory that working class white democrats would not vote for Barrack Obama. Three months ago he didn’t need Hillary Clinton. But that may not be the case now.
Sure, a governor from a swing state may help the electoral strategy or a southern senator may better balance the ticket. But will they really have a greater impact than Clinton? Can anyone besides Hillary deliver to the Obama campaign the 18 million people who voted for her better than she can? Those questions are what must be keeping the Obama campaign up at night. But the really difficult question has to be; Can David and Goliath ever fight together and win?
by Dave McBride of the American Public House Review