As so often happens these days, the Saturday evening post-movie (Iron Man) conversation turned to politics. The consensus is Hillary is through in the campaign. The lack whether she should be Obama’s running mate. Some say unity is the thing now. And the need for Obama to appeal to Joe and Jose Six-Pack.
My take? No way it’s Hillary. First, too much animosity between the two and too big a political figure to be a V-P. In fact, I think Obama, as is his wont, while being conciliatory, will also take the position that the Clintons represent the old way of doing things.
Second, is Hillary the one to appeal to Six-Pack? While she does better with this group than Obama, she isn’t exactly loved by them either. Indeed, if you could choose two candidates that are least loved by Six-Pack, I can’t imagine two lesser than these.
So, who will it be? Webb of Virginia? Fairly conservative, but could help get Reagan democrat southerners. Don’t think so. Too conservative and won’t likely pull enough southern man voters to put Obama over the top there.
My bet: Richardson of NM. I think Obama can’t win the south and will instead focus on the west. And the west means hispanic voters. Richardson appeals to western whites, but more importantly gets Obama the hispanic vote.
What do you think?