Barb Shelly, Kansas City Star editorial page columnist
The latest on Hillary Clinton is that she's denying her presidential run is over, but telling people she'd be "open" to accepting a vice presidential offer from Barack Obama.
Maybe, at the end of the day, an Obama-Clinton ticket will be the Democrats best strategy. But right now, it's a bit hard to fathom.
Clinton has spent months running around the country telling people--implicitly and explicitly--that Obama doesn't have what it takes to beat John McCain and be the chief executive.
So what is her role in his campaign and administration? Is it to round out the ticket and be a back-seat adviser and break ties in the Senate?
Doesn't seem likely. Hillary and Bill Clinton regard themselves as entitled, and I don't think they'll be able to resist the temptation to try to wedge themselves into the driver's seat.
Also, I question the fidelity of those blue-collar workers who propped up the Clinton candidacy the last few months. Sure, they loved the former first lady's new populist act, but the admiration has more the feel of a one-night stand than a permanent relationship. Hillary gave them a beer buddy and some wild promises, but the Democrats are going to have to come up with something more substantial between now and November.
Obama deserves the right to choose his running mate, not have Clinton foisted upon him. He may not have a choice, however. One thing for certain about Hillary, she's not one to be shaken off.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008