Obama: Don't Pick Clinton as Veep
posted at 6/6/2008 6:03 AM EDT
[Quote]it would appear that Obama has absolutely no intention of putting Hillary in the VP slot.
When a child or animal like a horse or an elephant needs to be trained and has a temper tantrum, you let them rattle and rail until they’re exhausted. You don’t fight them; you just let them work themselves into a frenzy until they get tired. Then after it all, you lead them to do what you want them to. Intense anger is hard to sustain for long periods of time.
Obama, while having nothing but praise for Hillary, has been ignoring her and her supporters for quite awhile now since his success appeared to be imminent these last few months. He’s doing it now. Hillary has been unconsciously feeding on her supporters negative emotions, and they’ve clouded her ability to see reality when everyone knew it a month or two ago, and chart a different course to maximize her position. She’s burned her bridges now, having forced the DNC to make difficult decisions on Michigan and Florida when it would have made no difference in the long run, and hinted at “force” of 18 million voters to Obama. A person’s character is fully revealed when they are in a losing position, and Obama has seen it. He will let them be angry, to get it out of their system before August. Obama will probably be very very slow to choose a VP, to buy time and let the anger run down. When he makes an announcement on the VP, it won’t be Hillary. But by the time he chooses, Hillary and her team will be outspent on emotions and will buck a lot less than if he chooses now. His calm approach and his delay will be to his advantage.
How is this evident? Notice how his team has been told to be mum regarding Hillary’s antics. With calmness and understanding/sympathy they know she will eventually come to reality. As she has.
Next, he has chosen to take the classic corporate approach to dealing with difficult decisions. When a large company needs to lay off a considerable number of employees, they often choose to hire a consultant who comes to the same decision they already know. But the consultant takes the heat. When Obama announces the VP person and it’s not Hilary, the nation will look to the review team. How can the Democratic party vent as much anger as they would like on the view team when Caroline Kennedy, crown political princess of the party headed the team? Brilliant.
Last but not least, Obama has allowed the party, not his own camp to force Hillary to accept defeat. He will use them again at the convention.
It will not be all roses, but the strategy will pay off far better than any other solution