You hear a lot of talk about Obama and Clinton as a dream ticket, that Clinton will help Obama win the needed 270 electoral votes needed to be the next President of the United States. Many people will point out that Clinton can help carry women, Latinos and that all important group, hard working white people. Also, she did have over 18 million people vote for her (I was one of them).
It has also been suggested that Obama may not be able to win because there are too many people (of course all in South because that is the only place that is racist) that will not vote for a black man. Personally, if the only reason you are not voting for Obama is because he is black, I would prefer you stay home, we do not need your voice in the mix. I would also say that if your only reason for voting FOR Obama is because he is black you should do the same.
Now I am not sure how many people there are that will base their decision on race. I am hopeful that it is a small enough minority that Barak Obama does not need help with getting the angry white man to vote for him. In my opinion you should not be against Obama because he is black or Clinton because she is a woman, you should be against them because big government programs do not work and that is what both of them want.
If Obama was a small government, low taxes, and strong military candidate then I think he would carry the South and steam roll McCain. As it is, I do not think he will, no matter who his running mate is because his views are very different then what the majority of us in the South believe (last time Texas voted Democrat was 1976 and just barely).
Obama should not take Clinton as his VP choice, his message has been about a new start, change to Washington politics, and bringing people together. Clinton will not be able to do any of those three and will be more help to the Democrat cause as a Senator just like Teddy Kennedy has been.
For me as a Republican it is a dream ticket, it would rattle the sabers of the conservative right and force them to love John McCain. Bubba Clinton will get in the way and it will cause all kinds of off message moments that the campaign would rather not have to deal with. You also know that the Clinton’s are going to want to turn it into a Co-Presidency, three for the price of one. If I were Obama, I would say, “No Deal!”
In 1980 Ronald Reagan faced the same situation; many people wanted him to name Gerry Ford as his VP. Many in the Republican Party were still bitter about Reagan’s challenge to Ford in 1976 and thought it would heal the party and make them more effective against Jimmy Carter. Reagan thought about it for awhile but in the end did not do it for the same reasons Obama should not. Reagan was the nominee, he earned it, he was the one to become President. If Obama is smart he should do as Reagan did, but then again, so should we all.
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