Program Note: When it all began, he was the superstar with the big crowds and big bucks. He had the title she wanted: President Clinton. They both may be down now, but they’re certainly not out. Watch a special hour, “Clintons Never Quit.” Tonight, 10 ET
Sen. Hillary Clinton once told 60 Minutes "I'm not sitting here...some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette." And she didn’t. She fought long and hard for the Democratic nomination and it would be easy to write her off now that she lost. But there are at least 18 million reasons that can’t happen. That's about how many voters chose Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama and according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll four out of ten democrats still wish she were the nominee.
It’s something the Obama camp is probably considering in the search for his running mate. As CNN Political Analyst Carl Bernstein put it: "I think that if Obama is to choose Hillary Clinton, it will be because he sees he can not win this election clearly, unless he picks her."
Former presidential Adviser, David Gergen, agrees: “Barack Obama is going to keep the door open until the very last moment, the moment of decision about whether he thinks Hillary Clinton ought to be on the ticket. And I think there is a serious possibility she will be on the ticket."
There are other possibilities, of course, other positions that have been raised like Mayor of New York City or even the Governor of New York State. There are also cabinet positions and leadership roles in the Senate. Not lost on Washington insiders, is this: Hillary Clinton could, in fact, by fortifying her status in the Senate actually have more influence over time than she might have had as president. According to CNN political contributor, William Bennett, she could “be elected again and again and again, and get seniority on these positions like armed services and have a profound effect on American political life." It comes down to a delicate dance for Sen. Obama. One way or the other, Hillary Clinton remains a player in his presidential aspirations.
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