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August 1st, 2008
04:16 PM ET

Reviving the Hillary Idea?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/01/art.clintonforobama.jpg caption="Sen. Hillary Clinton at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees convention in San Francisco"]David Gergen
CNN Sr. Political Analyst
AC360° Contributor

By all accounts, Barack Obama has written off Hillary Clinton as a running mate, but after watching the politics of the past few days, it is increasingly clear that he should reconsider.

The major tests for a vice presidential choice are (a) whether the person is qualified to be president; and (b) your running mate will give you a better chance at victory. It is relevant but should not be decisive whether you happen to like the person. History suggests strongly that in 1960, John F. Kennedy did not much like Lyndon Johnson - and Bobby despised him - but Kennedy, locked in a close race, chose Johnson anyway. It was a wise call: LBJ delivered not only Texas but enough southern votes to put JFK over the top by a whisker.

Barack Obama has just come off a couple of the best weeks we have ever seen for a campaigner. What other candidate has walked so safely through the minefields of the Middle East and drawn over 200,000 people in Europe? Given the unpopularity of President Bush and the meandering campaign of John McCain, one would ordinarily expect that Obama would have opened up a lead of 10 points or so. Yet we see just the opposite happening: whatever small bounce he may have gotten overseas is evaporating. This week started with Obama up 9 points in the Gallup tracking poll; that lead has shrunk day by day so that this morning, they are tied at 44-44.

Hillary Clinton predicted early and often that the Republican attack machine would crank up against Obama. Now it has - and it may be working. It is increasingly clear that Obama needs some reinforcements on the battle field so that he doesn't have to carry the fight all by himself. Who is any better at fighting back than Hillary and Bill Clinton? She showed in the Democratic primaries just how tough and resilient she can be - and how well she can frame an argument. If they can patch up their differences, it is hard to imagine that Obama can find anyone who would be stronger at his side during the fall.

The conventional wisdom is that Hillary Clinton would be divisive on the ticket, driving away many voters. No doubt, she will drive away some, but the Obama campaign has to weigh how many others she would help to bring in. Yesterday, Lanny Davis - a long-time supporter of the Clintons - wrote an important article in the Wall Street Journal laying out the case for Hillary. He pointed to a recent Fox/Opinion Dynamics poll (taken July 22-23) showing that in a head-to-head, Obama held a narrow 1-point lead over McCain, 41-40. But when voters in the same sample were asked to choose between Obama-Clinton vs. McCain-Romney, the Democrats gained a net of 8 points, leading 48-39! The big difference was that running alone, Obama got 74% of the Democratic vote, but with Clinton on the ticket, he got 86% - a significant 12% increase. Historically, one of the first rules of a candidate is to unite his party behind him before heading into the fall. Are Democrats really united at this point?

As Lanny Davis argued, there is a strong case that Obama running with virtually any Democrat can indeed win. But there are increasing reasons to believe that with Hillary Clinton at his side, he could have an even stronger prospect. Time for a rethink in Chicago?


Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
soundoff (388 Responses)
  1. MZ

    If he doesn't pick Hillary, his numbers will continue their dramatic collapse. With her, NO ONE will beat them !!!!

    August 1, 2008 at 8:19 pm |
  2. Eliz-NY

    I love the way you 'talking-heads' covery our butts when the polls get close. Not too long ago all of you were trashing Hillary and now you want her to come and save Obama?!

    No way! Hillary needs to stay far away from BO and let him fail all on his own...otherwise the Clintons will just be blamed for anything and everything that happens. Forget it!

    Either give her the nomination at the convention or just leave her out of it. Hillary IS the most qualified to be our President.

    Hillary 2012!

    August 1, 2008 at 8:17 pm |
  3. Chibuzo

    Considering Clinton at this stage will be a knee jerk reaction to mid summer polls which are not always very determinant, fact is that negative Ads can momentarilly keep undecided voters frozen but they will fail long term, it didnt save Hillary Clinton, it wouldn't save McCain either.

    Obama/Clinton will not fly, she is divisive and will mock all that Obama stands for. If Clinton with all her so called resilience and toughness couldn't beat the "inexperienced" Obama, how can we be sure she can help beat McCain.

    Obama/Kaine '08

    August 1, 2008 at 8:15 pm |
  4. Jonathan

    Wow, I really don't understand the I am a Democrat but "I will not vote for OUR nominee because..." It makes no sense! I could understand if the nominee was a horrible person or an idiot or had terrible Ideas. And if that were the case, he wouldn't be the nominee. It's as if a spiteful vote for McCain would some how be better for the country or more accurately hurt Obam's feelings (yeah, I'm gonna vote for McCain, that'll show teach 'em). Worse yet, if a McCain vote is to make way for a HC run the next time, what happens the our country in the mean time? It's becoming clear to me that there is something else lurking under the surface that will not allow mostly logical thinking people to think logically here. THERE IS NO WAY A TRUE DEMOCRAT CAN CONVINCE ME THAT A VOTE FOR MCCAIN WOULD BE BETTER FOR OUR COUNTRY...for one's ego or piece of mind maybe but for the county, NEVER!!!!!!

    August 1, 2008 at 8:15 pm |
  5. lampe

    Travis, this is way beyond like, or dislike for Obama. Ever since he became THE PURSUMPTIVE CANDIDATE, us Clinton supporters have had to listen to all kind of evil-hate-filled remarks by Obama supporters. Maybe if they had taken their win with alittle bit of grace, we could have gotten over our hard fellings faster. Instead ever time we listen to CNN orMSNBC all we hear are sexiest and evil remarks made against her and us. Do you really expect us to put up with that crap and not have bitter feelings? Obama said that he was running as a canidate who wanted to bring all races together, so whites and blacks could turn the page and start to make things better for everybody. Somewhere down the line his supporters have forgotten what he said his message was. If Obama can't keep his own supporters from being evil and haters, what makes you think he could bring the whole world to peace and harmony. I will not vote for a man who brings out the very worst in people.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:15 pm |
  6. S.E. in L.A.

    During the primary, many Obama supporters complained that he wouldn't go negative against Clinton. Now that McCain has gone negative and driven up Obama's negatives, it's time for Obama to seriously consider putting Clinton on the ticket.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:15 pm |
  7. Faith Pa

    Hilary should never have dropped out. Certianly by this time everyone is as disgusted with both Obama and McCain as I am. Maybe a miracle will happen and the democratic or republican political machines will allow someone who is qualified and can not be manipulated run. Someone who will bring respect back to this country. A devoted democrat from a family of devoted democrats we would even vote republican if we could just get a decent candidate. Maybe we will get lucky and Hilary will upset OBama at the convention and/or Mitt Romney will somehow end up the nominee for the republicans. Many of us would jump at anything reasonable. The independent and green parties are even looking up. Write in. Maybe Tom Cruise(ha) Many of us are praying morning, noon and night for a miracle. Lets hope he listens.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:15 pm |
  8. Larry

    Wow! Did John Edwards really cheat on his wife and have a 'love child' with some other woman? Is that why Edwards is not on the ticket or even running for any office?

    August 1, 2008 at 8:12 pm |
  9. George Taylor

    David;

    I have to disagree with Obama selecting Clinton as a VP. There is another way to look at this.

    The negative campaign ads are working for McCain – now. But there is a ceiling to be had and enough time for true debate between the two candidates for the Obama camp to respond. Barack did not respond with response ads while traveling oversees and McCain campaigned very hard in the battleground states. Now since everyone likes polls – Barack held his ground in PA and remained tied (statistically) in FL and OH (he was up by +2).

    If that is the result of negative campaigning, time to digest, and responses then Obama has enough time to re-shape his message post convention. His non-win is to bow to the pressures of party insiders and sacrifice his principles. The challenge for Obama is for him to gain some narrative in the media because like it or not – the media plays a crucial part in selecting our leaders.

    It's not enough to be heavily covered – it has to be positively coverage or Obama will not win. The ground game and net-root campaign is a start, but in the end, the average voter is going to turn to the news – if you cannot invoke your message – the message you want voters to remember you will lose.

    To my point: There will be a ceiling at which negative campaigning will cease to be effective – that's why it good to wait until the very end. However, this race cannot be based upon a purely historical context since it is unique in so many ways. The race will be decided within 30 days after the convention. Why? Because Independents are the core group of voters remaining that will decide the race. Voter registration is good, but Independents will decide this race.

    If Barack can shape a positive response, shape his opponent as "out-of-touch" and gain attention on key issues – he has a good chance to win. He does not need Hilliary for that – and he knows that Hilliary has her sights set elsewhere. To respect her is one thing: She is still a Clinton, but to yield to the media storyline of selecting her as a VP is quite another. He does not need to go there – it will only be re-framed as a "flip".

    He does he need – who knows; he should be the one to answer that – but so long as Clinton is co-headliner in the news despite not being the party's nominee is not a good sign. It's Barack Obama versus John McCain – so move on!

    August 1, 2008 at 8:12 pm |
  10. JANE

    I AM SURE THAT HILLARY WOULD BE AN ASSET TO HIS CAMPAIGN BUT HE IS TO ARROGANT TO ADMIT HE NEEDS HER OR ANYONE ELSE. FOR THE CLINTON SUPPORTERS DO YOU REALLY WANT HER TO HITCH HER WAGON TO HIM? I PREFER TO SEE HIM LOSE AND SHE WILL BE PRESIDENT IN 2012. HE IS TO AFRAID SHE WILL SHOW HIM UP WITH HER EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS. HE SAID SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE PRIMARY THAT RUNNING AGAINST McCAIN WOULD BE EASY AFTER THE CLINTON MACHINE WAS HE WRONG. I REALISE THAT THE OBAMA'S THINK THEY ARE SO GREAT THAT THEY CAN THROW 18,000,000 VOTERS ( NOT ALL WOMAN). I PERSONALLY CAN'T WAIT FOR HIM TO FALL ON HIS FACE BECAUSE HE IS SO CONCEITED. THIS YEAR THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THE DEMOCRATS NOT TO BE AHEAD AT LEAST 20 PTS IN THE POLLS AND McCAIN IS PULLING AHEAD MORE EACH DAY.
    4 YEARS OF McCAIN IS BETTER THAN 8 YEARS OF OBAMA
    DEMOCRATS FOR McCAIN

    August 1, 2008 at 8:10 pm |
  11. HAWK TEXAS

    WHAT CAN HILLARY BRING OBAMA? HOW ABOUT 18 MILLION VOTES.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:10 pm |
  12. Independence for????

    Oh no!!! don't pick her I don't want to see her to be his VP. Hillary don't take the job if ask; you qualified for President not VP.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:08 pm |
  13. Sara.Ro

    There are many posts here on the blog starting with Morning Buzz, but this add Reviving the Hillary Idea-accumulates just in a couple of hours over 100 comments . So this is a prove not a clue.

    Is just in vain if someone were doubt about her charm, popularity brilliance, faith, and passion for unity.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:08 pm |
  14. MasterZ

    If Obama wants to win, he needs Hillary. On second thought, let's be truly honest. Obama needs Bill Clinton. Face it, without Bill, Hillary would have had absolutely no chance in the primaries. Obama needs Hillary because with her comes Bill. I would also like to point out that the comment above mine should be ingored due to its ignorant, uninformed content. Hildegarde is a moron for the following reasons:
    1. Race is not the primary reason why Obama is having trouble in the polls. Believe or it, the majority of whites are not racist so stop acting like its 1860 rather than 2008.
    2. Karl Rove is not even involved in Mccain's campaign. If he were, McCain would a) be running a much more energetic (and probably more shady) campaign, and thus, would be even closer to Obama in ther polls.
    3. "If mccain wins, you so called democrats that won’t vote for you party nominee shouldn’t call yourselves democrats."–Hildegarde Dingleberry
    This is the type of partisan nonsense that Obama (and, in theory, his supporters) cast aside and strive to overcome. Sounds like your just another poser who supports Obama because its the cool thing to do these days, yet you dont actually believe in his message. You are another partisan fathead. Go back to your basket weaving or whatever it is you do for a living.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:07 pm |
  15. Maggie Settle

    Lorraine that is a cruel, mean , rude comment. Now i'm under the age 20 but I always know whats on in the news. Frankly I don't mined if Obama goes with or without Hilary. They both work well together.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:05 pm |
  16. Rock

    I'm severely disappointed in the comments posted here. People post that they won't vote for Obama simply because of Hillary? Are you serious? And naive?
    Do you also believe Obama is the cause of oil prices? When Exxon/Mobile just posted the biggest profit ever? McCain is a puppet. He is flipping and flopping and confuses who the "enemy" is.
    If you, seriously, would vote for McCain over Obama for such superficial, constructed, immature, irresponsible reasons, than you should sit at home in November and pout with your lip on the floor eating bonbons.
    GROW UP!
    It is time we act like adults. Like world citizens. Like Americans.
    Vote Obama for today and tomorrow.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:03 pm |
  17. Paul, OR

    David,

    I think McCain's latest ad hit the target, you and many of those writting comments here have realized that he is just a world celeb.

    "Is he ready to lead?..... HA, HA, HA....

    Of course is not.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:03 pm |
  18. Charlotte

    Obama will lose if he doesn't pick Hillary for VP. I want to write her on my ballot, but will vote for Obama if she is on the ticket, to protect us from him, to some degree.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:02 pm |
  19. Glenn

    Many people should know how much a Clinton lover Gergen is. Every time he opens his mouth and utters the name Clinton (especially Hilliary) his credibility is out the window. Stop pushing Hilliary's name Gergen. She's a disaster. Enough of the Clinton/Bush dynasties you and your media slugs so love to peddle.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:02 pm |
  20. Eileen from Portland, Maine

    David it was not that long ago when somebody brought up the prospect of adding Hillary to the ticket as VP. At that time you said if that happened Obama would have to hire a food taster. It was serious then, it is serious now.
    He would also have to wear body armour to protect himself from constant stabs in his back.

    Hillary Clinton wants to be president too badly. Like she has said many times it is personal for her. Isn't one of the first things you look for in a VP is one that will do no harm.
    Not a good idea, David. Please stop bringing it up.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:00 pm |
  21. Georgie

    Obama will be a Lousy president, no matter who the VP is. But Granted, With Hillary, she'll make him look better.

    August 1, 2008 at 8:00 pm |
  22. Brian

    I believe he will choose Hillary very soon. The whole "Hillary out of the picture" "feeling" right now is on purpose – mark my words. I think she already knows and he will announce soon, perhaps at the convention. Watch people – this is to build excitement before the convention – this whole sharade of mentioning other possible veeps is on purpose. Hillary it is – but he is waiting. It will surely be more suspensful and more "breaking news" like – if he announces her at the convention.

    Obama/Clinton 2008 – the truly – unbeatable ticket.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:58 pm |
  23. Bobby

    I will vote for Obama, REGARDLESS, I mean come on America, we really can't afford the alternative- McCain? We have to move forward into the next century with some really different policies for this country, or else we are in bad shape.

    I do, however, believe he will win by a larger margin if he chooses Clinton as a running mate. She has the perseverance and tenacity to be a good No. 2, and she has mass appeal to many people in this country.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:58 pm |
  24. Cathy

    As life long democract, I am unhappy by the way the dnc has supported Obama from day one. It was ovbious to me that Hillary was the most qualified of them all. I will never vote for Obama, He reminds me of cotton candy...no substance.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:55 pm |
  25. Emma

    Vicky Wade has said it best,also the day after the election the Dem.will be asking themselves how they could have lost such a sure thing,well look no further than the obama camp, and I still say Hillory should go on a holiday till after the elections,that way they won't be able to blame her for thier bungling the election.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:52 pm |
  26. Kevin for Obama

    Yes, Hillary Clinton has been vetted and has that old attack syndrome Obama failed to show this week. Obama cannot let the Republicans brand him as a just another celebrity. Obama is a US Senator with years of political experience with a true message and plan of change. Obama needs that old Democratic attack dog like Hillary or Bidden, who does not play around with these Republicans. The Dems need to be 100% behind Obama and win this election. Hillary or Joe Bidden will bring that other part of that Dem family behind him. Keep this in mind; John McCain has no respect for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. John McCain’s party believes their entitled to keep this White House rather it divides us or not. Someone like Hillary or Mr. Bidden will put Mr. No-Respect McCain in his place.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:50 pm |
  27. Hildegarde Schildgen

    Could it be that Obama is having trouble in the polls is not because he is not qualified it is all because of the magic word..RACE.

    sorry to say, but we are still a recist society and mccain is playing it just the way Karl Rove is telling the campaign too.

    If mccain wins, you so called democrats that won't vote for you party nominee shouldn't call yourselves democrats.

    Obams don't be swayed to put clinton on the ticket, if you are going to lose do it your way. and then do you think the obama democrats will vote for clinton is 4 more years, think again. we are brighter than that.

    then we get to see another republican in the wh for 4 more years and will really destroy this country.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:40 pm |
  28. David

    Hillary on the ticket? What a way to unite the Republicans! I don't see Her as the answer. Obama should be way ahead now and the only reason I can see that he isn't is that much of this country is racist and afraid of change. Hillary would not change that.

    DavidNH

    August 1, 2008 at 7:38 pm |
  29. lampe

    How do you people think this man is going to win . Even after he went to Germany, and was treated like some kind of God he still come home and dropped in the polls. Maybe he might win if germany gets to vote for him. With as much of a star as he has become, and the way everybody claims to hate Bush and McCain and the Republicans, why do you think he isn't got a bigger lead. Maybe because people are starting to come around after being drugged by The Obama Kool-AID. Maybe they are starting to realize that this man is just like any other politician say what they wantus to hear ie. (lie) than after I have their support I'll do what ever the HELL I want to do.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:38 pm |
  30. haas

    I find it funny how David Gergen has always managed to slip Hillary's name in there when the VP discussion comes up. Even when most of his colleagues are saying Obama doesn't need her. Mr. Gergen, what is about Hillary that you like so much that you want her to be VP so badly? Obama has a lot of better choices.
    I like Hillary but I don't think Obama will win with her.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:36 pm |
  31. Denise Lee

    I am an Obama supporter through and through. I was very disturbed by the Clinton campaign and some of its tactics during the primaries. However, if we can get Billy to disappear for the next 4-6 months (Mars perhaps) I agree that Hilary would make a great running mate. Unfortunately, I think the up side is overshadowed by the downside, too much kitchen sink to throw her way.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:32 pm |
  32. robert

    If Obama walked into a shoe store and applied for a job, he would be turned down because he has never had a full-time job and therefore lacks the proper job experience. The same can be said of his rather lengthy application process for the job of the presidency.

    David Gergen and others who love Barack Obama should abandon the idea that someone, least of all Hillary Clinton, is going to come along and save him. If a man can't convince the voters he is suited to be president, selecting a popular vice president will not convince them otherwise. I doubt Hillary would risk venturing into this treacherous political climate anyway. The undertow is simply too strong and threatens to take everything–Congress and down ticket Democrats–with it.

    Resignation to the inevitable is a strength even when the inevitability that lies before one is humiliation and defeat. It's not as if we didn't tell you this was coming those very long months ago. But, no, the DNC and the MSM had to turn this election into an affirmative action proposal before the American people. Well, it was a drastic error in judgment and a vast underestimation of common Americans who know what is best for our country, and it certainly is not Barack Obama.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:30 pm |
  33. Joy, Cincinnati

    David, your comment is candid and insightful, as always.
    It would make Obama's campaign easier if he chooses Clinton, for two reasons:
    1.) Hillary Clinton can definitely help mitigate the disconnect Obama has (and will continue to have no matter how hard he campaigns) with working class Americans in key states.
    2.) Obama's a superstar! Running with anyone who isn't a star . . . well, that's another person he's got to introduce to the public. He's got a media gold mine in choosing Clinton; she's the only VP candidate that has enough national recognition and campaign experience to give him an immediate edge in all the battleground states, not just one or two.

    If Obama is the bridge-builder he claims he is, it really should be a no-brainer to make nice with Clinton and bring that exciting, savvy campaigning we saw in the primary race back in the face of the McCain camp!

    August 1, 2008 at 7:26 pm |
  34. capecod

    I am shocked that cnn removed my observations about this article. All I said was what is it that that the clintons are doing to help Obama in the race. Not really much, accept the Clintons looking for Obama to give her a hand in retiring her campaign debt. A campaign that was not well managed and not well thought out. Shame on you CNN. Are you reporters?
    Is this not really about power?

    August 1, 2008 at 7:24 pm |
  35. Will

    with all the names thrown out there as Obama's VP- Kaine, Biden, Richardson, et al, this elction is Obama's to lose. Anyone of these guys on that ticket sends Obama to the whitehouse. It is automatic. Why? Because this is destiny!!!

    August 1, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  36. Kavin

    Something happened to me in recent days that reinforced my belief that Obama is arrogant, naive and will LOSE this race. I was a hugely strong Hillary Clinton supporter. As a gay American male, she has and will fight for me. But, the fact of the matter is, my mother, my brothers and sisters and all of my MOST CONSERVATIVE friends and workers were also for Hillary.

    Obama's campaign called my cell phone the other day. I did not answer. They did not leave a message of course. I had the local number on my cell phone and called it back and asked, "Did you call me?" The gentleman on the other end of the line said, "Yes, I was calling you to ask for your support for Barrack Obama." He proceeded to ask me what my thoughts were and I told him "I need to see what is being done to help Hillary because she has helped Obama already in trying to united the party." Guess what the gentleman did? He said "Thank you" and HUNG UP without so much of an explanation or a response.

    This is WHY I will NOT vote for Obama in the fall unless he has HILLARY at his side. If not, I am all for Hillary as INDEPENDENT! She'd take votes from BOTH SIDES!

    August 1, 2008 at 7:21 pm |
  37. Seattle Aaron

    I am all the way for Obama and I def think having her as VP couldn't hurt at all. Btw, I have nothing against people who still like Hilary I just hope you don't betray your own ideals and ethics for a man who is only going to continue the policies we all equally dislike. That said she would be a great VP for several reasons one of them would definitely be foreign policy and diplomacy. I think she would bring a lot to the table on that front and I think both of them together could create some of the best domestic legislation this country has seen in a very long while. That said, it is still his choice, but I am devout in my belief that whatever choice he makes will still be leaps and bounds better than McCain and his antiquated ways and thought process. People we have a chance, finally, to make this country something great and you voting for McCain won't let that happen and you will see continued decline in foreign policy, energy dependency, economics, healthcare, welfare, medicade, social security, education...and the list continues. Vote for something other than McCain.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:21 pm |
  38. Jim

    If he wants to be President (and he's only interested in the title, not the work), he has no choice but to select her.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:19 pm |
  39. Travis

    I cannot believe there are still Hillary supporters saying they will vote for McCain...are you freakin' kidding me? How do you share the same values with a woman like Hillary and then decide you will throw our country's fate into the hands of another republican like Bush, it is absolutely disgusting and childish. It's like a bunch of high schoolers who didn't get their best friend elected for prom king/queen and now they're all bitter...GROW UP!

    This is serious and if you had one ounce of maturity you would vote for the ideals of the politicians not threaten to vote to ruin our country because you didn't get your choice. These Hillary supporters have absolutely no reason to dislike Obama if they were truly voting for the values they think will help our country...Do you think the conservative base would have voted for Obama/Clinton just because they didn't get their pick of candidates? NO, because they aren't that stupid! They vote for what they beleive in their hearts is better for the country....do I agree with them, NO, but I respect them for sticking to their values.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:19 pm |
  40. Princewill O.A.M

    More grace, wisdom to the Obama's.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:17 pm |
  41. Nyle

    i dont think it matters what the republican spin on Obama choosing Clinton is. It still wouldn't stop the millions of obama and clinton supporters from voting for the ticket.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:17 pm |
  42. Jan

    Hillary would be the smart pick. However Obama will not pick her. As he has shown during the recent weeks he loves the spotlight to himself (Bill and Hillary are stars in the party) and he really believes this election is sewn up.

    I plan to vote for him but even I am beginning to get turned off by his seeming attitude that we are blessed to have him.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:15 pm |
  43. Delta Dave

    Both Gergen and Davis are long-time Clinton houseboys. Raising the subject yet again only underliners the desperation of her supporters to get her back into the White House, even as VP. If Obama weakened and reluctantly chose her, he'd have to employ a food-taster and double his security.
    Hillary is over the hill as a substantive candidate and should have the grace to recognize it. The Dynasty is dead, So Sad, Too Bad, Suck it up and Move on(.org)

    August 1, 2008 at 7:15 pm |
  44. JIM....TEXAS

    Gergen is just playing up to the PUMA's. Obama can pull this off without her by picking a VP thats NOT polarizing. There's plenty to choose from. That being said...all the nay sayers heading to the other side...go for it. If the Republicans do get another 4 years in the WH you'll be crying in your beer soon enough as we as a country fall deeper into the ABYSS!!!

    August 1, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  45. Gary

    Simple put, I was hoping that it wouldn't come to this, however you maybe right.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:11 pm |
  46. politicaljunkie

    thank god for gergen and his practical thinking! i love obama he's great but when reality comes knocking you have no choice but to answer. florida, ohio, pensylvania- all more than willing to vote for a democrat. so y is obama clinging on for dear life in ohio and florida?-(crucial swing state) who cleaned his clock in those states in the primaries? hillary!

    August 1, 2008 at 7:10 pm |
  47. David R.

    Mr. Gergen:

    What would you expect Lanny Davis to say? He was one of the more vocal supporters of Hillary Clinton during the primaries. That group, the Clinton Campaign people, Lanny Davis, Rangel, Diane Feinstein and other surrogates, continue to attempt to influence opinion and push Obama into accepting Hillary Clinton as his running mate by being persistantly vocal.

    Obama has won the right through the democratic process to choose his running mate without benefit of undue pressure from people with vested interest.

    Why don't you all be quiet and let Barack Obama and his group make their decisions without interference.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:09 pm |
  48. Dale

    David Gergen is the best in the business. I agree and can only hope that Obama picks Hillary. We desperately need to move in a new direction and this ticket would be the best to do so.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:09 pm |
  49. TL

    Obama needs to fight fire with fire while maintaining his clean cut semi-white image, so as not to upset the white voters of the US who are clearly weary of an 'evidently black' President.

    He needs an attack dog. Since a black VP candidate is completely out of the question, I say he goes for the next best option: Bill Clinton.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:06 pm |
  50. Sean P. In Bremerton WA

    I'll admit I would not prefer to have Hillary on the ticket as VP. But we as Democrats have to look at the far bigger picture and that is Winning the white house. Will we when with Barack? Yes...but it would be close. With Hillary on the ticket an Obama/Clinton '08 Ticket is nearly unbeatable. Heck I didn't vote for hillary but if she puts her ego aside and is barack's vp for 8 years and decides to run again...I just might be willing to vote for her then.

    What's the Difference now? This country is at to much of a fragile interior state and I believe with Gas Prices soaring over the summer (and if mccain gets elected they will soar again after the political season.) and foreclosures at an all time high, health care being almost non existent to an american public, and big oil companies and special interests get all the breaks while the american (non rich) public is left to foot the bill Hillary just didn't have the right plans for me to vote for her now.

    But Under 8 years of Barack to repair what the repugs of the Gas-Oil Party have messed up in this country seeing how well they had worked hillary would continue those programs and build on with someone showing her what good ideas are. So then she'd be a safe president. But it all depends how bad Barack wants to widen the gap on mccain. Without Hillary Barack wins by 5-7% a fairly close race. But with Hillary on the ticket Barack would win by 15-20% more of your typical "landslide" election.

    I'd vote for an Obama/Clinton Ticket begrudginly, I'd prefer an Obama/Sebelius or Obama/Nunn or even an Obama/Hagel ticket but the important thing we as democrats have to remember is taking back the white house at all costs and repairing the damage caused by the war criminals Bush, Cheney, Rice and company.

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!

    Obama/???? '08

    August 1, 2008 at 7:06 pm |
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