Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The VP Issue

More on last night's primaries later, but for now, I entirely agree with this from Matthew Yglesias:
I'm seeing Harold Ford, Jr. on television talking about how maybe an Obama-Clinton ticket would be the best way for Obama to appeal to white working class voters. I think there's no doubt that enhancing his appeal to white working class voters should be an important considering in thinking about a VP choice. But when you consider all the possibilities, does anyone seriously think that Clinton is the politician with the most appeal to white working class voters? I think the evidence is clear that she has more appeal to them than Barack Obama does but she hardly seems like the best possible choice.
This is a subset of an illogical argument that infects a lot of primary talk. It can also be seen when Clinton supporters trumpet her victories in places like New York as somehow meaningful for the general election. People deciding between Democrats has only so much to do with how they'll choose between Either Democrat and a Republican.

Obama might rightfully be concerned about the female vote, though, so if he's looking to secure that as well as working class whites, my suggestion for VP is Roseanne Barr. Hell, she was allowed to guest-edit an issue of The New Yorker once. Why not?


Blogger Jamal said...

Here's a thought. What could make the Republicans happier than propping up Clinton in the primaries to do the dirty work for them on Obama, then having Obama finally win only to put Clinton ON THE BALLOT in the general so that all the Republicans will come in force to ensure a Clinton doesn't win--even though it's "only" for VP. This seems to me to be a disastrous pick for VP and one I don't think Obama will make.

1:31 PM  
Blogger JMW said...

I agree. Hillary as VP is a very illogical strategy choice -- aside from my clear feelings about her.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Jamal said...

And it's very doubtful we'll pick a sitting Senator and risk losing a seat in a year we could gain so much. So, no to Webb; no to Clinton; no to McCaskill.

3:52 PM  

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