Posted by Damozel | Obama won, as expected, in Wyoming. So now he's got momentum. How long, O candidates, will you continue to try our patience?
A couple of weeks ago, we noted that there were apparently mutterings among power-Dems about an Al Gore solution. Now Teagan Goddard writes:
[A] joint ticket -- Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama -- might be an elegant solution to the problem. But what if Clinton wins the popular vote and Obama wins the majority of delegates? What if the next two months of campaigning turns so ugly they can't stand each other? Would either candidate willingly step aside to take the number two spot?
The answer might be for someone else entirely to step into the race at the convention. The most likely candidate would be Al Gore. Most Democrats think he was robbed of the presidency in 2000 by the Supreme Court and could be the only one to unite the party. (The Political Insider)
Ah yes, if only Al Gore wanted to be president. But he doesn't. He's said so, over and over. And maybe he's too useful in his own sphere to waste on this process.
But this article does raise a real and valid concern: if this squabbling goes on all the way till August, neither candidate is going to look very palatable and both will be so damaged that the remaining one is going to have very reduced chances against McCain, who will have had months of non-negative campaigning.
And which will be chosen as the running-mate? And won't the other's supporters have hard feelings about that? I know: Al Gore should pick John Edwards. Some say that Edwards had the election stolen from him in 2004, thanks to voting machine irregularities. Shouldn't he get a second go too?
A Gore-Edwards ticket: also unstoppable? Of course, it would be good-bye to all the self-congratulatory rhetoric about the wondrous and delightful spectacle of seeing an African-American and a woman running for the top spot. But that ship has pretty much sailed in any case, hasn't it?
I've heard rumors that McCain may choose Condi Rice as a running mate. So....an African-American woman: running on a GOP "Bush Lite & Bush version 2" ticket. There's a dream ticket for you if you like, if by dream you mean 'nightmare.' Not to mention the irony of having the GOP to be the party to prove that race and gender aren't barriers to the presidency.
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