Now that Senator Obama is the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, there is a lot of interest in him picking Hillary Clinton as his VP. Since the battle between them was so close, people think that teaming them up will give the Democrats the best chance to beat John McCain in November.
I don't get that. One reason why the race between Obama and Hillary was so close was that their positions are not that different. Certainly, they have different levels and types of experience and have different styles. I like Obama but would have been willing to vote for Hillary had she been the nominee. Strangely, there are many Hillary supporters who say that they'd rather vote for John McCain than Obama. Huh?
Maybe they are bitter that Hillary lost. The press was tough on Hillary, particularly the conservative pundits. It may not have been fair and may have been misogynistic. But, I don't think that Obama showed her anything other than respect. And, if you support Hillary's positions, you can't be that disappointed with Obama. There are some differences, but mostly those of degree.
Meanwhile, if Obama wants to build a strong ticket, he needs balance. Someone with more Washington experience. Someone with some complementary positions who is willing to support Obama. Maybe from the South or West or a state he's got to carry. And, dare I say, an old white guy may not be a bad selection. Race does matter, although Obama's nomination shows that progress is being made. I don't know enough to suggest anyone, but Jim Webb from Virgina is mentioned a lot (he says he's not interested).
It would be easy to rush to a decision to put Hillary on the ticket, appease her followers, and strive for unity. But, time and perspective will lead to a better decision. This is often the case, and big decisions should only be made when they need to be, after sufficient time and consideration. Anyway, Hillary is going to support the Democratic ticket no matter what. She doesn't have to be on the ticket to endorse Obama.