Of course Hillary Rodham Clinton would be willing to be Barack Obama's running mate. Look at her marriage and tell me she won't settle for second place. Clinton's adult life has been about doing -- and enduring -- whatever it takes to get a hold on the White House. On the road to the top, vice president trumps failed Democratic presidential candidate.
Late Wednesday, aides confirmed that Clinton will suspend her campaign and endorse Obama. The announcement was the latest twist since longtime Clintonista Lanny Davis posted a petition asking Obama to consider Clinton as his running mate. Davis -- now with the "Hillary for VP '08 Committee," which, he says, is independent of the Clinton campaign -- wrote, "Together, you stand the best chance of making U.S. history not once but twice -- the first African American president and the first female vice president since the founding of our great nation."
Give up, says conventional wisdom: Obama will never pick Clinton to be his running mate, people who are supposed to know argue -- because he doesn't like her.
The impeccable Obama brand doesn't need the tarnish of all that scruffy Clinton baggage -- an argument excruciatingly catalogued in a recent Vanity Fair article about Bill Clinton's out-of-control behavior, they say. Then there's the big question: How do you vet Bubba?
Also: She might overshadow Obama.
Worse, he might overshadow Obama.
Besides, there is something unseemly in the way Clinton worked her supporters into a lather of angry victim-hood that blamed sexism for her failure to win the delegates needed to sew up the nomination, even as her surrogates suggested that a black candidate cannot win in November.
You know what: None of that matters.
Obama may not like Clinton, but any candidate who has glad-handed countless strangers and charmed big checks from self-important donors is not going to let a little thing like personal feelings get in the way.
"If Hillary Clinton really wants the job, he has no choice in the matter," noted pollster Scott Rasmussen.
On the phone Wednesday, Rasmussen laid out the numbers. On his website, Rasmussen had written that while Obama led McCain with 43 percent to 41 percent of the vote, Democrats have a 63 percent chance of winning the White House in November. "The Democratic presidential nominee will have to make an effort to lose," Rasmussen noted, but "it could happen."
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