Diana West

Uh-oh. This champion just doesn't play power politics in the same league as the runner-up. Indeed, it was party elders who forced Hillary out of the race more than the Obama victory. Now I understand why The New York Times' Maureen Dowd calls Obama "Bambi."

Even so, we are hearing endless speculation on an Obama-Hillary "dream" ticket.

Not from Obama supporters, of course. They see Hillary seeking political parity, not supporting the nominee. New York State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries voiced another nightmarish concern: Bill "running around the White House with a whole lot of free time on his hands." Which is exactly what Dick Morris was talking about when he described an Obama-Hillary ticket as a menage a trois, with Bill as "the unexpected roommate."

Then there was this from Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod: "Obviously, she's an incredibly formidable person" -- read: scary -- "but it's way too early to talk about that." Right. But it wasn't too early for Lanny Davis, a Hillary supporter and former special counsel to Bill, to start a petition drive to put Hillary on the ticket.

What if it works? Imagine the phone call from Barack -- assuming Hillary picks it up -- as he opens with a political pick-up line borrowed from their debates: "You're likeable enough, Hillary."

Somehow, I don't see this happening. And I haven't even mentioned all the Obama-supporting former Clintonistas -- Bill Richardson, Robert Reich, Tom Andrew and now Rahm Emanuel just out from "under the desk" with his Obama endorsement -- who would have to enter witness protection programs just to survive an Obama-Clinton-Clinton campaign, let alone administration. As Jimmy Carter put it while nixing the prospect (I can't believe I'm quoting Jimmy Carter), with Obama and Hillary "you could have the worst of both worlds."

But I can dream, can't I?

Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).