Saturday, May 10, 2008

Obama-Clinton '08?

Whether Barack Obama should ask Hillary Clinton the VP slot on the ticket is the subject of several pieces today. The Politico, for example, lays out five reasons why he should here and five reasons why he shouldn't here.
TNR's round table discussion of the topic is particularly interesting - although very long-winded. It seems to me that all of the arguments really boil down to one question: Are the divisions apparent within the Democratic Party now - meaning white, working class older voters backing Clinton and affluent, well-educated and black voters supporting Obama - permanent or ephemeral?

My guess, and it is only a guess, is that they are ephemeral. However, as one Democratic strategist who supports Obama told me the other day, there is certainly a block of Democratic voters that simply won't vote for a black candidate. How big this block is, he said, will be pivotal to Obama's chances in November, especially if Clinton isn't on the ticket.

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