Last night, Wolf Blitzer asked the Democrat presidential candidates if they would consider each other for vice president. Hillary cackled one of her six big cackles of the night.
So did I.
There’s no way in hell Hillary would let Obama near the West Wing. She doesn’t want to have to worry about a second-in-command with his own power base and popular appeal. She needs someone loyal, obsequious, and subordinate to her.
If McCain is the GOP contender, she will also want to burnish her ticket’s military credentials.
And despite her identity politics card-playing last night (Just look at her!), she’s going to want to put an old white guy (the Lloyd Bentsen model) next to her.
My prediction (shudder): Gen. Wesley Clark.
He endorsed her last September. He’s a Rush Limbaugh-bashing, nutroots favorite. He does not threaten her. His anti-war crusading will take the Code Pinko heat off of her. And having run for president once, he’s been “tested” on the campaign trail.
Obama’s pick is a bit more difficult to game out. I think he’d also go for an older “statesman” type to bolster his weak foreign policy/national security credentials. I’m thinking Lee Hamilton. Moderate Democrat. Long resume with experience on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Iraq Study group, Hart-Rudman Commission, the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, and, of course, the 9/11 Commission circus.
What about McCain?
Let’s see. We already know a few of his good friends he’s willing to share his name with: McCain-Feingold. McCain-Kennedy.
Just kidding. Sort of.
Among Republicans, Charlie Crist–a Southern governor, shamnesty sympathizer, and key endorser who helped put McCain over the top in Florida–appears to be a leading contender for the slot. Lovestruck Mike Huckabee’s also angling hard for the job. I’d say the odds are good for the Huckster.
As for Mitt Romney, there’s still a lot of wishing for a Romney-Thompson pairing to give him a pre-Super Tuesday jolt, which I’m afraid just isn’t going to happen. If he’s going to make a Richard Schweiker-type move (the former Pennsylvania senator whom Ronald Reagan chose as a running mate in the middle of the 1976 primaries to give his campaign a boost), now’s the time. But I’m at a loss as to whom Romney’s Schweiker would be.
Leave your picks and predictions (not just your dream/nightmare tickets, but your most likely tickets and your rationales) in comments or e-mail them.