Any chance that Barack Obama would choose Hillary Clinton as his running mate has been quashed by what some observers are calling the “deal-breaker” — Bill Clinton’s refusal to readily release documents from his White House years.
“To put Hillary on the ticket is to confront nagging questions about donors to the Clinton Library and Bill’s refusal to release them,” said political analyst Dick Morris.
“It would be to inherit a load of baggage that Obama does not need as he tries to position himself as the candidate of change, antithetical to the corrupt and corrupting ways of Washington.”
But that’s not the only strike against Hillary in her presumed quest to gain the vice presidential slot. The Obama camp is angry over Hillary’s refusal to drop out of the race after it was all but certain that Obama would gain the nomination. While Hillary plans to concede on Saturday, she has still not withdrawn from the race or released her delegates. Plenty of animosity remains between the Obama and Clinton camps following a long and sometimes acrimonious battle for the nomination. Obama’s wife Michelle is said to be dead set against Hillary as the Democratic vice presidential candidate. Citing opinion polls showing that half of U.S. voters have a negative view of Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter said selecting Hillary as Obama’s vice presidential running mate “would be the worst mistake that could be made.” Carter asserts that Obama and Clinton together on the same ticket “would just accumulate the negative aspects of both candidates.”
Publically, Obama has said he has no hard feelings toward Bill and Hillary Clinton and declared “there is nobody who is more talented or more gifted than Bill Clinton when it comes to understanding the broad crosscurrents of America.”
But putting Hillary on the ticket for vice president would create a “ménage-à-trois,” with Bill “the unexpected roommate,” Morris writes.
“Even if a President Obama can discipline Hillary and get her to play second fiddle, there is not the remotest chance that he can get the former president to accept such rules. Even if Bill Clinton wanted to rein in his newly prolific public expressions of rage and frustration, there is doubt that he is any longer capable of doing so.”
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