Former VP Candidates Not Welcome
by Zeitgeist9000, Tue Aug 26, 2008 at 03:27:51 PM EDT
From today's NY Times:
"What does it say that our last two vice-presidential candidates are absolutely persona non-grata in their own party?" said Mr. D'Allesandro, a fervent supporter of Mr. Edwards' 2004 presidential bid.
It's interesting that Obama's VP pick has no discernible aspirations for higher office should Obama serve two full, complete terms. Mr. Biden will be 73 in 2016. When McCain loses, the theme of age will of course tie into voters' perceived distaste. Perhaps Obama has tapped into Bush's understanding that voters find it relieving to elect as President and Vice President two people who don't have competing agendas and overlapping ambitions.... Maybe he has done Hillary a favor in that with the necessary distance from the White House as the Senate or a plum cabinet post, if Hillary were to run in 2016 that she wouldn't be seen as humdrum and tired, the same traits unfortunately foisted upon Gore in 2000, Lieberman in 2004, and Edwards in 2008. It seems that in presidential politics, voters typically desire freshness and newness every 8 years, and time and again VP candidates have been seen as more of the same with no agenda other than landing a promotion. So tonight, when Hillary speaks, it will of course be for Obama's sake, but also hers, and I don't mind that. Will you?