Anna Quindlen proposes that if Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination she should tap Barack Obama as her running mate to create “the first real 21st-century ticket.” While there are plenty of reasons why Hillary would want to choose Obama, it would be a huge mistake for Obama to accept such an offer. The best thing that Obama has going for him is that he offers a “new kind of politics,” that he’s an honest, decent, person who wants to change the tone in Washington. From the moment he becomes Clinton’s running mate, Obama would be associated with all of the Clinton family’s corruption, a party to the dirty campaign they will no doubt wage, and if the ticket wins, he’ll be tainted by whatever scandals emerge from a second Clinton presidency. The Clintons have a history of using people for as long as they serve their purpose, and then kicking them to the curb. Al Gore ended up losing in 2000, in part, because Bush promised to restore diginity to the White House–while Gore was a partner with the occupant of the White House. If he loses the nomination, Obama would be better off maintaining his image, and going back to the Senate to gain more experience. If Hillary doesn’t win in November, he can run again in 2012 as the likely frontrunner, and if she wins, he can wait until 2016–and he’d still only be 55.
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