Obama’s Dream Team a Clinton Nightmare?Published by Pamela Gentry on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 11:52 am.
By Pamela Gentry, Senior Political Producer
Posted March 10, 2008 – This weekend former President Bill Clinton talked up a Democratic “dream team” with his wife topping the ticket and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in the Vice Presidential spot.
I’m not sure that’s the same “team” Obama would consider as dreamy. When asked what he thought about Clinton’s re-assignment of his presidential run, he said, “Well, you know, I think it’s premature. You won’t see me as a vice presidential candidate. You know, I’m running for president.”
“We have won twice as many states as Senator Clinton and have a higher popular vote, and I think we can maintain our delegate count,” he added.
Since Obama’s Super Tuesday sweep, pundits, political watcher and actuarial scientist have wrangled over who can win the Democratic nomination. They have analyzed the wins and losses; configured future contest; and theorized on what to do about Michigan and Florida; with all scenarios concluding Obama maintaining the delegate lead.
Obama has recaptured his momentum winning the Wyoming Democratic caucuses Saturday with 61 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 38 percent, giving the freshman senator 13 caucus wins to Clinton’s 3.
Obama has generally outperformed Clinton in caucuses, because he’s organized a strong a strong ground operation and participation is often fueled by voters passion for a thier candidate.
So what about an Obama-Clinton ticket? Could that be a “dream team?”
I have two theories why the Clintons have started talking about sharing the ticket with the Illinois senator.
The first is to create a distraction for the media; the second is to imply to voters “a vote for Hillary” could be a vote for Obama.
Obama was quick to fire back, “no thanks.”
This “dream” theme began when Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) started saying, “I’ve had people say, ‘Well, I wish I could vote for both of you’. Well, that might be possible some day.” Suggesting folks cast their first vote for her during the primary.
Tuesday, when folks in Mississippi go to the polls, they should vote for the candidate they want to see as president, that’s how the process works.
There are an estimated 599 delegates left, nine state primaries and two territories who haven’t voiced their presidential pick, they can’t pick a Vice President, only the nominee can.
Voters don’t be distracted.