Predicting Hillary


| 6/4/2008 5:27:27 PM


Tags: politics, Election '08, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, primaries, vice president,

Hillary Clinton
What’s next for Hillary? The blogosphere speculates:

Ben Smith over at Politico lays out the fallout from last night’s historic primary finale in broad strokes:

Clinton is the strongest runner-up in the history of Democratic politics, a status that gives her an unusual amount of leverage on her rival, Barack Obama. But she’s also hemmed in by the reality that to be seen as a half-hearted campaigner for Obama, or worse, as causing his defeat, would be political suicide.

She especially needs help restoring support from an African-American community that had been her base – assistance that can only come from Obama’s fulsome embrace. She could use Obama’s help raising money to retire her debts, something she signaled with an aggressive online appeal for cash last night. Her supporters assume she has earned the prime speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention that Obama can bestow.

Those around her say that beyond the mundane negotiating points – a half hour in Denver, help raising money – there is a more personal, less tangible demand that she be accorded the respect she feels she earned in an historic bid that brought her closer to the nomination than any other second-place Democratic finisher.

TPM Election Central has a handy little round-up charting which players are saying what about the VP question. As for Hillary’s non-VP options, Andrew Sullivan at the Daily Dish puts his money on a health czar–type position:

My bet: The presumptive nominee will publicly offer Senator Clinton the lead role in his administration for healthcare reform. He may have to doll up the title to make it appear grander than HHS but some kind of cabinet level health czar position might work. Her fallback position is to offer to spearhead the legislation in the Senate - why not name the bill after her? - and campaign on this subject for the ticket through the fall. Offering her healthcare may be too petty for her privately; but that's why it calls her bluff on the whole "I'm-just-doing-it-for-the-little-people" schtick. How can she be seen to treat healthcare reform as an insult to her stature? If it's her cause celebre, how can it be beneath her?

Fantasy Team Of Rivals time: Clinton gets healthcare; Edwards gets poverty; Gore gets the environment; the other Clinton is made secretary of state.

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heidi girl
6/10/2008 10:30:59 PM

did anyone else notice in her big speech on Saturday that she was all smiles when talking about herself but as soon as she HAD to start praising Obama, she never smiled while talking about him? Am I reading too much into this?


dave41
6/6/2008 9:25:27 PM

All I want to know is what will Hillary say on Saturday? OK, maybe I worded that poorly. I think we all know WHAT she will say. I'm just curious how SINCERE she will be about supporting Obama. What do you think? Will she lie herself thru the speech or will she be somewhat convincing? I really wonder what went on behind closed doors last night with their meeting. Wonder what SHE said. Wonder what HE said. Wonder what promises each of them made.


sara mason
6/4/2008 10:17:01 PM

Billy writes: "the Democrats are doomed in November...." The democrats are not "doomed" in November. They will be just fine but without Hillary on the ticket. I think Obama is worth his weight in gold for our country. He will make CHANGE happen. In regards to who should get the next "turn" in the white house, the democrats don't play that game. The republicans are the only ones who decide who's "turn" it is. When Bush #1 was in the white house, it was being decided if Jeb or George would have a "turn" next. I don't know why republicans even vote. It's all planned out for them.......


billy_1
6/4/2008 8:55:23 PM

OK, a couple problems here. First, it doesn't much matter since the Democrats are doomed in November thanks to their long, drawn-out pillowfight of a primary. Seriously, the Dems could screw up a game of ring-around-the-rosy. Now they've got a wet-behind the ears senator for their nominee, and people seriously think adding Shrillery to the ticket will help? Sure, it will help - help McCain get elected! I'm laughing all the way to the inauguration. Now if we can get congress back to representing the conservative majority of Americans we'll have a chance to maintain our standard of living and our stature on the world stage.


pam_1
6/4/2008 8:27:13 PM

Hillary has said all along that she'd do whatever was best for THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY! Well , last night, she didn't. She just acted like a bitter loser. She did what was best for her, not the party. (hold on to her voters for just a little longer.....not quite ready to give them up to Obama just yet.....) The news media says she needs a few days to "deal with her unexpected loss." UNEXPECTED? UNEXPECTED? When did she EXPECT to win? She's been behind Obama for quite some time. This oculd not have been a total shock. They (news media) acts like it was all so sudden for her -- a total SHOCK that Obama collected enough delegates to get the minimum number needed. Hillary, I believe, needs a little dose of reality. And what's up with this when she asks her supporters to visit her website and tell her what they think? She's just asking for donations to get her debt under control. I used to like her. Now I just cannot stand her.


cw-in-wichita
6/4/2008 8:13:09 PM

Pam wrote: I thought Hillary did a huge injustice to the democratic party with her speech last night. The short version of her speech was "I've got 18 million voters voting for me -- you want them Barack? PROVE IT. You want them? The only way to get them is to offer me the VP position. And do it SOON! I'm not patient about waiting." Hillary is just used to getting WHAT she wants and WHEN she wants it. She's a Clinton. Boy, do I E V E R agree with those comments. Additionally, I think she destroyed any hope the Democrats had in November when she went so negative when it was clear she wouldn't win. Bottom line... Absolutely NO VP for Hillary in '08!!!


pam_1
6/4/2008 7:55:13 PM

I don't know which would be worse -- having Hillary calling some of the shots as VP or having "Bill" around whispering "do this or make this call" trying to pretend that he's president all over again. I don't want to vote for Hillary. And with her, you automatically get him. The Clinton's had their day in the white house now it's not their time. Last night's newscast on a 24 hour station kept saying "it's Hillary's TURN!" Then they would say "It's not Obama's TURN yet." (say this with a whiney voice) I thought Hillary did a huge injustice to the democratic party with her speech last night. The short version of her speech was "I've got 18 million voters voting for me -- you want them Barack? PROVE IT. You want them? The only way to get them is to offer me the VP position. And do it SOON! I'm not patient about waiting." Hillary is just used to getting WHAT she wants and WHEN she wants it. She's a Clinton.