The Clinton-Obama Standoff

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The March 6 front-page article "Even in Victory, Clinton Team Is Battling Itself," describing dissension among Hillary Clinton's campaign staff, causes one to wonder if her administration would be any different.

Ms. Clinton is already perceived as divisive. Now it is obvious that her campaign is plagued by divisiveness, too, not only among her own senior staff members but also between her "people" and Bill Clinton's "people," who exert considerable influence (remember South Carolina?). Our country has already suffered the ill effects of a Bush administration noted for Cabinet-level infighting such as what took place between Colin Powell and Donald Rumsfeld, as well as for the independent vice presidency of Dick Cheney, who seems to think his office is a fourth branch of government.

What the country urgently needs is a true "uniter," not a divider who herself is willing to tolerate so much division among her own staff members.



Regarding Eugene Robinson's March 7 column, "What Obama Needs: A Keystone Address":

A Clinton-Obama ticket would resolve nearly all the issues that Mr. Robinson cited, as well as many others. Consider: Obama and Clinton's huge fundraising machines would be combined to fight presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. Debate over a new primary that neither Michigan nor Florida can afford would be resolved. The pressure on the superdelegates would dissipate.

What a momentous point we have reached, with two phenomenal presidential candidates who have engaged people in the political process in ways not seen in contemporary history. Obama could become a vice president like no other, energizing youth and minority voters and reaching out to leaders in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere around the world. Ms. Clinton could be a president like no other, using her experience to forge effective policies on the economy, health care, education and the war. Just imagine such a united ticket going into history, with substance and strength, to fight the real battles that lie ahead.



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