Is the “Dream Ticket” gone?

It is interesting to look back to the beginning of the campaign for the Democrat party nomination, with a look at the race between Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.  From the beginning, many people were excited about the reality of new and different groups joining the race that really did have a chance at the nomination. It was enticing to watch even from the beginning due to the new demographics running for the highest position in the country with someone other than the status quo white older man.  The suggestion of a minority man or a woman having the chance to become President is astounding and great, and many people have been excited and enthralled with the race.  The idea of what was coined as the “Dream Ticket” was tossed around several times including in the debate at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.  This debate was not the only time the “Dream Ticket” was envisioned, and it has been hotly debated from the day that Hillary Clinton conceded the primary race (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zEJGexaUzk)

As we get closer to the nomination and the actual time is here for Obama to pick his running mate the “Dream Ticket” is no longer on the minds of the masses, and the list has grown by many, and has even lost a few (see ya later John Edwards) The question that does remain is regarding Hillary.  On one side of the fence there are the believers that adding Hillary to the ticket would help Obama clench the election. According to one poll done by CBS News/New York Times regarding the VP choice when polling the delegates of the Democratic convention, it was the found that 28 percent preferred Hillary for vice president — by far the largest bloc supporting a candidate.  But the push for her as Vice President does not stop there, because the major push for her to be placed on the ticket for Vice President in the poll was with Clinton-pledged delegates, in direct contrast to only 3 percent of the Obama delegates naming her. 

Major proponents for Clinton as the Vice President slot sight the need of her tested experience within in politics, something that Obama has been seen as lacking in polls, but on the flip side, many that are embracing Obama’s message for change see her experience as a problem or a hindrance. If Hillary is added to the ticket many people are seeing a bump for Obama within the white women vote, but would there be a significant decrease in the white male vote that could counter act what she does bring to the table?

Additionally, there are many people in the United States who are uncomfortable with the aspect of such a drastic change of electing both an African-American President in addition to a woman for the Vice Presidency.  The “Dream Ticket” could kill the entire chance for change.  It may turn out that the risk of losing is too great with her addition to the ticket, and adding her is a no go. In the end, it does appear that Hillary is not going to get her chance to be the Vice President, and the nation may indeed suffer, but only time will tell.

It is going to be very interesting for the next few days waiting for the choice to be made public, and many people are very interested in the different aspects and routes that Obama can choose to go down in this incredibly historic election. 

 

 

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2 responses to “Is the “Dream Ticket” gone?

  1. Lance Thibert

    What would be interesting to look at would be if an Obama-Clinton ticket ended up losing in the fall, what that would mean for Clinton’s political career. Obviously Obama would be finished, but Clinton would not be able to really say “I told you so” if she were on the ticket.. One has to wonder if she even wants the VP slot. She must be looking at a 2012 run, and it probably wouldn’t be the best thing if a sitting vice president ran against the sitting president in the primaries. After a possible 8 years as Obama’s VP, i’m not sure Hillary, with a total of 16 years in the White house, would really be up for trying for another 4.

  2. sapopp

    If McCain wins this election and then doesn’t do a particularly great job as President, Clinton could still slide into the White House four years from now. However, Clinton and Obama both tried so hard during the primaries to convince the American public that the other was not electable that the Republicans could have had a field day will all those sound bytes and putting the two of them on the same ticket might spell disaster, at least among the independent or undecided voters.
    I’m wondering if picking Biden for a running mate was a bad idea for the same reason, because Biden told ABC last year that he didn’t think Obama was ready for the job, and McCain will likely use that to his advantage.

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