... And Here's Why It Will

Obama needs her, and besides, he doesn't really have a choice, Politico says
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2008 11:28 AM CDT
The decision of whether or not to pick Hillary Clinton is Obama's first big character test.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama would be wise to put Hillary Clinton on his ticket, write John F. Martin and Jonathan Harris in Politico. Here's why:

  • Obama has no choice. He needs Clinton’s Catholic and blue-collar supporters, and he’ll be pressured to include her for the party’s sake.
  • He may dislike Clinton, but that’s irrelevant. Picking her will show he really can overcome divisions and be a true uniter.

  • Obama would do well to have the Clintons nearby rather than out on Capitol Hill or abroad pushing their own agendas.
  • “Obama-Clinton would on day one have an operation that would surpass what Bush-Cheney assembled in 2004.”
  • He could rest assured she won’t embarrass him during the fall debates by straying off message. Besides that, she’d make a fine VP.