Don't Be Henpecked, Obama

She doesn't want the No. 2 job, writes Dowd. She wants you to lose.
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2008 9:11 AM CDT
Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband Bill Clinton take the stage a rally in New York, Tuesday, June 3, 2008.    (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – "What does Hillary want?" Hillary Clinton asked rhetorically last night at her rally in New York. Still a good question, writes Maureen Dowd, since apparently she's not going away anytime soon. Having given her surrogates the green light to push for an Obama-Clinton ticket, the New York Times columnist asks why Hillary is promoting herself for the vice-presidency—"a job she's already had and doesn't want again."

Two theories have traction among Clinton watchers: either she's putting on a show to position herself for 2012 in case of an Obama loss, or she's really banking on an RFK-style tragedy to bring her to the Oval Office. Either way, writes Dowd, Obama must resist or end up like Walter Mondale: a battle-scarred candidate "henpecked" into choosing a female running mate, who went down to a crushing defeat.