Posted by: iam0nly1 | August 2, 2008

Obama’s Keynote Decision Signals Hillary VP Shut Out

Well, we saw this coming back when Obama appointed Solis-Doyle, Hillary’s disgraced, ex-campaign manager, as the Chief of Staff to the yet-to-be-chosen Vice Presidential Candidate (called “the biggest f*ck you” by some). Now, it’s all but official that Hillary Rodham Clinton will not be chosen as Obama’s running mate. 

The Boston Globe reports:


Some of Hillary Clinton’s most loyal supporters yesterday disbanded their effort to push Barack Obama to pick her as his running mate, responding to reports that she has been chosen to give the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Clinton’s speaking role would be the latest sign that Obama is looking elsewhere in his vice presidential search, because the running mate historically does not also give the keynote address.

“We hope you are as pleased as we are that he has tapped Senator Clinton to deliver one of the most important messages of that crucial week – the very role that Barack Obama had four years ago,” the founders of Vote Both, a group pushing the “dream ticket,” said in a message posted on their website. “Regretfully, this means that Senator Hillary Clinton is no longer under consideration as Senator Obama’s running mate.”


But Gus Bickford, a Massachusetts member of the Democratic National Committee and a superdelegate who initially supported Clinton, said yesterday that he was told that Clinton will deliver the keynote address. “It was said as though it was a done deal,” Bickford said of Clinton’s speaking role, adding that he understood that to mean Clinton would not be chosen as Obama’s running mate.

Bickford said he was told about the convention schedule during a conference call Tuesday night with an Obama campaign official. The call was first reported by the New York Daily News, which reported that the aide also said the vice presidential nominee will probably speak on Aug. 25 and 27 – the first and third nights of the convention.

The keynote address is scheduled for Aug. 26, the 88th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, and Clinton talked often during the Democratic primaries about trying to break the “highest, hardest glass ceiling” in her bid to become the first woman to be elected president.

This news is exceedingly bittersweet and will garner diverse reactions from the equally diverse PUMA population.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton would have been an amazing and irreplaceable asset to the ticket, all but securing a November Democratic victory. While many of PUMAs would still have been opposed to Obama, it would have been a large step toward unity.

Many of us welcome the news that she will be granted her rightful place in history with a keynote speech on the anniversary of women’s suffrage (still waiting on assurances of a truly open convention), and rejoice that she will not be forced to prop up the candidacy and possible presidency of a lesser qualified male; a role so many women, after being passed over for a much deserved promotion, are frequently forced to take. However, there is still anger that she, who is clearly the best and most qualified choice for VP, is being passed over. 

Most shocking and disconcerting is that two other women, Governor Sebelius and Senator McCaskill, still remain on the short list of Vice Presidential candidates, none nearly as qualified or a bigger asset than Hillary Clinton. Lanny Davis puts it best:


“The selection of either one of those instead of Sen. Clinton I would find completely incomprehensible,” said Lanny Davis of rumored Obama vice-presidential contenders Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

“If anyone thinks that picking a woman will simply placate Hillary Clinton’s female supporters, I think that’s very patronizing to women and i don’t think that that either Gov. Sebelius or Sen. McCaskill would disagree,” said Davis, who penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal Thursday titled “Why Obama Should Pick Hillary.”

Davis said he hasn’t met either Sebelius or McCaskill and said he admires them, but Clinton is more qualified.

“She helps him more and she’s more qualified,” Davis said of Clinton, “Therefore, why would he pick two females, both who are very admirable public servants, why would you pick them over her?”

A simple warning to Senator Obama and his campaign: there will be no healing if another, lesser qualified woman is chosen as the Vice Presidential candidate. It would be an even larger slap in the face, and each time either Sebelius or McCaskill appeared, women everywhere would wonder, “Why not Hillary?” It would look as though Senator Obama was picking a woman for the sake of picking a woman, not because of qualifications or electoral advantage. That is not the message to send heading into the Fall.



  1. So now, when, as Obama thinks, he doesn’t need more delegates to be a nominee, he says that the MI & FL delegations should be seated in full and with full voting rights. So he acknowledges that the popular vote is clearly on Hillary’s side – better later than never.

    It’s easy to tell now why is this rush – the polls show clearly that Florida is leaning towards McCain more and more, and Michigan is again a on a table. And in this heat I believe Clinton should use the situation without much hesitation and urge for a roll call during the convention. Let’s see who will get more delegates at the finish.

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