Opportunistic Politics

Supposedly Hillary has givent he OK, behind the curtain, to be the VP candidate for Obama… Now had this come early in the Primaries then maybe this could work and be believable. But after the battle that these two fought over the past 6 or so months it only proves one thing, that Hillary is an Opportunistic little bitch. They will play the hey it was just politics, we are on the same side, we need to beat McCaine… However how believable is anything that will come out of either of their mouths now. They lambasted each other and drove buses over each other to win the nomination, the true colors of the liberals showing through… Remember a few months back… Hillary is an ObamaMamma, it’s all coming true now.

If Obama does take Hillary as his side kick, the liberals will tear at the sight of their reconcilation, but be warned, it is nothing but a show on his side to get the big voting states that he cannot get on his own. Another words oportunistic bitch…

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton on Tuesday told New York lawmakers she is open to being the running mate of Sen. Barack Obama, her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, two of the lawmakers told CNN.

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Sen. Hillary Clinton trails Obama by 159 delegates and is 201 delegates shy of capturing the nomination.

Rep. Charles Rangel, a senior member of the New York Democratic delegation, also told CNN, “I have reason to believe she is open to the [vice president] slot.”

One of the sources added that former President Clinton has been privately pushing for a couple of weeks for his wife to be No. 2 on the ticket.

On Monday night, a close friend and adviser of the former first lady told CNN Clinton will say tonight “that she will do whatever it takes” to put a Democrat in the White House. Barack Obama insiders saw that as an indication she would accept an offer to be his running mate if asked.

“In her speech [Tuesday] night, she will convey the message that first and foremost she is committed to Democrats winning in November and will do whatever she’s asked to do,” the Clinton adviser said.

“She will do whatever it takes to bring the party together to win and whatever is asked of her to make sure the Republicans are defeated,” the adviser added.

Even though she discussed being Obama’s running mate, her campaign chairman earlier in the day said Clinton was “absolutely not” prepared to concede the race after the polls close tonight in Montana and South Dakota, the final two contests on the primary calendar.

Terry McAuliffe rejected as “100 percent” incorrect an Associated Press report that Clinton is preparing to acknowledge Obama has the delegates to win the nomination Tuesday night as the five-month Democratic primary process comes to a close.

Obama “doesn’t have the numbers today, and until someone has the numbers the race goes on,” McAuliffe told CNN.

Clinton continues to fight Obama in the Democratic primary season. Some 61 contests over five months will end Tuesday as Montana and South Dakota hold primaries.

Only 31 pledged delegates are at stake in those two contests.

Obama on Tuesday had 2,083 delegates, just 35 delegates shy of the 2,118 needed to clinch the nomination, after a number of superdelegates announced their support for the senator from Illinois.

Former President Jimmy Carter and Rep. James Clyburn, the No. 3 Democrat in the House and the highest ranking African-American in Congress, were two of the most prominent superdelegate endorsements that Obama picked up.

“I came to that decision because I do believe that he has elevated this campaign,” Clyburn said. “He has energized our constituents. He is redrawing an electoral map for Democrats.”

There are not enough pledged delegates at stake in Montana and South Dakota to put Obama over the top, but a rush of endorsements by the remaining undeclared “superdelegates” could allow him to claim victory when he takes the stage in Minnesota Tuesday evening.

Superdelegates are the approximate 825 Democratic governors, members of Congress, and party officials who each get to vote in the delegate nominating process. Around 200 of them have yet to endorse either Obama or Clinton.

In a bit of symbolism, Obama will spend Tuesday night at a rally at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the same arena which will house the 2008 Republican National Convention in September. Clinton will spend the night at an campaign event in New York City. iReport.com: See what cartoonists think of the interminable race

Obama is looking more and more toward a likely general election matchup with John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. And while not taking anything for granted, it appears he’s starting to look at Clinton as less of a rival and more as an important ally who can help him win in November.

“We’re getting very close to the number that will, that will give us the nomination and if we’ve hit that number on Tuesday night, then we will. We will announce that and I think even if we don’t, this is the end of the primary season, and I think it’s very important for us to focus on the clear contrast that’s going to exist between Democrats and Republicans in this election,” Obama said this weekend while campaigning in South Dakota.

“Sen. Clinton is an outstanding public servant, she has worked tirelessly on this campaign, she has been a great senator for the state of New York and she is going to be a great asset when we go into November to make sure that we defeat the Republicans,” Obama said on the campaign trail Sunday in South Dakota, adding Monday in Michigan that “she and I will be working together.”

Clinton’s road to capturing the nomination is much longer and more difficult. She trails Obama by 166 delegates and is 201 delegates shy of capturing the nomination. Her main shot at winning now appears to depend on a mass wave of superdelegate support, which seems unlikely.

Clinton’s been making the case for weeks now that she’s ahead in the popular vote in the primaries and caucuses to date. Much of this argument hinges on how Michigan’s disputed primary is counted. If Obama is awarded no votes, since his name wasn’t on the ballot, Clinton leads by 194,000 in the popular vote count. If Obama is awarded the 40 percent who voted uncommitted in the primary, he’s ahead of Clinton by 45,000 votes in the overall count.

“The Clinton campaign is making every effort to convince superdelegates she is the best qualified and most electable Democrat to take on John McCain in November. The problem for Clinton is that it seems a little bit too late for her argument to stick even if these superdelegates did embrace her assertion that she is the leader in the popular vote,” said Mark Preston, CNN political editor.

CNN senior political correspondent Candy Crowley reported that “only a handful of people at the inner core of the Clinton campaign knows what she’s thinking about doing when Tuesday’s dust settles, adding that “those who have been with her since nearly the beginning are saying she will not push this into the convention. As one close Clinton supporter put it, she’s acutely aware of her place in the party. She will not ruin the party.”

Clinton scored a large victory Sunday in Puerto Rico‘s primary. It could be a different story in Montana, where Obama is ahead in the most recent polls. Obama campaigned in the state late last week, before stumping over the weekend in South Dakota. Clinton spent Monday in South Dakota. A new poll out Monday in that state puts Clinton up by double digits. But regardless of the results, Tuesday night is much more about the big picture than about who won which primary.

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One Response

  1. Obama cannot allow Clinton the VP slot.

    Those who sought to place her in the WH would have him killed after the election.

    This is not a matter of trusting Clinton or not, just power and protection of powerful people.

    He has to chose someone else for VP.

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