Obama/Clinton 2008: You Complete Me

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Barack Obama in Florida, 5/21/08
Photo by Chris Livingston

He takes one state, she takes the next. He reaches the younger voter. She reaches the older voter, and especially women. Exit polls show that many Dems like them both equally, but had to choose someone, so they voted for one or the other. Well, soon they won’t have to choose. While it won’t be as tear-stained and ushy-gushy as Jerry Maguire, you can still imagine it: “We live in a cynical world, a cynical world, and we work in a business of tough competitors…”

They should just adopt “You Complete Me” as their campaign slogan. Zellweger even favors an early Hillary, but I digress.

Hillary won’t give up until the convention because she 1) is a fighter, 2) is stirring up a lot of excitement – even if it’s within the party – and excitement is excitement, 3) believes whole-heartedly in manifesting the white house as her rightful habitat, and 4) would love the chance to redeem the Clinton name and (not unlike Jerry Maguire) show Bill that she can be better, minus the indiscretions.

So until the convention, Obama and Clinton get to continue pounding their platforms not because they’re that different from one another, or to make anyone choose, but as an opportunity for dual campaigning. They’re literally getting twice the coverage as McCain.

And has anyone noticed that they’ve stopped slinging the heavy mud at one another? That’s not because the struggle is over, or because she’s tired, it’s because they’re priming us for the inevitable landslide ticket.

Obama vs. McCain or Clinton vs. McCain would be nail biters, each having specific strengths against him, but neither is a cinch, and we all know how Republicans can band together to overcome a bunch of overconfident Dems… which brings us to the Obama/Clinton ticket.

Obama/Clinton is the photo-negative of Bush/Cheney, with inspiring, affable (and in this case vastly smarter) POTUS Obama, and the veteran anti-Darth VP Clinton knowing the ins and outs to get things done.

So why not Clinton/Obama? For starters, there’s some of that ridiculous 1950s mentality floating around out there about a man in charge, even if the man is black. Bill screwed up the chances for another “Clinton white house” which (until she gets the chance to repair that damage) still brings a bad taste to the mouths of a lot of people. Sure, she knows what the country needs, and how to deliver it, but she still feels ‘regressive’. We’ve had a Clinton. We haven’t had an Obama.

Hillary’s choice is the might-have-been land of book deals and endless public speaking or getting back onto Pennsylvania Avenue, where she can still be relevant, young enough to take the top spot in 8 years, (and in the meantime, a heartbeat away from the presidency).

On the other side of the coin, who the hell else would Obama choose? The preening John Edwards? God forbid. No running mate would be nearly as exciting as Hillary, unless it was a split ticket with McCain, and that’s not going to happen.

Does anybody really think that a Dem is going to vote Republican or stay home over the order of the ticket? Not likely. So relax. Stop nagging Hillary to drop out already. She’s in it to win it, just not how she may have imagined from the very beginning.

Jerry Maguire is a fantastic movie for many reasons, not the least of which is that it makes great story, we want them to get together; we want to believe in the idealism of the pair. We want to prove that it can exist. It’s the same with Obama and Clinton. They don’t have to be in love. They might not admit that they just serve different purposes for the other. They might not last forever, but they’re the antithesis of conservative, old, white men. They will go a long way toward correcting the Bush disaster, and make us feel better about being Americans. They’ll restore our faith in love, if only for a while, because like it or not, they really did have us at “hello.”

8 Responses to “Obama/Clinton 2008: You Complete Me”

  1. 1 Brenda
    Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    I’ve been a fan of this since Day One, but with Clinton as president. Sadly, I don’t think that part will happen, but an Obama/Clinton ticket would be unbeatable.

  2. Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Don’t forget the other possibilities. There are rumblings that Hillary had a closed-door meeting with John McCain, and there is speculation Barack Obama could also ask Bill Clinton (or Al Gore… imagine!) to be his running mate.

  3. Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Good points. If Hillary went with McCain, that would seal her fate as an ‘old guard’ politician, and everyone would call her a Benedict Arnold. Obama would be eclipsed by Bill, and that’s a lot of baggage to carry. Al Gore… now that’s something, although it would surprise me. Now, head of the EPA, like you’d suggested before, Sam, is a stroke of genius. xo, B

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