Further to my ill-informed and presumptuous dalliances into American politics (eg 9 Feb 07), I’ve just had a crazy idea – I don’t think I’ve read this anywhere else, so i think it is original – but no doubt will be proved wrong as to others this is probably as obvious as the day is long (or words to that effect). A friend has just been talking to colleagues (on their return from Washington) who observed that the vast majority of people they met anticipate Hillary becoming the first female US president – for good or ill. But it occurred to me with all the banter and bartering that is going on in the US Democratic Party Primaries at the moment – especially with the Hillary camp reportedly being v surprised by the surge in support for Barack Obama – that what may well end up happening is that Hillary will get the nomination and ask Barack to be her running mate.
- She’s a white woman; he’s a black man (to state the completely obvious)
- She’s the old guard – but has experience; he’s the fresh face – but only has 2 years in national politics
- She’s got a more sleazy background but still has the support; he’s squeaky clean (at the moment) and is building support
- TOGETHER – they’d be pretty unbeatable, I’d have thought. Hillary is actually more politically centre-ground than many in the Democratic party, and certainly more than Barack. But their appeal together could be significant – demographically, politically, historically.
In no sense is this an endorsement of either candidate (so if either of them tries to imply from this blog that I am offering even a hint of my approval at this stage, they will find themselves in trouble). But I just thought I’d flag it up now. If I’m completely wrong, then who am I? Just a pesky limey who should keep his nose out of areas that don’t concern him. However, if I’m spot on – then I’m a political commentator with prophetic insight and a stylish finger on the button. In that case, please remember that YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST.