Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) reaches for a sign to autograph after she spoke in Cheyenne, Wyoming March 7, 2008. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)
The Hillster has been kicking around the "unity ticket" gator bait to the press a lot lately and The Snob is all, "What the hell is this about?"
From Crooks and Liars:
At first I thought she was just pulling a mind fuck on the press and the Obama camp, but since she keeps jabber-jawing about it I'm starting to think this is part of a hostile take over of Team Obama.
This isn't dissimilar to what Microsoft was trying to do to Yahoo. Microsoft wants the smaller web search engine because it's a distant number two to Google and MSN is crap. I have a Hotmail account and I STILL don't use the thing. When Yahoo said, "Thanks, but no thanks," Microsoft went public in its desires and started making moves for a hostile takeover. Google even stepped in to defend it's tiny competitor (mostly to cover their own ass, but hey, Yahoo wasn't complaining).
I'm starting to think that Hillary is pulling a Microsoft to Obama's iMac.
From Crooks and Liars:
Hillary Clinton gets asked about the possibility of a ticket with Barack Obama with some regularity, and has, for many months now, ably dodged the questions. On Wednesday, she raised eyebrows, however, by straying from the script — asked on CBS about running with Obama, Clinton said, “That may be where this is headed, but of course we have to decide who is on the top of ticket. I think that the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me.”
It was possible that Clinton just spoke her mind without any real forethought. This strikes me as highly unlikely — Clinton is probably the most disciplined presidential candidate I’ve ever seen — but it was early in the morning and maybe she slipped.
She's doing the, "We're equals, we're the same" tap dance. People like us. I want to be president, you want to be president. If you're the ticket I'm riding your back. Put me on the team.
Why would Hillary do this? One, she will not accept sitting on the sidelines watching someone who's not her run for president. She's getting back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue one way or another. She cannot quietly retire from the limelight, so she's trying to play both ends. She's being aggressive to snag the nomination by forcing Obama to screw up while at the same time putting all this public pressure on Obama to consider a unity ticket if her efforts fail.
And it's just sick enough to work if Obama doesn't watch his back.
A lot of people want a unity ticket. Mama Snob, a Clinton apologizer, wants a unity ticket. Every time Hillary puts that olive branch of audacity out there she is raising the hopes of boat loads of voters in the middle of the Clinton-Obama divide who want to see this "Nightmare Team" pairing. She is going to keep playing this up so if Obama is the nominee there will be outside pressure to pick her or face the groaning of thousands of voters whose dream team dreams will be crushed.
Basically, she's trying to blackmail her way onto the ticket. Obama has to call her bluff. She needs him more than he needs her. He can't afford to be buffaloed by her manipulation of reality. She will point to the "illusion of weakness" in the Obama Camp, but it is a facade. The band will march on without her. She's not necessary and in some ways might bring an Obama ticket down.
Or she might be a team player. You can never know with Hillary's bipolarity. She might be the perfect running mate. Or she might be the running mate from hell. Either way, she's playing a game that she has a good chance of winning if Obama can't make up that learning curve on his political team.
The Samantha Power situation was the perfect example of Hillary buffaloing Obama. There was no f-ing reason why Power had to resign. She called Hillary "a monster," so the fuck what? Tina Fey called her a "bitch" and she went on Saturday Night Live. Clinton's subordinates have been all over the place on Obama, running off the reservation, comparing Obama's team to, of all people, Ken Starr, the Whitewater prosecutor who dogged her and her husband in the 1990s. But Brier Hillary is the brier patch acting like she's getting pricked when in reality she's exactly where she wants to be.
She is playing the same game Republicans pull on Democrats all the time, mock outrage. She is using the cudgel of "You promised a clean campaign" Obama, when her campaign is dirty as hell. Someone needs to call her on her brier patch hollering, but so far the Obama camp has reacted the way Democrats usually do. He accepted Power's resignation, even though she was a volunteer, and quietly tried to squash the whole thing. But Hillary is going to pimp his mock outrage for all its worth.
My favorite example of "mock outrage" at a Carson City Council meeting:
This is EXACTLY what Hillary is doing, but only with words. Oh my God! Obama is attacking me! How dare he! Oh the humanity! And the press can't help but look. She's Hillary fucking Clinton. They don't know how to not look. Obama and his subordinates need to call her on this shit because it's getting ri-goddamn-diculous.
Obama promised to run a campaign devoid of malicious smears and dirty tactics. He didn't promise to not defend himself. He needs to pull a Dramatics and tell her to get the hell off his mountain.
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I mean, he needs to tell her, politely, to fuck off. She will continue to pull this shit as long as Obama lets her. He needs to tell the press who's the front runner, who's the star, who is running this show. He is the commander of this ship and he can't afford to be pirated by the pantsuit of doom. He's got to call her more aggressively on these bluffs and not get sucked into her "Alice in Wonderland" world where up is down, left is right and lies are the truth. If he gets caught up in her whirlwind of prevarication he will fail. Obama's strong suit is not cloak and dagger. His is the high road and the "finger of shame."
Bill Clinton was good at he finger of shame. He needs to start laying some guilt trips on people for their comical and embarrassing attempts at tripping him up. He has to continue to be cooler than cooler and play off Hillary's hostile takeover as sophomore hijinks. He has to be unaffected and charming. But if he takes every wail of hers seriously he will be in trouble. Hillary's at her best when she can play the victim. Obama needs to remind people that you can't be a victim when you have all the money and all the fame and you're still failing.