Sarah Palin told Charlie Gibson that she thinks Obama should’ve picked Hillary for veep, and that she believes he now regrets it. Putting aside the utter transparency of this statement to play on the emotions of the Hillary supporters is a sleazy effort to get support for McCain/Palin, and the inherent sexism, this does beg the question: what if Obama had picked Hillary?
There are thousands of responses to that question, but since Palin brought it up, it made me wonder about McCain’s veep pick. Had Obama selected Hillary, would Palin even be on the McCain ticket? Since large numbers of the right viscerally hate all things Clinton, a Hillary pick may have energized the Republican base to the same degree the Palin pick has. Possibly more. And while the Palin obsession may wane, the right’s vitriol towards Hillary wouldn’t.
Certainly the press would love a Hillary vs. Sarah fight. It would dominate the coverage. But would it be in McCain’s best interest?
Would McCain picked somebody safe, say Tom Ridge? That’d help reel in Pennsylvania. How about Mitt Romney to help with Michigan? Or that youngster, Gov. Bobby Jindal? His performance during hurricane Gustav and now with hurricane Ike shows he’s a very competent, hands-on governor. Or how about his ol’ buddy Joe Lieberman? That’d be a “maverick” pick.
What would McCain do if Obama picked Hillary?