In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Gov and Hub Love Clinton-Obama Ticket
Gov and Hub Love Clinton-Obama Ticket Six months ago if anybody had speculated about a Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama democratic ticket for president and vice president, you would have been laughed out of town. Somehow, everyone has stopped laughing as now there is some serious chatter coming from Michigan's First Family about the so-called Dream Ticket. Governor Jennifer Granholm tells the Detroit News, "It's important to have an exciting and dynamic ticket. It would be phenomenal." First Hubby Dan Mulhern, always in step with the boss, adds his two cents. "It would be pretty awesome." So what's happened to turn the once impossible scenario into something that might actually take shake? For one thing Clinton and Obama have apparently cut out the rhetorical rough stuff and are making nice instead. During their last televised appearance on CNN, which was billed as an historic and potentially feisty confrontation, in reality it turned into a 60's love-in. "I liked Hillary before the race and I will like Hillary after the race," Obama smiled.
Sure they disagreed on some of the issues, but by the end of the so-called debate, both were smiling, laughing, and they almost hugged. They left the distinct impression that all the bad blood had been sucked out of their relationship.
In fact, the two were asked by the Wolfman, a.k.a. Wolf Blitzer, about running with each other. Obama suggested, "Hillary would be on everybody's short list" and she said, "I agree with what Barak has said." Now the media can't stand for a race with no conflict so you're likely to hear more about race. Mulhern has a take on that, too. "The media is overplaying the race issue. Absolutely and totally," he opines. He says common folks are more interested in the issues not race. And just one more thing on the Clinton-Obama ticket, he believes the V.P. choice will come down to ego. If he's right, you can forget about an Obama-Clinton combo.