Hillary Finds A Running Mate? Too Soon To Count Out Gore?
by Jeff Dinelli
Indiana Senator Evan Bayh endorsed Hillary Clinton for President today, re-fueling speculation that he would be her running mate if she were to capture the nomination. The red-state Senator was long ago seen as a way to tilt both Indiana, which has voted Republican in the last 10 elections, and neighboring Ohio, basically placing the two in the White House. Not exactly a liberal's dream ticket, the GOP's attempts to brand Hillary with the "L" word would be off-set with the Bayh collaboration. It would stand as a tough ticket for the Republicans to beat.
"The next president of the United States must be experienced, must be seasoned, must be smart and must be tough. Hillary Clinton is all," said Bayh, who has also been the Hoosier state's Governor and Secretary of State.
From news that was expected to happen, to news that just won't die, author Christopher Hitchens opines that if Al Gore wins the Nobel Peace Prize, to be announced in Oslo on Oct. 12th, he will run for President. Hitchens, who believes Gore will indeed win the award ("Don't ask what a campaign against global warming has done for 'peace'; that would be like asking what Mother Teresa or Henry Kissinger had ever done to reduce global conflict. The impression is the main thing,"), not only is unimpressed with the current crop of candidates, but thinks Gore has some unfinished business to attend to.
"So, and if I am right, the former vice president will then complete a year in which An Inconvenient Truth has been awarded an Oscar and he has authored a best seller. Roll it round your tongue again: an Oscar, a best seller, and a Nobel Prize in the space of 12 months or so. Not bad. And meanwhile, the field of Democratic candidates looks—how shall one put it?—a trifle etiolated. Sen. Clinton may have succeeded in getting people to call her "Hillary" and to have made them feel resigned to her front-runnership, but what kind of achievement is that? Sen. Obama cannot possibly believe, and doesn't even act as if he believes, that he can be elected president of the United States next year. John Edwards is a good man who is in politics for good reasons, but there is something about his populism that doesn't quite—what's the word?—translate..."
"I am only guessing here, but I think that when Gore wakes up early and upset, he isn't whimpering about the time that the Supreme Court finally ruled against him in 2000. He is whimpering about the time in 1992 when he left the field open to Bill Clinton, a man he secretly despised. Can he really stand to watch yet another Clinton walk away with a nomination that could have been, or could still be, his? To move, then, from a consideration of elevated politics to a reflection upon the baser motives, we have to ask if Gore can possibly be content to be a "citizen" when he could still be a contender."
As always, Hitchens proves to be an interesting read.