Wednesday, June 25, 2008<

Run the Ball

I'm not going to go through and refute each point in this article about why Hillary is the obvious choice for VP, but sufficed to say I would probably be a little weary of taking political advice from the campaign manager for Walter Mondale's 1984 campaign.

More importantly, this article, and a lot of calls for Hillary to be VP, are ignoring the reality of the current situation. Barack is up on McCain somewhere in the 8-12 point range nationally, and in most of the battleground states. This lead can easily go away of course, but if I were Obama I would probably not take any big risks or vary too much from what I am currently doing.

It's like in football - you don't throw a deep pass when you're up by 10, you protect the ball and run out the clock. Without getting complacent, that's exactly what Barack should do.

I don't care what anyone says - picking Hillary would upset some of Barack's current supporters and cause them to vote for McCain or not at all. True, Hillary would bring in some new supporters, but we can't know whether the net effect would be positive or negative.

So since Barack is up fairly big already, why risk it?

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At August 2, 2008 at 3:42 AM , Blogger NG said...

Only sissies run out the clock.


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