Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Hillary: ‘Don’t Vet Me Unless You’re Going to Pick Me’


This would seem to take some steam out of the complaints that Hillary wasn’t vetted.


In the end, it came down to Biden, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, said several people involved in the deliberations. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius also was a strong contender, but dropped out of contention as Obama focused on the other three.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, who ran so closely to Obama in the primary, was never seriously considered, said two officials involved with the search. She asked not to be vetted unless she was going to be picked, the two officials said, speaking on a condition of anonymity to describe the private discussions.

This makes so much more sense. When the original story came out, I would thoroughly confused. Why would Hillary or her advisers leak this story? The only result would be to sow division in the party. Obviously, not agreeing to submit yourself to the vetting process would preclude Obama from seriously considering her. That doesn’t even take into account whether Bill would have submitted himself to vetting. But it appears that Hillary as VP was a non-starter. In any case, I think it is well-past time to put the primary to rest. Hillary has come out with a very nice statement endorsing the pick:

In naming my colleague and friend Senator Joe Biden to be the Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Obama has continued in the best traditions for the Vice Presidency by selecting an exceptionally strong, experienced leader and devoted public servant. Senator Biden will be a purposeful and dynamic Vice President who will help Senator Obama both win the Presidency and govern this great country.

She will do the right thing next week and give a rousing endorsement. She has been great since the primaries ended, doing whatever has been asked. Hopefully this will end some of the complaints and we can move to have a great convention.


August 24, 2008 - Posted by | Veepstakes | , , ,


  1. “Don’t vet me unless you’re going to pick me”?

    I could understand “don’t vet me unless you’re serious about picking me.” But her remark is such a nonstarter.

    Comment by ksh01 | August 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. Absolutely. There was no way Obama would (or could) agree to that.

    Comment by turneresq | August 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. I don’t believe any of the spin coming out of this story. The information being leaked tells you more about the agenda of the leaker than it does the truth of what actually happened. We may never know the truth, at least not until Newsweek publishes their exhaustive behind-the-scenes story after the election.

    Comment by gdh1 | August 25, 2008 | Reply

  4. This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone, except those who who refuse to believe the Clinton’s agenda has always been about ‘me, me, me.’

    Case in point…Bill Clinton is dying to set the record straight about his years in the White House. Now he’s ticked that he can’t and has been requested to stick to the convention’s message. He wants to speak about the economy. It’s not HIS convention and he needs to realize that.

    Comment by WeR1 | August 25, 2008 | Reply

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