So, if you follow American political news, Hillary Clinton is at this point all but decided as the Democratic nominee for the 2008 presidential election, once again proving that there is no election that the Democrats cannot do their level best to fuck up.
However, there is still, I would argue, one last move that John Edwards and Barack Obama can do to counter the total Hillary surge.
The simple problem that the Edwards and Obama campaigns both have is that they’re both competing for the 55-60 percent of the Democratic vote which is anybody-but-Hillary. Depending on where you are and what day it is, one gets 30-35 percent, and the other gets 20-25 percent, and Hillary gets 35-40 percent without even having to try hard based solely on A) name recognition, B) pull within the party and C) dollah dollah bills, y’all. And this advantage has just steadily intensified for Hillary as the campaign’s progressed. The split Obama and Edwards are competing for is working to her advantage because as time goes on, her aura of inevitability grows.
The answer to this is simple. Edwards/Obama 2008. Announce it right now. Never mind that it’s easily the closest thing to a Democratic dream ticket that could possibly be imagined anyway; we speak here of two candidates whose policy positions are, while not identical, extremely similar, and whose appeal to the public is both broad and wide. Joining the two campaigns immediately will allow the larger-by-half anti-Hilary crowd in the Democratic party to finally muster together with full force, and the sole reason to announce a veep candidate later in the term (for a short-term poll bump in late spring) is almost meaningless in the modern media age. I understand that both Edwards and Obama are gambling on a surprise in Iowa, but Clinton leads in New Hampshire as well and beating the Clinton machine in both states will be extremely difficult if not outright impossible.
It’s swim together or drown alone, you guys. Which would you prefer? Do you want another John Kerry-style candidacy in 2008?