Hiller Instinct: Obama wins nomination
The Hiller Instinct: Hiller Instinct: Obama wins nomination
Can I throw up on TV?
For Obama, the "dream ticket" is a nightmare.
The truth is Hillary has tried to turn the Democratic Party into a party of one...and guess who the one is?
Take this statement from her campaign today: "Senator Clinton will not concede the nomination this evening."
Why should she? All that would do is recognize reality, be gracious, and give Barack Obama a boost he needs as he struggles across the Democratic Party's finish line.
And why is he struggling? Because Hillary has damaged him more than the Republicans are likely to: by dividing Democrats between men and women, between blue and white collar workers, and between blacks and whites.
And in whose interest was that? Only Hillary's...because that was the only way she could win.
But there are even bigger reasons why Obama should not pick her as his running mate.
Most important is that he's the future, and she's the past. And the change he promises includes changing the polarizing politics she represents.
And then there's her husband, who shrunk during this campaign from a statesman pointing ahead, to a pol pointing his finger at anyone who disagreed with him.
Vice President Hillary means a sequel to the Clinton soap opera. Is that what you want to see in Washington?
Senator Obama, congratulations on your historic victory...and if there's any advice I can offer: when Hillary says she'll run with you, please run in the opposite direction.
I'm Andy Hiller, and that's my instinct.(Copyright 2008 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)