The Politico explores Hillary’s maneuvering and how it has forced Obama to “tread gingerly” around her. An excerpt:
For days, Barack Obama did not step foot in public without praising Hillary Rodham Clinton. Even on Wednesday, less than 12 hours after Clinton delivered a defiant nonconcession speech with more than a few eyebrow-raising lines, Obama was still at it, extolling her history-making run. But an awkward reality hung over what was supposed to be the first day of the general election campaign — even after news broke Wednesday evening that Clinton would be dropping out of the race Friday. Like a family groping to move past a feud, Obama appeared eager to make up and Clinton seemed to want little part of a public coming together.Meanwhile, Roger Simon explores answers to some key questions that Barack Obama must consider regarding the potential selection of Hillary as his running mate. The list:
She took the stage Wednesday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference — minutes after Obama spoke from the same dais — and barely mentioned him, vouching only for his commitment to Israel. Associates elsewhere in Washington were floating her name for vice president, yet Clinton did not even acknowledge that most of the political world had conferred the presidential nomination on her opponent.
The uneasy dance put the Obama campaign in a fix. Even in their moment of triumph, aides were still navigating the Clinton waters, underscoring the extent to which Obama may not be able to fully immerse himself in the general election campaign until the New York senator steps out of the race.
1. Will Obama follow the First Rule of Running Mates?
2. What about Bill?
3. What does Hillary Clinton really bring to the ticket?
4. Why would Clinton even want the job?
5. What is the slot problem?
6. Doesn’t Obama have to prove he is not sexist by putting Clinton on the ticket?
7. Is Clinton behaving as if she deserves the job?
8. Could she get something else instead?