I like this talk lately coming from the Clinton camp of a possible Clinton-Obama presidential ticket. It jibes with what I was saying early last month (on Super Tuesday, in fact) about how Obama's surge has garnered him the right to be on the ticket, either on top or as Clinton's running mate.
Like most progressives, I've been back and forth in this race as I like both candidates immensely. (Of course, being a Canadian Liberal means my opinion counts about as much as Ian Brodie's, I guess.) Both Clinton and Obama have their strengths and weaknesses.
I've seen a new side to Hillary Clinton over the course of this campaign. I have no doubt that, were she to lose the nomination to Obama, I'd feel a huge sense of loss. I don't think I'd feel the same way if Obama were to lose the nomination this year.
As I said to some colleagues back in January, if Obama doesn't get the top spot this year, he can and will likely come back in the near future to take the Democratic nomination. If 2008 is not Obama's year (and Clinton loses in November to McCain), we'll see Obama back in 2012. If Clinton wins in 2008 (with Obama as her running mate), we'll definitely see an Obama nomination in 2016. He'll be a still-young 54. (Even if Obama doesn't become Clinton's V-P, he'd still be the frontrunner in 2016, no doubt.)
However, if Clinton loses to Obama this year, that might be the end of her presidential aspirations. And we won't be seeing a woman in the White House this generation, sadly.
Both are superb candidates. Both have equal chance of beating John McCain this fall. I say give it to Clinton and hopefully Obama will accept her offer to be her running mate, despite his predictable protests of late.