Our pal Bob Novak writes in his latest newsletter that “important supporters” of Sen. Hillary Clintonâ€”without naming any of themâ€””are laying the groundwork for a campaign against Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for Vice President on grounds that he adds nothing to the ticket.”
Novak lists “prominent names” that are favored for Clinton: Mark Warner, Evan Bayh and Ted Strickland… three very white guys whoâ€”c’mon, let’s be seriousâ€”add nothing to the ticket. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but for Hillary to squander the opportunity of partnering with the popular Obama, it suggests to me that her “important supporters” are not so much ignorant and prejudiced as they are aware that Obama would likely turn down the invitation anyway. I think this would indicate that Obama believes he can win the nomination outright (a remote possibility since the core of old-money Dems are all Clintonites), or he’s saving himself for an Al Gore ticket, which is the only one that could defeat Clinton at this point. And Gore-Obama would steamroll whoever the GOP nominates.
All this speculation, of course, is predicated on the notion that Novak is not manufacturing bullshit.
That aside, the conservative columnist once again toots the horn of a GOP favorite by saying, “If there was any doubt, it’s gone now: Fred Thompson will announce his candidacy after Labor Day.” Novak notes that Thompson will be hosting a “coming out party.” Is America ready, I wonder?