The following blog entry by Francis L. Holland is cross-posted at the Francis L. Holland blog and Skeptical Brotha.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama share the same essential challenge in the 2008 election: They have to defeat the white male supremacy paradigm - at least in terms of its hold over the 2008 presidential election - to end the 43 term white male monopoly of the presidency.
If Barack Obama weren't Black, then everyone would speculate - even more than they do now - about his potential as a vice presidential candidate. And he would look damned good as a vice presidential candidate on the Clinton ticket.
We certainly ought not refrain from this speculation simply because he is Black. Barack Obama obviously has a future and I believe his future can and should begin as vice president in the Clinton II Administration.
If he and Clinton are equally bought and sold to the Establishment, as Skeptical Brotha contends at his AfroSpear blog, then they have a lot in common that should recommend Barack Obama for participation in such a pairing.
Clinton IS going to win the nomination, and then half of all AfroSpear bloggers (and their constituents) are going to lose enthusiasm, unless Barack Obama is also on the ticket.
Field Negro says:
Sorry Francis, I am still not feeling Hillary just yet. I just can't get past her flip flop on the Iraq war, and her slick attempt to weasel out of her fickle convictions. Still, it would be nice to see America join the 21st Century and elect someone besides a white male as President.
And plezWorld predicts:
Hillary Clinton will head the 2008 presidential ticket, and in an attempt to shore up the south, she will select a southern democratic senator or governor (think John Edwards of north carolina or Tim Kaine, governor of virginia)... i'm still pulling for Barack Obama, but i think the novelty will wear off when the primary season kicks in and the gloves come off.As Skeptical Brotha observed, Barack Obama is NOT Jesse Jackson; he lives in a different historical moment and a radically different social context, and the proof of this is the reception he is receiving. His success is heavily influenced and supported by his times, and the success of Jesse Jackson was a prerequisite to creating the times in which we now live, such as they are.
Black folks will still come out to vote in droves, because for some reason you people still love the Clintons.
Read the entire blog post here.
plez sez: in an earlier blog post, Francis L. Holland left a comment stating that he agreed that Hillary will probably get the Democratic nomination and that a large number of Blacks will want Obama on the ticket as her vice-president. i tend to agree with Francis L. Holland to a certain extent: Hillary will probably win the nomination and Black people will generally prefer that Obama be the VP on the ticket... BUT i feel the reality is that Hillary will win the nomination, Black people will prefer that she pick Obama as her running mate, but she'll go with Edwards or Richardson as the VP!
neither Hillary nor Obama brings the other one any NEW VOTES come general election time... they are both Northern Liberals, both are rich Ivy League elitists (not saying that this is a bad thing), both are minorities (duh!), and both can lay claim to the bedwetting tax-and-spend liberal wing of the Democratic party (Blacks, women, anti-war doves, etc.). but Clinton is going to need a white southern man (or definitely a non-northerner) to get those much needed votes (in Tennessee, Florida, etc.) that Al Gore and John Kerry couldn't secure against W.