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Some believe that Hillary Clinton is angling to be Barack Obama’s VP. His netroot cheering section in the blogosphere would no doubt have a meltdown if that came to pass. After all, his “change” and “turn the page” messages were premised in large part on the notion that people were sick of Clintonian politics. To put Hillary back in power would reveal that Obama’s words were all, well, empty. And the prospect of the now nearly universally reviled–or at least lampooned–Bill Clinton out loose in a general election (and then lurking the halls of the White House) is enough to make many Democrats break out in hives.

But would Obama do it? After all, he’s a great advocate of reconciliation. And what better way to heal the party and demonstrate his unifying powers? The reality is that he is going to win the nomination outright and won’t be compelled to put her on the ticket. And he seems unlikely to volunteer for a world of political trouble, with so little to gain by it. It’s a truism that voters don’t vote for VP’s anyway. So if Obama is going to win over her voters, he’ll likely have to do it on his own. Soon enough we’ll find out if there are some reconciliations too great to imagine even for Obama.


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