This should come as no shock–Barack Obama never wanted Hillary Clinton on the ticket and never gave any indication that he did. But the news that he did not even go through the motions of considering her will stoke anger among her supporters.
Moreover, it shows the degree to which Obama’s pride–or fear of being overshadowed–prevented him from even considering the one person who would have been certain to create excitement and potentially deliver him demographic groups and states (e.g. Arkansas) he now badly needs. If he wins, this decision will be forgotten. But if he loses, it will be at the top of the list of reasons why the candidate who was supposed to be a shoo-in turned out not to be. One thing is for certain: the Hillary fans are going to need that catharsis. Big time.