June 16, 2008
We are probably going to have to wait until just before the Democratic National Convention before we know the identity of Barack Obama’s running mate. For Obama it is a question of whom he will work with; for many it is who may succeed him.
The nominee must both be a vote-winner and compatible to work with. He would be most unwise to choose Hillary Clinton because of the second requirement (not forgetting Bill) and also because it would put into question Obama as the candidate for change. He now has her unconditional support. This could be backed up by perhaps Clinton staff joining the Obama campaign team, Hillary being promised a role in the next Administration, and Clinton supporters, such as Stu Eizenstat, joining the Cabinet.
Let’s hope that we quickly have a new, well qualified US Ambassador to the European Union — now a very important job.Author : Stanley Crossick