On the way back to my car from the dentist, I ran across this makeshift sticker in the window of a car. It started me thinking about how much the political landscape has changed.
For a while it appeared that the nomination was all but Hillary Clinton’s to lose, but no one figured on the star power of Barack Obama. Super Tuesday ended up being a split decision between Clinton and Obama. Obama and Clinton have been trading the lead. States that, in another time and place, pundits would have been written off as irrelevant (like Hawaii) are now in play. And one can only see more uncertainty on the horizon. It’s starting to look more and more likely that neither candidate can muster the delegates needed to wrap up the nomination in the primary season, leaving it to the superdelegates to decide the race.
Some believe that such a debate will make the party stronger. To others, it seems like a recipe for disaster. No doubt this contest is causing divisions along gender and racial lines. It seems a question as to which one the Democrats want most: the first black president or the first woman president? Hard to decide.
When all is said and done, perhaps the only way for the Democrats to start healing the deep rifts would be for the two rivals to join forces with one being the running mate to the other. Not that either one will step aside so easily and accept second place. They are two dogged competitors. And with John McCain all but waiting in the wings for his place in the spotlight, they’re going to need to find a way to reunite a divided party. The only way I can see this happening is for Clinton and Obama (or Obama and Clinton) to share the ticket.
The only question in my mind is, whose name will come first.