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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Nomination Dealing

According to this, Obama's people are trying to push the endgame:

Hillary Clinton will be offered a dignified exit from the presidential race and the prospect of a place in Barack Obama's cabinet under plans for a "negotiated surrender" of her White House ambitions being drawn up by Senator Obama's aides.

The former First Lady would get the chance to pilot Mr Obama’s reforms of the American healthcare system if she agrees to clear the path to his nomination as Democratic presidential candidate.

Senior figures in the Obama camp have told Democrat colleagues that the offer to Mrs Clinton of a cabinet post as health secretary or to steer new legislation through the Senate will be a central element of their peace overtures to the New York senator.
"Senior figures in the Obama camp" told "Democrat colleagues." Who, I guess, told the reporter.

I'm amused that the reporter calls them "Democrat" colleagues, instead of "Democratic" colleagues – that is, after all, the appropriate way to use the term as an adjective. I also tend to use "Democrat," for two reasons: one, because adding the "-ic" could also refer to democracy, which in turn implies that their opponents aren't democratic; and two, because Democrats don't like it.

But back to the story: I very much doubt that Clinton would take a Cabinet position, for the same reasons (and more!) that I doubt she'd take the Veep slot. Being a Cabinet member means you serve entirely at the will of the President.

The chance to "steer new legislation," though: that, I think she'd take.