Friday, March 7, 2008
Solution to the Democratic Tie?
Pennsylvania has a primary on April 22nd and, for once, it actually means something on the Democratic party side. (So much so that, much as occurred in Ohio, some residents are rushing to change their party affiliation to Democrat in time to vote.) To avoid a long and potentially harmful battle, both Clintons have suggested that Hillary is open to the possibility of a joint ticket. But would Obama agree to it?
The Clintons would, of course, prefer that Hillary be the top part of the ticket, with Obama as her vice president. But since Obama is currently leading (even if only marginally), I don't think it is likely that he will agree to such an arrangement at this point and he has now said so publicly.
So is there another deal that Hillary could offer Obama, one that benefits her and that he might accept? Perhaps Hillary could appeal to Obama's interest in having a real impact on the future of the country and offer him the first open seat on the Supreme Court. It is probably my lawyer bias, but I think that a person could have a much greater impact as a justice than as vice president (especially given the lifetime appointment - which, for Obama, could easily be 30-40 years). Of course, Obama could make the same offer to Hillary. While she is older than Obama, the position may still appeal to her.
Would either be enticed by such an offer? Weighing against accepting is the "historical first" consideration (which favors the president/vice-president option over the Supreme Court for both nominees). It may also depend on the way that the court will lean for the next 30 years. It might be fairly distressing to write 30 years of dissenting opinions (although some types relish that role). In the end, though, which deal would you take: justice or vice president?