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If you're on this board, you engaged enough to know that Obama will be the nominee and that it's a matter of when and not if Hillary will concede.  It probably won't be tomorrow, but it won't be any later than after Indiana/NC.

With all due respect to the millworker's son, it's been clear for more than a year that the "Inevitable" Clinton and Obama the phenom were the top two candidates on the (D)side.  A combo ticket was always a possiblity, we just thought it would be the other way around.  

When Hillary exits the race, she will do so with grace and with an air of the ironic poetry with which this story will play out to reveal that Hillary Rodham Clinton will go down in history as a singular person -- the "First Lady of the United States of America'

I thought it might end March 5th but everyone here would probably agree that it's a good thing it didn't.  Obama's exotic background and Hyde Park mileiu were bound to make headlines.  Did you really think America would elect a black guy named Barack Hussein Obama without a fuss?  Better now than October.  The truth about Obama is, this stuff is all there is. All of this baggage, from Ayers to Wright has been public, if not on video, all along. Ever since they first compared his Politics (and his ears)to those of former IL Democratic Senator Paul Simon in the primary for the open senate seat in 2004, the Chicago papers were inclined to portray "The skinny kid with the funny name" as potential political "Rock star." Obama proved to have the keen intellect, innovative approach and, well, balls (so refreshing in a Democrat) to allow him to fulfill his vast potential.  Even so, one must concede that he is a little green. It's like drafting an athlete after one great year at school.

The Clintons are still  inarguably politically astute, if in a freshly old school kind of way.  I've gotta believe they've known since Iowa that they just might lose this thing.  On top of that, part of me has always thought that a part of them must love Obama.  

That brings us back to the "Dream Ticket."  What I've come to believe is that Hillary has long decided that if push came to shoved out of the race, she would honestly and truly love to be the Vice President of the United States, a much finer achievement than a solid career in the senate.  Plus, let's face it, it's a job she's held before.  That's why the blithering Bill suddenly lacks message discipline, always one of Hillary's strongest suits.  No one doubts she had a defining hand in shaping Bill's career -- I know because "Primary Colors" is appropriately on cable.  While she doesn't have the charisma of Obama or her  husband, she probably could out debate them both.  

Obama will realize that her breadth of knowledge and perceived experience will outweigh her considerable baggage.  Anytime the media or dreaded Republicans bring any of it up, they can together frame it as the gutter, gotcha soundbite politics of the past.  Hillary will help do for Obama what she did for Bill and once elected, relish her considerable power as the first female in the 2nd highest office in the land. Despite the trunks, suitcases and backpacks for the Customs Agents of the GOP to rummage through, they would, as Fidel Castro proclaimed near his last days, be unstoppable.  

Herstory will be written that Hillary Rodham Clinton was an hyper-involved First Lady in the last successful two-term Democratic Presidency of the 20th century and the Vice President in the first one of the 21st.  No doubt Hillary expected to be on an history making ticket and she will be, securing a singular place in History as a groundbreaking figure in not just the Democratic party, but all of American History.  

Originally posted to dts on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 11:45 PM PDT.

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