Is Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., staying in the race to get the vice presidential slot?
George thinks so.
I happen to disagree with him.
I think Hillary is positioning herself to become Senate Majority Leader. Harry Reid is ineffective and some key powerful Dems want him out. Add to this to the fact that Hillary will not want to play second fiddle to a greenhorn upstart and you can see why I think it's so unlikely.
In her mind, she knows that Obama will have a hard time winning without her. As she has said, she will openly work for his election, but only if she gets the support for Majority Leader.
If Obama wins, great. She will have a powerful position unanswerable to him. If he loses, then she will have a powerful position for specific purpose of being a thorn in McCain's side. She could then spend her time serving in this capacity, building a campaign for 2012.
Either way, she wins. That's why I would be highly surprised, if she were to take the VP slot. She wouldn't want to risk losing. I think it would be a gamble for one reason or another, but it's only because one first is enough. Americans may not be ready to elect the first black and the first woman, on the same ticket.