Saturday, June 07, 2008

No shocker women want Hillary as VP men don't

It's a small poll sampling, 921 registered voters, including 435 registered voters who describe themselves as Democrats or independents who lean Democratic but given the way the election went it should not surprise anyone that more women than men want to see Hillary Clinton as the Vice Presidential candidate.

Despite this:
Men and women don't see eye-to-eye on the question. Sixty percent of Democratic women said Clinton should be Obama's running mate, but only 46 percent of male Democrats agreed, while 51 percent of them said no.

" 'What do women want?' Sigmund Freud famously asked," said Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst. "The answer appears to be Clinton on the ticket. It's pretty clear that many Democratic women are miffed and that Obama has to be very careful how he deals with Sen. Clinton."

I predict those 60 percent are going to be disappointed. I don't see Barack Obama as picking Hillary as his Vice President. He may try to select another woman to try to diminish some of the hard feelings but it's doubtful that would work. Bottom line? Another scenario where a difficult decision will need to be made and the key issue will be how he handles not picking Clinton as far as how the supporters react.


Alex said...

Mr. Obama has 17,500,000 plus reasons to select Mrs. Clinton as his V.P. Indeed, for those who argue that Mrs. Clinton brings too much "baggage" to be selected, I have nearly 18,000,000 examples to refute such a position.

Lisa Renee said...

I understand that position Alex, I just don't think it will happen. There are too many Obama supporters that are very anti-Clinton and it would make it more difficult for Obama to continue the theme of not being an "insider" as a campaign platform.

An issue as simple as lobbyist dollars would come into play and make it even more difficult for Obama to continue that as a media bullet.

From an electability standpoint, I do not disagree at all with the belief that making Clinton VP could be the only way for Obama to win over her supporters and win some of the very states he needs. Yet many in his campaign and in the Party leadership seem to believe that all of those Clinton supporters will fall in line as the campaign progresses. Especially with the hard push starting already for us "to be a family" and to concentrate on beating McCain.

That didn't work when it was Kerry versus Bush, considering it's even more divided now, whether it works this time remains to be seen.