I haven't been more than a foot away from my cell phone since Barack Obama emailed and said that's how he would announce his vice presidential nominee. You know that email he sends every once and a while and you allow your brain to believe - if only for a split second - that Obama actually sent it and it is just for you? Every beep or vibration, I lunge for the phone hoping I'll know first, with all the other millions of Obama voters. "Obama wants me to be first and I'm going to get the text," I tell myself as I dig through my purse for the beeping phone. Or, "I want to yell it down the hall first!" That's what I told my friend today at work.
The more Obama makes us wait, the more our minds wander to who this mystery guest will be at our presidential party. I have no proof of this in any way, but here's my guess: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. I know, she's not my favorite person. The Senator from New York did a fine job wiping away any last vestiges of innocence I had about the political process. She said interesting things that will have many people looking at her sideways for a while yet. But here is my reasoning. For the most part, Clinton's been out of the spotlight and we've been able to slowly forget the last frustrating months of the primary. Bill Clinton is speaking before the VP nominee at the convention. That's a strange place for a pretty popular and most recent democratic president. President Clinton should be opening, closing or right before Obama, not before the VP. So does that mean it might be his wife? She's not on anyone's short list so if she's selected, Obama and Clinton would dominate the news cycle no matter who John McCain nominated. Not even young upstart Bobby Jindal could distract from that announcement. The excitement, speculation and curiosity would control the news for weeks - and that would just be about Bill Clinton.
It's a little out of left field to be sure, but Senator Clinton is ferocious. That ferocity is what Obama is missing in his "taking the high ground" campaign. There is nothing wrong with the high road, but if he's not going to get in the dirt, someone has to and she would do it. And I mean that as a compliment. There is also the idea of healing America's reputation around the world. One step forward is electing a person of color to reflect our ever-growing face of culture and acceptance. That step would have been taken had Clinton had the nomination. Adding the double whammy would continue to raise the consciousness level here and abroad. There are so many reasons and I'm sure there will be good and bad ones in the comments.
Hell has frozen over; I'm advocating for Hillary Clinton. I hope it happens too because sometimes it's fun to be wrong.