Obama for Governor? Clinton for Governor?

David Broder thinks the charms of Springfield and Albany will prevent the Democratic Dream Ticket from happening: For Clinton, partnering with Obama, with him on ...
by | March 14, 2008
 

David Broder thinks the charms of Springfield and Albany will prevent the Democratic Dream Ticket from happening:

For Clinton, partnering with Obama, with him on top of the ticket, would either leave her part of a defeated pair in a party that is not generous about second chances or, if they won, probably lock her out of a presidential run until 2016, when she would be 68 -- almost John McCain's age now.

Knowledgeable Democrats see at least two more-attractive options for her. One is to return to the Senate, where she is popular, well established and potentially in line to be majority leader, a position with real power. The other is to go back to New York, where Eliot Spitzer's resignation from the governorship yesterday leaves a potential opening for a new candidate in 2010.

As for Obama, many of the same arguments apply -- with even greater force. He is less enamored of the Senate than is Clinton, but it could provide a comfortable resting place for four or eight years. Or he could go back to Illinois and run for governor in 2010, when incumbent Democrat Rod Blagojevich would be up for a possible third term.

Obama would be a heavy favorite over Blagojevich or anyone else in a primary and over the nominee of the beleaguered Illinois GOP. And winning the governorship would provide the executive experience that may be the biggest gap in his résumé.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman  |  Former Staff Writer
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