Former President Reagan political director and campaign director of Mike Huckabee’s failed presidential primary bid is telling us that we made a mistake in not picking Hilary Clinton as the VP nominee! Clearly, we should listen.
If Obama had done the smart thing, he would have picked Sen. Hillary Clinton for vice president. If he had, he would have united his party for sure and energized his base.
Because, in a war, you should take the critique of generals on the other side. They always have your best interest at heart. There’s no way they could be saying these things to convince your supporters you were wrong for their own benefit, nor could they be trying to demoralize you before the battle. This advice is just good, old-fashioned politeness.
Something the Democratic Party needs to learn, and learn fast, is to beware of Greeks bearing gifts. Every election cycle I watch Republican strategists informing the Democrats which of their candidates is more electable. And every election cycle, I watch the Democrats listen, worrying that the side who will not vote for you both knows which of your candidates is best for your party and is willing to let you in on the information to keep the fight fair.
This advice should be especially suspect when it comes from campaign managers of failed candidacies who are looking for someone to continue paying them for their opinion. Let’s assume, for a second, that Ed Rollins really does have the best interest of the Democratic Party in mind. Are we even sure he knows what he’s talking about? It looks like he hasn’t won a national campaign since the early 1990’s.
I’m not saying he, or anyone who’s run a campaign that lost, doesn’t have valid opinions. You can lose a campaign for any number of reasons. But concerning yourself with the opinion of a member of a party who has something to gain by your failure and who hasn’t had a winning record in 15 years might not be in your best interest.
In fact, I’ll make a bet with you. If anyone creates a device through which we can visit parallel worlds, we can go to the one where Obama picked Clinton as a running mate and search CNN.Com. In it, I wager you will find an article from Ed Rollins saying that by picking such a divisive choice for VP he’s energized his base at the expense of the middle and swing votes on the other side. In fact, he may even say he should have picked Biden.