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August 01, 2008

My Dream Ticket - Obama/Clark

I notice that Matt Stoller and digby are both pushing an Obama/Clark ticket and asking people to sign up at a new website created for the purpose of influencing that choice. 

Clark has many of the same appealing qualities that Obama has.  Both are thoughtful, fearless and direct.  Both have been working hard to elect Democrats up and down the ticket.

Clark was also against the Iraq War from the beginning and came to our attention when he was a military analyst on CNN during the start of the war who consistently talked about the importance of diplomatic solutions.  He also has a degree from Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. 

Clark is the most sought after supporter for Democrats around the country and he has been unstinting with his time and resources.  He was an early and firm supporter of Ned Lamont.  He endorsed Darcy and sent her money, both in '06 and this year.  When her house burned down, he put out a call to his email lists for assistance for her and raised $33,400 in a few days to "cover her back".

Here's what Matt says:

The political argument for Clark is simple.  He is a great surrogate for Democrats, with experience in 2004 and 2006 on the campaign trail, and a genuine national base of supporters.  In terms of governance, which is what Obama says is the most important criteria for his VP pick, Clark can help Obama deal with the mess that the Bush administration left behind.  As commander of NATO in the late 1990s, Clark won a war, so he is more likely than any progressive out there to be able to wrangle solutions from a military establishment that has been decimated by Bush's cronyism and incompetence.  That is really important moving forward, since rebuilding our national security posture is a critical challenge over the next eight years.

Digby agrees, focusing among other things on the effort we will need to make to salvage the forgotten war in Afghanistan. "Afghanistan is a NATO mission and he knows NATO backwards and forwards. Maybe showing that he has a grassroots constituency is one way to do it."

As does Nate Silver, the respected pollster at Fivethirtyeight.   

I think now would be the perfect moment to reject the faux-outrage culture of the Village and pick somebody who isn't afraid to call McCain out on foreign policy and military affairs. Steve Schmidt will send everyone in DC a case of smelling salts and a personal fainting couch, but unless Obama figures out a way to signal that he's getting off the hissy fit express, this campaign is going to be torturous. And we know one thing: capitulating to it doesn't work. They just up the ante.

If you agree that this would be the best ticket possible, sign up here.

Posted by Lynn Allen on August 1, 2008 at 10:10 AM in Candidate Races, National and International Politics | Permalink


I was a supporter of Wesley Clark's in 2004 and have always thought he would be a perfect fit for Obama. First in his class at West Point, Rhodes scholar, decorated war hero, right on the war and Iran and the repubs are afraid of him. The two of them would look great together and I hope it becomes a reality.

Posted by: JDL51 | Aug 2, 2008 12:33:27 AM

That's right. Like Obama, Wes Clark is very easy on the eyes. Having him on the ticket is likely to sway at least some of the older women to swing over. I'm serious; I just forget to bring that up when I'm talking about the issues we normally talk about.

Posted by: Lynn | Aug 2, 2008 7:33:22 AM

This truly is a dream ticket. I hope that Obama is very seriously looking at Clark as a v.p. The point that someone needs to help Obama clean up Bush's mess should be heeded very seriously. Although I really like Tim Kaine, the experience is just not there.

Posted by: Jay | Aug 2, 2008 10:34:16 AM

Clark is the perfect fit for Obama. He will help to lift a great weight off Obama with his military expertise. he also has a progressive pedigree, which is tough to find among the military ranks. Clark is articulate and straightforward. He inspires confidence as a leader of integrity. I am quite sure that the Pentagon brass would not welcome Clark as an overseer of its operations. HYaving Clark around just must help to stem the tide of fraud, waste and abuse when it comes to tax money disappearing down rat holes in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

I hope this happens, though the pundits are not mentioning Clark on the news chat circuit. The Republicans will probably try to smear Clark's patriotism -- which will be a very tall order!

Posted by: Michael Shatz | Aug 4, 2008 2:20:58 PM

Well, it's nice to have dreams. Get ready for Obama to announce his pick this coming Wednesday -- none other than Corporate America's Go-To-Guy:

Evan Bayh.

Let's see, there's his vote for the Iraq War (how will Obama spin that one?), his vote for the Bush tax cuts (one of only three Democrats to support them), his votes against women's choice (there is actually no such thing as "partial birth abortion"), his vote for the bankruptcy bill on behalf of the industries that OWN him (the banking, credit card and financial securities interests), his vote in favor of the unconstitutional FISA bill and... gee what's not to like???

Yes, indeedy, folks. It's "CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!"


Posted by: shoephone | Aug 4, 2008 10:26:45 PM

Oh, please no. I know it looks like that is likely. One of the guys over at Open Left was saying whoever it is, we need a fighter. I so agree and so think that Bayh is not that fighter.

Posted by: Lynn | Aug 4, 2008 10:43:01 PM

Oh, please no. I know it looks like that is likely. One of the guys over at Open Left was saying whoever it is, we need a fighter. I so agree and so think that Bayh is not that fighter.

Posted by: Lynn | Aug 4, 2008 10:43:28 PM

Lynn - I've never been so disappointed with a presidential election as I am with this one. Bush's approval ratings are at 23%; nearly 70% of all Americans (both Dem and Repub) think the Iraq War was a mistake; the Bush economy has wiped out workers and homeowners; energy prices are sky high... There are so many reasons why this was supposed to be our year. And what we have ended up with is a candidate who just voted to eviscerate our Fourth Amendment rights and now says he thinks some offshore drilling will be a-ok. His health care plan is mediocre at best, and certainly not universal.

His choice of Bayh is a slap in the face to anyone who really wanted a change in the status quo politics. There is nothing progressive about Bayh. And, in my opinion, there is nothing particularly progressive about Obama.

Not being as horrible as Bush and Cheney is not good enough.

Posted by: shoephone | Aug 5, 2008 11:05:31 AM

It certainly has been a disappointing Presidential election so far. I see no reason to see why that won't continue. The evidence certainly suggests that it will. I've given up on it. At this point, the best use of time and money at the federal level would appear to be making sure that we put as many progressives as possible in Congress.

Posted by: Cujo359 | Aug 10, 2008 11:15:27 AM

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