. . . or maybe it’s the way Obama treated the Clintons which prevents him from rising.
As the Democrats gather in Denver, their presumptive nominee has missed the chance to turn the quadrennial partisan shindig into an event focused on his election. Â Instead he has let it become a forum showcasing his party’s divisions, largely because he failed to find an an appropriate means to handle his most tenacious rival from the primary contest and her husband, the only Democrat reelected president since World War II.
When a party controls the White House and the incumbent is not up for reelection, it cedes the first night of the convention (which would be tonight for the Democrats) to that incumbent. The Democrats should have done the same thing with their party’s most recent Chief Executive. And since his wife did so well in the primary contest, they could make the night about them, call it a “Tribute to the Clintons.”
To show how much Obama respects his predecessor (as party nominee) and his one-time rival, he would have his own wife serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
After tonight, the convention would then be all about him. But, instead of concentrating the Clintons one one night, the Democrats are spreading them over three, creating anxiety within his camp:
Many supporters of Mr Obama express private anguish over the prominent role he has conceded to the former president and first lady on three out of the four days of the convention this week.
Hillary speaks Tuesday night, Bill Wednesday.
Maybe Obama could have avoided this had he treated the former First Lady better (via Instapundit) as he went about selecting his Vice-Presidential nominee, perhaps making the motions of considering her–or at least consulting her (and her husband) about whom he could consider.
You don’t dismiss the candidate who came within a whisker of defeating you for your party’s nod, especially when her husband is the most successful politician in your party since FDR.