I'm still here (everyone who has sent either anxious or gloating emails can stop now) and I have a stack of things to write on over the next few days.
The big buzz of course is when will Hillary "quit" (How about never? Is never good for you?) and "accept" that she is done with and silently retire to live a life of penance and contemplation. Chuckle. Nice try, guys. She has the upper hand. She doesn't owe anyone in the DNC, the media, the blogosphere or the Obama campaign anything. Her supporters are totally behind her and furious at her treatment. There is nothing anyone can offer her that she wants more than what I quoted last night, and that includes the VP slot. Her good favor is required for Obama to win the general, but it is a time-limited deal. With every day that passes, every insult offered, a portion of her backers turn away from Obama and even this magnificent, compelling woman will not be able to woo us back. I'm gone but you might still be able to win over the spousal unit if you act quickly...
Does Hillary want the VP slot? I can think of reasons she would and reasons she wouldn't, but only she knows how the reasons balance out and that's half the fun. She wants the power and authority to make things happen on behalf of people: "You see, I have an old-fashioned notion, one that's been the basis of my candidacy and my life's work, that public service is about helping people solve their problems and live their own dreams." So, I guess it comes down to what she sees as the best way to ensure she will be able continue her life's work.
But Obama, he's in a bind, and not one that most people have been talking about. Go around the blogs and you'll see all the different reasons he can't offer her anything. She's a monster. (A shockingly high number of his supporters would defect for this reason.) She'd be a drag on the ticket. (Yup, the terrible drag of the popular vote winner.) She'd represent the "old" politics. (You mean like the peace and prosperity of the 90s? Oh, the horror! The horror!) She'd overshadow him. (I think this is fairly significant.) She'd bring Bill back to the White House. (Oh, pleasepleasepleaseplease...) He's too arrogant to offer the job. (A good bet.) She would get locked away from power and not be able to do things. (This is a significant reason for HRC supporters.) She would be blamed for all his mistakes. (Ditto.) She would do the heavy lifting in the administration and not get credit. (Ditto.) She must not reward the bad behavior of the media and the DNC. (That's my stance.)
These reasons have been out there in the blogosphere in one variation or another for months. Here is another one.
Obama owes almost the entirety of his good press to the fact that the MSM hates the Clintons, Hillary even more than Bill, and he has deliberately and aggressively courted that same press with the story that he is the anti-Clinton candidate. Given that his public record is thin, he hasn't had a lot else to run on.
What happens to his media darling status if he allies himself with the object of their irrational fury?
It is a rock-meet-hard-place situation. To maintain the good regard of the media, he will have to persist in demonizing HRC because that is his role. He is the Clinton killer. He can't put her on the ticket beacuse he needs to run against her. This will result in maximum defections from her supporters (whether to abstain or to vote for McCain) and he will lose. If he does the politically intelligent thing and puts her on the ticket, then a significant portion of his supporters will bail and the media will turn on him for fraternizing with the enemy. The MSM will turn their fire upon him as well and his media darling days are over.
Caught in a trap of his own making.