The Democratic race to the White House has been nothing
short of compelling. Record numbers of young voters
have come out in support of their favorite candidate
and many more have been actively campaigning.
The Democrats haven't had such a popular race in years.
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton made history and broke
boundaries with their intense primary battle. While
Barack Obama has finally won the nomination, some Democrats
can't help but ask: Why can't it be both?
Much talk has been circulating about a possible Obama-Clinton
campaign, but of course no one knows for sure. Though
there is no certainty to these rumors, what is certain
is that many are curious to discover what the combination
would be like, and if it would be beneficial to both
the country and the Democratic Party.
What truly separates Barack and Hillary is experience,
or the lack thereof. Their campaigns focused on two entirely
different mottos: Hillary's was one of experience and
stability, while Barack is running as a fresh face and
a candidate of change. Even those who chose to vote for
Obama can recognize the fact that Hillary is highly qualified.
She's been in the Senate for seven years, and was a First
Lady for eight. She's passed three legislative acts and
is part of four Senate committees.
On the other hand, the charismatic Obama only has three
years in the Senate, and has passed two legislative
acts. He too is part of four Senate committees; however,
matched up against many candidates, Barack Obama does
seem to come up short. Why then was he able capture
The answer is simple. He's full of life, a great orator,
and he represents all that America is hoping for in
the near future. This difference between them is one
of the main reasons why they seem like they'd be a phenomenal
team. An Obama-Clinton administration would have both
Hillary's experience and knowledge and Barack's charisma.
But the question still remains: could the combo happen,
and what do people think?
Bringing sides together
As of now, the two seem to be an unlikely pair. They've
traded nasty remarks and allegations. It seems as though
the Democratic party is divided. Obama supporters still
resent the attacks made by Hillary and Bill Clinton, while
Clinton supporters insist that Obama is way in over his
Many of Obama's fans are unsupportive of Hillary as
vice president. They are apprehensive of the fact that
Bill Clinton is so involved in Hillary's political situation
and also of her political baggage. As many Obama supporters
have stated, their message is totally different from
everything that Clinton stands for. The Obama campaign
is all about change and being new, which is everything
Hillary Clinton is not.
While the primary race is over, there is still a divide
among Democrats that needs to be fixed. Both Obama and
Clinton have something unique to bring to the American
people and the country. In the end, it is still a mystery
when it comes to who Obama will pick as his running
mate, but I truly think it'd be one interesting administration
if these two political opposites joined together.