Democratic leaders speak against Hillary as VP

No sooner did word come that Hillary Clinton would indeed be conceding the race than a literal stream of Democratic leaders and party activists began speaking openly against Obama choosing her as a vice president.

Story from the Washington Times:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is conceding the Democratic presidential nomination to Sen. Barack Obama, as party leaders and strategists began to openly oppose the former first lady’s aggressive efforts to join the ticket.

A series of other events Wednesday consolidated Mr. Obama’s power over the party as its de facto nominee – a continuing surge of superdelegate endorsements, statements by party elders that the race is over, and his naming of a vice-presidential team, which brought about the inevitable debate over Mrs. Clinton as a running mate.

Former President Jimmy Carter told a British newspaper that choosing the former first lady, who has refused to concede defeat, would be “the worst mistake that could be made.” He told the Guardian that since half of each Democrat’s supporters don’t like the other, Mr. Obama would run the risk of “the worst of both worlds.”

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses a pro-Israel group on Wednesday in Washington. The Democratic presidential hopeful is expected to concede defeat to Mr. Obama later this week.

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, a Clinton supporter, disputed the notion that Mrs. Clinton’s strong second-place finish gives her leverage on the all-but-certain nominee.

“There’s no bargaining. You don’t bargain with the presidential nominee. Even if you’re Hillary Clinton and you have 18 million votes, you don’t bargain,” he said.

The former first lady agreed to back Mr. Obama during a lengthy conference call with “impatient” House Democrats on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported. Obama aides said their team had no scheduled plans for the candidates to appear together.

My question, can Obama ignore the 18 million votes Clinton received? Maybe he can and they’ll fall in line with him, which I’m sure the vast majority of which will.

Dick Morris the other day believes Obama may ask Bill Richardson, though I think it would more likely be someone like Joe Biden perhaps, that is if it’s not Hillary.