Sen. Barack Obama should take his time choosing a running mate, Jackson said in an interview with the Associated Press today, but Clinton offers some major advantages.
"As he surveys the field, it must be someone who is compatible with him philosophically, someone who is loyal to his agenda and someone who brings a constituency that matters and the capacity to become the next president, as the Constitution requires should disaster strike," Jackson said, and Clinton meets those requirements. "She may not be the only one who does, but she certainly does.
"She starts with 18 million votes," he said. "She starts having gained a following among Latinos and she has substantial support among African Americans. … Women will be looking to her place in the scheme of things." " Baltimore Sun
Well, there you have it boys and girls… The Reverend Jesse has spoken. If you think this man is sticking his neck out for Hilary for altruistic reasons, you haven’t been watching him for the last thirty or forty years. The Reverend Al Sharpton will probably be next, and then Bill Richardson maybe? What a great chance to jump back into the good graces of his old friends.
These are practical politicians who are looking ahead to what the next four years will bring. Firstly, they want their party to be in office. Without that there will be no patronage, the coin that Washington really runs on. They calculate that Obama needs her to win. Then, there is the issue of whether or not as practical political men they can really trust him once the speechifying dies down and the "goodies" for constituents and selves start being passed around.
For them, "change we can count on" means change that brings power and the rewards that go with it. Jesse Jackson’s statement in this matter has nothing to do wth race and everything to do with political realism.
Jackson is a clever man.
Bill Clinton will make an admirable ambassador somewhere. pl