From Novak's column in the Sun-Times:
Obama's fundamental focus has not changed since he announced his candidacy last February, as we related in our post "Obama declares candidacy for Vice-President & launches pre-emptive strike on Boomers":
"Anticipating that Sen. Hillary Clinton will clinch the Democratic presidential nomination, some supporters are beginning to argue against her choosing her principal rival -- Sen. Barack Obama -- for vice president. They maintain Obama provides no general election help for Clinton. As an African-American from Illinois, he represents an ethnic group and a state already solidly in the Democratic column."
This constituency cuts across racial and geographic lines, and would benefit Clinton (or any Democratic nominee) in every state in the country. If he doesn't screw the pooch in the campaign, it's a done deal. I'll add this as a DWSUWF prediction (see previous post): Regardless of the Democratic candidate nominated to head the ticket, Barack Obama will be the Vice-President nominee.
"Barack used the word "generation" at least 12 times in the 20 minute speech. Apparently he is building his campaign on on a foundation of Baby Boomicide. One has to ask - why the generational focus? I submit, that this is a realistic political calculation by a young, self-assured, very smart, very ambitious politician, who understands that his path to the presidency requires a stepping stone as Vice-President.
A key element in the selection of any Vice-Presidential candidate, is to identify what constituency they bring to a ticket. From a purely political perspective, it is interesting to ask: Exactly what constituency does Barack Obama bring to a Democratic ticket? It is not his home state. Illinois is already True Blue. It is not the black vote, Hillary Clinton outpolls Barack Obama among blacks. But if Barack can bring a generational constituency, if he can mobilize a demographic block that historically cannot even be bothered to vote, then Barack would be a formidable addition to any Democratic ticket. This is a campaign to capture that constituency and trade it for a spot on the ticket."