Being a blogger prone to grandiosity (is there any other kind?) I'm assuming that Barack Obama is checking out the Internet at the moment, looking for some last minute advice on his vice-president selection.
Glad to oblige.
I'm a big Obama supporter. I must be, because I get almost-daily emails from the campaign thanking me for my contributions and asking for more.
Until recently I felt really good about Obama's chances in the general election. Now, not so much. McCain has been skillfully portraying him as an out-of-touch celebrity snob who doesn't want to drill for more oil and wouldn't mind losing in Iraq, while Obama's response to these attacks has been ineffectual.
Over at FiveThirtyEight, a great poll analysis site, the electoral college projection has been getting tighter. Now it's at 288 for Obama and 250 for McCain. Too close for comfort.
So here's the deal, Barack. You've got to hit a home run with your V-P choice. It can't be safe, like Bayh or Biden. It has to grab the country's attention. A big chunk of voters has to scream Oh yeah! when they hear the news.
Not Oh my…
This is why you've got to grit your teeth, do something unexpected, and pick Hillary Clinton. Now, I know you don't want to. And hardly anyone expects you to. That's why Clinton would be a great choice.
Her supporter's expectations are minimal. They're happy she's going to get a floor vote at the convention and will be a speaker. To have her picked as V.P. would be ecstatic for them. A whole lot of energy, enthusiasm, and money would flow into your campaign.
Clinton could be one of the attack dogs that you badly need right now. You're continuing to play the nice guy who will bring the county together while McCain brands you as the Anti-Christ.
Clinton has the balls (or rather, the ovaries) to bare her teeth and do some chomping. And she'd help you with the working class heartland types you've had trouble reaching. They like a candidate with some rough edges. You're too smooth for them. Clinton isn't.
If you don't pick her, then you've got to go with someone equally dramatic. Aim for the fences. No laying down a bunt and hoping that will lead to a win in November.