Alan Wolfe argues for it on the premise that “these are the two most talented politicians the Democrats have.” That’s half-right. Obama is a talented politician. Clinton isn’t. She may have the second-biggest following of any Democrat, but she is not more talented than Mark Warner or even John Edwards. I spent most of the last three years thinking that she would be the Democratic nominee, but I never thought she would win it on talent.
Ed Kilgore makes a stronger case for the ticket. But I’m not convinced. It seems to me that there are other Democrats who could help Obama with most of the demographic groups that are going for her, without her drawbacks. (I can think of at least two just in Virginia.) Interesting, though, that Kilgore seems to be worried about the Clintons’ potential to make trouble for a ticket in which they aren’t invested.