++$_ wrote:Clinton would be committing political suicide if she appointed anyone else (unless Obama refuses, in which case it's a bit more like political murder). If Obama gets the nomination, then he has a little more freedom (I've seen Bill Richardson suggested) but it would probably be a good idea to pick Hilary.
I don't know about political suicide. However I agree that Obama would be a very good choice for VP for Hillary. Because she needs to reach out to independents, and he does that very well.
That said, Hillary would be a horrible
choice for Obama. She carries a lot of negatives and no positives for him. She motivates the Republican base for McCain. She pushes independents from Obama to McCain. And Obama already is pretty appealing to a lot of Hillary supporters.
I'd also be surprised if either choose Edwards. The hope with him is that he might deliver the South. But he didn't do that in 2004. Hillary already has fairly deep roots down South thanks to her husband, and Obama's early win in South Carolina demonstrates that he polls well there.
People guess that Obama will pick a VP candidate who targets a particular demographic and has no particular negatives. Hispanics are an obvious demographic to target, hence the Bill Richardson suggestion.