If you were Obama, would you go with Hillary? I can think of about ten reasons why he shouldn’t, but maybe an analogy works best.
If you’re the new boss at General Electric, do you want to bring back Jack Welch and the guy who was his Number Two to be your Number Twos?
What if Welch and his buddy had done everything they could to prevent you from getting the job?
What if they had made it clear they thought you were a smoke-blowing lightweight who made a dandy speech but knew nothing about the nuts-and-bolts of running the business?
What if Welch refused to renounce his quest for your job, but was merely agreeing to a four-year cessation of hostilities?
And what if you knew that Welch would never be a passive Number Two, content to shuffle papers and visit the new plant in Altoona, but would instead generate headlines every time he raised an eyebrow?
And what if you had sought the job on a platform declaring that the old way of doing business had driven the company into a ditch, and that you wanted to bring a whole new style of management and pursue a radically different course? Why, if that’s your appeal, would you then send a blurry, contradictory message by saddling up with former execs who very publicly disdain your calls for change?
Obama may be naive and lack caution in picking his pastors and buddies, but why in the world would he want to take on the world’s toughest job–tougher now than it was 8 years ago–while laboring under the long, pants-suited shadow of Hillary Clinton?