THE PLANK AUGUST 21, 2007
Stanley Fish is way too preemptive in declaring Hillary the Democratic nominee. While she is certainly the favorite, it's just too early to dismiss Obama given his fund-raising success and favorable polling in the early primary states.
Still, the question of Hillary's running-mate is an interesting one, and I agree with Fish that, no matter what Newt Gingrich thinks, there's no way we see a Clinton-Obama ticket. Maybe I'll eat crow later, but I think, like Fish, that while the nation is ready to elect a female or a black president, "it sure isn't ready for a woman and a black on the same ticket."
It's interesting, however, that Fish cannot envision a woman-black ticket, but he foresees no obstacle to a woman-Hispanic ticket: he proposes Bill Richardson as one of the top candidates for Hillary's running-mate. For whatever reason, I too have an easier time envisioning a Clinton-Richardson ticket than I do Clinton-Obama, but dislike the pairing for reasons that Ryan Lizza made clear in June.
In addition to Richardson, Fish suggests former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley, Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle as potential running-mates. Is there anyone our commenters would like to add to the list?