Last night I had dinner with two lefty friends in the hills and can tell you that the rage toward Hillary as an opportunist who will say anything is now so widely felt throughout the Democratic base that it is sure to play an important factor in a general election were she to get the nomination. Here is a fine post about her and Bill's claiming credit for wanting to intervene in Rwanda, when there is no evidence to support the claim. And again I'd note my horror when she said in Ohio the other day that she will lower gas prices. A bloody lie.
The Democratic base can splinter. The other day on NPR Andrea Bernstein said that "everywhere I go," people say, Oh why can't they be on the ticket together, Obama and Hillary. This is biased reporting; Obama people do not feel this way. They don't love Hillary, they want the Hillary age over and done with. By and large, they would like to see someone else on the ticket. Some of them even think she's a monster. It is Hillary supporters, and Bernstein seems to hang out with them, having covered Hillary for a while, who want to capture Obama's charisma, as VP.
I don't think that will happen. If Hillary gets the nomination, look for many in the Obama movement to curdle in disgust, or stay home, and for Bloomberg to enter as a third party candidate. How can you feel good about McCain after his meltdown on the airplane over a trivial question? A trivial question, I remind you. McCain is snap material. How will this brittle old man perform when the big guns are smoking?