With Clinton and Obama tearing one another to shreds, it’s seeming possible that either Obama or Clinton winning the nomination could cause a rift in the party for this election cycle, a rift that whether temporary or permanent could hand the most winnable presidential election campaign in years to the GOP.
Obviously, some kind of negotiated settlement seems in order. However, by the time the convention rolls around, both candidates may be so damaged–and their supporters so angry–that no reconciliation or compromise will be possible.
At that point, what do the Democrats do? Who can we turn to as a candidate? Whose reputation isn’t poisoned among the Clinton’s party faithful and Obama’s new generation? Who has national campaign experience and a message similar to Obama and Clinton’s positions?