All along, I have been of the opinion that Barack Obama will never accept Hillary Clinton as his running mate. To do so would end his campaign immediately and ruin all his good will. On the other hand, to not do so risks losing all of Hillary Clinton’s supporters. Nonetheless, I still think he would never take her as a Vice-President and he has now sent a clear signal of such to the Hillary supporters:

The Obama team announced today that it had picked former Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle to serve on its general election staff. Fair enough: Solis Doyle is a native Chicagoan with deep ties to many senior Obama aides.

But Solis Doyle — who after her firing midway through the primaries is no longer on speaking terms with much of the Clinton inner circle, including the senator herself — has been tapped to serve as chief of staff to the future vice presidential running mate. Not exactly a signal that Obama is considering Hillary Clinton for the job.

At least that’s how Clinton loyalists see it. “It’s a slap in the face,” Susie Tompkins Buell, a prominent Clinton backer, said in an interview. “Why would they put somebody that was so clearly ineffective in such a position? It’s a message. We get it.” She said it was a “calculated decision” by the Obama team to “send a message that she [Clinton] is not being considered for the ticket.”

Other Clinton insiders also seethed. “Who can blame Obama for rewarding Patti? He would never be the nominee without her,” one person who has worked for both Clintons and remains close to them said. The sentiment reflected what another person in the immediate Clinton orbit described as “shock” that Obama would send such a strong signal that he is not considering Clinton as his runningmate so soon.

This seething is exactly what Barack Obama was worried about but it still sends a clear signal to all of Hillary Clinton’s supporters that she is off the list. He is most likely trying to tell them to ‘give up and get over it’ by hiring Patti. I believe this was a bad hire on her own merits but we will let history show that to be true.

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