Friday, March 07, 2008
Of course Hillary Clinton's noises about a combined ticket are pure gamesmanship. Nobody takes such a thing seriously, not even the hardened, cynical, wide-eyed naifs of the media.
You have to hand it to her, though - it is a mesmerizing prospect. Imagine: a woman and an African American on the same Presidential ticket in the USA. Unprecedented, right?
Nope. It's been done.
In 1872, Victoria Woodhull became the presidential nominee of the Equal Rights Party, and at their convention, they nominated Frederick Douglass for veep.
Douglass never acknowledged the nomination, and in fact even served as an Elector (a dyed-in-the-wool Republican Elector) from the state of NY that election.