Is a Clinton-Obama Ticket (or vice versa) Possible?

With the prospect of a bloody convention fight now staring Democrats squarely in the face, talk has been revived of making the two front runners ticket mates - regardless of who ends up on top:

“That may, you know, be where this is headed, but of course we have to decide who’s on the top of ticket,” Clinton said with a laugh on the CBS's “The Early Show.” “I think that the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me."

Clinton's wins in Texas and Ohio mean the race will go on for at least seven weeks, to the Pennsylvania primary on April 22. Each side expects to harden its attacks on the other, creating potential complications in swiftly becoming a ticket.

Democratic strategists say Clinton would be more likely to pick Obama than vice versa, for two big reasons: Obama has attracted tens of thousands of young supporters who are loyal to him, not to the Democratic Party. Clinton, on the other hand, has strong support among party regulars. So if Clinton became the nominee, inviting Obama aboard her ticket would help keep that support.

Obama might be reluctant to join, figuring that if Clinton lost, he’d be able to run for the top job four years later. But he might accept her invitation at the behest of the party.

Obama would have much less reason to pick Clinton. He has made his campaign about the future, and her presence on the ticket would complicate that message
It would be interesting to see Hillary justify putting an a man "not ready to be president" within one heartbeat away from the job.

For Obama's part, not much change going on if another Clinton is sitting next to him in cabinet meetings. 

For these and some other reasons, I don't think this "dream ticket" will ever materialize. Obama wants to keep his options open for 2012 if Hillary were to win the nomination and lose. Hillary may not want to risk being overshadowed by the more charismatic Obama.

It's still a long way to the convention in Denver.

Hat Tiip: Rich Baehr