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Gov. Bobblehead for Vice President?

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One hears frequently these days the name of the popular Ohio Governor,Ted Strickland -- as in Barack Obama ought to ask him to be his running mate. Unlike Hillary, Strickland, a fervent Hillary backer, could actually make a difference by carrying the all-important , swing state of Ohio for Obama -- a state that has been in the winner's column for decades. (Had John Kerry won Ohio in 2004 he would be running for reelection this year and Democrats would have been spared the Barack/Hillary spectacle.)

Were Obama to tap Strickland, his goofy performance on stage last February as he stood behind Hillary would become an instant hit. It was memorialized, as Strickland should have known it would be, on YouTube.

Speaking at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, desperate for a win after losing 11 in a row to Obama and knowing that if she lost Ohio on March 4 calls for her to pull out would grow louder, Hillary delivered a diatribe that showed her at her worst. It climaxed in the ear-splitting, frightening (to anyone whose harbors memories of a really angry mother or teacher) "So Shame on you Barack Obama."

The subject was health care and NAFTA and Hillary's complaint that Obama mailers -- she brandished them as she spoke -- were full of lies. "Enough with the speeches and big rallies and then using tactics that are right out of Karl Rove's playbook," she said angrily. (That the charge in one mailer was true -- that she had boosted NAFTA while her husband was president--seemed not to matter.)

Behind her was Strickland, a long-serving congressman elected governor in 2006, nodding his head with nauseating regularity and intensity, a scowl on his face, resembling nothing so much as a bobble-head doll hawked at a carnival.

Neither Stickland, who wore an oversized Hillary button on his lapel, or Hillary, was wearing an American flag lapel pin. Hillary, dressed in a red pantsuit that day, almost always has lapels; why is she given a pass on the patriotic symbol?