"Vice presidency is like a spare tire. It has no power to do anything." said Prabowo's henchman at the Gerindra party .
But that was a week ago. This week, apparently it is ok for Prabowo to be a spare tire in Megawati bandwagon, and it will be made official on May 24 .
People, however, have not forgotten about his past.
"His past? You mean his crime against humanity thing?" asked one friend.
Now hang on a minute. We are not defending Prabowo, but if he is at all charged for this crime, we certainly have not found the information to support it. (but we stand corrected).
"Isn't there an arrest warrant out there somewhere?"
There is however an arrest warrant against Wiranto, issued by The Serious Crime Unit (SCU) of the East Timor General Prosecutor's Office . Not by the UN nor ICC. So folks, this is not the same as the warrant issued by the ICC against for example the president of Sudan, Omar Al Bashir .
We are not saying Prabowo or Wiranto are saints. We are just making an effort to get the facts straight.
So Prabowo has nothing to worry about.
Except for the stories from the past that will keep resurfacing:
The British paper Guardian in 1999 wrote:
"US trained butchers of Timor: Specific commanders trained under the US programme have been tied to the current violence and to some of the worst massacres of the past 20 years, including the slaughter at Kraras in 1983 and at Santa Cruz in 1991. The US-trained commanders include the son-in-law of the late dictator General Suharto, Prabowo Subianto and his mentor, General Kiki Syahnakri" 
The UNHCR in 1998 published an update that said:
"in July, a military tribunal held Prabowo accountable for the much-publicized abduction and torture of several opposition and student activists and discharged him from the Armed Forces. By the end of the summer, evidence that Prabowo and his allies had instigated the violent anti-Chinese riots in mid-May in Jakarta also began to surface." 
And one more: Mr Prabowo has been denied visa to enter USA. For life. That's according to Robert Gelbard, former US ambassador to Indonesia and foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama .
This means (if it is not changed), he can never set foot on american soil. Ever. (that would include unable to visit the UN headquarter in NY. But hey, that's the president's job. Vice president stays at home and be - oh, well - spare tire.)
[Correction : As host, the United States is obligated under U.N. rules to approve visas to foreign leaders no matter their relations with the United States, and no one has ever been barred . Thank you Silverlines.]
Megawati may embrace Prabowo with a hope that he can boost her to the forefront of the presidential race. But with such history, her spare tire may also become a heavy baggage.
However, speaking of baggage, we end this post by leaving you with a cutting from the Jakarta Post, commemorating the May 1998 riot:
"Both the government's fact-finding team (TGPF) and the rights body's team are of the same opinion that the riots involved intelligence personnel and that someone had hired the rioters.
The rights body's investigation team said current Golkar presidential candidate Gen. (ret) Wiranto, then the Indonesian Military (TNI) chief, Prabowo and the Democrats' Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, then the TNI chief of territorial affairs, were three of dozens of military and police officers who were responsible for security at that time. "
The stupid neither forgive nor forget;
the naive forgive and forget;
the wise forgive but do not forget.