Friday, May 23, 2008

Obama and The Case of the Missing VP Committee

According to this morning's WaPo Express, Obama is secretly vetting running mates, but vehemently denies doing so. The story mentioned Obama asking friend and former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson "to begin vetting potential vice presidential picks," according to Democratic officials.

Probably not much of a story. In fact the names mentioned aren't much of a story either.

My question is: who is your pick for Obama's veep? Mentioned in the story were...

-Gov. Janet Napolitano (D-AZ)
-Gov. Kathleen Sibelius (D-KS)
-Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
-former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA)
-Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)
-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE)
-Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
-Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA)
-Sen Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
-Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY)
-former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD)
-former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC)
-Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)

That should just about cover it. Did the story miss anyone?


candycanesammy said...

Bill Richardson should be on there.

Rob said...

Well Hillary Clinton isn't on there, but that is...well, probably right.

Daschle has a place in an Obama administration, no doubt, but it isn't VP.

I guess I like Jim Webb. It's the CW pick, but really: national security gravitas, Appalachian cred, helps get Virginia -- those are a lot of good reasons.

After him, I like Napolitano and McCaskill. I am not crazy about anyone else on this list.

haahnster said...

I think it's inexcusable that Hillary "we all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated" Clinton is omitted.

Here I thought she was just saying Obama couldn't win because he was black, meaning that white people wouldn't vote for him in sufficient numbers. I'm glad she clarified that he can't win because he's black so it's only a matter of time until he gets shot. Way to go, Hill.

At this point, the only question is will HRC herself hire the hitman?

Saxdrop said...

What about Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH)? A prominent Clinton supporter like Bayh from a battleground state.

Rob said...

I have heard Strickland, not crazy. I am not a big Bayh fan, and he voted for the war, right?

I've also heard Rendell, and I love Ed Rendell, but Obama is not insane so that is not going to happen.

stridewideman said...

Webb for the conservative, white southern vote (which Edwards has a proven record of not delivering, which is really too bad). Strickland for Ohio, though everyone knows that the state is far to fucked to really ever do the right thing, even if Strickland is on the ticket.

Overall, I like Webb better. I think aside from being a decent guy and a reasonable legislator and bringing along a lot of good votes in important place with him, Obama could do worse to pick someone like Webb who is part of the new 2006 class of legislators from previously (R) districts and states. They're a part of the revolution against the current administration of which Obama is the cresting wave.

Saxdrop said...

I like that justification for Webb -- seems about right.

I could see a strong case for picking a strong Hillary supporter but I could also see that straining his credibility as a "new" and "change" agent.

From my time in AZ politics: Napolitano is on paper a decent choice, but she is not very telegenic and comes off as something of a scold (like Janet Reno) although she does have a sense of humor (like Janet Reno). She hasnt shown that she can be remarkably productive as a fundraiser and political whip, but with Obama at the top of the ticket maybe she wont need to be. She also comes with some questions surrounding her sexual orientation, which of course is irrelevant, but wont be ignored in a general. And Obama doesnt really need that.

Rob said...

It is kind of depressing, but you are probably dead right that the crypto-Muslim candidate really does not need a crypto-lesbian on the ticket to boot.

Very much appreciate the AZ knowledge, it is true that I know Napolitano mainly on paper. I like the f-you to McCain of making a bit of a play for Arizona, but it does sound like the cons outweigh the pros.