Posted by Rojas @ 6:54 pm on April 28th 2009

Sebelius to HHS

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Confirmed. Nothing like the imminent arrival of Captain Trips to break through a confirmation logjam. …

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Posted by Brad @ 9:42 pm on February 28th 2009

Sebelius at HHS

Can’t help but think that that’s bad news for Kansas. It means that Sam Brownback may well win the governor’s mansion in 2010, and his Senate seat will almost certainly stay red.

We shall see.

Posted by Rojas @ 8:33 pm on May 16th 2008

Sebelius follow-up

I wrote here, and in the comments section, about the remarkable request by Archbishop Joseph Naumann that Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius deny herself communion. A particularly cogent and persuasive criticism of the Bishop’s actions has been written by Patrick Whelan at Catholic Democrats. Again, this issue is one on which I cannot comment very freely, save to say that if the situation intensifies very much more, it will be hard for me to keep my job next year.

Meanwhile, Sullivan links to this astonishing incident: one of America’s more cogent Catholic pro-life advocates is denied the sacrament merely because he endorsed Obama.

I wonder if the people initiating these actions recognize exactly how their behavior is perceived by outsiders. In the course of my job, I spend a great deal of time educating Catholic youth on how to become effective public advocates for the church’s agenda, including pro-life advocacy. One of the hardest things to teach the kids is that the mere expression of what they believe to be truths is not sufficient; that one has to appeal to the pre-existing beliefs and concerns of one’s audience, not all of whom are Catholic, to achieve a change in behavior. I often wish that the leaders of the church would provide more cogent examples of this type of persuasion.

Somewhere in me, there is a post analogizing this sort of behavior to that of the Libertarian Party. Surely one of the most important things about principles is that you advocate and promote them effectively; if they are not to be translated into real, tangible good, then what are they for?

Posted by Rojas @ 1:24 am on May 11th 2008

Preemptive strike on Sebelius

At least it’s hard for me not to read it that way.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius should stop taking Communion until she repudiates her support for the “serious moral evil” of abortion, the Catholic archbishop for northeast Kansas says.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, also criticized the governor Friday for her recent veto of a bill imposing new restrictions on abortion providers.

Naumann said he wrote to Sebelius in August and asked her to refrain from Communion but learned recently that she’d participated in the sacrament at a church in Topeka. He said he again wrote and asked her to respect his request and “not require from me any additional pastoral actions.”

Naumann is, of course, in a position of direct authority over me, so I will refrain from commentary on the matter. Except to say that the timing of it absolutely could not be worse for her VP prospects, and that it’s impossible for me not to see that as the product of, shall we say, intelligent design.

Posted by Rojas @ 11:15 pm on January 28th 2008

Sebelius liveblog

And now, let’s see how the prospective VP handles herself.

Posted by Brad @ 7:54 pm on January 27th 2008

Sebelius to Endorse Obama

Good timing for the Democratic governor of Kansas.

We here (given that most all of us have Kansas roots or at least connections) have been trumpeting Sebelius for awhile now as a strong and perhaps even likely VP choice for Obama. A woman, red-state Democrat, who has proven pretty effective at disarming Republicans and has become something of a rising star in Howard Dean’s DNC given her inside-baseball machinations to strengthen the Democratic machine in her state and region. She’d make for an interesting ticket to say the least.

Posted by Rojas @ 10:46 pm on May 7th 2007

Sebelius seizes her moment

Our blog was among the first to seize upon the possible Vice Presidential candidacy of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, most likely as the #2 on an Obama ticket. Now, with tornadoes having wiped an entire Kansas town off of the map, and with portions of her capital city under five feet of water, the Governor is riding the proverbial winds of fortune.

Take a look at the Iraq commentary. Take a good, long look. Think that’s an accident?

I think Sebelius is going to come out of this looking better than Kathleen Blanco did.

Posted by Brad @ 6:38 pm on August 20th 2012

Two Quick Thoughts on Rep. Akin’s Statement

First of all, the statement, because I love it.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

There is just so much awesomeness to unpack in that statement, I won’t even bother. But it makes me laugh out loud every time it plays on T.V. I don’t know how the interviewer didn’t immediately respond with “Da fuck?”

And, of course, it’s not like this is an incredibly rare way of thinking. I am not one to tie one dude’s incredibly marginalized boneheaded remark into a “statement on his party” or whatever, but we’ve seen this sort of thing roughly reflected in legislation in states across the country, and there is a healthy minority of mostly Republican congressmen that I think at least sort of think along those lines.

But after that, my SECOND thought is:

This guy is in charge of your HEALTH CARE.

Thanks Democrats!

Posted by Brad @ 3:40 am on July 6th 2012

Kelly Ayotte for VP

Longtime readers will know that, when it comes to the Presidential election, I generally lean away from pundit-style hedging, instead preferring to force myself to make concrete, falsifiable prediction. Mostly I do that as an exercise – it’s very easy to say, for instance, “Obama might do this, but he also has to consider that”, but it’s also not entirely useful, because in the real world he has to do one or the other, and so he and has team have to push themselves off the fence eventually. And, if you can’t go through the mental exercise of pushing yourself off that same fence, you are essentially creating a line for your own thinking that you’ll go up to but not cross. But what’s interesting in things like the Veepstakes is the thinking that actually makes you cross the line. To actually run through the same kind of thinking a campaign has to, and to put yourself on the line in actually coming down somewhere, really does entail a different kind of thinking than just outlining options, and when you do it, you find that some assumptions you had coming in don’t follow through all the way.

That’s a bit esoteric and self-rationalizing, I guess, but in addition to just being a parlor game enthusiast, I do also find some value to actually putting money on the line, as it were. Besides, I assume it’s more interesting to readers, because hey, when I’m wrong, you can encase that in amber and hold it against me forever.

So generally every campaign cycle, I try to predict the primaries, including order of finish, general election results state-by-state, and throwing down in the Veepstakes by putting out a single name that, according to the logic (real and imagined) of the campaign, makes the most sense. It’s kind of a half endorsement, half prediction. The endorsement part isn’t in the sense that I think Person X would be the best Vice President (which I don’t really go into), but that, if you follow the campaign’s logic/needs, Person X represents the best possible choice, as determined at the time.

SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION

In the 2008 campaign, I actually nailed it. I was one of only maybe three or four people to accurately predict Sarah Palin for VP, in June (the campaign announced her at the end of August). I also called Joe Biden for VP for Obama that July, when most people were assuming it was Kaine, Sebelius, Bayh, or Clinton (a month later, Biden was announced). That same year, I correctly predicted the finish of both the Democratic and Republican primary a few weeks before Iowa – which was a LOT less clear at the time than it is in retrospect. And while some could quibble with my Romney-Huckabee back and forth, I think it stands up damn well (to be fair, we did a lot of cattle calls, and the last one we did before voting began (linked) was the only one that that’s true for).

/SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION

So, I’ve found actually going through the entire exercise gets you closer to the real result than just putting up if/thens or hedges you can point to later to avoid being called out on being wrong (we can discuss the validity of my Palin choice separately, if you like). Weirdly, I also think it’s a more interesting / deeper way of talking about the election than just shallow day-to-day observations.

ALL THAT SAID, while we here at TheCrossedPond have been relatively lax in our 2012 campaign coverage (due to cynical disinterest), I want to throw down on this one. So, below the fold, is my thought exercise leading to one name for a potential Mitt Romney VP pick – junior New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte.

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Posted by Brad @ 9:51 am on June 1st 2009

A Word on the Tiller Murder

I don’t really have much to add. Scott Roeder, from Silver Lake, a committed member of Operation Rescue and a number of other right-wing causes, shot and murdered Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider, at his church in Wichita in front of his wife.

It doesn’t really surprise me that this happened; in fact, it surprises me it doesn’t happen more often. And I wonder if we might start seeing in the future a dedicated class of domestic terrorists of this type. I hope not, and I think that the evangelical movement can still police itself pretty well, but it’s a tough genie to keep in the bottle forever.

Two other thoughts occurred to me. The confirmation fight against Kathleen Sebelius, and the FBI’s classification of certain stripes of right-wing activists as worthy of watching for their potential for domestic terrorism. I still am against the latter, and even me using the word “terrorist” here is more a jab at those who have cheapened the word, but certainly, in cases like these, there is a point. We are now being trained to not look at these things as crimes, but rather as acts of terrorism which demand an entirely different response. Think that other response set is warranted in cases like these, noting, of course, the cell-like structure of the evangelical and sovereignty movements and their capacity to do a lot more than just a lone nut shooting someone?

That second thought, about the Sebelius confirmation fight, is not to say that this wouldn’t have happened without that—Tiller has been a target for this kind of thing in the past—but I have to note that that certainly didn’t help, which is particularly troubling because of how cynically, I believe, the anti-abortion crusaders were revved up for that fight with the political actors spearheading it, I believe, ginning up their sentiments almost just for the sake of doing something.

Anyway, yet another dubious distinction for Kansas.

Posted by Brad @ 6:13 pm on April 1st 2009

At Some Point, Don’t You Have To Just Wonder…

…whether maybe it’s the IRS’ fault? Somehow, I’m beginning to doubt that politicians like Kathleen Sebelius are sitting in their dark lairs doing their taxes and hatching nefarious schemes to screw the government out of seven grand.

I had a friend whose father was an IRS agent (like, the gun-carrying kind) who told me once that, if they wanted to, they could get convictions on just about anybody, because there’s always something somebody did, or didn’t do, that they could be called on if somebody cared to.

Posted by Adam @ 5:20 pm on February 10th 2009

Dodd vulnerable in 2010?

I just read this on CNN:

Fifty-one percent of registered voters in Connecticut questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday say they definitely won’t or probably won’t vote for Dodd in November 2010, when the five-term Democratic senator is up for re-election. Forty-two percent say they’ll definitely or probably vote for Dodd.

Only 41 percent of those surveyed approve of the way Dodd is handling his job, with 48 percent disapproving. That’s Dodd’s worst approval rating ever in Quinnipiac University polling.

Poll link here.

Early days yet, of course, and a bunch of this probably relates to the sweetheart mortgage deal Dodd got — the poll also found that 54% of Connecticut voters aren’t happy with that and his handling of it — but if the GOP can find a strong candidate that’d be a great catch. The article mentions Rob Simmons, but I wonder if Governor Jodi Rell would be interested as well. She’s looking really strong for re-election as Governor in 2010, though, but good Senatorial chances don’t come along all that often, either.

Posted by Brad @ 6:49 pm on September 1st 2008

Plumbing the Depths

Some of our readers complained in another thread that we’re wrapped up in covering politics rather than policy. To that, I suppose I have three responses. The first is I write about what’s interesting me at the moment, which is really the only standard I can hold myself to given the personal nature of the blog. The second is that we’re in the heat of a pretty major Presidential election, so it’s pretty natural that the “political” is going to be partly subjugated to the “electoral” at the moment. And the third is I think politics is substance, not just because the nature of our political atmosphere determines, in large measure, the realities of our policy, but also because…well, we’re choosing between a number of competing visions and candidates who are asking to run the country.

To wit, the Sarah Palin thing I’m finding jaw-dropping. We heard, for months and months and months about the sexism that Hillary Clinton was facing, when, frankly, I still can’t really pinpoint any of it. It seemed to me like she got a totally free pass on the “experience” question, if anything people bent over backwards to give her the benefit of the doubt that she was, in fact, Presidential, and while she was certainly disliked, if it was because of her gender I sure couldn’t tell. Nevertheless, it because a watershed moment in feminist history, apparently.

And now you have Sarah Palin who, whatever else might be said of her, is a self-made political figure through and through, rising from the PTA to the governorship over the course of 17 years on her own strengths and merits, and has become one of the most popular governors in America (period). And within minutes of her announcement, we hear that she’s nothing more than a ditzy beauty queen. I have no problem with it being incumbent on politicians themselves to prove their mettle and their qualifications, but the sheer immediacy of the benefit of the doubt against her left me stunned. You would think John McCain had just nominated Kelly Ripa.

And then we get Vogue covers, stories that her recent child was in fact her 16-year-old daughter’s, then people pulling that now 17-year-old daughter into a family values or sex education debate and being thrown up as an example of hypocrisy (one can’t help but get the unsettling vibe that in some circles, people are gleefully celebrating), and all throughout calls of “unserious”, because she gave the same answer on the surge that Mitt Romney did when he was governor (that being “I’m a governor, that’s not really my thing”)(though to be fair, McCain did savage him on it), and because she joked that she has no idea what the Vice President does on a day to day basis (and, for the record, I don’t either).

It was, I suppose, bound to devolve into “McCain only picked her because he wants to fuck her” at some point.

I’m just a little surprised it took all of 2 days, and it’s popping up in actual major publications and websites.

James Wolcott at Vanity Fair:

Soulmate…?

…or fuck buddy?

John McCain, using the touchy-feely language usually associated with Match.com ads, described his vice presidential pick Sarah Palin as “a partner and soul mate,” though to his credit he neglected to call her the wind beneath his sails and sigh, “She completes me.” But it doesn’t take a Sherlock to deduce from this video (courtesy of The Jed Report), which shows McCain Freudian-fiddling with his wedding ring as he glances sidelong at his running (soul_mate, that his unconscious longs to sack the Republican Party’s earthmother savior in the end zone, if I may borrow a football metaphor in honor of the upcoming NFL season.)

This vignette, where the subtext reveals itself through obsessive reviewing as in a De Palma film (with Julie Andrews’ cool trill deployed as ironic counterpoint), is worryingly reminiscent of AMC’s Mad Men, where alpha male Don Draper, though married to a cool picture-perfect blonde desirous to please him, loosens his tie and undoes his shoe laces for one saucy brunette after another, risking everything for a randy bite of the forbidden apple.

Given Sarah Palin’s handiness with a hunting rifle, it would be tragic indeed for her to “mistake” Cindy McCain for a rampaging caribou on the campaign trail–it would give rise to all kinds of suspicions, perhaps plunging even Peggy Noonan into a crisis of faith.

You heard that right. A major American columnist writing for a major American magazine just described the Vice Presidential nominee on the Republican ticket as a fuck buddy.

And of course the ensuent video clips of Palin’s acceptance speech, re-focused on McCain looking around (which can be nothing else but McCain staring at her ass), with “Getting to Know You” from The King and I overlaid on top of the speech itself.

Andrew Sullivan explaining why this is a voting issue in 3…2…1…

To be clear: there is a very necessary and acceptable debate to be had over Palin’s qualifications and views, and the reality or unreality of both. I endorsed her in June, but even I’m having doubts both about her and about McCain for picking her.

What’s staggering here, though, is the total lack of respect or even a sliver of deferential decency. I also find it very hard to believe that the feeding frenzy would look anything like it does at the moment if the nominee had been a comparably experienced man, and Lord knows I’m not one to cry sexism.
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Posted by Brad @ 12:06 am on August 27th 2008

Zinger of the Day

Not many people caught Sebelius today, but this has got to rate as one of the great lines.

“For John McCain, there’s no place like home. Or home. Or home.”

Posted by Brad @ 1:37 am on August 24th 2008

The Net Effect?

Nate Silver at 538.com has an interesting pre-pick analysis of what Biden might mean electorally.

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Posted by Brad @ 9:03 pm on August 23rd 2008

The Conversation Begins

If I’m in a bit of a honeymoon period with the Biden pick, forgive me. I’m one of the few bloggers who has actually been openly advocating for Biden as VP. I wrote my reasons back in July, and I think they stand up pretty well, though it wasn’t a particularly articulate post. Still, it’s a rare case in politics of the guy who you think, ideally, deserves the job, getting the job. That makes me happy.

It also puts me from an undecided voter with a strongly favorable impression of Obama to being a definite likely Obama voter. The other picks being bandied around (Bayh, Sebelius, Kaine) would have done nothing for me (save a strain of “I know her!” favorability towards Sebelius), and at least one (Clinton) would have actively thrown me into the Barr camp. Biden, I can get down with. Biden I like. Biden makes perfect sense to me, and poises the Obama machine in a direction that I generally like.

It’s not that Biden is, by any means, a perfect match for my ideology, because he most certainly is not (do I have to bold and underline this sentence, because I will if I’m going to have to go back and reference it ad naseum). But I like a lot what he brings to the ticket. I like what he brings to the office. I like the sort of judgment and maturity it takes in Obama to pick him.

Of course Biden brings risks with him. The truth of the matter is no VP choice doesn’t. You could laundry list them with any short lister. Some are greater than others, but some also bring greater rewards. Though Biden’s risks I don’t find particularly compelling (the knock at the moment is he’s too experienced and is too ready on day one to be President?); they are things I’m not particularly bothered by, and the things I am a bit bothered by (which I’ll save for a rainy day), are mostly not “live” in this role for him.

But here is one final point I want to pull from my endorsement that the Biden pick in particular signals for this voter.

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Posted by Brad @ 6:04 pm on August 23rd 2008

The Clintonistas and Biden

Another angle of the Biden pick—it conveniently sidesteps most every potential problem Obama might have had with the Clinton people.

For one, it’s not a woman, so he doesn’t even have to get into the whole headache of “Why would you choose a woman who is not Hillary Clinton?” We discussed this before, but I strongly suspect it came down to Sebelius and Biden, and I also imagine that that was at least one factor that was discussed.

For another, Clinton, personally, is a big Biden fan. When asked last November if she would consider Biden as a running mate, she said:

“I would consider Joe Biden for anything. He’s a friend of mine, he’s a wonderful senator. I’m one of Joe’s biggest fans.”

And today:

“In naming my colleague and friend Senator Joe Biden to be the Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Obama has continued in the best traditions for the Vice Presidency by selecting an exceptionally strong, experienced leader and devoted public servant. Senator Biden will be a purposeful and dynamic Vice President who will help Senator Obama both win the Presidency and govern this great country.”

And I guarantee you that, since it was Biden, Obama was able to go to the Clinton people and for “input”, meaning, “we want to find a pick that you can sign off on”, knowing that she would. Again, could have been more dicey with some of the other options (Sebelius, Kaine, Richardson). Biden, remember, refused to endorse when he dropped out, saying he’d back whoever the party chose as the nominee.

And finally, as this dailykos writer notes:

Biden’s nomination also will make it difficult for Clinton’s supporters to feel aggrieved that she wasn’t chosen instead. All along her candidacy was based on claims of (a) experience, and (b) expertise. Joe Biden has more of both than Hillary Clinton does, as even her more ardent supporters would have to admit. If you believe that the choice of a vice president should just be a question of merit, as many Clinton supporters have been arguing, then the selection of Joe Biden is highly merited.

You can’t make the case that Biden is an empty suit, undeserving, indicative of big ego and unreasonable expectations on Obama’s part, or not “ready on day one”. This effectively shuts down any final argument the PUMAs and whathaveyou may have made with other candidates.

All they are left with is the argument that A. it had to be a woman, and/or B. it had to be Clinton. But even the thinnest veneer of credibility has been denied them now on any other rubric beyond a cult of personality or, as Liz puts it, a militant devotion to second generation feminism (i.e. Hillary should have been picked regardless of other considerations solely because there needed to be a woman)(and even then, as Obama pointed out at the rally today, Biden has a damn good record on feminist issues). There will be some that will still make exactly those arguments, of course. But they’ll only be preaching to a very, very small choir on it, and precisely nobody else will see much of a reason to take them seriously anymore, if they ever did.

Posted by Rojas @ 3:49 pm on August 22nd 2008

InTrade says…

Biden’s VP stock has spiked dramatically over the last 24 hours; it’s trading at nearly 50.

Either somebody knows something or everybody thinks that somebody else does.

Posted by Brad @ 2:53 pm on August 22nd 2008

We Wait, and Wait, and Wait…

I have to say, Obama putting off his VP announcement this late is fairly interesting. For one, it’ll be the shortest turnaround from VP announcement to convention in modern political history—the convention starts on Monday, remember—and now that it’s this late they might even (and might as well) wait for a convention VP unveiling (which would be pretty cool, actually).

This is interesting for two reasons. The first, is since McCain decided to wait until the day after the convention to announce his VP, Obama has essentially wrapped up convention buzz with VP buzz, so there’s every reason to suspect that the sum total will in fact step on McCain’s announcement. Particularly if Obama’s is the more interesting pick, they’ll be virtually no turn-around time from his VP pick to McCain’s, which hurts McCain both in finding some oxygen for his own announcement, and hoping for some blowback on Obama’s.

The second reason it’s interesting is one that Nate Silver highlights, and I agree with:

And this year, the circumstances are especially poor for a late roll-out. The pre-convention coverage will have to compete with the Closing Ceremonies. The convention coverage will have to compete with The Clinton Show. There isn’t really a post-convention period, since the Republicans will hold their convention the week after.

If you leave yourself with a candidate who hasn’t been adequately branded, you give yourself two problems. One, the Obama-Who? Effect, i.e. underscoring the fact that Obama is inexperienced and unknown. And two, the fact that the candidate won’t have the stature to draw large crowds on the campaign trail, or to maximize their exposure as a potential surrogate for you.

All of this points strongly to the known knowns: Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton.

The fact is, part of the point of selecting somebody like Kaine or Sebelius (both with about 40% name ID), is the process of voters getting to know them. Those are picks that, one would think, you’d like a little time for, both so voters can stew about it, the campaign can deal with questions as they come up, and the cw on your pick forments. All of that is hijacked something fierce if it’s VP/DNC/McCainVP/RNC with Olympics thrown in. We’ll be well into September before anybody can really digest the VP pick, and if it’s less than stellar or something comes out, that’ll sink in right in time for the first debates. Oops.

Conversely, if you’re picking somebody like Biden and Clinton, a convention-unveiling (or close enough) is about the perfect way to do it. Send a unity message, don’t leave the media much time to grumble about lacking a new face, give them the most hospitable stage possible to underscore the strength of a known pick, yadda yadda. Imagine, for instance, if Clinton were announced as the VP in July. Now contrast that to announcing her on the first day of the convention. It’s night and day.

Of course, all of these reasons are also reasons why, if it is a Kaine or Sebelius, Obama may have botched the timing. As for McCain, I said early that he ought to have gone first; that’s even more true now. If it’s a Romney or Pawlenty, we’re going to be nearing October before anybody even notices.

Me, I’m still hoping for Biden.

Posted by Brad @ 12:02 am on August 20th 2008

Final Obama VP Speculation

Most think the announcement will come tomorrow.

Biden looks to be out:

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf and Jennifer Parker report: As Delaware Sen. Joe Biden was leaving his house in Wilmington this afternoon, he slowed down and said to the gathered news reporters outside his home: “Hey guys, I’m not the guy. See ya.”

He remains the odds on favorite for Secretary of State, a job I hope he is offered and accepts.

Meanwhile, Kaine has been slated for a convention speaking slot, on the last day of the convention before Al Gore and Barack himself. That can always be changed around, but if you’re reading tea leaves, the fact that Kaine’s been given a convention speaking slot, and Nancy Sebelius has not, pushes me towards thinking Sebelius is it. Dark horse: Daschle, who has been Obama’s consigliere from Day One.

Posted by Brad @ 9:38 pm on August 18th 2008

VP Timing – Obama This Week, McCain the Day After the DNC

So says Politico:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to celebrate his 72nd birthday on Aug. 29 by naming his running mate at a huge rally in the battleground state of Ohio, Republican sources said.

That’s a week from Friday, and the day after his rival, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, accepts the Democratic nomination at a 70,000-person spectacular in a Denver stadium.

The campaign has begun building a crowd of 10,000 for Dayton, Ohio, according to an organizer. McCain is scheduled to appear with his running mate at a large-scale event in Pennsylvania shortly thereafter.

Kind of a dick move if you ask me, but whatever, that’s politics. Also, a lot of people are saying that the cw in the McCain campaign is that he’s now leaning heavily to a “safe” choice (i.e. Pawlenty, Romney). The trial balloon of Tom Ridge and Joe Lieberman got pretty unequivocally smacked down by party loyalists. I’m guessing he’s not going to make up his mind until he thinks on Obama’s pick, specifically, if Obama doesn’t pick a woman, the temptation to do so would be huge (though at this point, it’s generally thought that the only women on the bench for him (Fiorina, Palin) are too problematic).

Obama’s timing is less clear, although it’ll almost certainly be either mid-week (i.e. Wed), or the weekend. Ambinder notes that Wed is two big events in VA, tomorrow is an event in Springfield, IL with a fair few Democratic advance people, Thursday is unclear, Friday Obama has off. Best bet seems to be Wed (announce pick, make another Thursday appearance, take Friday off and soak up reaction). Also worth noting: the chatter has revolved around Tim Kaine. Sebelius is being dispatched to Michigan tomorrow.

Posted by Brad @ 10:18 pm on August 14th 2008

Idle VP Speculation

Adam’s favorite.

Richardson, Bayh, and Biden, have all been given speaking slots at the Democratic national convention.

None of which are Wed night, which is when the VP nominee will give the keynote.

Speakers can, of course, be moved around, but this smacks as a face-value sort of oversight. I remember when Kerry repainted his campaign plane during the final week of VP speculation. They took the nominal step of covering up the letters of the name they filled in, but it didn’t occur to them that it had exactly 7 letters. Which, in a VP race between Gephardt, Edwards, and Clark, would seem to narrow it down a bit.

In any case, current rumor-mongering has it between Kaine, Daschle, and Sebelius.

Posted by Brad @ 4:00 pm on August 4th 2008

Taking Bets

So, we’ve talked a lot about who McCain and Obama ought to choose as VP (Sarah Palin and Joseph Biden respectively, if you ask me). Anybody willing to pony up and try their hand at outright guessing?

I’ll give it a go.

I think right now the likeliest candidates are Evan Bayh for Obama and Eric Cantor for McCain.

For Obama, I think the best reporting on the decision he faces comes from Time’s Michael Duffy. In that conception, which I buy as being pretty close to how the Obama inside circle sees it (and Obama himself), the question is whether to double down or compensate. I.e. bring in another fresh new agent of change, or go with assuaging concerns. Clearly, my favored choice Biden would be in the latter category. A guy like Tim Kaine would be the former. Evan Bayh is about the only choice that effectively straddles both fences (as Duffy notes), and he’s been on the inside track for the job, I think, since Day One. Bonus: Obama’s making an unscheduled visit to Indiana tomorrow and Wednesday.

For McCain, Eric Cantor is a name that’s only recently gotten out to the press (though I gather he’s been one of McCain’s picks for awhile). You can read more about the line on him here. But the math is pretty simple. Young. Party loyalist. Virginian. Jewish.

A more in depth case for him can be found here.

Since I can’t really think of anyone better, in McCain’s eyes, I’m putting my money on Cantor.

What do you guys think?

Posted by Brad @ 2:07 pm on July 30th 2008

Joseph Biden for VP

I’ve been touting Sarah Palin as my favorite candidate for the VP slot on McCain’s ticket, and have been persistently making the case that she represents the strongest choice for McCain out of the pool of likely potential candidates. It only seems fair that I make a pick for Obama as well.

First, my premises.

In a lot of ways, Obama’s choices are less clear, but, I think, less important (some argue otherwise, that Obama has a lot more to lose with a VP pick than McCain, but I don’t really see the reasoning behind that). There is no obvious weakness that Obama desperately needs to redress, no must-win state in the same way that McCain has them, and no demographic that he has particular problems with (there are some demographics where he’s weaker than he is with others, of course, but not really any that a VP pick is going to make or potentially break). He can afford, in other words, to bypass the regular “popular minority from a must-carry state” thing, I think, and simultaneously doesn’t need to play it safe, but doesn’t need to get cute or bold either (McCain, I argue, is starting from behind so he needs to squeeze as much immediate and ephemeral advantage from his VP candidate as possible). In that respect, I agree, more or less, with Trapper John:

I start from the premise that Barack Obama doesn’t need anyone to make his candidacy complete. He’s already up in the polls, both nationally and in key states. Intrade has him at a 63% likelihood of winning, and Nate Silver has him at 67%. But more importantly, he knows that he’s a bona fide, no-joke rock star. He doesn’t need a charismatic running mate. He doesn’t need a missing piece, someone who implies that Barack Obama is something other than all that and a bag of chips. Hell, I think he’d run solo, if the Constitution and practicality allowed him to do so. The Obama campaign is all about Barack Obama — it simply doesn’t need that brand altered in any way.

Trapper John goes on to say that, due to that, the #1 consideration for Obama must be a Hippocratic one: do no harm. I think John overstates that, in that I don’t think Obama needs to play it overly safe. He can afford a little risk for the sake of a little added zing.

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Posted by Brad @ 11:01 pm on July 22nd 2008

Sarah Palin for VP Watch

Q: What don’t you want to happen as buzz is beginning to grow about your potential as a running mate and the vaulting onto the national stage that goes with it?

A: Fresh political scandal!

At issue: the Republican legislator is opening an inquiry into whether or not Palin had her sister’s soon to be ex-husband, a state trooper, fired.

Lots of talk today among legislators about investigating whether fired public safety commissioner Walt Monegan was pressured by the Palin administration to get rid of trooper Mike Wooten, who was in a messy divorce with Palin’s sister.

Senate Judiciary chairman Hollis French said he spoke over the weekend with Senate President Lyda Green and other members of the Senate majority.

“I’m fairly confident at this point that what we’re going to see is the appointment of an independent investigator to make sure that politics is not involved into the inquiry into the Monegan firing and if it was motivated by the handling of the Wooten case or something else,” French said today. “And a separate track into whether there were violations of the personnel act in certain members of the administration’s handling of the Wooten case.”

Now, unless there’s some pretty good direct evidence, this probably isn’t going to amount to much. And, for that matter, Palin isn’t running for reelection until 2010, and she happens to be the most popular governor in America. I also doubt this has much down-ticket implications (kos disagrees, but then again, he would). However, it does hurt her chances for the VP nod (and she was a dark horse to begin with). For one, it raises the specter that maybe they do find some pretty good direct evidence, and then you (if you are McCain and she is your VP nominee) are f*#@ed. But for another, even just the fact that most of Americans know next to nothing about Sarah Palin she would automatically bring this story with her (it’s an easy question for any reporter working on a thin file), and raise its prominence.

Not good news for the Palin VP watch.

Posted by Rojas @ 2:10 pm on May 12th 2008

Obama-Whitman?

There’s an absolute thunderclap of a political rumor circulating regarding the Obama VP slot. Nobody is willing to go on the record to confirm it; however, the buzz is that the Obama camp is weighing the possibility of a national unity ticket with Christine Todd Whitman, the former Republican Governor of New Jersey.

This possibility, which hadn’t even entered my head during previous discussions of the VP derby, would be an absolutely spectacular strategic coup were Obama to pull it off. We have already discussed in some detail the utility (some would say necessity) of putting a woman on the ticket to mollify some of Hillary’s angry supporters. Our candidates of choice have been Kathleen Sebelius and, to a lesser extent, Claire McCaskill and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.

Whitman would bring everything those candidates would to the table with the exception of Red State Cred. But the very fact that she governed for two terms as a Republican, and occupied a slot in the Bush cabinet before resigning due to difficulties with Dick Cheney, would more than make up the lack where open-minded conservatives are concerned.

Make no mistake, Whitman is a conservative, and I would argue that she’s a truer example of the breed than many who have recently appropriated the label. Here’s Whitman in her latest book discussing her take on the ideology:

The defining feature of the conservative viewpoint is a faith in the ability, and a respect for the right, of individuals to make their own decisions – economic, social, and spiritual – about their lives. The true conservative understands that government’s track record in respecting individual rights is poor when it dictates individual choices.

Amen to that; and here’s wishing the modern Republican party were more willing to recognize the principles she lists.

Moreover, Whitman is just about as perfect an exponent of Obama’s message of unity and transcendence as one could possibly hope for. The book quoted above is entitled It’s My Party, Too: Taking Back the Republican Party… And Bringing the Country Together Again. Her political action committee regularly works with groups like the Log Cabin Republicans in an effort to diversify the appeal of the party.

Would her longstanding Republican ties disqualify her? Not necessarily. Whitman is pro-choice and very supportive of environmental regulation (indeed, more so than I’m personally comfortable with), so she wouldn’t automatically alienate key Democratic interest groups. More to the point, giving her a place on the ticket would go a long, long way towards success in casting the race as a choice between the neoconservative candidate and the rest of America. A bolder bid for the political center is almost unimaginable.

Do I think this WILL happen? I definitely don’t. I have to think Whitman is unwilling to burn her GOP bridges so decisively. But if there’s a prospect of it occurring, Obama’s team would be insane not to seize it. I can’t think offhand of a VP pick who would be a smarter choice.

Posted by Brad @ 7:35 am on April 13th 2008

Think of the Children

I’ve learned a lot about politicians through watching their children.

At one time I was a preschool teacher, and in my class was Katie Graves, 3 year-old adopted daughter of the sitting Governor of Kansas, Bill Graves. She’d come by only a day or two a week, under the auspices of her nanny, a teenage Kansan girl. I liked Katie a lot. She was the kind of toddler who wore her emotions on her sleeves. VERY expressive in everything she did. And, yes, spoiled rotten, and even at the age of three, under no disillusions about the fact that when we call all our kids “special” with her we meant “your daddy is the Governor.” But that kind of spoiling, at a young age leading to bossiness, is more cute than a character defect (it quickly becomes that sans some kind of new direction, but being a bossy three-year-old denotes something quite different than being a bossy middle-manager). She was a very sweet kid, very pushy when it came to getting her way, but even then, she was never outright mean to any other kids that I could ever see. The ball just belonged to her. She wishes that the other kids could understand that. Kattie was a lot of fun to teach, and I mean that with not a smidgen of sarcasm. She was a bossy three-year-old, but a lovely one, and when you got her past the bossy side of things, she was a joy to be around. Very sweet, whip-smart, empathetic even to those around her.

Later, in High School I became friends with Ned Sebelius, the son of then Insurance Commissioner now Governor and perhaps soon-to-be Vice President Kathleen Sebelius. I wouldn’t call myself one of Ned’s closest buddies, but our interests and extracurriculars matched (debate/forensics/newspapers) so we were often together, and he ran in the periphery of my circle of friends, being a few years younger not quite a core member of our senior group, but one of the guys just the same.

Ned’s an enormously easy-going guy, who loved nothing more than to crack joke after joke after joke, machine-gun fire style, hoping that by sheer volume, one of them was bound to be taken as universally funny by the rest of us. He was always very interested in politics, but never, or at least it never seemed to me, from a partisan angle. He was no lover of Republicans, but he isn’t one of those guys that ever gave even a whiff of essentiallism when it comes to Party or demographic ID (i.e all Republicans are bad people, or all black people will always only vote Democrat). But, he was just a high school sophomore at the time, so what I can say with some validity is he was a very smart rapscallion sort, not to get all Old Timey with the language there. I haven’t been in regular contact with Ned pretty much since I graduated high school, save bumping into him in a bar a few years ago (he was, of course, of age by then). My parents and her (now deceased) parents knew the Sebelius’ far better than I did, at least in the congenial cocktail party circuit way.

I suppose the point I’m making in this is you can learn a lot about a candidate by what kind of children they raised. Bill Graves valued intelligence, innovation, forthrightness, management, and Katie Graves was industrious, sharp, honest to a fault, and bossy. And, like her father, a genuinely good person.

Ned was a funny guy, always going outside the box (before that vernacular was around) for a joke or an argument. He liked to please people (different then NEEDING to please people), to make people comfortable, and to make them think about things in different ways. His mother, I gather, governs in a similar fashion. Though the joke-telling abilities and slick presentation, judging from her Democrat response to the last State of the Union, Ned must have got from his father. Being more fair, I’ve met Kathleen a few dozen times as well, only in the context of “Ned’s mom”, and she was always absolutely polite and warm, and domestic even. She probably just gave off that vibe knowing that, by being nice to this sketchy blonde Porter kid, she might one day be a Vice Presidential nominee and he might one day be a political blogger. :)

There were some interesting stories brewing about the children of some of the contenders. The most obvious had to do with Rudy Giuliani’s kids, who wouldn’t even consider voting for him much less answering his phone calls, leading me to say, more than once: “What kind of a mook do you have to be where even your own children categorically state they wouldn’t consider voting for you for President”. Hope those multi-millions doing private consultant work is going at least in part to family therapy.

Then of course there was Mitt Romney, with his rag-tag troupe of Stepford Sons. The kids gave off the unmistakable impression that they were hideously, grotesquely normal. The kind of person you meet who you think “He can’t be that normal. He must have a dead hooker buried under concrete in his cellar or something. Oh shit, could I be next?” Their family was a Norman Rockwell painting. I’m still uncertain what to extrapolate from that.

Sadly, Mike Huckabee never met the spotlight that actually winning the thing, or nabbing the VP nomination, would have gotten him, and so we may never learn new information about his son David. But we do know some (we linked it here) of the bizarro history that, no doubt, would have become a bigger deal had the Huckster found himself in HRC’s position against McCain, or had he won the nomintion.

Of the no-goes, I can bring back in my own personal experience. I had only limited dealings with Ron and Carol Paul’s children—the daughters I met socially a few times, the sons just briefly in an official capacity. But I did get the opportunity to hang out quite a bit with the whole ramble of grandkids, usually over drinks and dinner at Murphy’s in Manchester, or milling about after rallies. And I’m not the sort to throw accolades on more-or-less strangers, but the Ron Paul grandkids were some of the smartest, kindest human beings I’ve ever met at that age. All-American, Christian in the best sense of the word, clean cut, in an extended family that seems to operate as a complete, loving unit, and with out even a shred of pretentiousness or haughtiness. They were of course human too—one would sneak cigarettes I let her bum off me so her family wouldn’t see, one had a secret tattoo, another had a little too much to drink and wound up in discussion with an Obama supporter that got a little heated (though, characteristically, it was all about philosophy)(and, for the record, one thing you do NOT want to do in Murphys is get violent or even potentially brandish a weapon at a Ron Paul kid in Murphy’s bar, where concealed carry permits and the handguns attached to them are more or less required to gain entry.). But what was striking is if you were to meet one of these kids in any context, and write a thousand single words to describe, “kooky” or “angry” or “intolerant” would NEVER make that list. This was a family of Jack Armstrongs.

So, what of the current Presidential candidates? What are their children like (bearing in mind, this has something to do with what the candidates themselves are like)

I’ve never been able to get much of a sense of Chelsea Clinton. She seems to very closely guard her private life (understandable, certainly), but it’s hard for me to even get sense enough to guess. She’s a blank slate, which is weird, as you’d think she’d be pretty high on the list of famous 27-year-olds.

Malia and Natasha are Obama’s two girls. The people who have met them (Oprah, Tyrra banks), absolutely rave about what darling children they are. Obama sometimes obliquely adds in a reference to them, illustrating their intelligence and intuitive wisdom. But all seem to agree that they’re charming.

And then there’s McCain’s kids.

meghan and jack

Daughter Meghan I wrote about before (she makes me swoon). As Rojas said in the comments to one of those posts:

Yeah, it’s not at all a bad blog. It offers a glimpse into a world few of us would ever get to see otherwise, and there appears to be very little effort to gloss things up for the campaign’s sake.

Really, this is another of those little authentic details that make me respect John McCain. He’s not making any effort to turn his family into some kind of Norman Rockwell campaign asset; he’s letting them be themselves, and as it turns out they’re exactly the sort of people you’d expect to marry and be raised by a man of integrity and intelligence.

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In point of fact, she’s lovely, highly interesting, and a more than adequate blogger. I’d be obsessed myself, were I a smidge younger.

He was referencing me there, I think.

Meghan has put up a great blog, and now that I know how hard that is to do, even given my lifelong “gifts” and training in treating politics with some kind of mild OCD disorder. Meghan, for her part, is doing the blog because: Yes, it’s rah-rah for her father, but you get that not because she’s dying for him to win because of the political situation as it is, or because she’s chomping at the bit to the be daughter of the President. She seems to be supporting him because “He’s my dad, I love and respect him infinitely; he’s a nice, kind, intelligent human being—he’s a hero for all of us in our family, too, and I wish everybody could see of him what I do; if they did, he’d win in a landslide”. (that’s not an actually quote, just me making up something she might say in fitting with my interpretation of her position).

But even behind the neat campaign trick of the daughter of the candidate blogging, it’s interesting not because of the neat trick, nor does it work entirely as just a piece of documentary fluff. It works as documentary, sure, but the sort of documentary that makes people watch the West Wing. Its’ s an uncensored eye channeled into How the Other Half Lives. That I trust that of her daughter (at least within certain campaign and politically necessary confines), in no small measure leads me to trust those same qualities in McCain. It’s something he sees value in her doing, and he trusts her to use that responsibility wisely.

But the bottom line is that the blog is good because Meghan, herself, is good….and I don’t just mean “at it”. She’s not interesting because she’s John McCain’s daughter, she’s interested because she’s an interesting person.

Take, for instance:

“Change the World”
POSTED BY MEGHAN
ON 03.27.08 8:48 AM

Some of the things I am certain of is that everyday is a gift and my life is a blessing. I have always been grateful for the special bond I have with my father. Even being labeled a “daddy’s girl” is something I have always considered a compliment. Ever since I was a little girl, my father has always seemed larger than life – a sort of untouchable John Wayne figure. To this day, I feel safe whenever he is around. I am so endlessly proud of him and this campaign. This experience has changed my life and I just want to take this moment to thank my parents for letting me experience this journey my way, and thank everyone involved for making this happen. It continues to be my privilege to be in the company of all of you. Today, watching my father address the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, I had an out-of-body experience at the thought that my father if elected is going to change the world for the better and lead our country into a brighter future. I wish everyone could have heard his speech in person because, even though I have heard him give speeches a million times, I was almost moved to the point of tears this morning. Dad, I am so proud of you.

And to the readers of this blog, you keep me inspired and your comments put a smile on my face every day. Thank you to everyone. This isn’t always easy, but it is always my honor to be part of this experience.

Song of the Day:
“I’m Sensitive” by Jewel

Or on a subject that would be touchee even in person to an attractive young woman, nevermind that you’re the Presidential nominees daughter having to show yourself in public hundreds of times a week. Meghan might have choose to just ignore it (in blogging, as all we veterans know, ignoring means it goes away), but she addresses it head-on.

“Inner Beauty”
POSTED BY MEGHAN
ON 03.10.08 3:52 PM

As you may have noticed, I seldom use the Blogette as a medium to discuss social or political issues unless I feel particularly compelled to do so. This is one of those times. One of the unintended consequences of my dad becoming the presumptive Republican nominee is the increased level of public scrutiny on him and our family. Of course I expected more than my fair share when I decided to put myself out there and write a blog on the campaign; however, I’ve been surprised by critical comments regarding my weight and body shape. It recently reached a ridiculous level when someone handed me a business card for a plastic surgeon and suggested I needed liposuction. I am proud of my curves and have always loved my fuller figure, as should every woman who is not a size “0”. I want to be a positive role model for my little sister and all of the other young women who read my blog and help perpetuate a more positive image for women, regardless of their body size. I feel empowered to tell everyone that it’s important to maintain a healthy weight that works for them – not everyone is going to be model thin, nor should they expect to be. To every young girl reading this blog, it is inner beauty and happiness that makes a person beautiful, not a number on a scale.

Song of the Day:
“Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé

And her brother Jack is in active duty serving in Iraq, wanting to follow in the footsteps of his father, who followed in the footsteps of his.

The the Obama kids are the null set so far—they’re really too young to get a solid sense of who they are as people, and America is only half-aware that Barack even has kids. So, I don’t think it would make sense to compare what we can learn of how Barack Obama lives his life as a man against McCain, but we can certainly compare McCain’s children to, say, Huckabee’s, or Giuliani’s, or Chelsea Clinton, or even the Bush twins.

Or you could discount the whole enterprise and just give a silent assent and tip of the hat to the fact that the McCain kids seemed to have turned out as all the best parts of their father, and few (if any) of his worse ones.

McCain’s had a rocky family life to say the least, over the years. But these kinds of kids being a byproduct of him as a father raises my admiration of the man even just a bit higher. He musta been doing something right.

Posted by Brad @ 2:00 pm on April 9th 2008

The Ambinder VP Short List

Interesting stuff from the guy I snuck onto our blogroll this month. He notes: “based mostly on educated guesswork and as many conversations as one reporter can reasonably have. I have excluded from these lists candidates I consider — based on reporting — to be implausible.”

First, McCain:

Sen. John McCain.

1. Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) — He’s the favorite.

The rest, in no particular order:

#. Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) — working hard to earn respect of McCain
#. Gov. John Hunstman, Jr. (R-UT) — nice man; solid tenure as government official
#. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) — underwhelms as a surrogate but McCain bonded with him over family history
#. Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) — McCain respects his decision not to endorse in the primary

Pawlenty is such a favorite that at this point I think it would have to be considered a surprise if he’s not the choice.

No mention of Charlie Crist. A good litmus test for whether somebody knows what they’re talking about or not seems to be whether they include him on McCain’s VP shortlist. I promise you, he’s not in contention…for one reason.

Second, Obama:

Sen, Barack Obama

1. vacant. Just to be provocative, I’ll throw out Joe Biden’s name. His hidden asset is his connection with white, working class voters. His obvious asset is his foreign policy experience and.

The rest:

#. Ex-Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) — he has powerful allies in Obama’s inner circle; Midwestern credentials; government know-how; credibility with white working class voters;
#. Gov. Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) — Obama really likes her.
#. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) — his donors will pressure Obama; Dodd and Obama have become close friends
# Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) — the narrative would be awesome
# Chuck Hagel (R-NE) — Hagel himself seems to want Obama to ask him to join the ticket.

I weighed in on much of this here, including offering Biden as a damn fine choice, and arguing that, pressure or no, Dodd sadly just doesn’t have much to offer.

I think most people put Daschle and Napolitano on the short list. Both would be fine choices. I always guessed that Webb and Hagel were more “wouldn’t it be cool if…” choices than anything, though I suppose there’s no good reason for them not to want the job.

Still, interesting stuff. Obama’s shortlist in particular would all of them make for provocative and solid choices (I’m a bit more underwhelmed on Thune, Romney, and Huntsman on McCain’s list).

Posted by Brad @ 10:12 pm on March 27th 2008

Obama VP Derby

We’ve sort of talked about potential running mates for McCain and Clinton, but we haven’t really gotten to Obama, save in some generalities.

Kos giving a half-assed weigh-in this morning has sort of spurred the conversation a bit. His short list:

Here’s my top three picks for Obama:

1. Bill Richardson
2. Kathleen Sebelius
3. Chris Dodd

They’ve all got their plusses and minuses. But if we got any of those three, I’d be ecstatic.

We’ve discussed here before about Sebelius being a good potential VP candidate for Obama. In particular, it makes such a huge amount of sense to pick a woman that it’s almost beyond debate, and Kathleen has got to be the top of a very short list. Kos, for his part, likes her both because of her success in Kansas in poaching Republicans to the Dark Side, as well as being a signifier of Obama’s 5-state potential. And, for the record, I honestly believe if he picked her, he would win Kansas, the first time a Democrat would have done so since 1964.

However, after her pretty dismal performance in the Democratic response to the last State of the Union, which I promise you Obama’s people were watching with great interest, I can’t help think she might have been passed over. But, like I said, the tendency to pick a woman has got to be about overpowering, and if they’re going for a woman, better than even odds that Kathleen would be the choice, and better than even odds that they are, indeed, going to go for a woman. As a choice, I think she’d be fine, and her pick may have some interesting ramifications particularly in the red Midwest. I don’t know that she’d hugely change anything, but she’d be a solid pick.

The amount of goodwill that Dodd has generated among the netroots and the progressive grassroots is hard to deny, and as regular readers know, I love me some Dodd (I wrote our endorsement for him, and were I a registered Democrat, would have voted for him back when he was still in the race). However, I don’t think the people that Dodd is ingratiated with are the people Obama is much worried about. Frankly, the people that love them some Dodd also are already pretty reliable Obama voters, and outside of people really interested in civil liberties, or kitchen table Democrats, his appeal, I’d have to think, is pretty limited (and for the record, CT is not a state Obama has to worry about much). I think the progressive grassroots should get behind Dodd for Majority Leader in the same way they did Dean for DNC chair, and as much as Dodd deserves, in some cosmic way, the honor of being a VP pick, I just don’t see that he adds much to the ticket.

Richardson is of course the one guy that would be a solid pick for EITHER Democratic candidate. And, against McCain, maybe the problem Obama apparently has with Latino voters isn’t as overstated as I sort of suspect it is. In any event, Richardson certainly has the whole experience thing nailed down, and he’d throw New Mexico back into play. But as one of our readers noted when we brought up his recent endorsement (and the possibility of him being a VP), he didn’t exactly distinguish himself through his own campaign. Plus, he’d have to shave his Zod beard, which might at this point be the source of all his power.

So, who do you think Obama would pair well with? I’ll say at the outset that I think Clinton or Edwards are probably out, or at least they damn well better be.

I’m still chewing on it myself, but I’ll throw a name out there: Joe Biden.

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Posted by Rojas @ 10:08 pm on January 28th 2008

State of the Union liveblog

Because I’m just that pathetic.

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