—– MSNBC’s Howard FinemanÂ reports that Senator Joe Biden (D-DE)Â is the “clear frontrunner”Â in the Obama veepstakes.Â CNN is on the same wavelength. Â ‘Twould be an interesting pick for manyÂ reasons, among them the fact that when Biden ran for president back in 1988, he ran an adÂ that included the following quote, “”The White House isn’t the place to learn how to deal with international crisis, the balance of power, war and peace, and the economic future of the next generation. A President has got to know the territory, but that’s not enough.”
Heh.Â The things the RNC would be able to do with thatÂ ad
—— On the other hand, something called the “Tribble Ad Agency” is reporting that Obama has chosen Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be his running mate.Â Alrighty then.
—–Â Whoever the pick, just where willÂ The O-man announce his veep selection?Â Â Â Longtime Obama watcher Lynn Sweet reports thatÂ Team Obama isÂ “reserving [the]Â Old State Capitol in Springfield for Saturday to showcase running mate.”Â Â Ambinder’s hearing the same thing from an “Obama aide.”
—– On the McCain front, all kinds of rumors are swirling about who he will pick and when the announcement will be made.Â Â As to the when, I think that ground has been covered: Next Friday (in Ohio), which is alsoÂ McCain’s b-day,Â and the day after the Democrat National Convention.Â As to theÂ who, NRO’s Rich Lowry wrote this this morning:
NR has learned that the McCain campaign has been calling key state GOP officials around the country the last couple of days and sounding them out about the consequences of a pro-choice VP pick. The campaign is asking about the reaction of conservative grass-roots activists to such a pick and whether a pro-choicer can be sold to them. This is an indication that the McCain campaign is serious about the possibility of a pro-choice VP nominee and that McCain leaving the door open to Tom Ridge last week may not have been merely a friendly nod to a longtime supporter.
In a follow-up post, K-Lo points out that readers are pointing to the possibility of Rudy being McCain’s surprise VP pick.
I’ll say it again: Don’t do it, Mc.
—– On a related note,Â considering the fact thatÂ the McCain campÂ is not ruling out the possibility of picking Joe Lieberman,Â Ross Douthat weighs the positives and negatives of “bipartisan” presidential tickets.
As always, stay tuned …
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