Obama’s Final 3 for VP: Pros and Cons


So they say Obama’s short list includes Biden, Kaine and Bayh.

Of the three, I would select Biden because of his foreign policy experience; his willingness to throw the elbow; his slashing wit and respect he enjoys from his colleagues on the Hill.

But, he is a guy who needs a short leash, for two reasons. he shoots from the hip, and in his 35 years on the Hill, has never been second banana to anyone; he is not used to it an he may chafe at the tight campaign Obama is sucessfully running.  and as a new resident of Delaware, would be cool to see some excitement in this “1st State.”

Tim Kaine is a fresh face; appeals to catholic white working class and hispanic voters. But, he is not too well known outside Virginia; is interested in being CCU’s next college president; has no foreign policy experience, and perhaps most important, as Optimo has written, Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor is a right wing republican, and as governor could cancel out important democratic gains in the state, and would enjoy the perks of the office for the next gov race in ’09

Evan Bayh is sharp, as recently stepped up some effective anti-McCain rhetoric, but is flat on the stump; is quite conservative on many issues and was a hawk on Iraq.  He also recently gained facebook notoriety with “100,000 Strong Against Bayh.”  This netroots grouping makes the following case against Bayh:

Obama’s judgment about the war was the central tenet of one of the two best arguments for his earning the Democratic nomination. His offering a break from Old Washington was the other.  Choosing Evan Bayh, a career legacy politician who fell hook, line, and sinker for the administration’s case for a disastrous war and dragged much of our party with him, would undermine both.  The Obama campaign will be deciding its VP in the next day or two – they may have already, but if they haven’t, they are listening for feedback from people like us. This is a moment where we could really make a difference.Let’s grow this group to 100,000 in a day and send a clear message to the Obama campaign that Evan Bayh is not the right choice for Vice President

Of the three, Biden is the clear choice, with my fingers crossed that someone stamps the word “appropriateness” on his forehead.

And on the ya never know front, I’d still like to see Wesley Clark, Bill Richardson or Kathleen Sebelius.  Any of these three would add an additional punch to the ticket, would all be effective on the stump, would go after McCain and would bring in strong constituencies.

Hey it’s coming soon…

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