Everyone else is speculating, so why not yours truly, because, after all Nobody asked me, but....
Here's my take on the known, likely short-listed candidates:
- Sen. Evan Bayh: Bayh matches the change mantra of Sen. Obama's campaign. Another junior Senator, Bayh cannot be confused with the same ol' same old in Washington. However, is the risk of losing Bayh's seat in the Senate worth picking him?
- Sen. Joe Biden: He's certainly experienced, but he comes with a load of negative history, as well, not the least of which are his own words spoken against Sen. Obama back in February.
- Sen. Hillary Clinton: I'll hold her for the end.
- VP Al Gore: To pick Gore would be to pick a former VP, and to many who still resist the reality of the electoral college, the actual winner of the 2000 election. Besides, if Gore ever runs for any office, he'll be forced to defend his Global Warming hysteria ... and he certainly doesn't want to have do that!
- Gov. Tim Kaine: Another fresh face, a frequent Sunday morning talk-show guest. Yet, regarding any similarly fresh candidate, the echoes of the media repeatedly chiding George W. Bush selection of Dick Cheney because the latter brought gravitas to the campaign will haunt the Obama campaign.
- Sen. Sam Nunn: Another seasoned legislator, Nunn's Conservative values would cause certain friction with the extreme Left wing supporting Obama's candidacy.
- Gov. Kathleen Sebelius: The obvious concern for selecting Gov. Sebelius is explaining to the feminists why she's better than Sen. Clinton. Of course, she lacks foreign policy experience, so where's the advantage?
Sen. Clinton is an obvious pick, not unlike her husband picking Al Gore, as she was selected over Obama by the Super Delegates during the primary. Of course, as I've said all year, Clinton is.not.out.of.the.race yet for the Democrat nominee for President. She's entitled to the roll-call vote, like any other primary contender, but her supporters may well force her nomination.
It is interesting to note that her husband, President Bill Clinton, and her daughter Chelsea, are speaking at the Convention. However, besides her own history of scandals, roughly half the country already has a negative view of her. So while a joint ticket may unite the party, it may well sink the overall campaign.
It must be noted: Sen. John Edwards was considered an automatic speaker at the convention until his peccadilloes was revealed; President Clinton has his own history of dalliances, but he's allowed to speak. Ironic, isn't it?
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