Sunday, July 20, 2008

Obama's Eagleton opportunity

While the New York Times sees all sorts of troubles afflicting John McCain's problem of picking a running mate, apparently everything's sunshine and roses at Hope HQ:
For Mr. Obama, there is no shortage of what Democrats describe as do-no-harm people he can pick: be it Mr. Bayh; Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware; Mr. Nunn; or Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who introduced Mr. Obama at a huge rally in Northern Virginia two days after he effectively won the nomination, and whom many Democrats see as one of the more intriguing names on Mr. Obama's list.
Democrats said they thought it was less likely now than it was a month ago that Mr. Obama would choose Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York as his running mate, though they said she remained in consideration and that she was being vetted.
If he does not choose Mrs. Clinton, several Democrats said, it would be difficult for him to name any woman -- like Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, someone for whom he has had warm words. Both Clinton and Obama advisers said such a move could create a backlash among women who supported Mrs. Clinton. (Emphasis added.)
Ahem. Here's the problem: Hillary is a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't VP choice for Obama. If Obama picks her, it will be seen as a sellout by the hard-core Hopers. If Obama doesn't pick her, the Denver PD will need tear-gas and riot batons to control the PUMAs.

A belated gift from "Operation Chaos," you see.

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