Points By Drew Pritt

Top 7 On Obama Veep List & Hillary Clinton.
July 3, 2008, 5:52 am
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I got the impression that Barack Obama tipped his hat maybe too early. About Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, Obama said the other day : “I love Kathleen Sebelius. I think she is as talented a public official as there is right now. Integrity. Competence. She can work with all people of all walks of life, but I promised that I am not going to say anything about my Vice President until I actually introduce my Vice President.” Sebelius brings to the table a female running mate who has a record as an executive. It’s questionable whether she puts Kansas into play but she does come from the Midwest. It doesn’t hurt that in addition to Governor Ted Strickland and Senator Sherrod Brown campaigning hard in Ohio, Sebelius’s father, former Governor John Gilligan of Ohio would almost assuredly be campaigning in that key state for an Obama-Sebelius ticket. Sebelius endorsed Obama early and is clearly a safe choice.

Virginia is suddenly in play for the Democrats this year, partially because popular former Governor Mark Warner (D) is the odds on favorite for the U.S. Senate. Warner’s former running-mate who succeeded him in the Governor’s Mansion could be a running-mate once again for Obama. Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia is term-limited. Kaine was one of the first Governors to endorse Obama and has a good relationship with Obama. In addition to being a white southern male, its also probably helpful that Kaine is a former missionary, and is Roman Catholic. Also, like Sebelius, Kaine has ties to a former Governor. He is married to the daughter of former Governor A. Linwood Holton, Jr. (R) who was Governor of Virginia the same years Sebelius’ dad was Governor of Ohio.

In this June 18, 2008 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate ...

Despite the recent brouhaha over his critique of John McCain, this retired 4 Star General proved he could effectively do the one main thing a running mate must be able to do. Wesley Clark forced the John McCain campaign off message and preempted the national debut of Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota on MEET THE PRESS, a potential McCain running-mate. Clark is from a winnable Southern state, has close ties to the Clintons, and has a stellar resume’, and even though Obama distanced himself from the Clark comment….Clark has helped the Democratic ticket have some teeth in what will be a major and effective offensive before November.

His father, for whom he is named, was a famous Governor who defended the anti-choice position. He lost a bid for Governor in 2002 but rebounded to become a U.S. Senator in Pennsylvania. Bob Casey, Jr. appeals to the white blue collar voters crucial to an Obama candidacy. The two of them seem to have a good chemistry and Casey comes from a delegate-rich state, Pennsylvania. Casey is kind of wooden on the stump, but thats not such a bad thing. However, during the primaries, though he helped Obama close the gap, his state still went for Hillary Clinton over Obama.

Another endorsee of Obama’s who lost a bid for Governor and rebounded to the Senate is Claire McCaskill of Missouri. However, unlike Casey, McCaskill delivered her state of Missouri to the Obama column over Clinton and at a key moment in the campaign. Those skills could once more be key come the fall. Also, McCaskill is rather wealthy which is another convient for a running mate to have as well. McCaskill is a dilligent campaigner who has a good chemistry with Obama.

Obama is lacking in foreign policy as well as needs to connect with the former Hillary Clinton supporters. Sans picking Clinton, or a Clinton ally like Wesley Clark, the next possible choice could be Joe Biden, a U.S. Senator from Delaware. Biden has run for President in 1988 and then this year, 2008, against Obama, Clinton, and the others, but dropped out after losing the Iowa Caucuses. Biden is well known and liked and as a Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee brings a lot to the table.

He’s youthful, a Roman-Catholic, plays in a rock band, and has an electoral history of successfully building a coalition of African-American and white working class voters. Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland comes from a safe Obama state but helps Obama in other communities. O’Malley will be a strength in many areas for an Obama ticket. He has executive experience not just as Governor of Maryland but Mayor of Baltimore, not to mention his experience as a Prosecuting Attorney will be a benefit to the Law & Order crowd. O’Malley also endorsed Hillary Clinton and then lead other Governors in endorsing Obama once he had secured the nomination.

This is the ticket, Obama with Senator Hillary Clinton, that everyone else is focused on dicussing so I will save the analysis. After all what could I say that could not be said?


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