May 11, 2008


So since earlier today I brought up the question of McCain's running-mate, I figure I might as well open a thread for any thoughts anyone has about who Sen. Obama should choose. My top choices? Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, former Sen. Bob Graham of Florida, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, and to make it an even half-dozen I'll throw Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona into the mix (since according to Marc Ambinder Obama likes her a lot). Other names have been suggested of course, but many of them have drawbacks. All three prominent Virginians who are often discussed come with some problems, many of the leading senators voted for the war, and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has said he doesn't want it. I think any anti-choice politicians are non-starters, though a few like Sen. Casey of Pennsylvania have some supporters. Any names you like out of that list? Or are there other names that should be thrown into the mix?

Posted by armand at May 11, 2008 08:40 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Politics


i think it's richardson or clark, with the one who isn't chosen for Veep getting state.

Posted by: moon at May 12, 2008 10:13 AM | PERMALINK

I think both would be excellent at State. And actually in some ways I think both might well prefer it.

Posted by: Armand at May 12, 2008 02:22 PM | PERMALINK

i think you're right that clark would prefer it. i'm not so sure about richardson. i think his one path to the white house is through the VP's office. should he happen to hold the office over a good 8 years (i know, i'm not holding my breath about the first 4 let alone 8, and certainly not about the likelihood of general prosperity over the next 8 given the mess the next guy inherits), he can walk in to the office, notwithstanding his debilitating lack of charisma.

Posted by: moon at May 13, 2008 09:29 AM | PERMALINK

That's true. Presuming Richardson still has his eyes on the White House his best path is through 4-8 years in the Naval Observatory. So yeah, he'd like to be Vice President.

Who was the last Secretary of State to become president? Buchanan? It's been ages and ages.

Posted by: Armand at May 13, 2008 09:39 AM | PERMALINK
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