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Obama's Vice Presidential Pick Is Already Staffed

By Mary Ann Akers
If you're one of those political junkies who can hardly bear the anxiety of waiting for Barack Obama to choose his vice presidential running mate, think of how David Wade and Chris Mather feel.

They're among a handful of Democratic political aides from Washington who have packed their bags and moved to Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago to work for... well, they don't know yet. (Though we expect they'll find out this week, and certainly before next Wednesday, when the Democratic vice presidential nominee is scheduled to speak at the party's convention in Denver.)

Wade, a longtime aide to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), was hired last month to be the traveling press secretary for the eventual vice presidential running mate. Mather, who most recently served as political director of the labor union coalition Change to Win, will assume the same position for the spouse of Obama's mysterious No. 2. (Mather, it should be noted, is also president of Steak Club, which boasts a roster of nerdy Washington insiders.)

Wade and Mather and others were hired by Patti Solis Doyle, who was ousted as campaign manager of Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign and later joined the Obama team to head up the presumptive nominee's vice presidential effort. Others who have been hired to work for the as-yet unnamed Democratic running mate include:

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Further proof the VP will not be the Queen and her Royal Knave.


Posted by: Susan | August 18, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

McCAIN '08!!!!!

Barack can go back to peeling carrots.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

All I thought after hearing McCain's response to Warren was 'Gosh, another Bush'. He is going to take us another 4 years of hell if he gets elected.

Posted by: jason | August 18, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

What always confuses me is how ppl can fire off this "pro-life" phrase but in the same breath justify killing people in war. What is the definition of pro-life? Since Republicans live in a black-and-white-world-with-no-shades-of-gray, how exactly do Republicans define what constitutes prolife? I have another question for "drill here, drill now" McCain: exactly what happens to the oil drilled offshore? Does everybody think that it stays in this country for just the US citizens to use? People, do your research!

Posted by: robert - Ohio | August 18, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

How convenient that there is no one to corroborate his "story." And this episode from 40 years ago is his answer to what being a Christian means? While the topic of Christianity would not be popular with today's young people, remember again where he was when speaking on this topic. This crowd would not have missed it. As far as his being prepared, Warren even commented on McBomb answering faster than he could ask the questions. What no one else has mentioned here is that apparently McCain also knew the ORDER of the questions. He answered with 3 answers the 2-part question about student performance in school--before Warren had even finished asking the question! The problem is that Warren asked Obama a 3-part question, and McCain a 2-part question. Additionally, McCain interrupted Warren and asked "Are we going to go back and talk about Supreme Court Justices?" (I paraphrased here - not reading directly from transcript) Why would McCain have asked that question? Don't take my word for any of this - go back and read the unofficial transcript on Saddleback's website. What little I've read has gaps in Obama's responses, noted with a "lost feed" notation. And as far as a motorcade, gee, did they stop putting televisions in limousines? And, no one is asking WHY McCain wasn't onsite, following the rules set down for the civil forum? McCain got caught--red-handed--and Warren was on television last night admitting that when he made the statement about McCain being in a cone of silence that he honestly thought that McCain was - although Warren did contradict himself in that exchange. Obama had a pleasant, easy-going conversation with a minister in front of a church crowd. He answered as the always does - with much thought and explanation because in trying to unite a nation with opposing viewpoints, a leader has to talk about give and take to try to find common ground. McCain looked into the camera and made quick, black-and-white "my friends" comments - typical of dyed-in-the-wool politicians who are saying what the crowd wants to hear. Go back and read how Warren classified them. And, I am surprised that no one here is talking about how vehemently McCain talked about his pro-life stance

Posted by: Chistine - Florida | August 18, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing "the 98 y.o. high on weed instead" was formerly your impression of McCain, since his appearance at Saddleback would have blown everyone out of the water--totally out of character from this bad-joke, ill-timed stupid grin, no substance typical idiot talk. What this forum is totally overlooking is the audience to whom the candidates were addressing: church folk. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the Bible, Obama talked AT LENGTH about his faith AND used Bible references without quoting from the Bible - the Saddleback crowd would have picked up on that. Specifically, taking care of the needs of society is right out of Matthew 25:35, "getting out of the way" (so that God can lead)--there were several references throughout. And what did McCain say when asked about what being a Christian meant to him? 3-4 words - something to the effect that "I am saved and born again" and then immediately jumped into a 40 YEAR OLD POW story about the cross in the sand

Posted by: richard from Arizona | August 18, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain had an answer for a few questions before Warren finished asking the question. Either he was coached or he knew the question beforehand. He almost forgot to include Souder in his list of poor justices--perhaps he can only memorize three at a time!

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