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VP Madness Begets "Ridiculous" Questions

By Anne E. Kornblut
RALEIGH, N.C. -- With vice presidential speculation reaching the level of insanity, senior Obama adviser Robert Gibbs answered a few urgent questions here on Monday night.

No, he said: the campaign is not traveling by bus today and tomorrow so the plane can be secretly re-adorned with the vice presidential nominee's name.

No, nothing should be gleaned from the fact that Obama used the male pronoun to describe his as-yet-undisclosed choice.

And no, there is nothing significant about the fact that Obama is visiting Virginia tomorrow -- home of the short-listed Gov. Tim Kaine.

"I would not read anything into states we're visiting," Gibbs told a pack of breathless reporters.

Like many on the Obama staff, Gibbs reveled in being tight-lipped and watching the press corps writhe in agony trying to read tea leaves.

And he said that, as the VP madness has exploded in recent days, he's gotten "some really ridiculous" queries from reporters. He declined to describe any on the record -- but said he would tell the story on Saturday. (Earlier in the day, the campaign said Obama will go to Springfield, Ill., on Saturday, by which point he is expected to have his running mate in tow.)

"On Saturday? Does that mean we'll know the pick by Saturday?" an overheated reporter asked.

Gibbs paused and smiled, as if he had been caught giving away a clue. "You might," he said.

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Much the best pick unless he has some hidden baggage is Bill Richardson. He has the foreign policy experience as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. where he has dealt with foreign diplomats over major issues and surely is familiar with them; he has served in the Senate so knows the ropes there, and he has practical executive experience as the governor of New Mexico. Further as a Latino on his mother's side, he can act as a draw to Latinos throughout the country and most especially in Florida where he could be of enormous help. Further he doesn't have the age disadvantage of Biden and although Bayh is being touted as a good choice he neither has the foreign affairs experience nor any great accomplishments in the
Senate. A real lightweight.

Hopefully Obama will surprise us with this clearly superior choice.

Posted by: Will | August 20, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

What is it about posters that makes them feel that they have the right to, instead of staying on point, annoy the rest of us with whatever is their current shibboleth? I say, if you can't stay on subject, move on. Thank you.

Posted by: Peter | August 20, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

This is becoming so ridiculous. It is becoming a farce. When are you going to tell us? Picking a vice president should have been a serious decision, instead it has been turned into a way to get money. If you pay we will tell you first. How serious a decision is that.

Posted by: maggiore888@aol.com | August 20, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I Mccains case, it is like 50 50 the VP will become president before the end of his first term. Mccain will either die in office or have to be removed because he can't preform his duties as president.

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Who cares whom they pick for VP. If the lead dog doesn't pull the sled doesn't move. How often has the vp selection realy changed the course of an election other then negative? How about some news? Has Obama's statements about the Russian opporations in georgia after the loney georgian President attacked the breakaway territories been any more inteligent or different the McCain's? How about the power shift in Pakistan? How about the bail out of Fanniemay or Fredymak? How about the current energy situation? What about stagflation? Do we expect the VP candidate to roll into the campeighn with a bunch of ideas that will make better policy descions then the presidential candidate? If we do then maybe we should switch the two?

Posted by: Steve | August 20, 2008 1:15 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Obama's VP pick may come down to simple geography which leads me to believe that Evan Bayh won't be it. Why would Obama from Illinois select a running mate from a next-door neighbor state? I also don't think Biden nor Kaine will get it either. Despite Biden's alleged foreign affairs credentials, Biden just won't add that much to the ticket. And, Kaine - c'mon now a dull lackluster and so far an ineffective governor with virtually no national cache has bigger fish to fry with the budget problems in Richmond. I think the Obama campaign purposely floated the "top tier" candidates to throw everyone off the track. As the race tightened Obama's going to be pragmatic and that would leave only one choice - - - you got it!

Posted by: Richard | August 20, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

All signs point to Obama choosing a digital recreation of Ann Richards.

Posted by: Russell123 | August 20, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

The envelope please -----

Posted by: nclwtk | August 20, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Waiting until the waning days of the Olympics has afforded Obama tons of free press, and I think it's great how they have controlled any information leaks.

The only truth to all of this reporting is that there are probably four people on this earth that know who the VP pick really is, and they are not sharing.

I will await my electronic notification just like everybody else. Until then, just about everyone knows nothing, and if they say otherwise, they are lying.

Posted by: Susan | August 20, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Who cares whom they pick for VP. If the lead dog doesn't pull the sled doesn't move. How often has the vp selection realy changed the course of an election other then negative? How about some news? Has Obama's statements about the Russian opporations in georgia after the loney georgian President attacked the breakaway territories been any more inteligent or different the McCain's? How about the power shift in Pakistan? How about the bail out of Fanniemay or Fredymak? How about the current energy situation? What about stagflation? Do we expect the VP candidate to roll into the campeighn with a bunch of ideas that will make better policy descions then the presidential candidate? If we do then maybe we should switch the two?

Posted by: Steve | August 20, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

TODAY'S $64,000 DOLLAR QUESTION!


John McBush: Senile or Insane?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW4msHu_9EQ
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Posted by: McCain = Bush | August 20, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Barak Obama will make a choice similar to the one Goldilocks made in The Three Bears. Tim Kaine is too cold (inexperienced) Joe Biden is too hot (bombastic) and Evan Bayh is just right.

Bayh may help in Indiana but there is no guarantee that he would bring it with him. But Virginia is already competitive so I am not sure how much more Kaine would help.

If he chooses Biden it would show that he is concerned about his chances of winning while Bayh and Kaine are play it safe choices.

But Biden is risky because of his annoying mannerisms and his tendency to make damaging off the cuff remarks. Plus you get the feeling that Obama made fun of people like Biden in his younger days. I am not sure how compatible they would be.

All signs point to Bayh.

Posted by: danielhancock | August 20, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

We all knew that the VP fervor would pick up as the Olympics died down and the Democratic Convention preparation starts heating up. Obama's campaign should dominate the political news cycle for another 10 to 11 days until McCain announces his VP pick. Depending on McCain's VP pick, he will only get 5 to 6 days of serious coverage.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 20, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Anne Kornblut:

Only in the insular world of supposed reporters is it reaching the level of "insanity". The rest of the U.S. is more concerned with what exactly the two candidates who've been foisted on them would do. Perhaps you could consider focusing on that instead.

For instance, yesterday Obama made comments that I've only previously heard from extremists; perhaps you could find out from him the answers to the questions I have:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007920.html

Please do some real reporting for a change.

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | August 19, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

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