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Veep Tea Leaves: As Veep Choice Nears, Obama Hires Speechwriter

On the heels of a New York Times report that Barack Obama may announce his vice president as soon as Wednesday, there's more evidence that the staff for his pick is nearly complete.

The latest addition is Jeff Nussbaum, who announced in an email to friends that he has signed on as the traveling speechwriter for the vice president -- whoever that may be.

"I don't know where I'll be going, or who with, but I hope that it ends with a big party in Chicago, and a pair of dynamic new leaders for our country!" wrote Nussbaum.

Nussbaum is a well-known and well-regarded presence on Capitol Hill, having served as a longtime speechwriter for former Sen. Tom Daschle (S.D.).

Before joining the vice presidential team, Nussbaum will head to the Democratic National Convention in Denver to help coordinate the speech writing there.

"At the conclusion of the convention, instead of hopping on my flight back to DC, I've just been asked to hop on a plane with the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate," writes Nussbaum in the email.

By Paul Volpe  |  August 18, 2008; 8:48 PM ET
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The VP better be electrifying, because this guy's writing is as boring as it gets.

Posted by: Andy | August 19, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Let's read the tea leaves some more.

McCain hired half of Bush's political team.

Obama hired half of Tom Daschle's.

Hmm. Daschle the milquetoast philospher sitting home in Ne. Bush one of the worst presidents in history (I said it before all yawl did) a two term winner.

I wonder if Barack knew that Peggy Noonan was available for a price?

Posted by: Paul | August 19, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

He's going to pick Katherine Sebelius I think

Posted by: Jerell | August 19, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Chris, in a redux of the summer-autumn 2006 Fix Zoo, the wingnuts (many of them inspired by McCains call for idiots to go forth and blog on his behalf) are trying to hijack your blog.

Not to worry... just as in 2006, there's a whole crew of centrist and lefty bloggers poised to jump in, who will assuage the wingnuts' pernicious influence.

And just like in 2006, all the ridicule and derision about how wrong we are and how right Rove and his trolls and toadies are, will only prove futile for them in November.

I think by then, 60 seats may very well be a conservative estimate. Jim Leach sees the writing on tthe wall,and more intelligent republicans will join him in reacing across the aisle to re-establish sanity in our government.

Let the games begin...

Posted by: JEP | August 19, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I still have a video I made of a Daschle speech in Iowa in 2006, where he was stumping for Selden Spencer who was running for Congress in Iowa's 4th.

If that speech was any indication of what is in store for the VP race, Republicans are in for a long, hard season.

It was par-excellent, loaded with profound perspective and eloquent passages.

Nussbaum's one of the few who manages to be both profound and eloquent at the same time, and he avoids all those tired, worn out cliches that Mccain's speechwriters are addicted to.

This is great news for Obama, and for his VP, whoever he (she) may be.

(That was a not-so-subtle plug for Sebelius, BTW)

Posted by: JEP | August 19, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I think Obamas pick will be Larry Sinclair

Posted by: Hans Solo | August 19, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

what did I write here 6 months ago?

OBAMA / BIDEN '08

That's the winning ticket. It beats McCain/Romney. Even beats Cheney/Satan.

Posted by: AdrickHenry | August 19, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"I just really have hard time believeing that our founding fathers to started a revolt against the British because a relatively small duty(tax) placed on tea, would some how agree that taxing ANYBOBY 50% of their income would somehow be ok. Barry does, with his socuialistic ideas on taxation."
____________________

You could put one monkey in front of one keyboard for one hour and get clearer thinking.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

A speech writer for the VP. He needs to hire a speech therapist for himself. "Uh...Uh...Uh....Ah....Uh".

all you libs so impressed with his deep thoughts. what a joke. the guy doesn't have an original thought and he's clearly unable to express it without a telprompter.

every answer has to be tailored not to offend Planned parenthood, the Far, far left enviromentalists, teachers unions, other unions, and all the other special ineterest groups.

Have the Oil companies pay $1000 to every family as a rebate? what a gimmick. Let's do the same to banks, the airlines, tech companies, insurance companies. anyone that makes a profit. Let's claim their profits. Isn't that socialism? what is he talking about. the guy is lost. does He think he's in Venezula. Raise taxes on the middle class, the rich. everybody.

I just really have hard time believeing that our founding fathers to started a revolt against the British because a relatively small duty(tax) placed on tea, would some how agree that taxing ANYBOBY 50% of their income would somehow be ok.

Barry does, with his socuialistic ideas on taxation.

That's not what this Great Nation is about.

Posted by: dano | August 19, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

"Um- no mention of HRC in the article- time to stop the obsessive hating on her. Any Obamite who continues the obsession with her should probably go to therapy to work out there female/mother issues."

Or perhaps the obsessive doting?

All that mother issue stuff can apply here. Of course, you know that Hillary will never love you as much as your momma does, right?

Posted by: DDAWD | August 19, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: reason
"Nussbaum is such a double tongued moran. Serving as Dashle's speechwriter, ha. Tom spoke 1 thing in the senate & to the Democratic money contributors & another to the people of South Dakota. Look at his speeches in SD vs. Washington, DC. That's why he lost to US Sen. Thune. Obama should take that lesson to heart and not hire such a double tongued charmeleon as Nussbaum."

You could set 50 or 60 monkeys in front of keyboards and within 24 hours they'd come up with something similar to the above.

Posted by: Bill | August 19, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Been shown to be an out and out lie. But of course that won't prevent you from repeating it, you are a republican and truth means very little to you. What can we expect from a man who can't even spell Obama's name.

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Maybe Nussbaum can write a speech explainging why Obabma voted 3 times in the Illinois legislature to allow the killing of innocent babies after birth after they have survived an abortion attempt. I'm sure the American public would like to hear some flowery words on that subject.

Posted by: daman1 | August 19, 2008 8:52 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Nussbaum can write a speech explainging why Obabma voted 3 times in the Illinois legislature to allow the killing of innocent babies after birth after they have survived an abortion attempt. I'm sure the American public would like to hear some flowery words on that subject.

Posted by: daman1 | August 19, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Um- no mention of HRC in the article- time to stop the obsessive hating on her. Any Obamite who continues the obsession with her should probably go to therapy to work out there female/mother issues.

As for the subject here- I think it would be wise for Barak to avoid Kaine and Sebelius (McCaskill is a better choice among female candidates anyway and of course, HRC is the best choice)--at least put someone in there with experience. Richardson is a great choice but unlikely. If Bayh is chosen, the Dems lose a senate seat- it's probably going to be Biden (who also helps in PA).

Leon

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

What do each of the following individuals and organizations have in common?

You''re Right........Senator Osama

*William Ayers
(Weatherman Underground bomber, unrepentant domestic terrorist)

*Frank Davis
(Member Communist Party USA, Early mentor to Obama)

*Jeremiah Wright
(Black Liberation militant, racist, and Pastor)

*Tony Rezko
(Corrupt Financier, ties to Terror Financing)

*Louis Farrakhan
(Nation of Islam Leader, racist, anti-American)

*RailaOrdinga
(Fundamental Islamic Candidate, Kenya, Obama’s Cousin)

*Daniel Ortega
(Marxist Sandinista Leader. Nicarauga)


Let’s make Obama the leader of the United States?


Posted by: Al from NJ | August 19, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Michael, Maybe you are partially correct but I am willing to bet that a lot of o'Bama money comes from Soros and foreign sources. Too bad nobody is investigating.

Posted by: ricardo maxwell | August 19, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

I just read the super paranoid post by some left wing Daily Kook, scrivener. What a wacko. This is exactly the kind of nut job that loves a Marxist like o'bama and fuels the insane agenda of out of touch Democrats like Nancy "I'm Saving the Planet" Pelosi!

Posted by: ricardo maxwell | August 19, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

To all Clinton Democrats that have felt cheated:

With the convention just around the corner, it is imperative that Democrats all around the country understand that whether or not Hillary is nominated, we are in this for the long haul.

This primary has revealed DNC "leadership" to be corrupt, mean-spirited, and lacking respect for basic democratic principles. They have completely and effectively ceded the moral high ground to Republicans at this point.

• We have seen the race card played, with assistance from both Dean and Brazile.
• We have seen rampant sexism with no objection by the DNC.
• We have seen the superdelegates endorse as quid-pro-quo for campaign contributions.
• We have seen arm-twisting of the congressional delegates by "neutral" Nancy Pelosi to declare for Obama.
• We have seen an unabashed ageism campaign against John McCain, calling him "confused", and that he has "lost his bearings".
• We've seen a softening of support for the gay and lesbian community.
• We've seen caucus cheating.
• We've seen intimidation of Hillary supporters, hack attacks and coordinated threats against voters and media that dare to dissent.
• We've seen manipulation of the party nominating system and media to favor one candidate over another and the outright redistribution of votes cast for one Hillary and given to Obama.
This is now a democratic party in name only.


We need to get the word out.

It will take an effort from all of us to restore the Democratic party to its former self, to a party that we can be proud of. This is just one step in that direction. More to come.

Contact Delegates

Posted by: Al from NJ | August 19, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

The OLD BOYS CLUB/PARTY BOSSES of the Democratic party fixed the nomitation. They shook down the banking industry and fed the money to Obama.

Posted by: Michael | August 19, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

o'bama can't have enough speechwriters, given the obvious fact that he cannot speak coherently without one!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

and as far as the Willia Brown article...unless Powell was going to get up and admit that he lied to the UN ...

I think him introducing Obama is tricky... and an even trickier message that sends the world.

Posted by: dl | August 19, 2008 4:29 AM | Report abuse

Daschle will be Chief of Staff or somewhere else on the cabinet.

Folks look at the past week if it wasn't Biden they would have quashed the big positive wave of commentary that he has gotten this time around from a large majority ...

and the only candidate who was more positive than negative when they floated it.

It's Biden.

At this point if they didn't pick Biden it would be uncharacteristic of both a guy with good judgement (including politically)

and the guy with good judgement picks the person who is most ready to step in ...who also would not offend or be questioned if something happened to Obama.

It's Biden.

Posted by: dl | August 19, 2008 4:27 AM | Report abuse

No one reads the SF Chronicle anymore I guess. From Willie Brown's Sunday column, Willie Brown writing;


Here's a prediction: Colin Powell is going to endorse Barack Obama.

I'm not pulling this out of thin air. I'm basing my forecast on a series of phone calls that I received this week. I can't say who called me, but I can tell you one of the questions I was asked:

More Willie's World »

"What do you think the reaction would be if former Secretary of State Colin Powell - a Republican - introduced Democrat Obama at his big acceptance speech at Mile High Stadium after being made the nominee?"

My reply: "It would seal the deal. It would be the presidency."

I don't think Powell will go to Denver for the Democratic National Convention, but based on the recent conversations, I have to believe that something big is in the works.

Posted by: brent | August 19, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Nussbaum is such a double tongued moran. Serving as Dashle's speechwriter, ha. Tom spoke 1 thing in the senate & to the Democratic money contributors & another to the people of South Dakota. Look at his speeches in SD vs. Washington, DC. That's why he lost to US Sen. Thune. Obama should take that lesson to heart and not hire such a double tongued charmeleon as Nussbaum.

Posted by: reason | August 19, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

"I think the vice-presidential nominee should choose his/her own speechwriter, not the presidential nominee."

How do you know she didn't do the picking?

Posted by: holywoodog | August 19, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

I think the vice-presidential nominee should choose his/her own speechwriter, not the presidential nominee.

Posted by: Independent | August 18, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Susan wrote (about the Clintons): Obscurity is the next stop for them both.
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Susan, from your keyboard to God's ears.

They can take their shrill crazed PUMAs with them too.

Posted by: ShopLily | August 18, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

If he promises to keep his hands to himself, I still like Richardson. Biden would be good too, but Secretary of State would suit him so well and would be fitting for his stature.

The Queen and Royal Knave are out of the running entirely. They have made their cathartic bed and will lay in it after the convention. Obscurity is the next stop for them both.

Posted by: Susan | August 18, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

fix fox first of the month. Er, fix, you're getting too wrapped in the election minutiae. Get a life.

Posted by: capilony the IIIrd | August 18, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Barack can send Bill to Jerusalem to finish a peace agreement. That should take at least a couple more terms, and it'd get him out of Washington and put him to work in his area of competence. This is regardless of the VP call, btw, but it'd answer the "wandering Second Gentleman" problem and maybe the "Final Status" problems too.

Posted by: Ethan C | August 18, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Daschle is the stealth candidate for VP. He's got foreign policy experience, was Senate majority leader, and has some outsider cred. If Obama picks anybody that isn't Biden, Bayh, or Kaine, he'll likely pick Daschle.

Posted by: corinthian | August 18, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

To Barack O:

"First, do no harm."

To Keith O:

So you see, that Rand Corp. study of which you spoke a few weeks ago is hardly incongruous. It all depends on what you define as terrorism, and why.

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens:
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-vic-livingston-opinion-expose-state-supported-vigilante-squads-doing-domestic-terrorism

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

Posted by: scrivener | August 18, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Oldhonky, You said it best!

There are lots of good candidates for VP. I would be happy with most, would prefer no Clintons. Still hoping for Chet Edwards though.

Posted by: Chloelowly | August 18, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Hillary herself has been pretty much OK since it got settled that Barack won and would be the Democratic nominee. She's not the problem; but she would come with ex-President Bill, who would wander the White House for four years with his mouth and his fly both open and ceaselessly active.

Posted by: oldhonky | August 18, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Biden would be good. Bayh and Kaine would be okay. Any of them would be better than the dishonest and self-serving Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: RealChoices | August 18, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

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