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Veep Tea Leaves: Former Kaine Staffer Joins V.P. Team

As the eminent Dan Balz noted earlier today in his must-read "take", it's silly season in the Democratic vice presidential sweepstakes.

To wit: Rick Siger, director of advance for Gov. Tim Kaine's (Va.) 2005 campaign, has signed on as trip director to the eventual vice presidential nominee.

Siger has, according to several sources familiar with the move, agreed to oversee all trips for the vice president. But, Siger has been working in advance for the Obama team for quite some time -- having served as deputy secretary of commerce and trade in the Kaine Administration before signing on to the Illinois senator's campaign.

Does Siger's transition to the vice presidential team mean that his former boss is the pick? Maybe, but, then again, maybe not. Siger served on Sen. John Kerry's national advance team during the 2004 race and, given his past work for Obama, it makes sense that the Illinois senator would turn to a trusted operative to oversee the travels of the vice president.

Draw your own conclusions...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 18, 2008; 5:59 PM ET
Categories:  Battlegrounds , Veepstakes  
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Rick Siger is the man. He is pulling together the best figures in politics to form an awesome team to lead this nation forward.

Posted by: the man | August 19, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

VP - Hillary wouldn't work--she would continually undermine him at every step in the next four years.

Posted by: SH | August 19, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

If he's looking for a woman who's done a lot to advance other women, why isn't Martha Stewart on the list ahead of Mrs. Clinton. She's also achieved much more than Mrs. Clinton.

Posted by: Martha | August 19, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Siger's hiring leads me to believe that Kaine is not the VP pick. Unless there's been a dramatic shift in Obama's operations, I can't believe they'd allow this to get out if Kaine were the nominee. This is not an organization that springs leaks.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Judy | August 19, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

what did I write here 6 months ago?


Beats McCain/Romney. Even beats Cheney/Satan.

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

Tom Vilsack. Fully vetted already, good in mid-America. Cans smooth things over with the Clintons who are more of a problem to Obama than McCain will ever be.

Posted by: Old Pol | August 19, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Looking glass...those are the reasons Obama will pick Biden.

A good leader isn't afraid of the "bossy" guy. If you're the're the leader.

and personally Biden is a loud mouth (but not lately) and his "bossiness" is just someone who has been involved for a long time, whose judgement is actually better than someone like Mccain's is because he actually absorbed soemthing about cultural and social conflicts around the globe (as is proven anytime they take questions)

and he is talking to someone who agrees with Mccain...

because Bush and Cheney... were wrong.

and I think ...would it not be incredible if Obama asked Hillary to be Sec of State the day that John McCain announces his VP choice?

but that would be too much to ask...but a really good move on so many levels.

Posted by: dl | August 19, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

okay so I was a little wrong Bayh's wife is getting coverage...just not the good kind.

Posted by: dl | August 19, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Obama will pick Kaine. Why? Because Biden is too bossy and high on his own opinions, and Bayh too ambitious and weaselly, while managing to convey being totally blah at the same time.

However, I think Obama does need to pick Hillary if he wants to win. Why? For the simple fact that too many women got their hopes up this year only to be very sadly disappointed, not because I think Hillary would be a good choice.

Obama though won't want to swallow his pride and pick her however. Flip flop on campaign issues he only pretended to care
about, yes, swallow pride no, which as they say "goeth before the fall".

Too bad for the country, because if Bush was a war hot chile pepper, McCain is the whole enchilada.

Posted by: LookingGlass | August 19, 2008 5:39 AM | Report abuse

It's going to be Biden and Ridge.

McCain played up his conservatism to counter balance picking Ridge.

Posted by: dl | August 19, 2008 5:10 AM | Report abuse

so by slew I mean three

but still suddenly stories on jill biden...maybe it's because of the buzzz...but they are all the same content so my guess is the same publicist (or maybe writer)

but I think the fact that the other possibilities' wives aren't being covered...just adds another note to the chord.

Posted by: dl | August 19, 2008 4:41 AM | Report abuse

and Chris

this evening a slew of stories on Jill Biden hit the internet...

three newspaper articles suddenly start appearing on Joe Biden's wife

nothing on Mrs Kaine ...Mrs Bayh really...


Posted by: dl | August 19, 2008 4:36 AM | Report abuse


It's going to be Biden

Kaine would be like Obama shooting himself and his supporters in the head....not just the left wing side...

the practical minded who also want him to fight...

after this past week with biden being the only floated name getting a majority of support...(and I know I am a Biden guy) but for Obama to select anyone besides the guy who is most qualified would destroy any judgement argument he could make for the majority of his constituency...

but he knows that and he has the judgement...

so this is all "what if" he didn't and picked Kaine.

just for reporters to shake it up.

If it wasn't Biden they would have quashed it pretty quickly last Friday when all the wave of positives came out about him as the choice.

it is silly season.

Posted by: dl | August 19, 2008 4:20 AM | Report abuse

Nussbaum, in his statement about where he will go said, "...who with...". My English professor would correct that dangler to read "...with whom...". And on his haughty perch he would comment, "He is going to be the speech writer?"

In regard to whether McCain or Obama did best in speaking to the Saddleback group, the assessment has to include the listeners. Since the audience members were primarily members of the congregation, McCain did best in meeting their needs with his flip answers. For those of us in the TV audience, I felt that Obama was best in sticking to his principles and gave thoughtful, honest answers. He also demonstrated his capacity for empathy and skills in listening which doesn't generate simplistic answers. I pictured the two of them in diplomatic sessions with some of world's more testy leaders. In those scenarios Obama won by a long shot.

Posted by: willad1 | August 19, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Dear Broadway Joe;
Since the above is the last long list of VP candidates (count me still happy about Mrs. Wm Jefferson Clinton's spot), Can you fill me in on what number Bruce Springsteen and George Clooney? You also don't have in your last numbers Karl Rove, GWB, or Donald Rumsfeld. I'm sure it is an oversight. Looking forward to a corrected list.
From Sunshine

Posted by: Sunshine | August 18, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Keith O:

So you see, that Rand Corp. study of which you spoke a few weeks ago is hardly incongruous. It all depends 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:


Posted by: scrivener | August 18, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

According to Drudge, there's only more day before BO makes his pick so this is it! The final (we think) BO veep long list (in official order of preference). HRC is still in the race, sort of. Excerpts from the "long list" follow:

1. Tim "King" Kaine (who has appeared atop every BO long list)
2. Chet Edwards
3. Claire McCaskill
4. Chuck Hagel

* * * * * * * * * * * * *
304,907,761. Jerry Mathers
304,907,762. Nancy Grace
304,907,763. Alan Alda
304,907,764. Jack Elam
304,907,765. Nancy Lieberman
304,907,766. Ludacris
304,907,767. Misdemeanor "Missy" Elliot
304,907,768. Kenny Chesney
304,907,769. Shari Lewis
304,907,770. Huey Lewis
304,907,771. Carmella Lewis
304,907,772. Jerry Lewis
304,907,773. Robert Vesco
304,907,774. J.D. Salinger
304,907,775. Mary Carillo
304,907,776. Bruce Jenner
304,907,777. Jerome Corsi
304,907,778. Adam "Pacman" Jones
304,907,779. Maxine Waters
304,907,780. John Allen Muhammad
304,907,781. Mrs. W. Jefferson Clinton

Posted by: Broadway Joe | August 18, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Siger is going to select himself.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 18, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

You could be reading the tea leaves wrong!
Maybe Siger's new post signals that John Kerry will be the VP pick.

I would be happy with Tim Kaine as VP, but I think John Kerry would be the best choice. Kerry was dynamite on MTP a few weeks ago.

Posted by: Sunshine | August 18, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

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