Obama VP already announced?

posted at 9:15 am on August 15, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The DNCC announced the speakers for the prime-time slot on Wednesday night of the convention, and the list is intriguing.  Wednesday night is when the VP nominee addresses the convention, and CNN scrutinizes the list for a hint on Barack Obama’s choice  Former president Bill Clinton will address the delegates, as will Harry Reid, Ken Salazar, and Jay Rockefeller.  Alexander Mooney focuses on two other speakers, but misses an obvious third choice:

The two senators widely believed to be at the top of Barack Obama’s shortlist for VP have been given prime-time speaking slots at the Democratic convention Wednesday night — the very same night the vice presidential candidate is slated to speak.

According to the Democratic National Convention Committee, both Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden will deliver speeches on national security during the marquee night — the same evening former President Bill Clinton is also scheduled to speak.

Evan Bayh makes some sense as a choice, although he’s not a very inspired candidate.  Bayh has executive experience and time in Washington as a governor and Senator, respectively.  He can help swing Indiana, a state the Republicans would dearly like to hold in November, and he can speak to the working-class voters that Obama has mostly lost over the last five months.  Unfortunately, Bayh’s also an underachiever on the national stage; he’s supposedly been a presidential prospect for the last three cycles and has never achieved any lift at all.

Joe Biden has to be someone’s idea of a joke.  If anyone represents inside-the-Beltway politics, it’s Biden.  Biden, with his hairplugs and history of plagiarism, has a well-established reputation as a phony, and his grinning performances through judicial confirmation hearings showed him easily outclassed in debates.  He can carry Delaware, but if Obama’s worried about Delaware, then he’s already lost the election.

Mooney misses one name which may be better than either Bayh or Biden, and that’s Bill Richardson.  Unlike either Bay or Biden, Richardson has actually campaigned as a high-profile surrogate for Obama.  He burned a few bridges with the Clintons by endorsing Obama early in the primary cycle.  Like Bayh, Richardson has both executive and Congressional experience, but more importantly, he has solid foreign-policy experience — and as this week proved, Obama needs someone to rescue him on that front.

Obama’s choice may not even yet be on the list.  However, if he is on the Wednesday night agenda, it’s Richardson, and not Bayh or Biden.


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Richardson is also hispanic

jp on August 15, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Biden, with his hairplugs and history of plagiarism, has a well-established reputation as a phony

Which would make him soul mates with Obama.

Or was that a racist statement?

MarkTheGreat on August 15, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Now is not the time for Obama to make the first smart move of this campaign.

Please oh please, let it be Biden.

MarkTheGreat on August 15, 2008 at 9:19 AM

Yes please, choose Richardson.
What better ticket to have than a man with a white mother, a black father who calls himself ‘black’ and a man with a Hispanic mother, a white father who calls himself ‘Hispanic’?
The Dems are obsessed with race anyway.

carbon_footprint on August 15, 2008 at 9:19 AM

Monica’s employment councilor, now thats funny.

meci on August 15, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Which would make him soul mates with Obama.

Not to mention the gaffes.

jgapinoy on August 15, 2008 at 9:22 AM

When Obama announced that he’d announce his VP via internet emails, it was obvious that he intended to poll reactions prior to substantiating the “announcement” via MSM formal presentation on camera and network news whether before, during or after his convention. Should his initial VP pick get a bad reaction, he can easily slough off the email as if instigated by a Rovian hacker.

“We want a new constitution.” Obamarx ’08

maverick muse on August 15, 2008 at 9:24 AM

It doesn’t matter who he “picks.” By definition, anyone willing to join this poseur is a moron, and therefore severely flawed.

JiangxiDad on August 15, 2008 at 9:25 AM

http://hotair.com/archives/2007/03/08/how-busy-are-bill-richardsons-busy-hands/

From Hotair archives: How busy are Bill Richardson’s busy hands? Inconclusive

Wethal on August 15, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Wasn’t Bayh a supporter of the Iraqi invasion? Would Obambi just spin it as One who can allow for “diverse” viewpoints?

Wethal on August 15, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Richardson is also hispanic

Like Steyn says, who needs a hispanic named Bill Richardson?

ninjapirate on August 15, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Richardson drinks too much and can’t keep his hands to himself.

Blake on August 15, 2008 at 9:34 AM

It could be a fake-out, you know. Speaking schedules are not cast in stone. It’s possible the VP is none of those people.

Bill Richardson is a nice man, but he’s not an effective campaigner (anyone recall his “job interview” ads last year?) and I fail to see how he’s going to connect to middle class (white and blue collar) and white voters in battleground states. I also fail to see how he’s going to shore up Obama’s lightweight image.

Outlander on August 15, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Like Steyn says, who needs a hispanic named Bill Richardson?

Maybe he can do like the lady in California and change her name to something more Hispanic.

MarkTheGreat on August 15, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Any one of the three would make outstanding choices! My vote, however would be Biden. He’s clean and articulate!

sabbott on August 15, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Guillermo Richardson Si!

JammieWearingFool on August 15, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Richardson appears to be suffering from some mental disorder when interviewed on TV. I believe the liberal epidemic has all but destroyed any rational thoughts he may have once held.

trs on August 15, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Ed,

There have been “rumors’ for years about Richardson’s womanizing. Maybe not so much cheating as groping.

http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/001884.php

He looks the type to me.

Just saying. Could be a problem.

Plus, when he is on TV, he looks in pain.

Rightwingsparkle on August 15, 2008 at 9:45 AM

It has to be Bayh.

http://thirdbasepolitics.blogspot.com/2008/08/bayh-or-bye-bye.html

Thursday, August 14, 2008
Bayh or Bye Bye

Obama is likely in the last stages of determining who his Vice Presidential candidate will be. While no voter makes their pick for President based on who the Vice Presidential candidate is, the coverage surrounding the choice is always taken into account in some way or another by the voter, just like every other variable in a campaign. As I’ve discussed off-blog many times before, there are several requirements of such a selection:

1) They can’t hurt you. The last thing you want is news stories the day after the selection widely criticizing the choice.

2) Be competent. See Dan Quayle and John Edwards.

3) Communicate the message effectively. This person will be your number one surrogate. They need to look good on TV and sound good doing it. They will be competitively compared to the other Party’s VP candidate constantly and must always be at the top of their game. In this short attention span world, every bit of coverage counts.

Notice which variable is missing that you widely see discussed? Yep. Geography.

There is no recent historical precedent that shows where the VP is from as having an effect on a race. Cheney? Gore? Quayle? Bush I? Nope. None of them helped.

‘Til now.

In my opinion, there are five states that are absolute must wins for John McCain: Ohio, Indiana, Colorado, Virginia and Nevada. All five of these are extremely tight races and if McCain loses just one of them he is finished.

Of these five, who has viable VP candidates for Barack Obama? Nevada, Colorado and Ohio clearly have zero. There is some talk of Tim Kaine being chosen from VA, but since his name was raised recently we’ve seen much criticism of him and it would be a shock if he was chosen. So, who is left?

Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana.

While Indiana has voted Republican pretty much since the dawn of time, all polling through June(sadly, the most recent we have) showed Obama with an ever so slight lead. Now we can assume that Indiana will start swinging towards McCain and regain its historical bearings, but there is no question that the very popular and blue-dog Evan Bayh would fit the VP requirements by 1) providing positive coverage as a good pick; 2) be competent on the stump and 3) communicate Obama’s message in a positive way.

Now while some swing-voting Hoosiers may not pick Obama simply because he has Bayh as a running mate, Bayh’s political machine in Indiana is second to none and will work at 110% to see the ticket elected. This may be just enough to get Obama over the hump and win not only Indiana, but the Presidency itself.

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EduardoOTI on August 15, 2008 at 9:46 AM

I’m a little ashamed that I used to volunteer for Biden in high school. I helped with his campaigns and everything (back when I thought I’d go into politics). I can blame it on the stupidity of youth, right? And the fact that there was nothing else to do in Delaware.

I have no frakking clue who Bayh is. Never heard of him until recently. I guess Richardson would be the best choice, but I hope he goes for Biden. Gotta carry that all-important blue (chicken) state of Dela-where?.

Anna on August 15, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Like Steyn says, who needs a hispanic named Bill Richardson?

ninjapirate on August 15, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Roberto Ricardoso reporting for duty in 5…4…3…

BKennedy on August 15, 2008 at 9:49 AM

Good. Clintons will be then Obama’s worst nightmare. They believe Richardson betrayed them.

Anita on August 15, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Richardson would highlight Obama’s complete and utter inexperience on foreign or domestic matters. Still, it is probably his best option.

lawhawk on August 15, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Richardson would highlight Obama’s complete and utter inexperience on foreign or domestic matters. Still, it is probably his best option.

lawhawk on August 15, 2008 at 9:53 AM

+1

JetBoy on August 15, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Like Steyn says, who needs a hispanic named Bill Richardson?
Maybe he can do like the lady in California and change her name to something more Hispanic.

MarkTheGreat on August 15, 2008 at 9:36 AM

How about “Ricky Ricardo”?

When it comes to uninspiring presidential candidates, Richardson is right up there with Bayh. Plus, Richardson’s got the stench of the Clinton corruption all over him (acted as Bill’s version of Fred Baron when he got Monica Lewinsky a job at the U.N. to get her out of D.C.). And Obama’s already getting the hispanic votes, so Richardson isn’t likely to add much there — although an all “ethnic” ticket may alienate some more of those white, working-class Dims in Appalachia that Obama’s having trouble with.

If Richardson is Obama’s pick, he could have done a lot better.

AZCoyote on August 15, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Biden, with his hairplugs and history of plagiarism, has a well-established reputation as a phony, and his grinning performances through judicial confirmation hearings showed him easily outclassed in debates.

And don’t forget racism. Anyone remember his Dunkin’ Donuts and Indians comments?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 15, 2008 at 10:04 AM

I forget which show this was from but it was just this past weekend.

RICHARDSON: My view is that the United States — if we had a stronger relationship with Russia, we could exercise strong diplomacy to stop this effort against Georgia. We should immediately go to the United Nations Security Council, condemn Russia’s action, and then get the Security Council to pass a strong resolution getting the Russians to show some restraint, and possibly at the same time generate some U.N. peacekeeping troops. The problem, though, is that we don’t have the kind of influence and strength in our relationship with Russia to persuade them. This has been one of the failures of the Bush administration, failing to build a strong relationship, a mutually beneficial relationship with Russia, so we’d have the kind of influence to persuade them to stop some of these very, very dangerous efforts within their territory.

Are you sure having somebody else that thinks the UN security council can fix the Russia problem while Russia holds a veto really bolsters Obambi’s foreign policy cred?

RW_theoriginal on August 15, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Bill Richardson, while he seems like a nice guy, is a blubbering idiot. He gets flustered easily and says REALLY dumb things. Is there any way Cheney can just show up for the debate and destroy him like he did with Edwards? ;)

watchmen on August 15, 2008 at 10:07 AM

It’s obviously Richardson.

Try pronouncing Obama-Bayh or Obama-Biden. You can’t. But Obama-Richardson trips lightly off the tongue. As does, God help us, Obama-Clinton.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on August 15, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Bayh has executive experience and time in Washington as a governor and Senator, respectively

Bayh was governor of Washington?

rmgraha on August 15, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Hispanics are going to vote democrat anyway. The only reliable Latinos are Cuban Americans and Venezuelan Americans, and maybe for the first time Colombian Americans especially in terms of free trade and the republicans strong support of Uribe.
But the three groups are trumped in comparison to the Mexican American community who are loyally democrat. Richardson would not make such a huge difference on that front. But maybe with democrats who are weary of Obama’s inexperience in a dangerous world.
I think he would have been a strong candidate for the democrats as a presidential nominee though.

jencab on August 15, 2008 at 10:08 AM

(Just kidding)

rmgraha on August 15, 2008 at 10:09 AM

I’m waiting for the big surprise. That’s where Obama picks Bill Clinton.

mboprey on August 15, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Now Colin Powell and Mel Martinez can stump around the country campaigning for Obama-Richardson. Oh no, it’s not about race, it’s not about ethnicity. You just wouldn’t understand.

Paul-Cincy on August 15, 2008 at 10:22 AM

If Obama-Richardson loses, people can tut tut twice. Tut tut we’re not ready for a black president, tut tut we’re not ready for an Hispanic VP. Tut tut, tut tut.

Paul-Cincy on August 15, 2008 at 10:24 AM

I guess if he wants nonstop sex scandals he can pick Richardson.

Clark1 on August 15, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Richardson has experience campaigning for prez, as does Biden. That kind of experience is golden. That’s one of the reasons Mitt! is so high on my list for McCain VP. A VP without campaigning experience may do a terrible job at it. Even Jack Kemp in 1996 had experience running for prez in 1988, and he was a terrible VP campaigner. But I feel Richardson would be a very weak choice for Obama. I don’t know much about Bayh, but he seems to lack gravitas, as his father was a US Senator from Indiana and 1976 prez candidate so it’s like he went into the family business. Mitt! has a similar background but he seems more like his own man to me, with a business background.

Paul-Cincy on August 15, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Richardson might as well be VP. He’s already sold his soul (and his modestly–very modestly–positive reputation) to defend the ignorance and silliness of Obama’s foreign policy. My question for Obama is, “when Richardson’s kissing your butt, does the beard tickle?”

RBMN on August 15, 2008 at 10:39 AM

C’mon. Those three?

It’s gotta be a ‘comic relief’ in the convention to lighten things up a bit.

Sir Napsalot on August 15, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Ed,

This editorial in Investors Business Daily has a good analysis of Obama’s mentor in politics, Saul Alinsky – a hard left radical who emphasized hiding his views.

Obama’s Radical Roots and Rules

Right_of_Attila on August 15, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Obama’s choice is obvious. They’re gonna do something about it. They’re gonna sing about it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfzLw5mo5bI

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 15, 2008 at 10:51 AM

In watching Richardson during the debates, I found him to be a lightweight.

I can’t help but think that all of Richardson’s foreign policy jobs were do to political patronage not do to him being a foreign policy wonk.

If he does get the VP nod it will only be due to the fact that he is Hispanic.

At this point, Obama desperately needs them because the blacks, alone, will not put him over the top.

pocomoco on August 15, 2008 at 10:53 AM

I’m waiting for the big surprise. That’s where Obama picks Bill Clinton.

If this is a joke, it isn’t funny. If it’s serious, please go read the Constitution. There are two government jobs Bill Clinton isn’t allowed to have, and Vice President is one of them.

The Monster on August 15, 2008 at 11:03 AM

C’mon you guys…you’re missing the obvious choice for VP.

It’s MO herself. No one else can come close to matching the ideology of Him. After, we all know His ideology is actually Hers.

Think of it:

Air Force One can be called BOMO 1. (Very hip and fresh)

BobMbx on August 15, 2008 at 11:08 AM

It is true Richardson is a lightweight, he has embarrassed himself on many occasions and has shown he is unaware of basic facts. I hope it is him.

echosyst on August 15, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Right_of_Attila on August 15, 2008 at 10:40 AM

This editorial in Investors Business Daily “Obama’s Radical Roots and Rules”

Not surprised Obama might hide his views. This goes along with the leftist tenet of “the end justifies the means”. A lie for the greater good. Also note how the politics of envy goes along with Obama’s narcissism, as envy is an integral part of the narcissistic personality. See how he demonizes profit, CEOs, oil companies, private enterprise. Why? Because they have more, and that bothers him. His message is you’ll be happy when you can take away the nice things other people have. We’re talking about rich white people. “Where white folks’ greed runs a world in need”. That’s a verbatim quote from his mentor Rev. Wright, who married his wife and him, baptised their children, this is where Obama hung his hat. Obama says people are going to make you afraid of him, and perpetuate myths about him like he’s a Muslim. How about the truth? Isn’t that scary enough?

Paul-Cincy on August 15, 2008 at 11:09 AM

You’re all wrong. He’s going with Wesley Clark!

Lehosh on August 15, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Richardson’s the best choice out of those, anyways.

Seixon on August 15, 2008 at 11:12 AM

If this is a joke, it isn’t funny. If it’s serious, please go read the Constitution. There are two government jobs Bill Clinton isn’t allowed to have, and Vice President is one of them.

The Monster on August 15, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Actually, it is legal. He could not serve as President in the event some tragedy should occur, though. Case in point:

Henry Kissinger was Secretary of State, #4 in line of succession, but could never be sworn in as President (wasn’t a natural born US citizen).

BobMbx on August 15, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Forgot to add this:

The really scary part is that Her Royal Lunacy Pelosi is two trigger pulls from the Oval Office.

BobMbx on August 15, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Actually, it is legal. He could not serve as President in the event some tragedy should occur, though. Case in point:

Henry Kissinger was Secretary of State, #4 in line of succession, but could never be sworn in as President (wasn’t a natural born US citizen).

BobMbx on August 15, 2008 at 11:14 AM

You may notice that “Secretary of State” is not “Vice President”.

Please, before you emit another word on the subject, read the fracking Constitution. (Just because leftists ignore it is no excuse.) I’ll make it really easy for you. Here’s the last sentence of the 12th Amendment:

But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

Because Bill Clinton has already been elected President twice, he is “constitutionally ineligible to the office of President”, and therefore ineligible to be Vice President.

C’mon you guys…you’re missing the obvious choice for VP.

It’s MO herself. No one else can come close to matching the ideology of Him. After, we all know His ideology is actually Hers.

The Electors from Illinois would not be able to vote for both of them. Since no one would want to run the risk that McCain’s running mate would become Veep, it’s doubtful that the Dems would nominate her. In fact, there is a popular misconception that the Constitution precludes the President and Vice President from being citizens of the same State.

The Monster on August 15, 2008 at 11:37 AM

If the Messiah wants someone with foreign policy gravitas who could be bigger than Colin Powell?

Powell a Republican? Race trumps ideology for the victim class.

lonesomecharlie on August 15, 2008 at 11:38 AM

But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

Duly corrected. Thanks.

BobMbx on August 15, 2008 at 11:42 AM

I’m a little ashamed that I used to volunteer for Biden in high school. I helped with his campaigns and everything (back when I thought I’d go into politics). I can blame it on the stupidity of youth, right? And the fact that there was nothing else to do in Delaware.

Anna on August 15, 2008 at 9:47 AM

I’ll give you a pass for Biden if you give me a pass for my work on the Dukaikis campaign! I agree it’s the stupidity of youth!!

ihasurnominashun on August 15, 2008 at 11:43 AM

True confessions:

I was a teenage Democrat!

Mojave Mark on August 15, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Anna on August 15, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Stop it, you are freaking me out lol.

saus on August 15, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Bayh and Biden, what a joke! And with that ass-kisser Richardson up there, you’d have the 3 Stooges.

GarandFan on August 15, 2008 at 12:25 PM

I can’t see Biden being the pick. It’s a marketting nightmare…

“Obama-Biden” What other name does that look like at first glance?

ynot4tony2 on August 15, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Obama needs someone to rescue him on that front.

With the recent revelation of What’shisname (Barry Soetoro, aka Barack Hussein Obama), Indonesian schooling, I’d say he’s going to have to sell lots of snake oil to save himself.

The paper indicates him being an Indonesian citizen, and Muslim. We’re all still waiting for some truth from this liar:

http://i38.tinypic.com/vsju9t.jpg

byteshredder on August 15, 2008 at 1:25 PM

I don’t know about this, but, has nObama’s birth place been really identified and is he a natural born US citizen? I saw something someplace else that talked about this. Anyone know for sure?

cjs1943 on August 15, 2008 at 1:47 PM

I guess if he wants nonstop sex scandals he can pick Richardson.

At least the Democrats have lots of experience defending against these.

MarkTheGreat on August 15, 2008 at 1:55 PM

It doesn’t matter a whit where Barak was born. His mother’s an American citizen, that makes him an American citizen.

MarkTheGreat on August 15, 2008 at 2:00 PM

No, Bayh cannot help Obama swing Indiana. There is about as much chance of that as Utah going Obama.

rightwingprof on August 15, 2008 at 2:30 PM