NYT: Obama’s picked his VP; Update: Kristol says Sebelius in final three? Update: CNN/Bayh hoax added!

posted at 8:04 pm on August 18, 2008 by Allahpundit

Not since the 30 fateful seconds between Ray Stantz’s brain freeze and the appearance of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man has the revelation of a secret decision been more anticipated.

Mr. Obama had not notified his choice — or any of those not selected — of his decision as of late Monday, advisers said. Going into the final days, Mr. Obama was said to be focused mainly on three candidates: Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia and Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware

Mr. Obama’s advisers said he reached his decision while on vacation in Hawaii. They said it marked the end of what proved to be an unexpectedly intense process, condensed because he did not want to start actively vetting potential running mates before Mrs. Clinton quite the race in June. By contrast, Mr. McCain, who had wrapped up the Republican nomination months earlier, began his process in late spring…

The Obama campaign has cautioned against reading anything into his schedule, saying it could be changed in an instant to accommodate the plan to introduce the running mate.

Aides said the announcement would come at the earliest on Wednesday morning, and no later than Friday.

Mr. Obama’s advisers said they wanted to time the announcement to get the maximum publicity going into the convention, after a stretch in which Mr. Obama was on vacation in Hawaii and Mr. McCain made good use of having the political stage largely to himself.

Ed speculated this morning that “maximum publicity” probably means Thursday so that he can carry the buzz over to Friday and then ride it through the weekend. I agree. Okay, kids, time to show your cards: Who will it be? The smart money says Biden, who’s just back from Georgia with a feather in his cap and whose foreign policy advisor, Tony Blinken, was coincidentally “vacationing” last week in … Hawaii. Even so, leaking the names of Bayh, Biden, and Kaine seems odd when Obama’s playing everything else so close to the vest. Almost seems like a deliberate decoy, designed to draw us away from the actual nominee so that when the announcement drops it’ll go off like a nuclear blast. You don’t suppose…

Update: We can probably safely rule out Ed Rendell.

Update: Don’t know where Ace is getting this — probably from the panel on Brit Hume’s show — but evidently Bill Kristol says it’s Kaine, Biden, and Sebelius. Likelihood that BK is simply trying to sow disgruntlement among the Hillary diehards by throwing Sebelius in there: High.

Update: No surprise that a plurality of Democratic delegates prefer Hillary as VP but it is a surprise how small that plurality is — just 28 percent (which is still 22 points better than the runner-up, Joe Biden).

Update: Did CNN spill the beans on Bayh being the pick or did someone doctor a screenshot in Photoshop? You make the call! The Freepers had this too, for what it’s worth, although the source may be the same. Verdict, judging from the misspellings in the CNN “article” and the fact that I never saw this in my RSS reader: Hoax.

Update: Let’s put it this way. It had better be a hoax, because the alternative explanation — that CNN figured out the pick, ran the story, and then scrubbed it to do Obama a solid — would set a new gold standard of what it means to be in the tank for Barry O.

Update: A few more good catches on the Bayh screenshot by the Jed Report. It’s a hoax.


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Oh Lord….Cynthia McKinney LOL

funky chicken on August 18, 2008 at 9:49 PM

don’t be mocking my girl Cindy.

She’s got Roseanne Barr throwing her weight behind her candidacy.

sulla on August 18, 2008 at 9:50 PM

Barry O’s gonna dig up Adlai Stevenson.

sulla on August 18, 2008 at 9:49 PM

Then McCain should re-animate the corpse of John Wayne and kick the Obama/Stevenson ticket all across the country. McCain/Wayne! 50 States in 2008!

Vote Sauron 08 on August 18, 2008 at 9:53 PM

As a Virginian, I’ll laugh my head off if he chooses Kaine. I’ve been saying all along that Mark Warner would be a much better choice than Kaine, but I don’t think Obama ever seriously considered him.

Yossarian on August 18, 2008 at 8:34 PM

Me too. If he picks Kaine, we’ll be shut of him here in VA. Kaine, btw, is a major dweeb. He will make a Obama look even cooler than he already does. Too bad that’s not what Obama’s weakness is. That would be inexperience. And Kaine, well he’s been gov for about ten minutes–a perfect match!!!! I’ve never gotten what people see in Kaine. Now, Mark Warner–boy are we lucky HE didn’t get nominated. That guy has POTUS written all over him. Money, smarts, and skills–he’s got the package.

Soros won’t be VP–he’s been hand-picked to be Sec-Treas.

smellthecoffee on August 18, 2008 at 9:54 PM

Obama-Sebelius 08′-because just being born is overrated

jjshaka on August 18, 2008 at 9:56 PM

Obama-Obama ‘08

Mike D. on August 18, 2008 at 8:08 PM

He WANTS to pick Michelle. Only THEY have achieved “total consciousness”………..which is nice…….

Talon on August 18, 2008 at 10:04 PM

Maybe he’ll nominate the vetter: Caroline Kennedy. Libs would probably think they’ve arrived at the pearly gates!

RushBaby on August 18, 2008 at 10:06 PM

Well, I think we can all agree, Obama will not select Clarence Thomas as his running mate. He doesn’t have enough ex…uh, yeah.

Kevin71 on August 18, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Obama/Bayh

I like the way it sounds.
Maybe Obama/Bye?

Bayh, Bayh, Obama!

EJDolbow on August 18, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Seriously, though, he can’t pick Hillary and hope to have any chance. The one person he could choose to turn out the Republican base, plus all of Bill’s baggage, as well as her own. She is a stronger personality, and he has to know he couldn’t control her or Bill. I am betting on Hillary-lite Sebelius.

Kevin71 on August 18, 2008 at 10:12 PM

Vote Sauron 08 on August 18, 2008 at 9:53 PM

Yippie-kai-yay!

sulla on August 18, 2008 at 10:19 PM

smellthecoffee on August 18, 2008 at 9:54 PM

Yossarian on August 18, 2008 at 8:34 PM

Seems all us Virginians feel about the same way, leastways the ones who hang out around here. Kaine would probably ensure that BO loses Virginia.

Oldnuke on August 18, 2008 at 10:29 PM

{{{{DRUDGE POLL}}}}WHO WILL BE OBAMA’S VP?

Bayh
11% 7,553
Biden
25% 16,229
Clinton
10% 6,577
Kaine
7% 4,471
Kerry
7% 4,430
Nunn
3% 2,266
A Wildcard
37% 24,618

Total Votes: 66,144

MB4 on August 18, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Obama/Seibelius…unaborted babies beware!

SouthernGent on August 18, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Oh! I forgot to mention: NO MATTER WHO HE PICKS ALL YOU RACISTS WON’T BE SATISFIED!

SouthernGent on August 18, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Still say it’s Hillary. The other three are ‘red herrings’.

NTARC on August 18, 2008 at 10:38 PM

I just hope Obama picks a guy with a normal name so I can vote for them.

Bishop on August 18, 2008 at 10:44 PM

It’s Evan Bayh.

Reportedly, a mistake by an Obama aide has revealed this through an accidental release of e-mails.

Link

SteveMG on August 18, 2008 at 10:46 PM

Thanks Steve. Whew! It’s not Hillary, she was the one wild card.

Mojave Mark on August 18, 2008 at 11:00 PM

Thanks Steve. Whew! It’s not Hillary, she was the one wild card.

Well, CNN has pulled that story. Or it’s not on their website anymore.

So, either it was an erroneous report by CNN or someone is playing tricks (photoshopping?) or it is indeed Bayh.

No confirmation yet.

SteveMG on August 18, 2008 at 11:02 PM

is that the fake with the typos?

wise_man on August 18, 2008 at 11:04 PM

This one?

http://i36.tinypic.com/ixz3o2.jpg

F-a-k-e.

JeffreyLloyd on August 18, 2008 at 11:08 PM

Poor Obama campaign. So desperate for buzz that they are reduced to sending out fake photoshop VP announcements.

Bayh, like Clinton and Hagel probably turned him down.

funky chicken on August 18, 2008 at 11:13 PM

That Bayh link is a complete hoax. There are tons of spelling errors in the supposed screen shot. DO NOT GET FOOLED.

Warner Todd Huston on August 18, 2008 at 11:30 PM

Man, talk about serving it up for me…

don’t be mocking my girl Cindy.

She’s got Roseanne Barr throwing her weight behind her candidacy.

sulla on August 18, 2008 at 9:50 PM

Well, if Roseanne is in the shape she was last time I saw her, Cindy’s a lock! Ohhhhhh, ladies and gentlemen!

RightWinged on August 18, 2008 at 11:40 PM

I don’t think it is Bayh, the site is taken:

http://www.obamabayh.com/

bnelson44 on August 18, 2008 at 11:55 PM

It will likely be an unknown. Obama is working overtime to find a VP choice that has a smaller resume than his.

electric-rascal on August 19, 2008 at 12:25 AM

Nothing matters….when you have “Obama-beautiful morning” on yer side…

JetBoy on August 19, 2008 at 12:37 AM

That Bayh link is a complete hoax. There are tons of spelling errors in the supposed screen shot. DO NOT GET FOOLED.

Warner Todd Huston on August 18, 2008 at 11:30 PM

Yeah because a completely unqualified idiot as presidential nominee is utterly reassuring in itself.

highhopes on August 19, 2008 at 12:52 AM

It’s going to be Hillary… and I bet the announcement come Tuesday… why? Well, August 19th is William Jefferson Clinton’s 62nd birthday… what better present than putting his wife on the ticket…

Republican on August 19, 2008 at 1:06 AM

right winged – happy to oblige. good spike!

sulla on August 19, 2008 at 1:49 AM

This is what Obama is..

http://i33.tinypic.com/fz91sm.jpg

Click that

Chakra Hammer on August 19, 2008 at 2:24 AM

“Anticipated” is spelled wrong in that screenshot. Hoax.

SpencerFan on August 19, 2008 at 4:26 AM

Last night I was thinking “What would the worst choice be, for me as a Conservative?” And my first thought was … Hillary. It was frightening to think of how this could bring together the Dem party and solidify certain states for Obama, and put that lying snake of a Clinton right back in the debates (VP anyway), with her convincing half-truths, confident little laughs, and mean-spirited backstabbing ways — which, as we know, are very effective. And just think of all the face-time she’d get on national TV, and what a perfect “tough guy” to say all the bad things about McCain and his VP, so that Ob could keep his hands clean. I had a restless few hours until I realized that just suggesting a Clinton back in the White House (much less Bill) would be enough to make many Americans cringe, and of course it would be soooo fun to play all the little snide remarks she made about B’rack during the primaries. So now I’m back to thinking the big O will pick some obscure idiot (can’t have the VP candidate outshining the P candidate, says little wife Michelle) and, aside from a number of Black Americans voting for him just because of his skin color, all will be well … assuming McCain makes a good conservative pick, of course.

eucher on August 19, 2008 at 7:07 AM

Seems all us Virginians feel about the same way, leastways the ones who hang out around here. Kaine would probably ensure that BO loses Virginia.

Oldnuke on August 18, 2008 at 10:29 P

Yep, this Virginian agrees. However, one thing bothers me. If 0Bama picks Kaine, then we would be shed of Kaine IF 0Bama wins. Then our repub Lt governor would take office as governor. That would be a good thing for Virgina. But what would be good for Virginia would not be good for the country.

abcurtis on August 19, 2008 at 7:36 AM

Dumping Rendell is… progress. (But he’ll be back in four years with the neo-Hillary.)

I’m betting on Biden, especially after the last few weeks have shown Obama so vulnerable on foreign affairs.

Obama is uber-elitist. Biden is uber-arrogant. An insufferable duo.

petefrt on August 19, 2008 at 9:28 AM

All three of the front-runners are pale dudes….
I would love it if Biden, who famously said that Obama is pretty articulate for a black guy, ended up working for him, though.

Think_b4_speaking on August 19, 2008 at 9:45 AM

abcurtis on August 19, 2008 at 7:36 AM

Yeah, I hear ya. We’re between the devil and the deep blue sea all round. I’ll accept Kaine as governor for the rest of his term. We’re going to have to make another choice this fall between ‘goofy’ Gilmore and Warner. Can’t stand Gilmore don’t want to pull the lever for a democrat who’ll stand hand in glove with Reid and the rest. Guess I’ll vote for Gilmore and take a Pepsid afterwards. He can do a lot less damage to Virginia as a Senator than as governor.

Oldnuke on August 19, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Obama needs a VP that will bring him a state, into play, does Obama worry about Delaware? I don’t think so, he needs a state that will bring him delegates so Virginia? He isn’t doing well in the North of Virginia. Hillary pulled in Indiana so maybe Bayh.

Obama needs states to win. None of these folks. have what Chris Matthews refers to as a tingle quality BG

Dr Evil on August 19, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Dr Evil on August 19, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Just my opinion, of course, but Kaine won’t give him Virginia. Quite the opposite. Mark Warner would have but he won’t pick Warner. My guess is it won’t be Kaine either. I think it’ll be a woman to assuage, in his mind, the insult for beating out Hillary. Whoever it is it’ll be fun.

Oldnuke on August 19, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Everyone here is assuming that Obama will be the nominee…. Let’s wait until the roll call before we make that assumption.

Think_b4_speaking on August 19, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Think_b4_speaking on August 19, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Excellent Point!

Oldnuke on August 19, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Everyone here is assuming that Obama will be the nominee…. Let’s wait until the roll call before we make that assumption.
Think_b4_speaking on August 19, 2008 at 10:59 AM

It would be quite amusing if Hillary did weasel her way to the nomination, and then picked Obama for her VP.

wise_man on August 19, 2008 at 11:09 AM

It would be quite amusing if Hillary did weasel her way to the nomination, and then picked Obama for her VP.

wise_man on August 19, 2008 at 11:09 AM

.
Amusing; unless that was the strategy all along….

Think_b4_speaking on August 19, 2008 at 11:28 AM

My staunch liberal college mater kept saying he hopes it’s Biden. Based on the base and the statement he made that, even though he’s an old white guy he brings with him a lot of experience, my money’s on Biden as well.

Sultry Beauty on August 19, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Biden and Kaine and Bayh, oh my!
Yea, Biden is the only one with a functioning brain, but that still doesn’t help the ticket very much.

Christine on August 19, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Isn’t Sebelius spread through contact with body fluids?

crosspatch on August 20, 2008 at 6:20 AM

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