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Where Do the QL Folks Stand on the Obama VP Choice?

obamavp.jpgNow that Barack Obama is pretty much the presumptive nominee, the VP rumors are already starting to swirl. A lot of folks are suggesting that Hillary may be the choice (one that I support, if only because Hillary could be Barack’s Cheney), and given the softer stance that Obama has taken toward his Democratic opponent since Tuesday, I certainly see that as a possibility. The Times Online has already put a top ten list of possible VP choices together, and it’s an intriguing list, though many of the names have no business being on there (Al Gore would never take the position, for instance).

Anyway, for our own edification here at QL, where do the rest of you stand?

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DRAFT WESLEY CLARK!

I just hope they really think it through and put together a team that can beat McCain. If that's Hilary, then so be it. But, I think that there are a lot of people that won't vote for a black person or a woman, so to put them together might be death for the Dems.

Think it through Donkeys!

I might be inclined to support an Obama/Clinton ticket, but only to guarantee the c-word doesn't run again in 2012.

My vote is for Bill Richardson, though I think he might make a better secretary of state than VP. Otherwise, it's Edwards. I do have to agree with Kolby, though, that a Clinton VP would not be bad and I would be willing to embrace it. I'm not sure I'm opposed to a Clinton run in 2012 though. I am, however, worried about what a Cheney style vicepresidency would mean with Hillary Clinton on second chair.

Hmm...

Ron Paul!! =)

Seriously, i think more people should look at Clark as a serious VP contender. think of what he could add to the ticket:

Obama is seen as too youthful, too inexperienced by some. Clark is in his early 60's, with an air of experience about him.

Clark can also bring his decades of military and international experience to the ticket. Hell, he was in charge of the army the last time the US won a war (Bosnia, in case you were wondering).

He's from Arkansas. Bring in some southerners.

He's a loyal and vocal Hillary supporter, who never went all that negative on Barack. So he could be the person to bridge that gap.

Obama/Clark 08.

In my opinion the strongest running mate would be Jim Webb, Evan Bayh or Ed Rendell. The names you listed might be "sexier" picks but the three above would help shore up Obama's negatives with working-class voters and national security issues. Plus, I don't see how Obama can pick anyone but a white male. Edwards might sound like a good choice but he brought nothing to the table in '04.

obama run with clinton? please... i would hope he'd never stoop so low.

so, the first time i quickly scanned this list my brain farted for a sec, and instead of Kathleen Sebelius and Bill Richardson I read: Keith Richards.

how cool would that be?

I'd love to see my very own Senator Feingold (hell, I want him to run for the highest office himself), but that'll never happen. And I'd love to see Richardson as well, but I doubt this fine country is ready to vote for a ticket with a black man AND a Hispanic on it, no matter how good they are. So my third choice, and the one I think is most likely to help him win the general election, has to be Edwards.

I'd be all for Sebelius, both because her name is cool and by all accounts she is a stand up person.

That said, causaubon is right, and Keith Richards is always my first choice.

I don't think Edwards will take the VP spot again on the ticket. Clark is a great pick, if he has a good rapport with Obama. It would be horrible to see the two of them seeming awkward around each other.

If he picks Hillary, I'm off the train. She has demeaned him and stooped to the worst forms of race-baiting and pandering to try to win. I have no respect left for her or her husband and don't want either of them near the White House. A Clinton in the VP spot would make me question Obama's judgment.

Hillary doesn't jive with Obama's conceptual platform. That's not to say that he won't effect real change when he's putting his neck out on the line for the many progressive Dem/Repubs who do want to inprove the system from the inside out. I am not expecting 100% or even 70% success, but at least it is the experiment in democracy we as a nation are supposed to be pumped about.

To clarify, No way in hell would Obama~Clinton be a good ticket. They would lose in an election the Republicans aren't trying very hard at winning. I would say the same thing for Obama~Edwards. He'd be better off with someone from Arizona, Pennsylvania, or Maine.

I am more of the Jim Webb or Joe Biden type of Obama fan. He needs someone post partisan while not really floating too far across the aisle. And given Clark's Clinton affiliation, even that might be too far across the aisle. Webb and Biden are tough. For me, the only question is which one has a cleaner biography. Both these men should be in his cabinet.

Obama has been playing it safe since Texas/Ohio. He won this thing pretty much back then. Yeah, he did. He should be playing it safe. Now he's overtaken the superdelegate lead, and as far as I can tell, all he needs to do is champion a universal policy before he is President that would give a taste of what's to come. It's not fail-safe, but it also indicates to us that he hasn't yet been fully sucked in by all the grooming and fanfare. The Kenya thing was an good but ineffectual example as it is too far removed from the American conscience to have substantial impact.

Edwards could help him (and every Democrat) out by taking on voter fraud and anti-Rovian strategies that make the politics of government not merely something clever and dirty, but something closely resembling evil. Gore, Kerry and Clinton could help by disappearing until December. He would need Congress reps to rally with him and point out specific, rectifiable travesties.

Ron Paul would be the knockout punch, he'd bring along all the Repubs who can't stand McCain (substantial #s) and his fine grasp of fiscal policy.

Admiral Fallon.

Richardson!