Scratch Webb from the VP list.
Pity. I was pretty sure that we could have gotten him to flip out without too much trouble.
By Moe Lane Posted in 2008 | Barack Obama | James Webb | Veepstakes — Comments (15) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
No, I'm not going to tell you my plan, because it's a), kind of lame; and b), if it actually would work, well, the man presumably will be running for re-election in four years. Anyway, via Hot Air I see that Webb has preemptively removed his name from consideration:
In a press release issued Monday, Webb said that he expressed to Senator Obama and Obama's presidential campaign his intent to stay in the U.S. Senate.
Webb has represented Virginia in the U.S. Senate as a Democrat for one-and-a-half years.
Webb said, "Last week I communicated to Senator Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention to remain in the United States Senate, where I believe I am best equipped to serve the people of Virginia and this country. Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for Vice President."
Lot of that going around, huh? Webb won't do it; neither will Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio, or Gov Eddie Rendell of Pennsylvania - two states that Obama lost in the primaries, and two states he absolutely must win in the general. Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee - even if he does actually want the slot - has probably knocked himself out with his recent comments about Obama's strategy towards his state. Former Governor Mark Warner of Virginia would rather run for Senate, more's the pity. Former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina's ostensibly not-quite-denial is pretty much a polite denial of interest, not that the Democrats would let Obama pick him anyway.
As for the ones that have shown an interest... Gov Bill Richardson of New Mexico would be maybe good with Latinos, and very very bad with any Clinton holdouts who think that Carville was just being nice. Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas - Ed thinks that she's the Senator's best call - is maybe good with the aforementioned Clinton supporters (assuming that you're the cynical type, or you think that Obama is), not so great with pro-lifers who'll want to know whether she's avoiding a state of mortal sin these days. Then there's former Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia: I can't wait to see the faces of the GLBT community when/if that choice is made.
And then, of course, there's Herself. You could say that such a ticket would be a dynamic exploration of the creative tension that occurs when diametric opposites are forced into interaction with each other - but then, you could also say that about the Adams/Jefferson administration. And as we passed a Constitutional amendment to keep something like that from ever, ever happening again...
No, there's no real reasons for this post, except for the combination of: mild schadenfreude; and the bemused observation that for a supposed transformational agent of Hope and Change Senator Obama doesn't really attract A-list supporters.