I must admit. I caved. I went to Barack Obama’s website, which I won’t link to here because I think Google will give it to you at the top link for any search that’s remotely close to Obama.
I signed up to get a text message and/or an email of the announcement of his vice-presidential running mate.
Yes, I’m officially part of the frenzy.
So today on Y-Decide 2008, we’ll be suspending issues talk unless the issue has something to do with the choice of V.P.
Will it be Joe Biden? If so, we can talk foreign policy – Russia, Georgia, Iraq, China, Africa, and so on.
Will it be Evan Bayh? Let’s talk agricultural issues, economic issues affecting the Midwest and “Rust Belt” states, ethanol, and anything else you think that a Senator from Indiana would have some expertise in.
Will it by Tim Kaine? He’s socially conservative, in touch with his faith, from a large, increasingly “purple state” that would just about seal victory for Obama if he were to win it. Would the choice of Kaine bring in the faith-based electorate who might be turned off if McCain chooses Tom Ridge? Would that choice force McCain’s hand away from Ridge, giving up a potential chip in Pennsylvania? Kaine is popular in a “red state” despite his opposition to the death penalty, support for some gun control measures (VA is the site of the Virginia Tech shooting), and willingness to raise revenue for transportation and infrastructure. At the same time, he’s opposed to abortion which makes him a little weak for progressives. It is refreshing, however, to find an abortion opponent who also opposes the death penalty.
Will it be Kathleen Sebelius? CNN must not think so since they don’t seem to have her house in their 4-way split screen in which they’re stalking Tim Kaine, Evan Bayh and Joe Biden. But if so, she’s pretty strong on a number of populist issues in a decidedly socially conservative state (star of What’s the Matter With Kansas after all.) She’s also popular in the environmental community for standing up to those who wanted to build more coal-fired power plants in her state. Oh yeah, and she’s a woman not named Cleen-TON.
We should all know soon.
WHYY’s Delaware Tonight crew is in a special position with its longtime coverage of all things Biden. I’m waiting to hear back about whether we have a reporter on the scene at Biden’s house. When I find out, I’ll let you know. So this blog might be your source for on-the-scene reporting from casa Biden. If it’s any of the others, we’ll be your choice for on-the-scene reporting from my television tuned to CNN.
Check back throughout the day for updates! I’m going to prepare a post so that when that golden ticket magic text message comes through, I’ll publish the result right away.