(Ann Veneman (R) with Darby Rove, wife of Karl Rove) He is kidding, isn't he? Obama's vice presidential search team has floated the name of a forme
July 26, 2008

(Ann Veneman (R) with Darby Rove, wife of Karl Rove)

He is kidding, isn't he?

Obama's vice presidential search team has floated the name of a former member of President Bush's first-term cabinet, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, as Obama's running mate. [...]

The mention of Veneman's name surprised Democratic lawmakers. The low-profile Republican was close to food and agriculture industries but clashed with farm-state Democrats and environmentalists during her tenure, which lasted from 2001 to 2004...read on

Listen, just pick Hillary already and get it over with. If Obama's camp really wants half the Democratic Party to really scream, just pick Veneman. Our VP list is light and the idea that Hagel's name has been floated is repulsive enough, but Veneman? Hagel can help him on the trail and maybe someplace else for sure, but not as VP. Hillary can help Obama win Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. As we saw in the primary, elderly and Latino voters really liked her as well. The media spotlight will be all his for another long period of time while McCain is left to stir up a little publicity with Bobby "what's evolution?" Jindal or the boring wonderbread that is Romney. Maybe it will give him time to produce another video crying to the media that his VP pick wasn't covered as much as Obama's.

Yes, many from the online community don't like this choice, but I want to win the White House. She can stay in those three states alone as far as I'm concerned. I think McCain is up by eight points in one Florida poll and we all know what Florida means.

And if Obama does win the election, the Republicans will try to block every piece of legislation that comes by. Their plan is to then blame Democrats for not fixing all of Bush's screw ups in two years and run on that platform in 2010. He will need a tough VP to go in there and help move the agenda along. And nobody can repair the damage that the conservatives have done to our country in two years.

Meet the Press:

SEN. OBAMA: I think Hillary Clinton--I've said--this one I can actually answer, because I've said consistently that I think Hillary Clinton would be on anybody's short list. She, she is one of the most effective, intelligent, courageous leaders that we have in the Democratic Party.

MR. BROKAW: And according to the woman that you were talking to, you said that "we just don't know what to do about Bill," or something to that effect.

SEN. OBAMA: Oh, you know, I maybe--I think that a lot of conversations get characterized. I think that not only do I want Hillary Clinton campaigning with me, I want Bill Clinton, one of the smartest men in the history of politics, involved in our campaign. But I'm not going to, I'm not going to spill the beans here. You, you can, you can do what you want...

MR. BROKAW: Bill Clinton as, Bill Clinton as a surrogate for you day in and day out, throughout the campaign?

SEN. OBAMA: I, I would love to have Bill Clinton campaigning for me. I--he was very effective when it came to our primary, you know. He was traveling to little towns in Texas and Ohio, and it was very hard to keep up, given that he was campaigning so hard at the same time as Hillary was campaigning as hard as she was.

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