VP Considerations

I will refrain from any “guess the VP” antics because it really is impossible to see through the spin. But without squinting to read the tea leaves, I have a few thoughts. First, I would imagine being a blabbermouth about your prospects is a negative thing and suggests problems (e.g. inexperience, message discipline). Second, for Barack Obama the hard thing is whether to compensate for his lack of experience or to deny that it is an issue. Many have commented that Tim Kaine lacks the same things Obama does –national security credentials, hard accomplishments, etc. — but by picking him Obama certainly wouldn’t risk putting someone on the ticket who might overshadow him and get tongues wagging. (“Well if experience is so darn important for a VP why not the President?”) So it is a tricky line to walk on the experience/national credentials front: make it better or make it more obvious.

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