You have to wonder how much Joe Biden appreciates this detailed account from Obama's former campaign manager about how he became VP in a "coin toss" decision.
Time has excerpts from David Plouffe's new book. The section about the whirlwind day he and Axelrod spent interviewing the three veep finalists--Biden, Bayh, and Kaine--is the most interesting.
Biden was asked about Cheney--and his criticism of the Obama administration's Afghanistan policy review--during an interview with the press pool in Prague: Vpotus pushed back against former VP Cheney’s criticisms this week, saying it was “absolutely wrong” to say the Obama administration is dithering on Afghanistan and that the review left behind by the Bush-Cheney White House was “irrelevant.” At one point, he grew dismissive. Asked about Cheney’s criticism, he said: “Who cares what – ” and then stopped himself to find another way to put it.
Readers of National Review's group blog, The Corner, are always thankful for the contributions of former White House press secretary Dana Perino. Perino, if you remember, was the woman who frequntly got confused when asked about things like the Cuban Missile Crisis ("It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I'm pretty sure"). Anyway, yesterday she responded to the GQ piece written by former Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer, which I blogged about earlier. Latimer wrote about Bush's reaction to the Palin VP selection as follows: “I’m trying to remember if I’ve met her before.
How popular is Sarah Palin? So popular that she's almost as well regarded as the original baller, Dick Cheney, at the time he was rolled out as the Republican VP nominee in 2000.There are three fresh favorability polls on Sarah Palin that were conducted in whole or on part since her speech to the Republican Convention on Wednesday. These are from Rasmussen, ABC News and Diageo/Hotline, respectively.
Howard Wolfson, former communications director for Hillary Clinton, has been writing for us from Denver. Here are his thoughts on McCain's upcoming v.p. selection. What will John McCain's pick, due tomorrow, of his vice-presidential running mate, say about him to the American people? McCain is running ahead of the generic Republican ballot because many Americans believe he is an independent maverick, an image he forged during his 2000 run.
At the Stump, Mike refuted speculation that Obama’s extra-long gym sessions were hidden meetings with VP candidates by arguing that Obama just wanted to buff up his slim physique to look more presidential before the election in November. In the comments, Typical called our coverage uneven, and wished to learn more about McCain’s gym time as well: Where is the blurb about McCain's shuffleboard workouts (or vigorous Bingo! sessions as it were)? I can't be expected to decide this election with such a paucity of coverage on the exercise habits of the Republican candidate.
After Mitt Romney became the frontrunner for McCain's VP, our writers here and at The Stump have been analyzing whether that would be a wise move. On The Plank, Michelle argued that this would be a risky decision by McCain, as Romney's Mormon background could potentially further harm McCain's already weakened position in the evangelical base. Commenter sabatia agrees and offers an explanation for the tension these two sects: As per my comment when Romney was raised again as a potential VP: You are right on, Michelle.
I just got an Obama campaign e-mail listing a number of staff changes and additions, one of which is this: Chief of Staff to the Vice Presidential Nominee: Patti Solis Doyle Aside from the juicy fact that Hillary's former campaign manager is going to work for Obama, what I'm left wondering is: Why would you hire a chief of staff for someone before you've decided who that someone will be? I know this is kinda how it's done for VPs--the presidential campaign arranges the running mate's staff, and it's basically in place before the VP announcement.
Just a quick thought on Obama's VP deliberations per yesterday's post on all the people being mentioned, Jim Jones among them. If you go through that list--which, according to MSNBC, includes Jones, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, John Edwards, Evan Bayh, Kathleen Sebelius, Ted Strickland, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Jim Webb, Bill Nelson, Jack Reed, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Tom Daschle, and Sam Nunn--you see people who'd bring vastly different assets.