22 August 2008

The Veepstakes, Part VII: Team Hope plays 'em close to the vest

The Changemaker has reportedly made his selection. But when asked by reporters in Virginia who he had picked as his #2, Obama replied, "Wouldn't you like to know."

Add Texas Rep. Chet Edwards -- who represents the president's home district encompassing Crawford -- to what is reportedly a very short list. Edwards was a favorite of Nancy Pelosi's and has apparently made the final cut.

Additionally, Sen. Clinton -- #5 on our most recent power poll -- is reportedly a long shot, and insiders suggest Team Hope didn't even vet her.

Cobbling together reports from various sources, the short list appears to be, in order:

1. Delaware Sen. Joe Biden: Foreign-policy guru and now the clear favorite

2. Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh: Safest pick, but also by far the most boring

3. Texas Rep. Chet Edwards: Former military dude would give Obama red-state cred

4. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine: A double-down on change and inexperience

5: Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius: Clearly the weakest choice of the 5 -- but the only female

Reportedly, and thankfully, Claire McCaskill is still believed to have an outside shot at becoming Obama's veep.

Analysis to follow immediately following the Changemaker's announcement.

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