Interesting

I was having a pleasant chat earlier today with Newshogger, Fester, when I recieved a rather intriguing email. It was from Moving Virginia Forward, a PAC chaired by Virginia governor Tim Kaine, that was inviting me to attend a fundraiser on behalf of Senator Barak Obama.

Very very interesting.

Now, I can’t go to the fundraiser, unfortunately the job that puts food on the table and keeps the roof over my head would rather me stay at work to do that as opposed to skipping off to attend a fundraiser, but that’s fine by me.

I’ve been there before.

Back during Tim Kaine’s slobberknocker of an election fight with former Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, Barak had come down in the waning days of the campaign to help Tim Kaine out (by contrast, El Presidente had rushed down here at the eleventh hour to help out Kilgore, and we all know how that turned out). I attended that rally, and that event alone had played a huge part in affecting how I perceive politics.

For one, both men were positive in their campaigning, and simply electrifying. Together, on that stage, they showed you can run a successful campaign without slinging mud. But there were other things of note. Both had similar styles, and a great chemistry.

So I was not in the least bit surprised when Tim Kaine became the second governor in the nation to endorse Barak Obama as President of the United States, beaten out only by Obama’s home state governor. Both men have similar approaches to campaigning, and both seem to be friends.

Now, the reason why I’m telling you all of this is because this email I received today posed in my mind a very good question, all be it very very early. Let’s say Obama takes the nomination, very much a possibility considering recent polling trends, who to pick for a Vice President?

The most conventional wisdom would of course be Hillary; she will most likely finish second if she doesn’t win, and you know she’ll want it, hoping that a vice presidential bid will be a springboard to the presumptive candidacy after eight years of Obama.

But I think that wisdom is also flawed for the same reason that I think Hillary Clinton is an unfeasible candidate whose connections and power makes her unfortunately the frontrunner. Two many political operatives have her number, and her polling growth factors are already stagnant. After sixteen years of getting to know Hillary, people love her or hate her, there’s little hope of increasing your numbers.

What I foresee as a very possible alternative is instead an Obama Kaine ticket. Hear me out. We already know that along with Barak Obama, Tim Kaine is considered a rising star in the party, after his win over Jerry Kilgore, Tim Kaine delivered the Democratic Party’s rebuttal to the President’s State of the Union, a pretty distinguished honor.

And the message he pushed forth during that speech was I think where the Democratic Party wants to go, shadowing Bill Clinton’s ideals of the new Democratic Party.

Further, current polling data suggests that the public sees Barak as liberal, even, mind boggling enough, left of John Edwards, which he really isn’t. But here again is where Tim Kaine becomes a very attractive candidate due to his perception as a moderate Democrat who would be able to balance Barak out.

Also, Kaine has that opportunity of opening up the South, and I would say his name on the ticket would almost guarantee Virginia going blue in 2008. Indeed when he endorsed Obama back in February, he opined that Virginia is very much in play.

And of course, let’s not forget the executive experience Kaine could bring to the table.

This is not to say that an Obama Kaine ticket is not without its pitfalls. One of the biggest would be lack of foreign policy experience, but this can be remedied by putting together a good team of experts. On top of that, Obama Kaine would have to spend much of their time fighting the image of “naive/inexperienced,” in place of the much more favorable “fresh/new.”

And there is Kaine’s own office which doesn’t end around the same time Obama would have to be taking his office, which would have to pave the way for special elections in Virginia.

Regardless, as I sit back and look at the relationship the two rising stars of the Democratic party have between them, I can’t help but think; this is all very interesting.

One Response to “Interesting”

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