Thursday, August 07, 2008

Thinking way ahead

The three names we most often hear as possible vice presidential choices for Sen. Obama, are Biden, Kaine and Bayh. There is something I hope the campaign is keeping in mind, the ages of these three men.

If Sen. Obama chooses Biden as his veep, and assuming that Obama serves for two terms, at the end of that second term Biden would be about 74 years old and most likely would decide not to run for president. Then we would be where the repubs are now. We would have to start from scratch searching for a candidate.

If Sen. Obama picks Kaine, we would be in good shape in eight years. At that time Kaine would be about 58. And should Sen. Obama choose Evan Bayh, Bayh would be about 61 at the end of Sen. Obama’s second term.

Okay, after I’ve done all this math and thinking, watch Senator Obama choose someone who hasn’t even been mentioned as a possibility. I just hope he keeps his vice president’s age in mind.


Blogger Distributorcap said...

not only age but all of the background

even tho i really believe the veep means very little in the election, you are right -- it means something for the future. kaine is "good buds" with lieberman -- a major problem for me.

i like biden a lot, a bit of a loose cannon, but very qualified. bayh would be the safe choice

August 07, 2008 1:56 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Bayh is the safe choice and you had better believe that they are keeping little details about age very much in their minds.

August 07, 2008 2:23 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

I have serious issues with Evan Bayh and having heard him speak live I can only tell you that I found him stupefyingly boring. He truly looked like a cardboard cut out up at the podium.

I hear what you say about Biden, but he has chops.

I did not know about the Kaine/Lieberman thing DCap mentions. Hmmm...

On another note, who knows what bright Dem might have made a name for themself by the end of 2 terms?

August 07, 2008 5:11 AM  
Blogger Darwin's Dagger said...

Yeah, a lot of Democrats are or have been friends with Joe Lieberman. Some of them have been rather friendly with John McCain. So what? Virginia is on the cusp of voting Democrat for President for the first time in decades. The presence of our own Democratic Governor on the ticket would definitely tip the scales in Obama's favor.

August 07, 2008 5:49 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

I'm just glad the 'get Hagel' crap seems to have died down.

August 07, 2008 7:14 AM  
Blogger Unconventional Conventionist said...

Have a look at what Howie Klein has to say about this.

Forget Bayh; he's a jerk and has voted exactly like McCain has about all Iraq issues. Aside from Iraq, he votes like McCain MOST OF THE TIME! Here's a snip -

On March 10, 2005, the Senate voted to agree to a bankruptcy bill written by credit card company lobbyists, as a big fat thank you for the millions and millions of dollars these companies have dumped into the senators' political careers. The bill has destroyed the financial lives of hundreds of thousands of American families, primarily those who were hit with catastrophic illnesses. Not a single self-respecting or half-way honest, decent member of the Senate voted for it. Even Joe Lieberman abandoned his Republican buddies on this hideous piece of anti-working family legislation. Obama opposed it, as did Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, Chris Dodd, Dick Durbin, Ron Wyden, Russ Feingold, Kennedy, Harkin, Kerry, Lautenberg, Leahy... every Democrat who cares for people and families over corporations and campaign contributors opposed this brazen "F-U" to working people. Bayh joined with all the people Obama is running against: McCain, McConnell, Cornyn, Inhofe, Collins, Sununu, Coleman, bribe-slurping Ted Stevens, Pat Roberts hypocrite Gordon Smith (a walking exemplar of corruption with 117 earmarks worth $151,782,310 to his "credit"), Lindsey Graham... all the Bush rubber stamps.

No Bayh, please.

August 07, 2008 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard both Indiana and Virginia called swing states in the last couple of days.

It's hard to say, but it's a little like waiting for Christmas for us political junkies, isn't it?

August 07, 2008 8:00 AM  
Blogger dogs eye view said...

Another tack: can you think of another VP choice that would help sway Clinton supporters? Bayh was a well known HRC backer and surrogate.

Tim Kaine is a fabulous guy. He's genuinely likeable and Catholic and a popular governor from a trending purple state.

We need to allow the up and comers a share of the spotlight. They have had to fight for their spotlight against some who will not give it up.

August 07, 2008 8:31 AM  
Blogger Dean Wormer said...

Agreed. He should go with somebody young. Not just because of future political prospects of the party but because that's the image and theme of this campaign.

August 07, 2008 9:09 AM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

Agree, younger is better. Biden has run for president himself and not won so what makes anyone think he'll help this ticket?

Kaine looks good. But of course it may be someone no one has even been looking at.

August 07, 2008 9:37 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

young is better. time for new, fresh ideas.

August 07, 2008 1:27 PM  
Blogger Freida Bee said...

I would be in favor of a H. Clinton as VP. He doesn't sound like he's ruled that out to me. Thoughts?

August 10, 2008 2:03 PM  

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