VP: Dodd On Short List; No Biden or Clinton?

by: Chris Bowers

Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 10:58


The first confirmed member of Obama's short list is Chris Dodd:

Barack Obama's presidential campaign has requested information from Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd as part of its search for a possible vice presidential candidate.

The former White House hopeful and Connecticut lawmaker indicated Wednesday that he has been approached by the campaign. "There's been some inquiries, yeah," Dodd said. "They ask for a lot of stuff. I'll leave it there."

Also, neither Joe Biden nor Hillary Clinton are going through the vetting process. First, Clinton:

On Fox, former Clinton chief strategist Howard Wolfson indicated that Hillary Clinton is not being formally considered as Obama's running mate, in that she has not been asked to undergo the formal vetting process.

"Not as far as I know," Wolfson, who remains close to Clinton, said in response to a question from Sean Hannity.

He continued to say that the lack of formal vetting wouldn't necessarily rule out the possibility that Obama would choose her.

Ah, Wolfson rappin' with Hannity. Next, Biden:

A few others indicated they hadn't been approached, including Delaware Sen. Joe Biden. He said he is not seeking the job but also indicated he couldn't turn it down if asked.

Ken Salazar of Colorado is also out, while Kathleen Sebelius (KS-Gov) and Claire McCaskill (Sen-MO) refused to comment.

As far as Wolfson's comment on Clinton goes, keep in mind that Dodd also ran for President. While he didn't receive nearly as much scrutiny, Clinton's chances might be fading.

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Obama/Dodd??? (0.00 / 0)
Wow -- cognitive dissonance made flesh. What's the script -- good cop/bad cop on basic civil rights? I'd like to think Dodd couldn't stand it.

As to the rest, there's no reason to believe a word of what either a Clinton strategist or anybody of Fox says about it. They all have their propaganda points to make.

I hope you're right about Salazar, though.


Also .. (4.00 / 2)
don't forget .. CT has a Republican governor .. so if Dodd were the VP .. who would Rell choose to replace him?  I don't know CT's laws ...  but would she be brazen enough to pick a Republican to replace him? .. also .. if Dodd is the VP ..  he'll be 71 or so in 2016 ... would he run for Prez then?  Just things to think about

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we lose a Senate seat (0.00 / 0)
if Obama/Dodd win the election.

I like Dodd, but not enough to give up his Senate seat.

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Vetting Clinton now = waste of time (0.00 / 0)
Her merits as VP aside, does anyone think the Obama campaign didn't already go through HRC's past with a fine-tooth comb when they were in a heated primary?

what kinda fuuukon maroon named salazar to the list? (0.00 / 0)
that's the 'lieberman' ticket...

i could not vote for that ticket for anything...


Dodd's Countrywide mortgage (0.00 / 0)
The "Friends of Angelo" business has got to be too much of an obstacle with the risk-averse Obama camp. I just don't see it happening for Dodd because of that stuff, however minute an issue it may be. It's lame- I'd vastly prefer Dodd over some others floated- but so is the contemporary MSM.

       


Then again .. (0.00 / 0)
how many Senators have received good deals now .. or in the past? .. just because a number of Senators are rich and don't have mortgages now .. doesn't mean they didn't have any once upon a time

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Dodd seemed to be less culpable than others (4.00 / 2)
I got the impression he wasn't aware he got a sweetheart deal.

That said, they'll have to have a good defence, because decent excuses don't stop attack ads.

Still, I think we're still in the shadow-boxing stage. Hell, vetting Dodd, even if you have no intention of picking him, is nearly as good a way to quieten down the netroots as vetting Feingold would be.

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And maybe the goal of vetting Dodd has more to do with the fact that (0.00 / 0)
there is a more obvious need to kick the tires on him.  

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He's also carrying the Housing Bill (0.00 / 0)
And Obama would sort of get a two-fer, because he pleases the Left on FISA and is knowledgeable on economic issues, McCain's current soft point.

But I'm surprised about Biden--I thought he might get it as a credible attacker on national security/fopo.  And I thought I heard something from Sibelius that admitted she was being vetted.

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Agreed, it's a pander (0.00 / 0)
But it didn't placate me, it made me feel dirty.

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Lip service to the "left"? (4.00 / 1)
nt

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My first thought as well (0.00 / 0)
Though it could be VP service to the left as well, we'll see.  If Dodd is the VP nominee we can consider the FISA campaign a success.

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I still think its going to be Reed (0.00 / 0)
too many things in his favor:

1. old, white, male, with national security creds from a blue collar background (and HRC state).

2. unknown yet well respected politician who would get massive media attention during introduction (someone like dodd is already known and will bore the media quickly)

3. sleeper progressive

only thing against him: GOP gov will fill his seat.

and the fact that he is making the talking head circuit on Obama's behalf is very telling.


A little surprised... (0.00 / 0)
...after he's completely rolled over the people that got him where he is, I would have expected him to just pick Hillary... it would be easy, and since he's basically running her style of campaign now... she could reinforce his "centrist" message...  Why not?

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Oh please, let it be so! (0.00 / 0)
Seeing Dodd on the ticket would just be beautiful. Enough of the Evan Bayh/Chuck Hagel right-wing DLC BULLSHIT, please!

"History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme." -- Mark Twain

No Dodd (0.00 / 0)
I'm a CT guy and I love Dodd -- but in the wake of the FISA showdown, Obama would view either Dodd's views on security and civil rights as incorrect or Dodd's political judgement as tragically flawed. The 'hold us accountable' thing is very good and all, but you don't invite rhetorical smackdowns from your own VP pick.

Dodd probably agreed to be brought forward to tamp down some of the heat from these quarters.


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