Obama Hints At Sebelius As VP?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Democrats, Kansas, Veep

He was quoted yesterday…

“I love Kathleen Sebelius. I think she is as talented a public official as there is right now. Integrity. Competence. She can work with all people of all walks of life, but I promised that I am not going to say anything about my vice president until I actually introduce my vice president.”

So the question remains…why wouldn’t you take the person who is “as talented a public official as there is right now.”

Anybody else here think Sebelius’ stock just went way up?

More as it develops…


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6 Responses to “Obama Hints At Sebelius As VP?”

  1. TheMiddle Says:

    I think shes always headed my list. Its a great way of compromising with Hillary supporters who felt so betrayed by the party – even if Hillary isn’t there, at least there is another competent woman. In that sense, he secures the feminist vote and solidifies a huge voting block of the democratic base.

    When you look at his polling numbers, you consistently see that he under performs McCain amongst party members, often garnering just 70-75% of the Democratic base. Given the margins by which that democratic base has increased since the last election cycle, simply upping his figure in that category alone by 5% should pretty much lock in his victory this fall barring any particularly egregious gaffes. Being that women make up the largest voting block of the Democratic party, it would make perfect sense to satiate them.

    Besides, it plays perfectly into his ‘Change,’ theme. Two relative outsiders taking over the White House after decades of two-family dominance. And of course it helps solidly in the unspoken change notion, the one that plays to sexism and racism.

    She might not be the ideal VP candidate in terms of policy or experience, but if winning is the goal – she’s about as close to a sure thing as he can get in my book.

    But the truth is I think Obama is really in a far better position than McCain on the VP issue. If McCain tries to seal up his right-wing base with a Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee type, he loses his moderates. If he eschews the right-wing base, he gambles that they’ll still turn out and that he can beat Obama amongst the independents. Thats quite a gamble either way.

    Obama on the other hand couldn’t do many things to make the independents run away. Choosing a woman or a moderate Republican can only help him.

  2. Grant Gould Says:

    McCain is boxed in — it’s increasingly clear he’s in fundraising trouble and needs a veep like Romney to bring in the cash. Given that McCain is going to be pretty well forced to shoot himself in the foot politically, Obama needs a moderate, well-spoken veep choice who has some sort of reputation for integrity.

    Given that, a Sebelius pick would to a very long way to capitalize on McCain’s weakness and force him to choose between votes and dollars while Obama rakes in both.

  3. TheMiddle Says:

    I disagree that McCain is in nearly the financial hole that some think he is. The Reps bring in HUGE money in 527′s and special interests. The RNC party also has a massive financial edge over the DNC. So while Obama will likely wipe the mat with McCain in direct campaign contributions, its like that the combination of 527′s, the NC, and McCain could easily outspend the Obama campaign. That especially true since Obama pretty much put a lid on all Dem 527 spending.

    This is also why I think its wildly disingenuous of the McCain campaign to scream foul about Obama backing out of public financing which would have led to him being vastly outspent. Obama certainly flopped on the issue, but its completely understandable why he did. People wonder if he has the judgment for office – well I can tell you this, he has the judgment to not put a noose around his neck and jump off a bridge. Which is precisely what accepting public financing would’ve been.

  4. Grant Gould Says:

    Mmm, good point on the 527s. Of course, too much 527 help could also give McCain trouble, since he’s been against them in the past. He will be forced to fall back on the “we have no relationship with these crazy 527 people” excuse which about two people in the entire country still believe.

  5. Bob Aman Says:

    That’s an interesting, solid point on the 527 issue.

    Sebelius would be a great choice. I still feel like Richardson would be more likely, but I would welcome either option. They’re certainly my two favorite choices so far.

  6. mike mcEachran Says:

    I want to hear from the female Hillary supporters. Will Sebilius as VP feel like insult to you?

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