Just another mindfuck helpfully passed along by the stenographers in our famously free press
Good God. A child of six could spot the logical problems with this lead:
Likely Democratic nominee Barack Obama has begun a top-secret search for a running mate, fresh signs that the general election campaign is well under way and the primary race against Hillary Rodham Clinton is basically over.
R-i-i-g-h-t. A "top secret" search that somehow makes it right onto the AP wire. What is this? American Idol? Wait. Don't answer that.
The story moved at 10:26 EST. Anybody know when Axelrod's conference call is? I'm guessing 10:00AM.
And AP's stenographer is ... Guess who?
You got it.
Nedra Pickler. Haw. Remember when we had a media critique? (for example).
Memo to Nedra: Please, when you reprint the Obama campaign's talking points, could you at least have the common decency to label them as trial balloons, as opposed to reporting them as news?
And where were the editors on this? Oh, wait. Right behind our Nedra, urging her on.
If Obama had the nomination in the bag, he would have tried to put it away in his coronation speech. And if he wanted to be "nice" he would be. This is not the way to be nice. And it's really just another way of crowning himself. Feh.
Interestingly, the story was first leaked in Ambers blog, then went out on the wires. "Top secret," my Sweet Aunt Fanny.
NOTE Oh, the process and prospects:
Obama's campaign refused to talk about who was being considered, but possible options are Clinton; governors such as Arizona's Janet Napolitano, Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas and Tim Kaine of Virginia; foreign policy experts like former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd or Delaware Sen. Joe Biden; or other senators such as Missouri's Claire McCaskill and Virginia's Jim Webb.
He could look outside the party to people such as war critic and Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel or independent New York mayor Mike Bloomberg. Or he could look to one of his early prominent supporters such as former Sen. Tom Daschle of South Dakota or try to bring on a Clinton supporter like Indiana's Evan Bayh.
See, Napolitano, Sibelius, and McCaskill are on there because women are interchangeable. Not that there's anything wrong with that.