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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.

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Submitted by willyjsimmons on

One can reasonably see how Clinton might not be picked.


They're preparing the meme.

My guess (thinking strategically) is Webb.

Edwards, with military cred, and a former repub too boot.

Knocks out all sorts of birds with one stone, no?

Picking a female would literally be too much of a slap in the face for Obama to go through with that if it isn't Hillary. Not that I think Obama is above doing it, mind you.

But if he DOES do so...the Matrix is in for quite the contortion.

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Submitted by corinne on

Webb is my senator. I don't want him going anywhere and it's certainly too soon to talk him up as a VP, imo. Seeing as how Webb was elected in 2006, I think he would even agree that it's not a consideration.

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Submitted by amberglow on

and releasing this stuff after McCain yesterday started his VP talk is just sad--he shouldn't be counting his chickens this way--they haven't hatched yet and he hasn't locked down the nomination yet either.

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Submitted by Davidson on

Only a fool would want to be on that ticket. Democrats can take Obama's money and sell out the Party, but that doesn't mean they're willing to put their individual careers on the nasty end of a landslide.

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Submitted by corinne on

The Pickler also reports that Obama is setting up shop over at the DNC:

Obama plans general election team

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer Tue May 20, 10:00 PM ET

Barack Obama is quietly planning to take over the Democratic National Committee and assemble a multistate team for the general election, the latest sign that he is putting rival Hillary Rodham Clinton and the nomination fight behind him.

Top Obama organizer Paul Tewes is in discussions to run the party, several Democratic officials said Tuesday.

Unfortunately, Tewes is not going to find a vacant office since Howard Dean's tenure as chair doesn't end until February 2009. Even if Obama were the nominee, he couldn't summarily replace Dean: Many of the DNC voting members are from state parties; after everything Howard did to rebuild many of those parties, I don't think they'd be happy to see him go.

I think what's closer to the truth is that if he's the nominee, Obama would set a team up at the DNC to get donors together and decide on election strategy. But he can't replace people summarily.

Submitted by lambert on

Oh? Why would you believe that? There's probably a "rule" that allows it to happen. Or perhaps HoHo will step aside "gracefully," now that his work is done. If that happens, you'll really know that the fix is in.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by corinne on

that says so. In the meantime, that's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Or perhaps HoHo will step aside “gracefully,” now that his work is done.

I doubt it.

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Submitted by CognitiveDissonance on

Donna Brazile's head exploding. After all she's done to fix this nomination for Gutter Ball, I think she's expecting Dean's job. She just doesn't get that she'll be under the bus with Wright the minute it's convenient.

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Submitted by corinne on

on May 31. Wishful thinking, I know.

I think she’s expecting Dean’s job.

No, I don't think she is. She makes more as a "consultant."

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Submitted by willyjsimmons on

my plan B pick is Daschle.

But I don't know if Webb would turn it down...

might not get another opportunity like that?

It's not like Obama has the most experience in the world either. As a matter of fact, as we've been told, it's his 'judgment' that makes Obama so special.

My 'Not A Chance' pick is Richardson. (funny enough, I could see Hagel getting the nod before Richardson)

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Submitted by corinne on

I think Obama-Hagel facing off against McCain-Lieberman. LOL.

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

for SCOTUS too?

Why are alleged progressives getting all gushy over the idea of Obama picking a Republican over a Democrat as a running mate?

“I don't belong to any organized political party. I'm a Democrat.” - Will Rogers

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Submitted by BDBlue on

Clearly the Democratic Party isn't interested in unifying for November. If they were, they'd stop this destructive crap Obama keeps pulling. The declare victory meta mindfuck. Now this. He's certainly not acting like a guy who wants to unify the party and I thought that was supposed to be so desperately needed. All of this presumptuousness is just pissing the Hillary camp off more and making it harder to bring them back into the fold if he's the nominee. When I read that Obama was in his VP search, my first reaction was not a feeling of unity. To say the least.

This hurts the party in my eyes more than Obama. He's just playing politics and trying to roll the SDs. But by letting it go on (and they could stop it), they make it look like the party intends to be rolled. That's the absolute worst outcome - that the party didn't choose, they were too weak to do anything but cave to the media narrative. If they want to see the party split, then this is exactly the way to go about it. They won't end it, they just keep letting Obama and the media keep telling Clinton and her supporters to go fuck themselves. So they basically look weak and pathetic and rolled. They won't choose him, they'll just let themselves be backed into choosing him.

It's the last eight years, no make that 30 years, of failure to be willing to stand up for anything playing out at the end of this clusterfuck primary. Has a single democratic party leader shown one iota of leadership during this entire mess? No. It's not just about who wins and who loses the primary, it's the weak, pathetic way the party has watched it marched on, as if there's just nothing they can do except let the clusterfuck play out. They talk a good game about unity (often translated into WWTSBQ?) but do nothing to make sure it's actually achievable. Race baiting? Fine. Misogyny? No big thing. Let the Media decide? Fan-tastic. What can they say? They're powerless even in a system designed specifically to give them power. They don't have the courage to just give it to him and take the consequences, but they also don't have the courage not to.

It's the democratic party I've come to know and mistrust. The party looks pathetic right now. I wouldn't trust them to stand up to a kitten, much less the GOP.