Tuesday, August 5, 2008

VP Stakes; the Evan Bayh Edition

AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson

Time is running down-- and speculation is running rampant. Huffington Post is reporting it will be Bayh.

He is the Former Gov. of Indiana, currently the Jr. Senator from that state. The thinking is that his nomination would help in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, all critical to the game day strategy.

He is/was a BIG DLC'er

More according to wikipedia;

Bayh was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998 to the seat that was once held by his father. He won with 64% of the vote, the largest victory margin ever by a Democrat in a U.S. Senate race in Indiana.

currently serves on five Senate committees: Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, on which he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Security and International Trade and Finance; Armed Services; the Select Committee on Intelligence; the Special Committee on Aging; and the Small Business Committee.
He fails my photo test. But is in LOTS of photos with Hillary and Bill.

He seems good on healthcare, is pro-choice, pretty good on the environment.

BUT he is hawkish on Iran, over the top on Israel, and generally seems overly focused on triangulating and centrist thought. He is no Lieberman but he is not anywhere near progressive either.

Your thoughts? (This may be the last VP Stakes edition if rumors are true, as the announcement is expected to come tomorrow) I was hoping for Sebelius, Reed, and/or a few of the others... oh well. We'll see. soon.