Wednesday, August 13, 2008

This may be moot by morning

I just finished watching Countdown, in which Keith Olbermann predicted Obama's pick for VP will be Joe Biden. He narrowed down the widely-reported short list of three by eliminating:
  • Virginia's Governor Tim Kaine, because of the announcement that former VA Governor and current US Senate nominee, Mark Warner, will deliver the keynote address to the convention, therefore negating the possibility of featuring another Virginian in the same venue the next night; and,
  • Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, because if elected there's a high probability his democratic senate seat would become republican. His replacement would be appointed by Indiana's governor, who is currently republican Mitch Daniels. Daniels is running for re-election; he has a democratic opponent, but he holds a substantial lead and the power and money of an incumbent, so in all likelihood, the appointment would be his to make. The person appointed would remain senator until a special election, which, if I understand this correctly, would be during the next election cycle, two years from now. (This is different from the House, which requires members to run every two years, and for which a replacement of a member is not done by appointment, but rather is the winning candidate of a special election held as soon as possible.)
Olbermann concludes that the choice must be Biden and says of that choice, "it certainly would make the covering of campaign speeches a lot more interesting."

You can watch the segment from Olbermann here.

Oh, and if you have a couple of minutes, check out the "Bushed" segment and be sure to listen to the rant for #1 about the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Unit (ICE). Chilling.

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