September 12, 2008

IF ADDING A BIG LEAGUER WOULD HAVE TOLD US ABOUT HIM...:

Misunderestimating McCain (Dan Balz, 9/112/08, Washington Post: The Trail)

It's fair to say they never anticipated that McCain would roll the dice in the way he did when selecting a vice presidential running mate. Who did? The Obama team's first reaction was curt and indifferent, an apparent sign of over-confidence inside the operation that was quickly submerged by the more modulated reactions from the candidate himself. But in its dismissive initial response, the Obama campaign was signaling its belief that McCain had taken a foolish risk.

Obama's pick of Joe Biden had revealed a campaign in play-safe mode. Even Evan Bayh probably wasn't as safe a choice for Obama as Biden, given stirrings in the blogosphere about his red-state centrism and Biden's combination of foreign policy stature and everyman persona. Picking Tim Kaine or Kathleen Sebelius would have been bolder and riskier. Picking Hillary Clinton would have been the ultimate gamble, a big-league running mate whose selection would have been a very loud statement about Obama.


...doesn't choosing a minor leaguer instead reveal just as much?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2008 6:04 AM
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