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June 9, 2008 6:50 AM

Finally, some local VP rumors

Posted by David Postman

At The Herald, Jerry Cornfield points out the blog buzz that Patty Murray is being considered for the No. 2 spot with Barack Obama.

It’s an “exclusive” at OpenLeft, where a diarist says:

I have learned from a trusted inside source that the Obama campaign has approached, and held talks with, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) as a possible Vice-Presidential selection.

It’s not true, though. Murray spokeswoman Alex Glass said that while she “loves the rumor,”

Senator Murray is focused on doing her job for the people of Washington state.

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Tacoma, has a fan, too.

A writer at BlueNC, a lefty blog in North Carolina, includes Smith in a “Dark Horse” category in a VP handicap post, along with Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel and independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

These are my long-shot picks. One Republican, one Independent who used to be a Democrat before he used to be a Republican, and one guy you’ve probably never heard of (yeah he’s not that Adam Smith). Hagel would certainly feed well into a message of new politics and have crossover appeal; he’s also had a lot of nice things to say about Obama recently. Bloomberg also has a lot of independent appeal (and billions of his own money to spread that appeal) but is still questionable. However I think the one that emerges here is Adam Smith. An early Obama backer and effective surrogate he’s shown he can handle himself well with the media. An effective campaigner he was able to turn a Republican district into a safe Democratic seat. As a long serving member of the House he has served on the Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committee and is chair of the Subcommittee on Unconventional Threats (which might be handy if your administration was facing an unconventional threat like say…terrorism). This is a solid background on Foreign Policy that compliments Obama’s rather than overshadowing it. And what says “new politics” quite like picking someone that’s completely off the radar of the mainstream media? Bracket Winner: Rep. Adam Smith

Is there anyone in Washington state who you think would make a good vice presidential candidate for Obama or John McCain? Let’s start some rumors.

UPDATE: Gov. Chris Gregoire has an advocate for the job, too, though she is The Jed Report's second choice.

On a political level, Obama wouldn't pick Gregoire to deliver Washington state -- Washington will go blue in November no matter who he picks. Rather, the obvious political objective would be demographic, to cement Obama's strength with voters who want to see a woman on the ticket. (As a bonus, she's Catholic, and she's 61, which might put her on the old side for 2016, but is a perfect compliment to Obama in 2008.)

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Posted by howie in seattle

8:29 AM, Jun 09, 2008

I posted on this on May 29th: "Veep buzz for Patty."

Posted by John

8:38 AM, Jun 09, 2008

Congressman McDermott; Who shares values of the whole Democrat party would be a excellent choice. This would be a ticket I could vote for.

Posted by sam

8:52 AM, Jun 09, 2008

i find it hard to believe a democratic vp would come from here.

this state is a lock for the democratic vote. no point in trying to bolster support here while leaving the southeast with nothing to cheer for.

Posted by Hinton

9:22 AM, Jun 09, 2008

This serves to reinforce the idea that to be a leftist is to be delusional. Murray? Smith? Murray comes with more baggage than a Samsonite factory. And Smith... while one of the brighter bulbs on the generally dim democrat tree, is generally unknown outside this area... which is a great pity, come to think of it.

Posted by howie in seattle

9:50 AM, Jun 09, 2008

I don't think she's going to be on the ticket, but what "baggage" do have in mind?

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky

10:03 AM, Jun 09, 2008

I remember when the first George Bush selected Dan Quayle as his running mate. This was a sensible choice, because at the time Bush was perceived to be a lightweight, but next to Quayle, Bush appeared to have more gravitas. On the other side, Dukakis made a mistake by picking the experienced and statesmanlike Lloyd Bentsen, who only appeared more presidential than Dukakis and reminded voters of Dukakis' weaknesses.

Similarly, Obama is also perceived to be a lightweight (and way more so than Bush pere), and he has even more political/cultural left-wing baggage than Dukakis (but without the executive experience). So it would be a mistake for him to select a strong, experienced running mate, who would only remind voters of Obama's own inadequacies.

There Obama should select a weak running mate who makes Obama look good by comparison. I recommend Darcy Burner. She's the only federal-level Democrat in the state with a thinner resume than Obama and next to whom Obama looks like a serious statesman.

Posted by P

10:30 AM, Jun 09, 2008

I would love for either Sen. Murray or Congressman McDermott to be Sen. Obama's running mate! Either of them would be perfect!

Unexperience running with Stupid!

A dream ticket if there ever was one!


Posted by BeesKnees

11:21 AM, Jun 09, 2008

OMG Patty Murray!

One can only hope!

Hang on an sec, I need to grab my rosary and start a novena!

Posted by bobbyp

11:22 AM, Jun 09, 2008

I see Stefan has not yet quite mastered the art form known as parody. His sarcasm needs a little work also.

Posted by John

11:33 AM, Jun 09, 2008

Congresswomen Maxine Waters would equalize the ticket with Obama and if that wonít work then Senator Sugar Cereal Schumer would be an excellent choice too.
The Democrats have so many choices to pick from.
Congressman Barney Frank could be good too he would add a bit of spice to the ticket.

Posted by Ryan

12:26 PM, Jun 09, 2008

I'd like to start a "Draft Pam Roach for McCain's VP" movement, if only because I think the cabinet meetings would be a special kind of awesome.

Posted by Not Rick

Posted by Piper Scott

3:11 PM, Jun 09, 2008

Since Alaska is in Washington's blast zone, Gov. Sarah Palin is getting Internet buzz. Her youth, great looks, impressive ability to bring reform from within her own party, and growing track record make her really attractive. The downside? Alaska isn't exactly either in play or a leverage state.

Should the Dems pick Christine Gregoire as BHO's running mate and should they get elected, may we expect bloat in the federal budget by 1/3 with nothing to show for it, which is what we've seen during the past four years in Washington?

The Piper

Posted by Tyler

3:28 PM, Jun 09, 2008

Gregoire for VP? I hardly doubt she would turn down her Gov campaign to take that slot and essentially give the Gov position to Rossi. Local dems would hate her for it.

Posted by John

4:37 PM, Jun 09, 2008

The present occupant of the Governors mansion has done a horrible job here and so many of the party elites know it.

She will have a tough time this year especially after her screw up in Lewis County, which still goes on.

She never would have the Catholic vote, canít imagine where postman comes up with this stuff.

Posted by jenniferf

4:39 PM, Jun 09, 2008

As much as I would love to get rid of her here in WA, seeing her in the media more than usual would be worse then the past 5 months with Hillary! Don't do Barak! Don't do it! Or do it, cause ultimately it won't matter when the Republicans move into the White House

Posted by Saltherring

7:36 AM, Jun 10, 2008

Queen Christine would be a great VP choice for the Dems. She could definitely help to insure the "right people" were in place to count votes.

Posted by eric

10:18 AM, Jun 10, 2008

I think all of you who believe Obama need to really look into his policies. It spells nightmare for America. It doesn't matter who he nabs for VP. McCain isn't better, just a different dirt bag gunnin' for the white house. This country is going down and us as a public are generally too stupid to see that modern politians are self serving.

Posted by John Bailo

10:43 AM, Jun 10, 2008

Patty Murray is the Dan Quayle of Democrats.

Posted by Bluneck

10:49 AM, Jun 10, 2008

Much more likely to see Sen. Murray as head of the VA.

Watch for Florida Sen. Bill Nelson as VP candidate

Posted by jk

10:52 AM, Jun 10, 2008

If Gregiore runs as VP the Democrats might have a shot at winning the governors race in WA. Also, Murray is not what you would call the sharpest tool in the shed. She is consistently voted by hill staffers as the dumbest senator on the hill. Smith is probably one of the best politicians WA state has it is a shame the party bosses won't get out of the way and let him seek higher office.

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