Friday, August 22, 2008

Barack Obama VP choice coming anytime now

Well it looks like Barack Obama is mere hours a way from his VP choice. I don't know who he's going to pick, but I know who he should pick: Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico. For starters, Richardson, an ex-Clinton cabinet member, threw his support to Obama at a crucial point in the primaries. He brings some executive experience which Obama is sorely lacking, solidifies Hispanic support which will be crucial in places like Colorado, and as a bonus he locks 5 electoral votes in a swing state. Bill Richardson best balances Barack Obama. While the conventional wisdom is leaning towards Joe Biden, he just doesn't feel right in my opinion for the Obama campaign. He's too old, another Senator, and while he brings tremendous foreign policy experience, Biden has a mouth that can't stop and has an archive of past comments that will haunt Obama's campaign. Better in my opinion to go with the safe pick in Bill Richardson. The first rule of the VP pick is to do no harm, and Richardson certainly does that.

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