John Kerry and Hillary Clinton both wanted – and probably still want – to be president, a reality they joked about when their paths crossed on Tuesday.
As Jason Horowitz noted, Clinton, Barack Obama’s soon-to-be confirmed secretary of state, accidentally addressed Kerry, the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as "Mr. Read More
The vice presidential selection process can be like the build-up to a big game. The contestants often look roughly even on paper – one with a particular strength in this area, the other with stand-out credentials in that area – and a reasonable case can be made for either’s Read More
For most of the summer, Biden contracts were trading at around 10 on the Intrade political market, while Evan Bayh contracts traded much higher – peaking at 40 about 10 days ago. But look at what’s happened in just the last day, as the media Read More
I can’t help but think of Bob Kerrey right now. In 1992, the then-Nebraska senator (and current New School president) was one of Bill Clinton’s two vice-presidential finalists, and conventional wisdom strongly suggested Kerrey would get the nod.
The reason was simple: Clinton was Read More
If, as I have argued relentlessly that he should, Barack Obama decides that an established reputation for national security and foreign policy expertise is a prerequisite for any potential running-mate, the question then becomes: Who passes the test?
Tim Kaine, eight years removed from a then-weak mayoralty and just Read More
Tim Kaine’s stock as a potential running-mate for Barack Obama has dropped markedly in the last day, with the news that Mark Warner, Kaine’s predecessor as Virginia’s governor, will be the keynote speaker at the convention in Denver.
The thinking, widely repeated in the media Read More
For all anyone besides Barack Obama (and maybe a confidante or two) knows, the media buzz may be accurate and Tim Kaine could soon be introduced as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s running mate.
But this is not at all what the prelude to an announcement is supposed to feel like.
It all started late Read More
Conventional wisdom can be and often is wrong, especially when it comes to running-mate speculation.
Maybe you can remember back to 1992, when just about every wise man and woman opined on the supposed importance of Bill Clinton, then a 45-year-old Southern governor, balancing his ticket with a gray-haired Northerner. Clinton, of course, ignored them Read More
This post has it right: No one saw this one coming. Senator Jim Webb, the former Republican and Reagan-era Navy secretary who has been touted as the perfect tough-guy complement to Barack Obama, unexpectedly and very publicly withdrew his name from VP consideration today.
The most immediate beneficiary of this Read More
Follow the drama live here– the most up-to-the-minute returns from the George Allen/Jim Webb Senate race in the Old Dominion, refreshed every two minutes.
No one is sure where in the state these returns are coming from, though Hotline reported earlier that the returns in Alexandria, a masssively Democratic city across the Potomac Read More