Will Obama be texting Evan Bayh soon?
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Four years ago, John Kerry selected John Edwards to be his wingman on July 6. Eight years ago, Vice President Cheney selected himself to be President Bush's number two on July 25. While on August 7 of the same year, Al Gore asked the now-Independent Joe Lieberman to serve as his vice presidential candidate.
Twelve years ago yesterday, Bob Dole selected Jack Kemp. It was on July 9, 1992 when Bill Clinton picked Al Gore. Some 20 years ago, George H.W. Bush announced that Dan Quayle would serve as his running mate on the second day of the convention - on August 16, 1988. More than a month earlier, Michael Dukakis - on July 13 - added Lloyd Bentsen to the ticket.
So, it is a little late. But the conventions are a bit late too. Although the Republican convention did overlap into early September in 2004.
Candidates are still being vetted. Strategies are still being set. Worriers are losing sleep that a John Edwards/Dan Quayle underneath-the-radar candidate could emerge as the selection. Die-hards are still demanding their ideological purist be selected. And of course, pundits are still punditing.
And it gives bloggers the great opportunity to blab mindlessly about the prospects.
On the Obama side we're hearing a lot about Indiana Senator Evan Bayh. But those further to the left than the center-left aren't happy about that selection. "Too moderate," they say.
The anti-Bayh rumbling is getting pretty hard to ignore.
Enter a late-in-the-day New York Times article entitled, "Liberal Bloggers Want to Say Bye, Bye, Bayh." Great headline. Catchy, not to mention accurate.