Obama's VP pick - predictions, Internet hoaxes and guarantees
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Who got it first four years ago? An airline mechanic.
Bryan Smith, a US Airways mechanic, arrived at work on June 5, 2004, the day before Kerry gathered reporters at his wife's estate near Pittsburgh and formally announced that Edwards was his No. 2. As Smith told NPR, he was passing through a hangar at the Pittsburgh airport to get to his work area "when I was informed by, I am assuming, Mr. Kerry's people that I should not peek in that hangar and that it was, in fact, closed for the day."
So he did what you would have done: Every time he passed through that hangar that day, he took a look.
"Around 6 that evening, I peeked in and saw they were putting John Edwards' name on the airplane," he said. "They concealed it rather quickly -- they taped paper over the logos. I just happened to peek in at the right time."
He said although he posted the information in an aviation chat room, the mainstream media didn't pick it up. Perhaps the media will all be monitoring these forums intently over the next 36 - 48 hours.
Or you can look at more traditional clues. Who is getting mentioned by the candidate?
Delaware's Joe Biden
Obama did mention Joe Biden this morning.
In a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Orlando, Obama said he was "proud to join my friend, Senator Joe Biden, in calling for an additional one billion dollars in reconstruction assistance for the people of Georgia."
Add this, according to one pundit at CNN, to the fact that "Biden has been uncharacteristcally quiet recently" and we've got what the pundit calls a "counter-clue" to the more noisy Evan Bayh.
My bottom line is this: Barring a big surprise or last-minute change of heart, the choice is likely to be Sen. Joe Biden of Deleware, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He is a lively and feisty if unpredictable campaigner with working-class roots and a street-level feel for the hot spots of the globe — which he can use to go toe-to-toe with Sen. John McCain.