With the convention a few days away, Barack Obama has finally decided on his vice-presidential pick and will make his announcement any day now. Hereâ€™s my take on the finalists:
Evan Bayh: To be sure, Bayh is a safe and smart pick. As a centrist, Bayh will do nothing to bolster the absurd GOP arguments that Obama is a radical leftist. Also, at 52-years-old, Bayh is young enough not tarnish Obamaâ€™s pro-change anti-Washington brand. Unfortunately, Bayh is a little too boring to be Obamaâ€™s wingman. More importantly, his role as a national co-chair of the Clinton campaign will raise some serious trust issues for Obama. Bottom line: Ainâ€™t gonna happen.
Tim Kaine: If youâ€™re Barack Obama there are lots of reasons to choose Tim Kaine: executive experience, religious faith (Catholic!), Washington outsider status, political savvy. In addition, Kaine has the potential of delivering Virginia, which could be the difference between victory and defeat in November. The only problem with Kaine is that he does nothing to help Obama on the foreign policy front, an issue that has begun to affect his polling numbers.
Joe Biden: From the beginning, I have said that this was the best pick. Biden brings experience, foreign policy credentials, and charisma (not that itâ€™s lacking) to the ticket. Also, as Melissa and I mentioned before, choosing Biden after the whole â€œarticulateâ€ fiasco would show White voters that heâ€™s above â€œpetty racial politics.â€ Given the extraordinary role that race has played throughout this election year, such symbolism cannot be overestimated. I may be wrong, but Iâ€™m going to stick with Biden as the choice.