Obama & VP Saturday in Illinois

By VA Blogger

From a few sources, Obama’s first appearance with his VP will be Satuday in Springfield, Illinois.

This should put to rest rumors/fears that Obama’s appearance in Richmond on Thursday would lead to him picking Kaine. In fact, I would probably bet that Kaine is out of the running (prompting stories such as this), leaving Biden and Sebelius the top two most likely picks.

Meanwhile, McCain will announce his VP August 29, the Friday after the Democratic Convention, to grab up the news cycle heading into the weekend and the RNC Convention the following week. I’m hoping a last minute epiphany hits McCain and he selects Congressional All-Star Mike Pence of Indiana.


  • Dan says:

    G. Stone,

    On the surface I’d agree that talking about the fact that McCain doesn’t recall the extent of his real estate holdings is stupid and not a basis for deciding who our next president should be. And if McCain had been conducting, as he assured us he would, a respectful campaign based on the issues that are important to the American people and then Obama had jumped on McCain’s lapse out of the blue I would have a problem with the Obama campaign for doing it.

    But we both know that McCain hasn’t been running an issues based campaign. For the obvious reason. An issues based campaign, particularly one where the economy is front and center, is a losing strategy for McCain.

    Unless you are completely blinded by partisanship, you couldn’t miss that the major theme of McCain’s campaign of late has been to paint Obama as an arugula eating elitist. (This is also a pretty silly basis for choosing a president, don’t you think?) Seizing upon the house thing seems like a fair and appropriate response to the nonsensical attacks initiated by McCain in order to distract voters from things that are really important. Like the economy.

    I’m sure you would prefer to have a Democratic candidate who simply greases his ass and grabs his ankles when the Republicans use these attacks to distract voters from the things they desperately don’t want them to focus on. Apparently, you aren’t going to get your wish this time.

    When your guy has enough multi-million dollar homes that he loses track of exactly how many he owns. When your guy wears shoes that go for more than $500. When his chief economic advisor (since departed) says that working folks are a bunch of whiners when it comes to the economy. When your guy says folks earning less than five million dollars aren’t rich. Maybe you shouldn’t do really stupid stuff like trying to say the other guy is elitist. Talk about doors that shouldn’t have been opened. Which campaign is out to lunch?

    And before you say a word about McCain’s $500 shoes being totally irrelevant, how much yapping have you done about $400 haircuts?

    I would love nothing better than to eliminate this sort of thing from the campaign. Let’s talk non-stop about the economy between now and November shall we? Now there is a terrifying thought for Republicans.

  • Lee J says:

    Unless Biden is the vp and he is on hell of a figther.

  • RichmondDem says:


    They didn’t win when they tried it in 1992 and 1996.

    They tried to say Bill Clinton was a secret Communist agent because he visited Moscow once. Yeah, they really won that one.

  • RichmondDem says:

    Along those lines, the Rezko non-story is just another Whitewater.

    Maybe after Obama is elected they can spend billions in taxpayer money to find out Obama wouldn’t take a nickel to see the cow jump over the moon. That is, if they ever get the Congress back.

  • I actually don’t remember that one RD. But you will have to admit, there is no contest when it comes to the far right’s turd launch capabilities.

    “Unless you are completely blinded by partisanship”… G. Stone? Partisanship? Get out of here…

  • RichmondDem says:

    EB, it tends to work if times are good. If people are really scared that their children may grow up to live worse off than they were, it fails. Thats why it didn’t work so well in ’92.

  • RD, I think you have this backwards. If people are scared studies show they retreat to the familiar. There were a lot of factors that contributed to Clinton’s election (first term).

    There was a great study on this several years ago. I think it was called “The Political Mind”, but I could have that wrong.

  • By the way, I was in your fair city this week for the Springsteen show. When are they going to tear down the Coliseum?

  • RichmondDem says:

    They couldn’t even manage to keep the Braves, so I’m not optimistic we’re getting a new Coliseum anytime soon.

    I just hope wherever they build a new one they don’t demolish half of a historic neighborhood like they did to poor Jackson Ward.

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