Someone swears Barack Obama will choose Kathleen Sebelius. Others swear it will be Kaine, or Bayh, or.....who? No matter who, the Obama camp is shrewd enough to get all the attention it can, for as long as it can, for this unique mating dance.
Pep predicts: he'll flirt with Sebelius for the female vote. But who will he save the last dance for and take home? Evan Bayh. There's liberal glam and power in the Birch Bayh family name, and Obama knows it.
Bayh--Birch--saved Ted Kennedy's life. Caroline Kennedy is leading Obama's selection group.
Bayh--Birch--was the Senate's principal co-sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, an act that can be spun up into coin of the realm with Hillary Clinton voters. Althugh Bayh--Evan--is labeled a "centrist", the old adage of "the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree" will come into play.
Bayh--Birch--lost his presidential nominee chances to later-President Jimmy Carter. In essence, the party owes him one.
And, Bayh is a liberal's liberal. Even though his son Evan nominally carries the centrist tag, the Bayh name linkage to old-school liberalism will create a solid bond with long-time liberals and Obama's far leftist supporters.
Big daddy Bayh has clout, name recognition, and long-time, deep pocket backers. Many of those have been passed on to son Evan, along with his newer generation supporters.
The Bayh wing of the Democratic Party is large and very well-furnished. Obama won't risk his run on a woman, nor a lesser-known Democrat who's still basically putting his political house together with goods from the political version of Target stores.
Obama will go for the gold, in terms of name, prestige, power, money, and overall recognition value. Just as the Kennedys crowned Obama the successor to JFK, a Bayh pick for VP will firmly bobby pin that crown in place.
In an encouraging sign for Bayh-for-veep supporters, the Nashville (Tenn.) Post is reporting that “senior campaign officials from the Barack Obama Presidential campaign are being dispatched from various locations around the country and are converging in Indianapolis for a ‘major event’ to take place on Sunday.”
Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh has been widely discussed as one of the final names on Obama’s short list.
The Post notes that Obama’s first joint appearance with his running mate may take place in Springfield, Ill., on Saturday morning.
UPDATE: An Obama aide denied the report.
After a day of campaigning in Virginia, Obama is overnighting in Richmond tonight as the guest of Gov. Tim Kaine, Politico has learned from Old Dominion sources.
UPDATE: Virginia officials say Obama's plans call for him to meet the governor on Thursday morning and carpool to an event in Chester, Va. — no sleepover.
So, is it a consolation prize for the young veep hopeful, or a warmup act for one of the biggest buddy acts in presidential history?