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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Slog Poll: Obama’s VP Pick (Round 2)

posted by on August 19 at 10:00 AM

Yesterday we started our Obama VP runoff voting with a super long list of possible picks.

More than 2,500 votes were cast and today, with talk of an imminent Obama decision still churning, I’m kicking out all the contenders who received less than 5 percent of the previous Slog vote. Mwa! Mwa! and auf Wiedersehen to: Evan Bayh, Chris Dodd, Chet Edwards, Al Gore, Tim Kaine, Janet Napolitano, Claire McCaskill, John Podesta, Jack Reed, Kathleen Sebelius, and Mark Warner. Best of luck to you all.

Below is the narrowed-down, but still pretty long, list for Round 2. Vote wisely. And remember, we’re talking here about who you think Obama should pick, not not who he will pick.

Who should Obama pick as Vice President?

Poll closes at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday NOON TODAY. Then, because of all the chatter about an Obama pick first thing Wednesday morning, we’ll commence a series of lightning rounds this afternoon and settle on a Slog VP pick by end of day today.

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No matter who the VP is we won't support NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November. Go Hillary 2012!!!

Posted by clintonsarmy | August 19, 2008 10:02 AM

Whoa, @1 . . . you can't change your script like that! And what if it's HRC as VP, eh?

Posted by Ziggity | August 19, 2008 10:08 AM

I changed my vote from Bloomberg to Biden, mainly because I realize that Bloomberg doesn't have the foriegn policy experience that is needed.

I do think that Bloomberg has the financial chops to turn this country around, he would secure the jewish vote, he is socially liberal, and loaded. He also has done a great job with NY, and conservatives who are socially liberal love him.

Just sayin.

Posted by Original Monique | August 19, 2008 10:21 AM

I voted Bill Richardson, even if he should probably choose Sibelius. Note I didn't vote for Richardson in the last poll.

I don't trust Biden. If he's chosen, I hope Obama keeps him in the more traditional role of a VP - head of NASA, goes to parties for him, keeps breathing, acts as the heavy - and not in the un-American activist role that Cheney has/had.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 19, 2008 10:25 AM

2500 votes is much more than you usually get on polls, and John Kerry had 15% despite nobody in the world seriously considering him.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | August 19, 2008 10:30 AM

This list sucks. I picked Biden cause he's the only good and serious choice, the others are either non-possibilities (HRC, Bloomberg, Richardson) or gawd-awful (Hagel, Daschle) You cut Bayh? He's at the top of everyone else's list. PLUS you kept Kerry (lord, please, no...) but dropped Gore (who would ensure an Obama victory, especially if McC picks Lieberman)??? Looks like a Lose-Lose scenario to me...

Posted by Lose-Lose | August 19, 2008 10:32 AM

None of the above.

Posted by michael strangeways | August 19, 2008 10:36 AM

Uh... we'll probably know who the actual VP pick is before the next round of voting commences, Eli. You might want to move the next round of voting up.

Posted by Dan Savage | August 19, 2008 10:37 AM


You said "I don't trust Biden."


Posted by teve | August 19, 2008 10:39 AM

Well? I don't.

Doesn't mean it would affect my vote ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 19, 2008 10:42 AM

Who the fuck is Chet Edwards? John's nephew?

Posted by Mike in MO | August 19, 2008 10:42 AM

Obama/Nunn - to the tune of Manamana... do doo do do do... Obamanunn... do do do do

Their campaign song just writes itself!

Posted by BlueGuru | August 19, 2008 10:47 AM

@ Dan: Yeah, I'm planning on a lightning round this afternoon.

Posted by Eli Sanders | August 19, 2008 10:47 AM


Some congressman from Texas.

Posted by keshmeshi | August 19, 2008 10:49 AM

Auf wiedersehen, approximately "upon seeing again"

Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2008 10:52 AM


Maybe Biden doesn't trust you.

Posted by teve | August 19, 2008 10:53 AM

Could be, don't know, don't really care, @16.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 19, 2008 10:56 AM

Sloggers still seem to like Richardson. On paper, Richardson makes as much sense than Clinton or Biden (actually more than Biden), and unlike Bayh etc., people have heard of him.

If he's not on O's short list, there's a problem. Wish I knew what O's grand plan was.

Posted by K | August 19, 2008 11:08 AM


Biden cares. About the direction of our country. About bringing positive change and restoring America's reputation throughout the world. It's silly you can't see that and recognize his contributions to you party. Our party.

Posted by teve | August 19, 2008 11:14 AM


Biden cares. About the direction of our country. About bringing positive change and restoring America's reputation throughout the world. It's silly you can't see that and recognize his contributions to you party. Our party.

Posted by teve | August 19, 2008 11:21 AM

It's an honor to be vote 666.

Posted by Satan | August 19, 2008 11:35 AM

I like Biden, if only because he'll take the gloves off and fight dirty when necessary. He'll be good for some quotable campaign rhetoric, and he gives Obama some credible foreign policy experience.

Other than that, I agree with @4 - VP should be the head of NASA, attending ribbon cutting ceremonies, making coffee at cabinet meetings, etc.

Posted by Mahtli69 | August 19, 2008 11:35 AM

Boo on Hilz! Obama will mysteriously end up dead within his first year in office if she's VP.

Posted by catnextdoor | August 19, 2008 11:50 AM

C'mon, Stranger. When are you going to delete/ban the idiot nonstop spammer who posted #1 on this thread?

Posted by Kaypro | August 19, 2008 11:54 AM

my vote won't change no matter who he picks, so eh, whatever. i'm more interested in who mccain picks. i'm hoping he goes with a pro-choice VP, just to watch the malkinoids' heads collectively explode. pleasepleaseplease!!!

Posted by brandon | August 19, 2008 12:03 PM


I'll have to agree - the joke has grown way past stale, it is just some one note republican trying to get his jollys.

Posted by Sad Comment | August 19, 2008 12:04 PM

Well, they are very sad, @26.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 19, 2008 12:07 PM

I like Biden (and Richardson), but, if I were President, I would be more into making Biden Secretary of Defense and make Richardson Secretary of State. Most candidates do not say who there cabinet would be until after they are elected, but I think Obama should break precedent because I think it would help the public to know that, though Obama's military and foreign policy experience might be low, he would be putting people with a LOT of experience in those positions.

Hillary, as much as I despise people like "clintonsarmy" and other of her die-hard supporters, brings more votes than she loses, and if she can't control Bill, then no one can. She would be my choice, and then I would have her concentrate on health care and other similar issues that interest her.

Bloomberg and Hagel will never accept the job and do not Bring Obama any votes. (Ditto Al Gore, who is not n the list).

Bradley and Sam Nunn haven't been in the news for years (as far as I know).

Wesley Clark might get some votes, but not bring in a whole swing state let alone a Red state.

Tom Daschle comes off as too much of a pussy on everything for most people, even Democrats.

John Kerry (see Tom Daschle). Plus he is a "Loser."

I would have like to see Barbara Boxer on the list (I think she might be as respectable to women as Hillary without the Bill Baggage. However she is from San Francisco, so the Right would pummel her on "family values."

Posted by elswinger | August 19, 2008 12:44 PM

I like Biden too. He'll get all pit bull on McCain.

Posted by it'smarkmitchell | August 19, 2008 1:06 PM

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