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Monday, August 18, 2008

Slog Poll: Obama’s VP Pick

posted by on August 18 at 13:10 PM

The announcement is coming at the end of this week. Maybe. Probably. Unless it’s not.

But Obama definitely has to decide on a VP by next Wednesday, when the mystery man or woman is scheduled to be formally introduced at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. So with that deadline looming let’s see what the Slog mob thinks should happen.

Remember, we’re talking here about what should happen, in your humble opinions, not what will happen.

I’ve tried to give you the most inclusive list possible below (minus people who have already taken themselves out of the running). Vote wisely. And be advised: I’m going to make this into a sort of runoff voting experience, wherein each day until Obama makes his choice I knock a few of the least popular candidates out of contention. There will be fewer choices tomorrow, even fewer on Wednesday, fewer still on Thursday, and so on.

Ready? Let’s see how much of a mind-meld you all really have with the Democratic nominee…

Who should Obama pick as Vice President?

Poll closes at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Next round of voting begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Where's "Fuck you, commie queer"?

Posted by P to the J | August 18, 2008 1:09 PM

I guess you already knocked 1 or 2 off since I don't see Schweitzer anywhere. Or maybe I missed something.

Posted by Mike of Renton | August 18, 2008 1:12 PM

When Hillary steals the nomination next week in Denver (don't laugh, I am half expecting it to happen) does she have to keep Obama's choice of VP?

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 18, 2008 1:13 PM

I've never even heard of this Tom Dsachle character, so I'm definitely not choosing him.

Posted by leek | August 18, 2008 1:15 PM

I voted for Janet Napolitano because she was in Concrete Blonde.

Posted by P to the J | August 18, 2008 1:17 PM

Schweitzer, please.

Posted by Andy James | August 18, 2008 1:21 PM

Paris Hilton.

Posted by Greg | August 18, 2008 1:22 PM

NPR is suggesting that Colin Powell could be a candidate for Barack's VP. I'd stamp that chad with both hands.

Posted by Barky | August 18, 2008 1:23 PM

I'm still not seeing my fav, Caroline Kennedy.

Posted by High-Rise | August 18, 2008 1:24 PM

I don't know if this is a FF 3.0 problem, but I just see Lovelab/LustLub/musician ads in that frame.

Posted by stinkbug | August 18, 2008 1:25 PM

136 votes in and Al Gore is winning.

Posted by Really? | August 18, 2008 1:25 PM

@8, Colin Powell would hurt Obama; that entire lying to the United Nations in the run up to the war.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 18, 2008 1:27 PM

Sam Nunn

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | August 18, 2008 1:28 PM

What? Is Angelina Jolie too busy to be VP?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 18, 2008 1:28 PM

@12, I'm not so convinced that would. Look at the way people respond to W and McCain when they declare something to be correct, damn the evidence? They view the ability to be wrong and know it, yet still declare with absolute authority that it is ture, as a strength. Who better equipped that Powell?

Posted by not as much? | August 18, 2008 1:36 PM

@10 I fixed a little bit of the coding that may have been causing the problem. It should work for you now.

Posted by Megan Seling | August 18, 2008 1:38 PM

@15: And I think that Colin maybe came away cleaner than most in the Bush administration by virtue of getting out years ago. Condi Rice, on the other hand, is stained forever. An Obama/Powell ticket could be an incredible thing.

I voted Biden in the poll. He's got the energy and experience to be everything that fuckwit Lieberman wasn't in 2000.

Posted by Ryan | August 18, 2008 1:40 PM

Dsachle? Seriously? Give the guy a little respect and correct this misspelling of his name, k?

Posted by Eli Snader's spell check | August 18, 2008 1:40 PM

You left out La Pequeña Hillary Clinton (because she's got wicked style) and Madonna (just because they could adopt Hakuna Matata as their campaign song:

Obama, Madonna
Obama, Madonna
They might seem strange
But they'll bring change
Obama, Madonna!

Posted by breklor | August 18, 2008 1:45 PM

Al Gore, followed by Gov. Sibelius and Paris Hilton.

Yeah, I know Biden's probably got the nom, but I never liked him, and he's usually a war freak.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 18, 2008 1:57 PM

I thought there already was a vp-pick poll a couple of months ago on Slog?

Posted by Steve P. | August 18, 2008 2:03 PM

Biden, Clinton and Gore are going strong in the poll right now. You guys are bringing me down - I'm going to boingboing.

Posted by blank12357 | August 18, 2008 2:04 PM

Where's Schweitzer?

Posted by Jay Stevens | August 18, 2008 2:10 PM

What? No love for Goodspaceguy Nelson?

Posted by RonK, Seattle | August 18, 2008 2:14 PM

I feel dumb asking this, but here goes: Who's Chet Edwards? Sounds like some combination of Chet Culver and John Edwards.

Posted by James | August 18, 2008 2:17 PM

And what's with the Chet Edwards boomlet.

Granted, he sounds like someone who would have a moustache ... but he doesn't.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | August 18, 2008 2:21 PM

@24 - no, he's the primary choice for the 7th CD ..

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 18, 2008 2:24 PM



Posted by teve | August 18, 2008 2:30 PM

I'm not a big fan of Biden historically, but I think he's the best match for Obama. He brings heat where Obama brings cool, and he's great at directly attacking the opposition. Remember his "9/11, a noun, and a verb" comment about Giuliani? That's the guy you want running for VP. He also brings foreign policy and military experience even if he's far too hawkish for my tastes.

I even think his tendency to make gaffes is a plus. The media will love to cover him and it will keep them off the hunt for the usual GOP smears on Obama. The voters don't give a shit if the VP nominee is a verbal loose cannon. They voted for Dan Quayle in 1988, after all.

I'd never vote for Biden for president, but in eight years he'll be so old that he'll never beat out his potential competitors. Plus, he is an old Senate hand and can help guide Obama's legislation through Congress.

Posted by Cascadian | August 18, 2008 2:32 PM


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Posted by Slog Hating Internet Troll | August 18, 2008 2:36 PM

I (really) like Bill Richardson as a matter of policies, but have his supporters on the site watched him on the Sunday morning polls lately? He can't put up a spirited fight and half the time he looks like he'd rather be back in bed. Love the beard, though.

Posted by eric sic | August 18, 2008 3:21 PM

As much as I've grown to dislike her supporters and her political hack team, I picked Hillary because I really do think it would make Obama a sure thing. I think she brings in mor people than she loses.

Posted by elswinger | August 18, 2008 4:10 PM

FWIW, Mark Warner took himself out of the VP-stakes a long time ago as well - and I'm sure he's serious about it. There is no way he's giving up that locked down VA Senate seat and front-runner status in 2012 if Obama loses.

Posted by Ed | August 18, 2008 4:18 PM

@30: You're spamming a 'post deleted' message now? Well, thanks for saving the admins a step, I guess.

Posted by Greg | August 18, 2008 4:18 PM

I don't really like any of the above much. Biden annoys the fuck out of me, and is a huge windbag.

And what's with the suggestions of Colin Powell? Didn't any of you get the message? Powell is a Republican, and thus makes an unlikely choice for VP on the Democratic ticket. No thank you.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | August 18, 2008 5:23 PM

senator daschle's daughter might DQ him...

anyway, we've been pulling for mark warner. mostly because he's really friggin smart and john edwards decided to self destruct.

outside of that, potentially wesley clark would be interesting against a mccain/petraeus ticket.

could be a veritable VP smackdown.

Posted by mike | August 18, 2008 5:46 PM

Who spammed the poll for John Kerry?

Posted by Chris in Tampa | August 18, 2008 7:46 PM

Where are NADER, KUCINICH, and DEAN?
I know - let's go with the Safe Candidate. That always works.

Posted by conventionalSafedom | August 18, 2008 7:52 PM

@5 FTW

Posted by Mahtli69 | August 18, 2008 8:57 PM

What about Andrew Young? He's good with money and if Obama ever effes up, Andrew can take the heat.

Posted by Papayas | August 18, 2008 10:03 PM

@38 - the problem with selecting Kucinich is that he's a Democratic Representative for Ohio. Not quite as crucial as a senator, but still a key player in a red state.

And we need him around when Cindy Sheehan unseats Pelosi so we can finally indite those law breaking scum.

Posted by Anon | August 18, 2008 10:14 PM

Where's Howard Dean, dammit?

Posted by Donolectic | August 18, 2008 11:38 PM

Still not getting anything but ads.

Posted by drewl | August 18, 2008 11:42 PM

Mike Gravel is such an obvious pick for VP, he just wasn't even an option.

Posted by Vivian | August 19, 2008 12:02 AM

i think bloomberg would be fantastic but I don't know if the rest of the country knows what a great job he did not letting nyc's economy become a cluster fuck. They might just all think of him as the mayor of nyc. Plus it'd be fun to listen to all the sexual harassment charges against him again.

Posted by nicole | August 19, 2008 7:42 AM

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