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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Slog Poll: Obama’s VP Pick (Final Round)

posted by on August 19 at 14:20 PM

With the lightning round finished, here comes the final round of Slog mob voting on Obama’s VP choice. First, auf Wiedersehen to: Michael Bloomberg, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Hagel, and Sam Nunn.

Now, the final round: Joe Biden vs. Bill Richardson.

This round lasts until 5 p.m., at which point we’ll know who you all believe Obama should choose as VP. Vote wisely. And remember, we’re talking here about who you think Obama should pick, not not who he will pick. There’s been a lot of chatter today about Obama’s choice being announced first thing tomorrow morning, so with any luck we won’t have long to wait before we find out how closely the Slog mind overlaps with the Obama mind.

Who should Obama pick as Vice President?

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We need a "neither" category.

Posted by Dan Savage | August 19, 2008 2:28 PM

How did this happen.

Posted by teve | August 19, 2008 2:38 PM

See, this is what happens when you load the first round with obvious "Nos" like John Kerry; you end up knocking out real choices like Kathleen Sebelius (for instance) and we end up with this horrible choice.

Posted by Joseph J. Finn | August 19, 2008 2:39 PM

@ Dan: Don't try to steal this binding runoff web election from the people!

Posted by Eli Sanders | August 19, 2008 2:40 PM

It will be either Gore or Richardson. And I seriously would not dismiss Gore.

Posted by Just Me | August 19, 2008 2:43 PM

This would have worked waaay better as an instant runoff.

Posted by w7ngman | August 19, 2008 2:44 PM

That's what happens when you let retarded picks like Sam Nunn and John Kerry make it the second round.

And Hagel.

And Bloomberg.


Posted by ru shur | August 19, 2008 2:45 PM

I tried to write in Dick Gephart but I damaged my computer screen.

Posted by teve | August 19, 2008 2:46 PM

you need a "fuck no to both of them" category...

Posted by michael strangeways | August 19, 2008 2:59 PM

I tried to write in my computer screen but I damaged my dick.

Posted by pastry chef | August 19, 2008 3:01 PM

It should be Richardson.

But it will be Sibelius.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 19, 2008 3:01 PM

I think Sebelius took herself out of contention early with that awful SotU response.

Posted by Mike of Renton | August 19, 2008 3:21 PM

these choices suck. . .

Posted by irl | August 19, 2008 3:29 PM

I actually like Richardson way more than Biden, but I voted Biden because I think he's a better electoral asset.

Both men are egomaniacal windbags prone to making gaffes. Biden is pithier. They're both corporate subsidiaries who represent powerful lobbies. Richardson's got the better resume, but Biden's better on TV.

Richardson would increase the Latino vote a bit, but probably lose at least as many from the covert racist part of the electorate. Biden brings no geographical or demographic advantage, and two Senators on one ticket is at least one too many.

It's a tough call, but in the end you go with the safer choice. It's Biden.

Posted by Cascadian | August 19, 2008 3:33 PM

I cheated.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 19, 2008 3:39 PM

"August 19, 2008 5:21 PM

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf and Jennifer Parker report: As Delaware Sen. Joe Biden was leaving his house in Wilmington this afternoon, he slowed down and said to the gathered news reporters outside his home: "Hey guys, I'm not the guy. See ya."

Posted by PC | August 19, 2008 3:49 PM

Eli, you've made a contradictory poll: you instruct us to vote for who he SHOULD pick, not WILL pick; then you're going to compare Slog result with the actual pick. In order for that to work, we sloggers oughta guess who he WILL pick. He SHOULD pick Al Gore, so as to include HRC's folks and silence any critism about foreign policy experience. He WILL (probably) pick Bayh or Kain, experienced wonks from battle grounds (or in the case of Bayh, potential battleground states).

Cascadian's got good points: it won't be Richardson, because two non-white guys is too much for the nation to handle; and Biden, a non-battle ground nobody, simply ask why?

Posted by Lose-Lose | August 19, 2008 3:57 PM



Posted by McKinney | August 19, 2008 5:09 PM

Actually, @17, according to the NIH and NIA, Richardson is a White Hispanic.

But, hey, if you've never been to Cuba, don't blame me for your lack of knowledge.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 19, 2008 5:09 PM

Mr. Poe cracks me up.

Posted by catnextdoor | August 19, 2008 5:11 PM

Bill Richardson has lady troubles that would make Bill Clinton blush. Which is why he's not really on the short list.

Posted by Glossy | August 19, 2008 5:36 PM

Very accurate, Will in Seattle. Alas, you're in the 5% of America who knows that such a (silly) distinction exists. To 95% of the country, he ain't white, he's Mexican.

And why do you have to bring up Cuba, compay?

Posted by Lose-Lose | August 19, 2008 6:33 PM

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