With all of the talk of Obama announcing his running mate, I think I know who it’s going to be: our governor, Tim Kaine.
The schedule has him in Martinsville Wednesday morning (with our next Senator Mark Warner) and in Lynchburg Wednesday afternoon (with Senator Jim Webb). Thursday there is supposed to be an event in Richmond. And I’m hearing that there will be an event in Chesapeake sometime Thursday as well, likely Thursday evening.
Yes, Virginia is a battleground state. And yes, the Obama campaign has opened up in excess of 30 offices here. But it is the timing of the appearances, the number of them, and the various locations, that lead me to believe that Kaine will be the choice.
There is another factor here that I’ve been considering. It just makes no sense to me for Obama to pick Evan Bayh or Joe Biden. If the Democrats had 65 Senators, such a choice would make sense. But with the Democrats barely hanging on to a majority (and that’s only because Joe Lieberman (I-Lieberman) is counted as one of them) and the big push to pick up more seats this fall, removing two Senators make getting to 60 impossible. And that would make life for President Obama much more difficult.
I think Kaine’s the guy.
UPDATE: I forgot to include this tidbit regarding the hiring of Kaine’s 2005 advance man.