The Washington Post is calling O’s VP race this way:
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has told close
associates that he has had "very serious" conversations with Sen.
Barack Obama about joining the Democratic presidential ticket and has
provided documents to the campaign as it combs through his background,
according to several sources close to Kaine.
Evan Bayh (Ind.) and Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) are also being
seriously vetted by the campaign staff, according to sources with
knowledge of the process.
All you need to know about about O’s possible VP choice here.
First Read gives this analysis.
Kaine’s strengths: He helps with the battleground of Virginia;
reinforces Obama’s outside the Beltway message (although part of his
state happens to be inside the Beltway); also reinforces Obama’s
emphasis on faith (he’s a devout Catholic); speaks fluent Spanish (once
serving as a missionary in Honduras); and is close to Obama. Kaine’s
weaknesses: He has little name ID across the country; has no national
security experience; and it’s debatable how much more support Obama
might gain in Virginia with Kaine on the ticket — given that Mark
Warner and Jim Webb are also campaigning for him and given that Kaine’s
geographic strength in the state is fairly similar to Obama’s.
This is classic O. First Read again:
The Obama campaign isn’t one that likes to surprise. Could it be they
are sending a signal that Kaine is very likely, and if you don’t speak
now Dem special interest groupies, forever hold your peace?
Its not a "wow" choice, but there is something effective about having a current Governor as a running mate. Kaine is very good and not nearly the potential liability that Biden (my pick) would pose. But Kaine does help O’s message of bringing a real difference to Washington, due to the fact he has never been corrupted by actually being there. He just lives next door.