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The vetting process has begun

May 22, 2008 - Steve Murch
So Barack Obama has begun the process of looking for a vice president. The Associated Press is saying that “Barack Obama and John McCain have begun taking quiet but purposeful steps toward choosing their running mates.”

According to the AP, Obama has chosen former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson is overseeing the early vetting process on candidates for the Democratic front-runner. However, Obama wouldn’t confirm anything with the AP.

‘‘I haven’t hired him. He’s not on retainer. I’m not paying him any money. He is a friend of mine. I know him,’’ Obama said. Johnson has been a top fundraiser for his campaign. ‘‘I am not commenting on vice presidential matters because I have not won this nomination.’’

That’s a smart comment, though the Illinois senator has all but wrapped up the nomination. Don’t set off too many storms just in case something bizarre happens — after all, this is politics.

Maybe I’m just naive, but is Johnson really the best candidate for the job? Yes, he has experience — he did the same job for John Kerry in 2004 and Walter Mondale in 1984.

While the vice president isn’t the front man and Johnson is simply handling the vetting, didn’t Kerry and Mondale both lose? Though Johnson will only be making recommendations, again, didn’t Kerry and Mondale both lose?

It might seem like small potatoes, but if you’re the Democrats and you’ve only held the highest office in the land for 12 out of the last 40 years, don’t you want to eliminate any bad karma?


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