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Sebelius passed over


Joe Biden was the safe decision, according to the conservative [ American Spectator,][1] but Gov. Kathleen Sebelius really was Obama's first choice personally. If Obama's recent trip abroad had produced higher poll numbers and a greater sense of confidence in Obama's ability to deal with foreign affairs, the magazine speculates, Obama would have gone with Sebelius, who has been portrayed as yin to Obama's yang. In the end, Biden brought strengths in national and foreign policy experience to the ticket that Sebelius could not.¢¢¢Sebelius' spot among Obama's final four brought considerable attention and a little inconvenience to the governor who told the [ Denver Post][2] late Saturday that "It's a little easier to get out the door" without a pack of reporters asking questions. After meeting with a group of gay Democrats in Denver Saturday and reassuring women voters that Obama understands their issues on [ Face the Nation][3] Sunday, the governor is turning her full attention to Democratic National Convention, which opens today.¢¢¢The rise of Sebelius on the national stage certainly bolsters the chances that the Kansas governorship will not be the end of her political career. This will be the final entry on the ljworld.com Veep Watch blog, but we'll keep our eye out for new topics in the near future. [1]: http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=13755 [2]: http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_10286964 [3]: http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000002940471


RonBurgandy 9 years, 10 months ago

As much as I like Gov. Sebelius, I don't think she would have been the best choice as VP. Personally, I would much rather see her take over a Senate seat in 2010.

Jim Phillips 9 years, 10 months ago

As a Conservative, I am wildly excited about Biden getting the VP nod. My opinion is Biden is another round in the gun Obama will use to shoot himself in the foot with. Ooops! Sorry! Can't use Biden and gun in the same sentence without throwing the prefix "anti" in there. My bad.

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