Veep Watch

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 ...

We’ll know soon

Despite the effort to parse every statement or nuance put forth by Sen. Barack Obama or any of the front runners to become his running mate, it's clear that the media are only guessing about who the vice presidential choice will be. Biden is drawing the most focus right now, but there is still ...

Veep race down to the finish line

[ The New York Times][1] says Sen. Barack Obama has "all but settled" on his choice of running mates and now is orchestrating the announcement, which almost certainly will come by week's end. Many sources (including the [Associated Press][2]) say Obama will choose one of four people - Virginia ...

Veep guessing game continues

[ MarketWatch blogger Russ Britt][1] still has lots of questions and not many answers about Obama's potential running mate. Governor or senator? Experienced hand or change agent? Male or female? Although various candidates continue to rise to the top of various lists, it remains unclear how ...

Convention schedule stokes speculation

As the Democratic National Convention draws near, political observers are grasping at every possible piece of evidence in an effort to divine Sen. Barack Obama's choice of a running mate. The announcement Wednesday that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to speak at the convention on Tuesday, ...

Insurance commissioner experience a plus for Sebelius

With health care a primary concern across the nation, American voters shouldn't overlook the fact that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius previously served as the Kansas Insurance Commissioner and blocked a merger involving Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. [ Darrell Delamaide at MarketWatch][1] says, ...

Obama’s Kansas values

Kansas native, Kansas University graduate and [ Wall Street Journal veteran Gerald Seib][1] writes a thoughtful column about "What Obama Values In Kansas." Seib notes all the connections between Obama and Kansas through his mother and two of the reported top contenders to become his running ...

Why not Sebelius?

Is Gov. Tim Kaine really just Sebelius light? [ The New Republic][1] asks why the Virginia governor should trump Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has all the same positives, as well as being more experienced. Is Sebelius being hampered by concerns over a backlash if Obama chooses a female ...

What are the odds?

So exactly what are Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' chances of being Sen. Barack Obama's running mate? Well, [ bodog.com,][1] an online betting site, says the Kansas governor has an 8/1 shot. That puts her in fourth place after Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, who both are listed as ...

Critics weigh in on Sebelius, Kaine

You know you're a frontrunner when the critics start tearing you down. [ The Catholic News Agency][1] reports that Fidelis, a national Catholic advocacy group is lobbying against Sen. Barack Obama's choice of either Gov. Kathleen Sebelius or Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as a running mate. "The ...

Close to the finish line?

Today's blogs are full of speculation about Sen. Barack Obama's choice of a running mate. Most of the news is focused on Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, but Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is mentioned in the same breath in practically every post. [ Andrew Romano of Newsweek][1] examines the pros and ...

Kaine puts focus on outside-the-Beltway preference

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius continues to be named among the Democrats under serious consideration to become Sen. Barack Obama's running mate, but she's overshadowed today by speculation that puts Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine at the top of Obama's list. It's a case of the Washington insiders vs. the ...

Sebelius would reinforce Obama’s ‘change’ message

Obama reportedly has narrowed his field for a running mate to five senators and two governors: Tim Kaine of Virginia and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, according to [ The Wall Street Journal.][1] But, they add, there's always the chance he could choose someone else.¢¢¢There's always a chance ...

Is Sebelius just the ‘other woman’ in the VP race?

[On The Huffington Report][1] Adele Stan fires back at the contention that Sen. Hillary Clinton is the only woman Sen. Barack Obama can or should consider as a running mate. Commentators who are casting out Gov. Kathleen Sebelius because they say her selection could cause a backlash from women ...

Sebelius bows out of MSNBC Veepstakes bracket

Sen. Joe Biden has knocked off Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in the [ MSNBC Veepstakes][1] and advanced to a championship showdown with Sen. Hillary Clinton. Biden also was Sen. Barack Obama's surrogate-of-choice this morning on the Today Show.¢¢¢Even the selection of Sebelius may not mean ...

Narrow field still includes Sebelius

MSNBC's Chuck Todd says that if Obama picks a female running mate, it has to be Hillary Clinton, but the personal relationship that has developed between Obama and Sebelius may be a wild card. Both Sebelius and Clinton have made it to the Final Four in the [ MSNBC Veepstakes,][1] and there's ...

Sebelius still in the running

Sen. Barack Obama had kind words for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius during a recent visit to Missouri. In comments originally reported by [ The Huffington Post,][1] Obama said, "I love Kathleen Sebelius. I think she is as talented a public officials as there is right now. Integrity. Competence. She can ...

A presidential couple?

New York magazine's John Heileman writes about Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in [ "Obama's V.P. Conundrum,"][1] and raises an interesting, but troubling, racial issue in connection with a possible Obama-Sebelius ticket. Because Sebelius is too young and too attractive to be seen as a maternal figure ...

An in-state view of Sebelius

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has many fine qualities, according to the Wichita Eagle, but when it comes to an [Obama-Sebelius ticket,][1] Eagle editorial board members will "believe it when they see it." [1]: http://www.kansas.com/611/story/441799.html

Sebelius right for an iPod presidency?

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius would be the perfect vice-presidential choice for a sleek, user-friendly administration, according to [ Bradford Plumer, writing for The New Republic.][1] It's all part of Sen. Barack Obama's vision for an "iPod presidency."Could an edgy board game created by Gov. ...