The NY Times seems to suggest the announcement will be this Wednesday.
Steve Clemons of the Washington Note seems to have sources indicating that Evan Bayh is out after outcry among Democrats, as are Tom Daschle and Wesley Clark (were those two ever on the shortlist?) This article was posted roughly 24 hours before Drudge reported (see what I did there?) that the NY Times discovered that Obama's decision was finalized during his trip to Hawaii. Ie: Trip to Hawaii = Crisis in Georgia... Where Biden just came back from
Sunday, Aug 17 2008, 5:52PMI won't post sources on this, so any folks are welcome to consider this my fanciful speculation. But sources close to Obama report to me that after the "surge of concern" on the net about Evan Bayh, he has not been selected as Obama's VP running mate.
I have been informed that the decision has been made, and I don't know who that person is.
I also have been told that Tom Daschle is not the running mate. I also happen to know that it is not Wesley Clark.
I just received word that it is not Senator Jack Reed either, though Obama thought very highly of him.
In my estimation, that leaves Joseph Biden, Chuck Hagel, and Sibelius. I don't think that Tim Kaine would be the nominee given the elevation of Mark Warner as the keynote speaker at the Dem convention.
As much as I would love Hagel to be the nominee, I don't think that will happen. . .and while I could be wrong here, I have heard next to nothing about Sibelius.
That leaves Joe Biden. Could Warner be a head fake -- and it's Tim Kaine after all? Not sure. . .circumstantial evidence points to Biden.
Of all places where Biden is now, he's in Georgia -- the one in the tangle with Russia.
One well placed political expert just told me on the phone that we may all be wrong and that Obama could come out with something completely unexpected -- a Hillary Clinton or even (and this shocked me) Al Gore or John Kerry. I don't have any info on such surprising possibilities as these.
We may know Monday or Tuesday.
I won't defend or go into my sources. Discount this as you like.
-- Steve Clemons