[Posted by WLS]
I’m not buying it yet. For a campaign with tens of millions of dollars, they could print a few thousand bumper stickers they intend to burn tomorrow and it wouldn’t mean a thing.
If you want to keep this selection such a huge secret, would you do something like having bumper stickers printed before the announcement is made, which puts every worker inside the factory in the loop on the choice prior to sending the long-awaited text message to all the Obmamaniacs who are waiting up at night?
The story about HIllary not being vetted looks like disinfo to me — again. Why would she need to be vetted — she just ran for President for 18 months, and she was First Lady for 8 years and a Senator for 6 years after that. Her tax returns have been made public. What possible “paper” could the Obama campaign have wanted from her that they could not find in a dozen different places already?
As for Bayh, he’s going to be Sec. of the Interior or whatever other cabinet job he wants for having played along. After all, he was a big Hillary supporter, so he’s a very likely candidate for playing her beard in this whole process.
MSNBC saying that Bayh and Kaine told they are not the pick. This from tnr.com is exactly why I think it is Hillary. Obama has passed on having an announcement this entire week when he could have gotten standard evening news coverage, plus non-stop cable news coverage and wall-to-wall coverage beginning with the network and cable morning shows the next day.
Now he’s going to make a Saturday announcement two days before the start of a convention where two days are being given over to the Clintons.
This timing ONLY makes sense if it is Hillary. She is named tomorrow, they do a barnstorming tour of the ares she was strong and he was weak — areas they need to win in November like Penn, Ohio, and Mich — and then she rolls into Colorado ahead of him to kick off the great unity festivities.
If the Obama campaign does anything else, then waiting until tomorrow is one of the most bone-headed tactical decisions of all time.
But, more importantly, having Clinton on the bottom of the ticket worries me. I think the two of them have a great chance to unify the party and sweep McCain out of the way.
UPDATE # 2
NRO Corner says Hillary’s camp just released her weekend schedule. She has NOTHING listed until midday Sunday when she’s set to be in Fresno. That would be easy enough to cancel.