THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

Hmmm…Kaine…Wednesday

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on August 16, 2008

We might as well throw our guess in as well.  Presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama will name Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as his runningmate on Wednesday, maybe. 

Like everyone else, we’ve been trying to read the tealeaves and figure out who, when, where and why.  But maybe some clues have been revealed in the announcement of convention speakers, Obama schedule and Kaine’s decisions. 

The moderate Governor of Virginia– a swing state in which Obama is very competitive — canceled a townhall meeting scheduled for Sunday and within the past couple of weeks rumor had it that Kaine was given a tour of Pepsi Center and Invesco Field at Mile High the venues in Denver for the Democratic National convention. 

At the convention of course big names will speak throughout the week in high profile times and positions. This past week the convention planners announced the featured speakers for the week. On Monday night Sen. Claire McCaskill (MO), the next night spotlights Governors Kathleen Sebelius (KS), Janet Napolitano (AZ), Ted Strickland (OH), Ed Rendell (PA), Brian Schweitzer (MT) and former Governor and current Senate candidate Mark Warner (VA) joining Senator Hillary Clinton. Wednesday evening highlights even bigger names.  New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Senators Evan Bayh (IN) and Joe Biden (DE).  It is Wednesday night that the Vice Presidential nominee will speak. 

Notice in that list of speakers every name of recent rumored Obama number two spot has been given a night and theme, as each night has a specific policy area of focus, to speak on, except Kaine.  

It was also reported late this week that the Obama advance team was preparing an event for Richmond, VA for Thursday.  The announcement could be made that day, but you would think that maybe the choice would be announced in another swing state, move through Virginia the next day and have the Obama-Kaine team make their way through other swing states on their way to Colorado.  While we believe Obama is preparing for an event in Virginia on Thursday is no scheduled event for Wednesday. 

Put it all together and you get…well a guess that maybe it is Kaine on Wednesday or maybe this all is a giant sized NBA head fake and maybe the pick is someone slated to “speak” already but what purpose would that serve?

None. 

Piecing together announcements, schedules, rumors and hunches it seems to us that it could be Kaine on Wednesday.  But we’ll see soon enough.

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