Barack Obama has not yet announced his preference for a vice-presidential candidate. I think he would be wise to choose Hillary Clinton. If he does not choose her, then Joseph Biden would be the best choice. The other two possibilities, Kaine and Bayh are capable men but I do not think that they would fulfill the role of "attack dog" against McCain. Unfortunately, that is what is needed. Obama is not the man to confront the political nastiness machine constructed by the McCain campaign. To govern, one must first be elected, and the issue of the election is in doubt. The present Obama team is not adequately dealing with McCain. The best prospect for changing the present situation in favor of the Democrats is to pick a running mate for McCain who will contribute to winning in November.
McCain’s machine is built on the idea of politics as marketing. They are in the business of selling John McCain as though he were a new brand of toothpaste. Memetics? I had to look that up, but that is what they are doing. They are endlessly "pitching" bite sized phrases of cultural code of various kinds; "arugula eating," "not questioning his patriotism," "still rejecting victory," "inexperienced" (the ultimate codeword and excuse), "empty suit," (what does that mean?). This technique is designed to influence the vote of the unthinking. The unthinking are the majority. They believe what is said over and over again whether that is said in the media or by their fellow "sheep" in the street.
Obama is not a man equipped to engage in a battle of competing ugliness. He has spent his life becoming what he is and that is not what is needed to defeat the memeticists. What is needed is someone to stand toe to toe with McCain with equal force and a greater wit to push him back rhetorically and announce to the world that he has feet of clay. McCain’s narrative has many chapters that have not been brought forcefully to the fore. Hillary would do that with style. Joe Biden with a sledge hammer. pl