Ambinder on Veepstakes

Because it’s a slow day.

BARACK OBAMA

1. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) — Obama really likes her; that’s very important.
2. The Virginia boys: Kaine and Webb
3. Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH) — the Clinton stand in.
4. Gov. Janet Napolitano (D-AZ)
5. Sen. Hillary Clinton

Wild card: Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE)

JOHN MCCAIN

1. Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)
2. Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)
3. Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R-NY)
4. Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC)
5. Sen. John Thune (R-SD)

I would say Napalitano and Sanford are probably not under consideration. Napalitano because she’s from McCain’s state and Sanford because he didn’t back McCain in SC. I’d replace them with Claire McCaskill for Obama and Charlie Crist, who I think would be the best pick, for McCain.

I should also note that I think the pundits, as they’re apt to do, are seriously overhyping the value of VP picks.