Politics and the Vice-President

I’ve got a column up on the pros and cons of determinging VP by electoral addition

It is for that reason that Obama should pay no attention to calls to use his Vice-Presidential preference to “heal” the party. A Vice-President, at their most effective, is more than a short-sighted, cynical political gimmick, they’re a vital administration member, a potential ambassador in all realms of message making and policy for the President, and as clichéd as it may be, they are one heartbeat away from being the President. A Presidential nominee owes it to the people who voted for him to choose a nominee who he both feels is capable of holding the office of President, and who shares the nominee’s political vision. He does not need a Vice-President to heal the party, John McCain (and George W. Bush) will take care of that.

The new passing acceptance in the land of pundits is that, if Obama isn’t going to take Hillary (and her baggage) as a running mate, then he ought to take one of her more high profile surrogates. Ted Strickland, Evan Bayh, and Wesley Clark are the most often mentioned. Let’s compare the one that makes the most sense, Strickland, to a prospect I’ve previously advocated for, Sen. Jim Webb.

Full article here.