Monday, June 14, 2004

[US Politics] With Kerry-McCain talk perhaps finally dead, the media is turning its attention to the remaining VP candidates. The LA Times has a long profile on Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack. This unknown is bound to generate the same amount of excitement that Jack Kemp brought to Bob Dole's campaign which ultimately propelled Dole to the White House. Oh wait ...

From the LAT article:
"Allies suggest he would be a bright and articulate spokesman for Democrats, a fresh face to inspire some media buzz but not so sparkling (like the glib and handsome Edwards) as to steal the limelight from Kerry ... But all that does not change the fact that Vilsack's name and face are a mystery to most Americans. His state, assuming he can deliver it, offers only seven electoral votes. Perhaps most importantly, Vilsack has limited foreign policy experience. At a time when the U.S. is still at war in Iraq and concerned about the threat of terrorism at home, Kerry may opt for a partner with a more worldly resume."