Our Next VP?, by BrianInNYC

When it was announced that Senator Reed was going to be traveling to the Middle East with Senator Obama a voice went off in my head that said it’s going to be Reed in the VP slot. Since then the voice has only grown stronger and despite Senator Reed’s claims of not wanting the job (not quite the same as saying “I won’t accept it”) I think he’s the one. With very good reason, the two men in terms of the issue are an extremely good fit, and I’ve long thought Obama’s comfort level would be the guiding factor in who he chooses to be his running mate. The fact Senator Obama invited Jack Reed on this trip is a pretty strong indication to me that Senator Obama feels Senator Reed is someone he can work with.

As the idea grew in my head I did a quick search on youtube on Jack Reed and found his September, 2007 Democrat response to Bush’s war speech. Well after the watching the speech my jaw drop, it’s very easy to imagine Senator Obama using the exact same words in response to Senator McCain’s plans for Iraq. Not to mention that Senator Reed is one the very few, who like Senator Obama said from the beginning going into Iraq would be a grave mistake.

Aside from Senator Reed very impressive military credentials, he has a near perfect liberal voting record (http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/jack_reed.htm). In a time when some of Senator Obama’s liberal base is feeling a little bruised and battered putting Senator Reed on his ticket would be a very soothing balm to that base. Jack Reed is one of those few around who will win praise from both the liberals and the hawks. He also happens to be a Catholic, a group Senator Obama could use some help with. And while Senator Reed is more than a decade older than Senator Obama, Senator Reed is married to a much younger woman (Senate staffer Julia Hart) and has an infant daughter giving Senator Reed a younger image than his actual years, a good fit for a change based campaign. Another point, I don’t think Senator Obama is going to pick someone from the much discussed “short lists” floating around. He wants it to be very clear that this is his choice and his choice alone.

Residence: Cranston, RI
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Education: BS United States Military Academy, 1971; MPP Harvard University, 1982; JD Harvard University, 1982
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73 responses to “Our Next VP?, by BrianInNYC

  1. Well I for one I’m glad that the Afghanistan/Iraq part of Senator Obama’s trip is over. A little un-nerving having the next president, vice president, and Sect. of Def. in a war zone all that same time!


  2. dog's eye view

    OK, Sen. Reed goes on my “watch list.”

    How odd, though — would that be two administrations in a row with daughter(s) only families for the Prez and VP? (Almost three in a row although Al Gore Jr. followed three older sisters.)

    Yeah, have a mind for trivia.

    Interesting point about shoring up the liberal base. Would it really go anywhere?

  3. Karolenna


    Did you watch the 45-minute press conference Obama had a few minutes ago from Jordan. When Hagel, Reed and Obama left from the conference they had their arms around each other and all looked very close. I believe this has been a very good trip. The questions seemed to be constantly drilling on the Iraqi pullout, but Obama has not changed from what he has always said…that he would take into consideration things that were happening on the ground. Also, his emphasis about Petraius having the responsibility of the troops on the ground and he (Obama) having to consider that as well as what is happening here in the US made a lot of sense. Should make most think that there has to be some kind of balance, something that has been lacking with Bush(ed).

    I like Reed for VP as well. Last night I saw some saying that many of the Clinton people had moved on, but there will always be that segment who will not vote or vote for McBush. How they could do that if they truly looked at the policies is beyond me.

  4. Dog I don’t think it’s an issue of the left having any other place to go, but an enthusiasm issue, the more energized the left is the more boots on the ground, the more cash in the bank for the campaign.

    Karolenna I’m a long time Reed fan, and I do think Obama is going to look for a surprise candidate and I like the fact that Reed has never run for prez.

  5. Advice for Obama

    Leading pundits from the countries he’ll likely visit—and three more he should—offer suggestions.


  6. Chef Sheila

    An Official Good Morning everyone.
    Brian, thanks for the information. I will diligently read at my leasure .

    Hey, I just didn’t get a chance to here the press conference. How did it go and what in everyone’s opinion will be highlighted and why?

    Enquiring minds want to know?

  7. To me the two big points from the press conference is he will stick to the 16 month time table, and that he will listen to the generals but he will set the mission. Talk about a long overdue sentiment.

  8. Chef Sheila

    How was the Press conference overall? Did the press make some great questions or did some snark? Or was there general acceptance?

  9. I only caught pieces of it.

  10. dnd

    Good points about Reed. I’m not sure how he helps him get elected, other than the military/foreign affairs cred. But he’s tailor made to be veep.

  11. dnd

    For those of you who missed the Daily Show’s coverage of the Obama trip, try to catch a rebroadcast or on comedy central’s web site.

    Warning: go to the bathroom first. It’s pee-yer-pants-funny.

  12. Chef Sheila

    Oh you are soooo right! I was sooo funny last night.

  13. dnd I really don’t think Obama is looking for a VP who will help get him elected. I think he’s really looking for a partner, and someone who won’t over shadow him. And one of the pundits said Obama needs a “boring” white guy, and Reed fits that bill.

  14. Chef Sheila


  15. Yeah Jon was cooking on all four burners last night! BTW if Hagel and/or Reed continue on to Europe with Obama that will be very telling.

  16. REED

    Biden is just too much of a dilettante Sheila, sorry

  17. dnd

    I don’t think Biden is a dilettante. And he’s definitely not a boring white guy. That’s why Reed is the better choice.

    Reed is also very accomplished, and apparently has few skeletons in his closet. Good pick.

  18. Chef Sheila


    But you know what Brian said last night? Reed is short……I agree with that!

    I like Biden, but then I liked Gore too. I’m just a dinosaur loven woman.

  19. Short in height, tall in stature and accomplishment!

    Obama/Reed ’08

  20. Howdy troops, Brian, nice job of gathering the intel on Reed. Don’t know a lot about him, and I didn’t know ANYTHING about the military part.

  21. Reed may be a “safe” pick in that he will be bland and cause not trouble. I am not sure how much these picks help, and can only think of one who actually hurt—likely Quayle even though Daddy Bush won. I do think Gore was a good pick up in 1992 for BC because it reinforced the southern young man thing.

  22. dnd

    UAL to layoff 7000. Wachovia to layoff 6300. To quote James Carville, “it’s the economy, stupid.”

  23. Chef Sheila

    dnd, so disheartening……

  24. Chef Sheila

    your right Brian, That is hilarious. My eyes are dripping….. lol

  25. Karolenna

    In Iowa where it all started.


  26. dog's eye view

    Here’s WSJ story today on Jack Reed.

    Jack Reed gives Obama cover on Iraq; column by Gerald Seib, who concludes a VP selection is not likely. But an overall positive article.


  27. Been some buzz on cable today about him, he’s pretty much been the chief Dem on the Hill in terms of crafting the Party’s responses on Iraq. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, I think he’d make a great choice, a liberal with military cred!

  28. dog's eye view

    Do you think there’s any way that Warren Buffet could be persuaded to take a role in an Obama administration? He advised Schwarzenegger for a while….

    Heck, I would love to see him as VP. Be a great hand to have on deck while the economy heads south. Talk about a counterpoint to John McCain.

  29. Warren Buffet is too old, too rich.

  30. dnd

    Buffet’s too old, and as much as he may love politics, I think he’d rather stay at Berkshire-Hathaway that be veep.

    He does know a thing or two about business 😉 so perhaps serving in an advisory capacity is doable. As long as he can stay in Omaha.

  31. dnd

    I’ve mentioned this before, but there’s an interesting contrast between the current McCain commercial they’re running here, the one where he blames Obama for high gas prices and how we should be drilling offshore, and T. Boone Pickens wind proposal commercial.

    Granted, Pickens has nothing against drilling offshore, but his mantra that we “can’t drill our way out of this crisis” starkly contrasts with McCain’s call for offshore drilling. Doesn’t help that Shell is shutting down offshore rigs in anticipation of Dolly. Makes me wonder if his local organization sees all this.

  32. dnd

    For all you cinema buffs, here’s a David Bossie opus you can skip:


    You have to wonder about some people…

  33. Chef Sheila

    Hi Folks. Quiet day. just stopping in for minute.

  34. Chef Sheila

    That is just too sad!!! McCain greeted in NH with only one Journalist and Photographer…..no wonder his campaign is jumping and shouting. thats not good.

  35. We’re all basking in the joy of things going so well on the trip so far Sheila.

  36. colleen

    hi, all, having a bad, pretty painful day so I’ve been lying low. but…just thought I’d throw this in, the blogosphere will apparently soon be awash with Gordo fodder and trash about Obama. looks like the “fight the smears” site is going to get busy…

    “Who Sent You?” — The Coming Attack on Obama


  37. colleen

    ok, back to reality, I’m liking Reed more and more, but I also like Edwards, Richardson (who got ambushed by the mean cross-eyed girl at Faux last evening til he finally just chuckled, showed his cute dimples and sweetly blew her off) but Reed is growing on me. Obama and Reed and Hagel look so natural together in their white shirt sleeves, cute, cute, cute.

    meanwhile, Phil Gramm is back with McCain in some advisory role, bad bad move, stupid

  38. Chef Sheila

    Gosh Colleen,

    Seems to me I’ve seen this one before and over and over and over…..probably Gordo!

  39. Chef Sheila

    Well time to make the Donuts. Brief but nice interlude. Thanks!

  40. I warned about the MCA of 2006 and the Authority given to the Decider to label anyone including American Citizens Enemy Combatants and now we all are in danger because of it.

    Last two paragraphs:

    “That seems pretty clear to me. In the “War on Terror,” however, as I have learned during my research over the last two and a half years, all forms of logical thought — sometimes in the courts, most of the time in military custody, and as a permanent fixture in the war rooms where torture was endorsed — have been engulfed in a fog of fear and barbarism.

    I leave the final words to Judge Motz, and her clear-eyed awareness of the injustice of the al-Marri verdict. “To sanction such presidential authority to order the military to seize and indefinitely detain civilians, even if the President call them ‘enemy combatants,’ would have disastrous consequences for the Constitution – and the country,” Judge Motz wrote. “For a court to uphold a claim to such extraordinary power would do more than render lifeless the Suspension Clause, the Due Process Clause, and the rights to criminal process in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments; it would effectively undermine all of the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. It is that power — were a court to recognize it — that could lead all our laws ‘to go unexecuted, and the government itself to go to pieces.’ We refuse to recognize a claim to power that would so alter the constitutional foundations of our Republic.”

    Unless Ali al-Marri is allowed a meaningful review of his status as an “enemy combatant,” Judge Motz’s fears have already come true. ”

    Link to story below:


    Then we also have this story where we have Mukasey asking Congress to Subvert the Constitution.

    Attorney General Michael Mukasey prompted Congress Monday morning, during a speech to the conservative American Enterprise Institute, to create new rules governing the rights of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The American Civil Liberties Union immediately responded to Mukasey’s request, calling his proposals nothing short of asking Congress to subvert the Constitution.

    “Mukasey is asking Congress to expand and extend the war on terror forever,” said Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, in a media advisory. “Anyone that this president or the next one declares to be a terrorist could then be held indefinitely without a trial. This is clearly the last gasp of an administration desperate to rationalize what is a failed legal scheme that was correctly rejected four times by the Supreme Court.”

    Story at link below:


    Also if you recall I said that we didn’t like it when Russia was going to put missiles on our doorstep in Cuba and now they don’t like it that were staging missiles on Russia’s doorstep in the Czech Republic.

    The Decider told Russia to get over it the Cold War was over. Well here’s what is rumored that Russia is doing now.


    We are in big trouble people and everyone better wake up soon or you will find a different country one morning when you wake up.

    God Bless.

  41. Morning kiddies, “busy” day today, may not be in much.

  42. Clarence Page came and spoke to at the University of Southern Mississippi when I studied there. He’s one of the most impressive people I have ever met in person.

    Here’s a column from him about the media coverage in the campaign and where the real bias is….


  43. Lieberman’s continues to reach lows lower than whale dookie. He’s going to appear at John Haggee’s Israelpornfest


  44. McCain is in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania today, and that means another aggressive blue state appearance. Despite his repulsive comments yesterday that Obama wants to lose a war to win an election, he seems to me to be on the path towards righting his ship.


    It’s important that Obama fight back fiercely and immediately against his charges of putting himself above his country. Crying about it won’t help.

  45. colleen

    first this, then off to work…


    Romney writes off his multimillion loan to his former campaign. maybe Hillary should do the same…

    For Romney, now’s the time to sweat


  46. Colleen,

    I don’t see any other choice for him than Romney. There will be lots of Anti-Mormonism from down here in the South, but I think McCain feels that he can risk it.

  47. dog's eye view

    Good morning.

    Yep, I think Romney will be the VP nominee — and he’s not a bad choice for that.

    Also see McCain campaign hitting hard on “Barack Obama didn’t understand the surge”, when the actual point is that we should not have been in Iraq in the first place. But maybe there is still appetite for delusion and it will get McCain some votes.

    Anderson Cooper opening his show with “Breaking News” on just that subject, and the lead in was McCain’s strongly worded charges for impact.

    It wasn’t Breaking News on Hurricane — what? Flopsy? Dora? — don’t watch cable much — and did not seem to warrant the breathless approach.

    Maybe it’s CNN trying to give McCain a day in the sun after so much coverage of BHO’s globetrotting.

  48. Chef Sheila

    Morning all.

    just checking in. I have to drink some coffee!,,,,

  49. dog's eye view

    TPM had this up as “John McCain loses Joe Klein.”


    In part (Time mag Swampland blog item entitled McCain Meltdown):

    John McCain said this today in Rochester, New Hampshire:

    “This is a clear choice that the American people have. I had the courage and the judgment to say I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war. It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.”

    This is the ninth presidential campaign I’ve covered. I can’t remember a more scurrilous statement by a major party candidate. It smacks of desperation. It renews questions about whether McCain has the right temperament for the presidency. How sad.

  50. Chef Sheila

    I guess we can add that statement to the growing list….

    How can this go on? Are the repubublicans going to let this man go down in flames or are they planning a take over and a new candidate at their convention or a war and coup of the US Government?

    Why are they allowing McCain to crash and burn like this? I expected more and I logic says that it must happen. Can it be that Congress is keeping Rove too busy to take part?

  51. The McCain remark—-

    Most of the time in a Presidential campaign, the defining moments are not recognized when they happen. I think this will be one of them.

    Obama needs to respond to this shitty remark that the man has made now 4 times. He did it while Obama was out of the country and it was calculated. Its different than the Swift Boat remarks or the Dukakis ACLU stuff because both of those had some facts correlated to them. This is purely McCain’s subjective opinion. Its nasty, it’s beneath us and its important that Obama stand up to him ASAP.

    I’m telling ya, gang, this is one of those big moments that slip right by us until weeks or months later.

  52. Dog’s Eye thanks for the Klein Link BTW. I enjoyed it.

    I think Stevenson got really nasty in late 1956, cant recall exactly what was passed.

    McGovern compared Nixon direclty to Hitler late in 1972.

  53. Chef Sheila

    Thanks a lot Steve, really appreciate your presence. now time for me to get ready for my day too!

    See ya’ll in a bit! Nothing like a laptop to take to work.

  54. Chef Sheila

    Obama Press Conference coming up with an Israeli Foriegn Minister. Any minute and that could mean an hour.
    But he is almost in place. ;0)

  55. Big shift today in Pollster.com’s electoral projection map:


    Votes From Abroad has numbers that were closer to pollsters.com numbers of yesterday:


    I wonder what’s going on with pollsters.com’s numbers for such a big shift, they’ve also taken Florida away from McCain and made it a toss up state!

  56. Chef Sheila

    Obama Dancing thru the Iran question very very well.

    now that is my layman’s assesment too.

  57. Chef Sheila

    Did you see polsters reading on Arizona? Mccain 43 and Obama 40% wow…..

  58. Yeah there have been lots of reports about McCain’s numbers slipping in AZ.

  59. Rasmussen has a new shapshot of Florida coming out fairly soon. I dont believe there’s going to be too much trouble for McCain in AZ, but I would say New Mexico looks like a good pick up opportuntiy.

  60. I also read at politicalwire.com that Pawlenty is defintely deeply in the mix for McCain as a running mate.

    Oh plese plese plese pick Lieberman or Jeb! Bush.

  61. Brian,,
    good link there on pollster. I hadnt been there in ages and really like the site better now, especially with dsl. The charts are fast loading that way.

    Dial up sucks! Get out of the stone age people

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