My phone is ringing off the hook.
Some top sources tell me that they buy Bahy’s denial. One high source tells me not to count the pro-life Virginia Governor Tim Kaine out. Another says Biden is still kicking. . .and two others tell me that there are two dark horses, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed.
I’m not endorsing Bayh and certainly not encouraging Obama to make a surprise announcement in Indiana. But what I am reporting is that the blogosphere is buzzing over this. Again, could all be head fakes.
I prefer Tom Daschle — who demonstrated his thorough understanding of the machinery of government as an active ‘executive’ running the Dem leadership in the Senate. Obama needs someone who can help run things, who understands the federal government and can help tune up the warped and distorted executive branch.
And as I’ve said before — my favorite choice would have been Chuck Hagel. That would have been the game-changing selection. But I’m assured from numerous sources that that is not going to happen. Jack Reed just might.
But if it is Evan Bayh announced tomorrow, there is going to be some dust kicked up.
— Steve Clemons