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Personally, I’ve been skeptical because I don’t think she could deliver Kansas. McCaskill made a lot more sense.

However…look who popped up on MSNBC as an Obama surrogate tonight to respond to Hillary’s win in Puerto Rico:

Okay, so why is this significant? Because note the background for her interview. That ain’t Kansas…it’s San Francisco. So why would she be in San Francisco of all places? Could she be meeting with Pelosi? Is she being vetted?

Something else about the intervew that struck me as curious…I can’t help but think Chris Matthews knows something we don’t when he lavishes praise on her at the end of the interview. He doesn’t often do that, and if Matthews is anything, he’s a very shrewd politico.

Also, I can’t discount that she’s been able to have a fairly progressive record as the Governor of a red state and still keep her approval numbers up. And she’s a perfect fit with Obama’s change message because she’s been able to set the tone in Kansas that he’ll be looking to duplicate in Washington.

Food for thought…

  • pico

    Sebelius has been my prediction and personal favorite for the veep slot for a couple months now. I like McCaskill a lot and think she could probably guarantee Missouri for Obama, but she has even less senatorial experience than he does. Between the two of them they’ve got about 5 years of experience in Washington, and that just doesn’t contrast well with McCain. Still, either would be fine–I think the best way to win over most of Hillary’s older female supporters (besides putting HRC on the ticket) is to have a female running mate. Ideally this would increase female turnout at the polls as well.

  • halnine000

    That could backfire with older white women asking, “If he picks a woman, why is it NOT Hillary?” I for one will work twice as hard for McCain if he picks Sebelius and I live in Kansas.

  • http://stubbornfacts.us/ Tully

    *Personally, I’ve been skeptical because I don’t think she could deliver Kansas. *

    Trust me. She can’t.

  • Jesi

    As a Kansan, I’m not that skeptical. Most Kansans love Sebelius, despite the fact that the majority tend to be Republican. When she was first running, she was big on the “Republicans for Sebelius.” They turned out, and I think they would for Obama. Also, the huge numbers at our caucuses on Super Tuesday for the Democrats lend some credibilty. Places that were expecting 100 people got 1000, and this was true all over, not just in the more liberal areas. I think Kansas is changing (thank God), and if Sebelius is VP, it could change our color.

  • Avinash_Tyagi

    I doubt a woman will be on the ticket with Obama, unless its Hillary, because it would be too risky, same with another minority, no Obama will play it safe and pick a white guy, i’d say Edwards, Webb or Strickland

  • ExiledIndependent

    Having a non-Hillary woman on the ticket would smack of obvious pandering. Bad idea.

  • wj

    But does putting a woman on the ticket look more like pandering if McCain has already done that? Or less like pandering? Hmmm….

  • http://stubbornfacts.us/ Tully

    *Most Kansans love Sebelius*

    From long years of observation as a Kansan I’d say they just hate her less than they hate the far-right fire-breathers the GOP keeps putting on the statewide ballot. I voted for her and I certainly don’t love her.

    If Obama were running aginst Huckabee unleashed with his “God’s Army” speeches, there would be a shot at Kansas. Against McCain, no. Not as things stand now.

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