If you believe the press, that leaves Joe Biden (Sen, DE) as the remaining top candidate.
The guy who wanted to break Iraq up into three partitions (instead of win the war and keep the country united) is thought of (by Democrats) as a foreign policy guru who will lend sufficient gravitas (a la Dick Cheney) to the neophyte Obamamessiah's candidacy.
I guess otherwise, he's pretty much a standard fare Democrat liberal. We can likely count on him saying some stupid stuff during the campaign season. He's got diarrhea of the mouth, and has some tendencies to spout racist things. He's certainly not an outsider, and doesn't represent any kind of real change. Plus, during the primary season, he had some less than flattering things to say about the Obamamessiah,
- "Having talking points on foreign policy doesn't get you there."
- "I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
- “Barack Obama hasn’t passed any [bills]." (Note - when Biden said this in December 2007, it was actually false, Obama did get one bill passed)
- “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." (Biden later apologized for this statement)
- Biden wonders whether Americans will elect “a one-term, a guy who has served for four years in the Senate,” and added “I don’t recall hearing a word from Barack about a plan or a tactic.”
- In August 2007, the Biden campaign said in a statement that Obama had belatedly arrived at “a number of Senator Biden’s long-held views on combating Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Much of what Senator Obama has proposed Senator Biden has already initiated or accomplished.”
But, I think there is something more sinister in this nomination, and it has to do with...The Clintons.
If Obama is elected, the VP normally would become the likely frontrunner for the nomination. Hillary has to be thinking that if Obama is lucky enough to serve 8 years, the VP will then by 73, and probably too old to run for president. She'll still be relatively young, and can be the frontrunner again. Of course, with Biden as the VP choice, and Obama's continued free fall in the polls, if he's not elected, he's revealed as a weak candidate in the most democratic of years, and she takes the reins. Both Obama and Biden are hurt in that case. And, of course, if he proves to be a rotten president, in 4 years, Hillary mounts a save the party campaign to replace him as the Dem nominee.
I'm telling you, Biden is the Clinton's choice. They do not want a Bayh, Kaine, or Sebelius raised to the level of national prominence.