Chuck Hagel to be Obama’s running mate?
I’ve seen this a couple of times:
Talk of Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel as a potential running mate for Democratic candidate Barack Obama tends to confound partisans in both parties.
Sure, they’ve been spotted together a few times, but the bottom line is no. Obama doesn’t appeal to the rational, middle of the road Democrats who would think it would be swell to sell out his party. He also doesn’t appeal to the rabid Republicans who would jump ship to support a Democrat candidate just to help out a Republican who has traditionally shown little loyalty to his fellow party members. In addition, Hagel’s voting record would make it impossible for the two to consistently stump together and speak as one voice on a LOT of issues.
I’m getting really tired of media “speculating” that every person Obama, and McCain as well, appears in public with is “a potential running mate”.
Obama will pick who Obama picks. I’m sure that is probably what’s going on in Hawaii right now. He’ll weigh the impact of his short list, how they get along together ( read agree on issues ), and whether or not that person will bring something to the campaign table ( read votes and contributions ). What I do not see is Obama, or McCain for that matter, picking someone that will either distract their core voters, or upstage the candidate. For that reason, Hagel doesn’t have a chance.
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