Over at the Ridenbaugh Press, Randy Stapilus is thinking about whether someone from the Pacific Northwest could be a plausible running mate for Barack Obama.
First, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA):
Murray isn’t a lot better known [than Sen. Maria Cantwell], though she’s been in the Senate 16 years now and internally has risen to leadership. The
TalkLeft[Open Left] argument for her is that she would be “both a balancing and reinforcing selection, she consistently ranks in the top third of the Democratic caucus in terms of progressive voting record. Further, the possibility of two anti-war, community organizers at the top of the Democratic ticket is very appealing.” Or too similar, with little background on the executive side or real immersion into major issues. There’s this too: She would be instantly compared, all over the place, to passed-over Hillary Clinton, and Murray’s more diffident style might not be up to it.
Seecond, Governor John Kitzhaber (D-OR):
The single most logical Northwest vice presidential pick, in either party, in our opinion? The third Oregon name on Chisholm’s list: Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. He is one of the most instantly charismatic politicians the region has seen in the last generation. His electoral record is rock-solid. He has build a national network and ties, through serious policy work on health care. By way of background, he is a physician - not a bad matchup to Obama. He’d be catnip to the national media (his story as a small-town doctor would be irresistible, as would his preference to work his issue rather than scramble to Congress, as he could have). Especially if he campaigned nationally they way he did in Oregon, in jeans and boots and approach to match (a neat counterpart to Obama’s urbanity). He’d be both a credible and smooth national politician and down-to-earth guy.
Of course, our guess is that if he were asked, he’d turn it down . . .