Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Five Vice Presidential Choices for Barack Obama

Put aside age, gender, race, ethnicity, and religion. Which of the following sets of qualifications, skills, and prior experience do you think would make for the most impressive combination in a vice presidential candidate running mate for Barack Obama?

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  1. Annapolis graduate, Marine rifle platoon commander in Vietnam, and winner of the Navy Cross for heroism, the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts.
  2. Georgetown Law School graduate, former staff attorney for the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs in the Reagan Administration(1984-1987).
  3. Best-selling author of eight novels and two screenplays, Emmy award winning documentary producer, and former English teacher at the U.S. Naval Academy.
  4. Nebraska-born former amateur boxer, self-taught historian, and current U.S. Senator.
  5. Vietnam war vet, former Republican critic of John Kerry's anti-war activities in the 1970's, former Secretary of the Navy, and current critic of Bush's Iraq War.

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The correct answer is 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Dept. of Amplification
6-11 pm
The thoroughly execrable on-line right-wing slant-news source that Atrios amusingly derides as "Drudgico" coincidentally sent a hit man out yesterday to take a pot shot against the "correct answer" Veep we suggested above. About all the hit man accomplished is to lower the bar for swiftboating. Today, James Fallows responds.

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