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Your next (vice) president
Sen. Jim Webb
With the Dem nominating contest seemingly stuck in a never-ending death grip, its an odd time to start speculating on who the vice-president will be.
Interestingly enough, the occupant of that phantom spot on the ticket right now seems clearer than the one at the top.
Whoever wins out is likely to pick Jim Webb for Veep.
Webb, the tough-talking, ex-military man, ex-Reagan appointee from the purplish state of Virginia is the perfect pick for both for the second slot, one of the rare pieces of agreement between them these days.
For Obama, Webb would represent his most certain foray into going after the blue collar vote that has so far proved elusive and would shore up his national security bonafides. (Webb, besides once serving as secretary of the Navy, has the look about it like he is going to explode into anybody that crosses him, as he nearly did with George Bush.)
The only drawback for Webb, from Obamas point of view, is that he is not a woman, and Obama will have to do a serious repair job with older white woman to win the election.
If Clinton somehow manages to pull it out, shes likely to pick Webb as well, a move that had been widely rumored before Clintons campaign started to tank.
Though Clinton claims that she has passed the commander-in-chief test, she still would need someone who can make her look tough and Webb, besides once serving as secretary of the Navy, has the look about it like he is going to explode into anybody that crosses him, as he nearly did with George Bush.
The only problem with Webb from Clintons perspective is that he isnt Barack Obama, and should Clinton take this thing, she would, it is widely agreed, have to offer the second slot to him practically out of courtesy.