Three women, none named Hillary Clinton, are on Politico's short list of potential Barack Obama running mates. They include: Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.
They all bring red state credentials, have avoided focusing on gender during their campaigns, and are not considered polarizing figures by Republicans in their home states.
For some background info on each potential running mate,
From the article:
- Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius: Sebelius, who won the governorship two times with a Republican runningmate, knows how to win over Republicans. She also has some serious swing state cred — her father was a two-term governor in Ohio.
- Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano: Napolitano is an extremely politically savvy former federal prosecutor. She has managed to address controversial issues like immigration, while protecting her popularity.
- Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill: McCaskill probably is a long shot, considering she is a Senator like Obama, but she has proven her ability to appeal to rural Missourian voters. Her populist flavor may help Obama appeal to voters that were inclined to vote for Clinton.
As obnoxious as it is, I'm not convinced the Democrats are willing to place their bets on a "two firsts" ticket. But, maybe Barack will appeal to Hillary's base by tapping a well qualified and otherwise strategically useful woman for the VP spot. Should these demographics be considered at all when choosing a Vice Presidential candidate?