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Bayh?

The rumors all over the place seem to be veering quickly in the direction of Evan Bayh for Obama’s Veep. I saw it first on Brendan Loy’s blog while I was at Seafair Sunday… I just never had a chance to post.

Obama to announce Evan Bayh as veep in Elkhart on Wednesday?
(Brendan Loy, 3 Aug 2008)

With the Beijing Olympics set to begin Friday, and continuing until the day before the Democratic National Convention starts, Barack Obama’s last chance to make a pre-convention vice-presidential selection without competing against the Olympics in the news cycle would be early this week… say, Tuesday or Wednesday.

As the article notes, 21 hours in northern Indiana “seems like an awfully long time to be in one place.”

Anyway, what could this mean? A long, mid-week visit to Indiana, right before the Olympics? Could this be the big announcement at last? Obama-Weis ’08? ;)

Actually, the speculation is that it could mean Bayh’s the guy

“The visit…could be to announce the selection of Senator Evan Bayh as Obama’s running mate. … Democratic sources say Secret Service is working out details with local police that would include a motorcade. … Sources say the details appear to be different than a normal presidential candidate visit.”

There will be a rally in Elkhart on Wednesday morning, according to the South Bend Tribune. There is no official word yet on whether Bayh will be in attendance. The event will be open to the public.

I guess there won’t be long to wait to see if this is true, or if it is just another random rumor.

As I mentioned on this week’s podcast none of the veep possibilities really excite me. And that includes Bayh. But maybe he’d push Indiana out of swing state status to a clear Obama lead.

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