Wednesday, June 04, 2008


Is Joe Trippi the Obama camp discussing the Obama veep spot with

former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr?

More to come...............

UPDATE by Carl

(h/t to Katrina for her quick posting of a garbled message)

Your humble correspondent lucked into dining at a restaurant near his office when in walked Harold Ford with someone I tentatively identified as Joe Trippi (the tip was real time and the restaurant was dark), but after further inspection later realized it was not Trippi, but another advisor to the Obama campaign, based on some of the things he said to Ford.

The pair sat at the table next to me and after a brief cell phone conversation on the Congressman's part, began what I can only describe as earnest discussions about the potential of Harold Ford assuming the Vice Presidential spot on the Obama ticket.

Not so fast, this might not be as outlandish as you think. Ford is chairman of the Clinton-initiated Democratic Leadership Council and is a popular Congressman from a key swing Southern state. You may recall that he was victimized in 2006 by the Rovian "Call Me, Congressman" smear campaign that blasted across YouTube like a Mentos in a bottle of Diet Coke.

Ford is a centrist Democrat whose inclusion would certainly attract many Clinton supporters, particularly in the South. He has strong credibility with the religious sector, but has repudiated many of the issues that would be raised in the general election regarding the Reverends Wright and Pfleger.

Because of his position as an analyst on MSNBC, Ford has not endorsed Barack Obama, of course, but it wouldn't be a stretch to say he could easily shed the MSNBC job and go to work on the campaign now that things have all but settled out.

I obviously cannot vouch for anything beyond what I overheard, and it's also likely that I caught a continuation of a previous conversation where this was all considered hypothetical.

But someone is talking about it.