This is probably the most Obama’s said about his veep-selection thought process yet:
Last night at a fundraiser in San Francisco, Barack Obama took a question on what he’s looking for in a running mate. “I would like somebody who knows about a bunch of stuff that I’m not as expert on,” he said, and then he was off and running. “I think a lot of people assume that might be some sort of military thing to make me look more Commander-in-Chief-like. Ironically, this is an area–foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain.”
This makes sense; Obama is clearly a better candidate on foreign policy than either Clinton or McCain, so he shouldn’t have to shore up his credentials in that area from a VP pick any more than they ought to. So I guess this means that he’ll choose someone with a lot of experience in domestic policy. One possible choice is Tom Daschle, as he’s been a very loyal Obama ally, but a lot of Democrats (myself included) were unhappy with his performance as Senate leader, and he’s spent the past four years working as a lobbyist, which would damage Obama’s anti-corruption message. A better call, I think, would be Bill Bradley, who endorsed reasonably early (right after Iowa) and who would bring a wonkiness that Daschle wouldn’t. He took the lead on the 1986 tax reform, and focused on child poverty and universal health care in his 2000 run, foreshadowing a lot of the topics debate during this cycle. What’s more, he’s a formidable campaigner, as his surprisingly successful run at Gore showed; I think he’d fit the traditional attack-dog model of a VP candidate well. He’d be kind of like Obama’s Dick Cheney, except domestically focused and not, you know, cartoonishly evil. And I think we can all agree that the Obama-Bradley ticket would play a better pick-up basketball game than any political team in history.