Regular readers already know that I don’t like horse-race journalism, and I generally try to avoid anything that has that stench of handicapping candidates. That said, SWEET JEEBUS JOE, DO NOT PICK SUSAN RICE!
I get it, no matter who Handsome Joe Biden chooses is going to immediately have a target painted on her back, but I hear the benghazi! Benghazi! BENGHAZI!!1!* engines rev’ing already; and of course because she worked so closely with The Kenyan Usurper, the nuts on the right have already defined her! It’s not fair to Rice, but she has conspiracy theorists salivating and that just makes the attack ads all the easier for them.
In the end it is Biden’s choice and he’s lucky because he has such a deep bench from which to choose. I don’t think that for Biden-voters any of the most-often named VP candidates will break their support (or increase it, either), but I do think that some candidates will get Wingnuttia and Possum Hollar riled up. Biden does not need to make it easier for them.
*Full Disclosure: Late Amb. Chris Stevens was a friend of mine from high school, and the b-B-B!!! rantings personally hurts my old circle of friends and his family. They/we have gone through this more than Chris’ memory deserves.