If Howard Wolfson has it right, Hillary Clinton isn't being vetted by the Obama VP team:
On Fox, former Clinton chief strategist Howard Wolfson indicated that Hillary Clinton is not being formally considered as Obama's running mate, in that she has not been asked to undergo the formal vetting process.
"Not as far as I know," Wolfson, who remains close to Clinton, said in response to a question from Sean Hannity. - more -
It is also true, as Wolfson notes, that there is probably more public information available on Hillary Clinton than there is on any other U.S. politician. Information accessible includes her income taxes, her records as First Lady, her college speeches, her employment history, and her votes, speeches, and statements as a U.S. Senator, in addition to every dollar ever donated to her and by her.
If she isn't being considered, I think it's a big mistake - a huge mistake, actually.
Apparently, however, Sen. Chris Dodd is in the running:
The five-term Connecticut senator said Thursday that he has been asked to provide "a lot of stuff."
"Thereâs been some inquiries, yeah,â he told the Associated Press. âThey ask for a lot of stuff. Iâll leave it there." The Obama campaign and Doddâs Senate office have yet to comment on the report, though the Republican National Committee has already leveled attacks on Obama for considering the Connecticut senator, in light of accusations he received preferred loans from Countrywide Financial â the same attack that led to the resignation of the original head of the Illinois senatorâs vice presidential search team.
Obama could do worse than Chris Dodd (Bill Richardson, Claire McCaskill). On the other hand, Dodd's boneheaded comments about not knowing he was getting special treatment as part of Countrywide Financial's VIP program leave a lot to be desired. Republicans may not be finished with this, either, especially in light of the fact that Dodd chairs the Senate Banking Committee and is shepherding housing reform legislation through the Senate.
The number one best pick for VP is still Hillary Clinton.