While I'm skeptical about a lot of the VP tea-leaf reading surrounding the recently announced DNC schedule, it does strike me that the selection of Mark Warner as the keynote speaker is suggestive. While Hillary Clinton does speak the same night, it still seems to me that, in an election year so wracked with gender conflict, it would be somewhat insensitive to have the nominee, VP, and keynote speaker all be dudes. Which in turn suggests that Obama may have already picked a woman as his VP. And if he's picked a woman she's almost certainly Kathleen Sebelius.
Jonathan Martinargues that because Barack Obama and President Bush recently made statements that are somewhat more similar to John McCain's hawkish statements in the first hours of the South Ossetia crisis than their own original comments, McCain has somehow been proven prescient:
McCain aides feel encouraged that their candidate appeared to get it right first, and they are now working to remind reporters that he's long been wary of Putin's Russia.
Kaine, who took a leave-of-absence from Harvard Law School to work as a Catholic missionary in Honduras, made his comments about the media-created Obama VP list while visiting the carnival grounds on Chincoteague Island.
Via TPM Muckraker, word is burbling through the tubes that Sen. Ted Stevens has been indicted:
The U.S. Justice Department has scheduled a news conference for 1:20 p.m. to make an announcement "regarding a significant criminal matter." The official said the news conference would announce the criminal charges against Stevens that have been returned by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C.
Over in Klein-land, Ezra points out that small-donor fundraising must be even more effective than we thought since the Obama campaign seems to have enough cash to bribe God to bathe today's speech in Berlin in a golden glow you normally don't see outside of a bowl of melted butter. I think he's neglecting to realize that, as the messiah, Obama is eligible for a generous friends-and-family discount.