It seems like today is Veep Day -- a lot of people out there are weighing in on who Obama and McCain should pick for their No. 2s. The only things I know for sure is that a) I honestly have no clue who McCain should pick -- the most interesting name I heard was ex-Hewlitt-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who unlike McCain knows at least something about the economy and who would help pick off a few disgruntled Clinton backers (although wasn't she fired?) and b) I just don't think Clinton works for Obama, not only because of the inevitable bad chemistry between them but because Bill Clinton would just hover over everything.
So who should Obama pick? Well, vice presidential candidates are a little like the presidential candidates -- they're all flawed, only slightly more so. I once thought that Obama should maybe pick a woman, but the field of non-Hillary females is kind of lackluster and -- given the way some voters are reacting to Obama -- he may need to play it fairly traditional.
I think the ideal Obama veep would be a Clinton supporter, to unite the party, and someone who's not just a senator, who has some experience running something. But what I think he needs most is somebody with a miltary background, because the campaign has shown this to be Obama's greatest weakness, that he just seems like someone who doesn't "get" the military. That's not a fatal flaw -- remember the military exploits and non-exploits of the last two commanders-in-chief? -- and I think it's a little silly for McCain to chide the 46-year-old Obama for not enlisting for the Great War in Grenada. But Obama clearly looks more comfortable around community organizers than in military settings, and to defeat McCain he's going to need to send a strong signal that an Obama administration would be military-friendly.