Phil Bredesen's stock appears to be falling in the veepstakes as another Southern governor's rises. Virginia's Tim Kaine is all the buzz lately
, said to be "very, very high" on Barack Obama's short list.
Kaine has submitted piles of documents to the committee vetting Obama's potential running mates. Bredesen's office won't say whether the committee has contacted him.
"The governor has long been on the record that he's not seeking this position," Bredesen press secrretary Lydia Lenker says. "Beyond that, this is a political matter, and any questions about who the senator is vetting should be directed to his campaign."
We could be wrong about this, but we think that means the committee hasn't contacted Bredesen, and he's too embarrassed to say so.
Obama is hinting that he's looking for a Beltway outsider. So why go with Kaine rather than Bredesen? Kaine has been governor for only 2 1/2 years, which doesn't help Obama rebut the lack-of-experience argument. Bredesen, on the other hand, won a landslide reelection in 2006. Hmmm, let's think. Wonder if it has anything to do with all those sick people Bredesen tossed off the health insurance rolls?