CINCINNATI (TDB) -- American Thinker's Richard Baehr suggests that Vietnam War hero and Medal of Honor winner Bob Kerrey -- the former Nebraska senator and governor -- is now at the top of Hillary Clinton's list of potential running mates. If he's right, that means the speculating pundits who pumped the stock of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland were peddling junk. Strickland endorsed Hillary last fall, which set off a torrent that he could land on the ticket because he is a popular elected Democrat in a critical bellwether state.
Strickland has professed that he has no interest in the job. Baehr thinks he isn't on the list, and doesn't buy the hype. He's thinks the Nebraskan is angling for the No. 2 spot. But another Kerrey on the Dem ticket? He notes Bob Kerrey -- a New York college president -- flew out to Iowa to endorse Clinton, beat up on Barack Obama for having a Muslim name and roots, and helped Hillary stop the leakage in her campaign. He thinks Kerrey was positioning himself as a running mate, and would be strong in that role with appeal in the Midwest. He points out that Kerrey has a Medal of Honor and lost of leg in Vietnam.
"Add to this that Kerrey has a reputation as the 'good Kerrey' (as opposed to the haughty John) and has a reputation as a budget-balancing Midwestern moderate. Kerrey would help the ticket in the most competitive Midwestern states where the election is likely to be decided: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, and maybe Pennsylvania.
"There would be juicy irony in all this if it happens. Bob Kerrey ran against Bill Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President in 1992. Kerrey's key backer was New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. When Moynihan retired from the Senate, Hillary Clinton succeeded him in New York."