SEDONA ONCE MORE
Word out of the Sedona auditions for GOP vice-presidential nominee is that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at the very least wowed other guests over the weekend with his grasp of policy and the need for change inside the Republican Party. “He was the only one who seemed to understand that we have to get back to innovative public policies that don’t stray far from our conservative values,” says a source with knowledge of the weekend. “He was the star of the weekend without really trying.”
In the runup to the Memorial Weekend getaway, McCain campaign aides insisted that while Jindal is under heavy consideration, the party might be better served to have him as a highly visible governor for the next several years. But Jindal apparently saw the opportunity and made the most of it.
Other interesting tidbidts: Gov. Charlie Crist — a confirmed bachelor — may have had the most attractive female companionship for the weekend, and got along well with just about everyone attending the event.
TOO EXPERIENCED BY HALF
The Obama campaign is also in full vetting mode for its vice-presidential slot, according to campaign insiders, the man the campaign is focused on right now is former Sen. Sam Nunn. “The campaign is pulling everything it can on him. Right now the rumor is that he’s the No. 1 guy on the list.”
Nunn has been mentioned often in the context of an Obama ticket. A moderate to conservative Southerner with a strong background in security and national intelligence policies, he’d be by far the more experienced candidate on the ticket, and that has some campaign aides concerned. “You can see John McCain and Sam Nunn standing up there and debating the Iraq war and the threat of terrorism, and it being an even match. But that isn’t who’s going to be debating John McCain. The concern is: Does Nunn reinforce all of the weaknesses our top of the ticket has?”
Which is exactly the message the Clinton campaign will be spreading if the opportunity arises.