By NADIA PFLAUM
Obama and Sebelius in Kansas City earlier this year.
Looks like the blog Jezebel.com is the latest in a long line of news sources taking interest in Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, as a potential VP for Sen. Barack Obama. In this post, accompanied by the great Vogue portrait of Kansas’ First Lady, the Jezzies are pointing out ways in which Sebelius’ womanhood might get in the way of a possible VP nomination.
The Wall Street Journal filed this report on the subject.
Meanwhile, Newsweek’s blog gave this rundown on the Kansas governor and deemed it necessary to include this stomach-wrenching quote from New York Magazine, whose source, a “Democratic operative,” wisely decided to go unnamed:
"They'd look too much like a couple together. [Putting her on the ticket] would risk evoking on a subconscious level every American trope about miscegenation — a recurrent, threatening theme throughout our cultural and political history... And that's exactly the kind of anxiety you do not want to raise in white working-class men — the fear that this handsome, charismatic black guy is after their women.”
But whew! The Los Angeles Times , in this story, says that vice presidents don’t matter anyway (then goes on to recommend Sebelius for Obama).
Whenever I think about Obama’s choices for VP, I get excited by names like New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and our own Sebelius. Then I end up canning those ideas, figuring that Obama has to water down his historic candidacy by choosing a white, preferably Southern man.
And then I feel sad.
Check back here for more Sebelius links as we see ’em.