Five good reasons that Sen. Barack Obama is headed to his vacation without having named a running mate:
1. He's not happy with his choices (and is there a better place to be Biden your time?)
2. He's too happy with his choices (and is remembering his good-Bayh hug).
3. Isn't afraid of competing with the modern pentathlon team competition (yes he Kaine.)
4. Doesn't really want to enjoy Hawaii (briefing books make lousy beach Reed-ing).
5. Really does want to enjoy Hawaii (it's better than leaving your veep to the lions in the lower 48 -- but what's the matter with Kansas, again?)
One truly great reason he's leaving town without having made an announcement:
He doesn't want to make the call to Hillary (and God forbid Bill answers).
Obama starts his Hawaii vacation with a mystifyingly long list of questions unanswered about the convention that's barely two weeks away. He has no running mate, no set speaking schedule, no real sense of what protests he'll face -- and no party peace.
As Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton hits the trail for Obama Friday in Nevada -- her first solo campaign appearance for the candidate she's endorsed -- it's time (again) to try and answer the question she famously posed two months ago: What does Hillary want?
"Advisers to Sen. Barack Obama are scrambling to reach a compromise with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to appease her supporters and find roles for her and her husband," Anne E. Kornblut writes in The Washington Post.
"The back and forth with Clinton -- as well as questions about whether her husband will actively campaign for Obama after the convention -- threatens to distract attention from what Obama's backers hope will be one of the convention's central themes: change," Kornblut writes. "Planners are hoping to create an event that looks and feels different from past conventions, with more interactive components and an emphasis on the grass roots, in order to mirror the core message of Obama's candidacy."
(How much of this is about logistics, and how much is about respect? In which area can Obama afford to be more magnanimous?)
Clinton backers got some platform language: "Demeaning portrayals of women cheapen our debates, dampen the dreams of our daughters, and deny us the contributions of too many." And: "Our party is proud that we have put 18 million cracks in the highest glass ceiling."
(Proud that 18 million people voted for someone who isn't going to be the nominee?)
And former President Bill Clinton is locked in for a Wednesday convention speech, putting him in the center of the showcase on the vice presidential nominee's night -- and in the limelight the day after his wife takes the stage in Denver, ABC's Sarah Amos reports.
Yet Clinton could still not answer a simple question in her Web chat with supporters Thursday: Will she allow her name to be placed into nomination? (Obamaland wants a nomination by acclimation, not by roll call -- something that hasn't happened since LBJ claimed the nomination in a party still reeling from JFK's death, in 1964.)
"Sen. Barack Obama's campaign appears reluctant to have any sort of roll call vote at the Democratic convention this month," ABC's Jake Tapper reports. "Why? They have no interest in highlighting the narrowness of his victory."