We've been receiving a torrent of mailings and autodialed calls about tomorrow's primary for the open 11th Congressional district seat. I'm going to vote for Byrne. I think the mailings (from Women Vote, not Byrne) calling him a war profiteer were pretty over top, but I do find it a little queasy-making that he works for a defense contractor in "community relations" while chairing the Fairfax Board of Supervisors. And fundamentally, the only criticisms I've heard about Byrd are that she's "divisive" (e.g. has opinions) and is "shrill" (e.g. has opinions and is female).
There's been lots of talk about Jim Webb as a possible running mate for Obama. I'm not nearly as opposed to him as Kathy G. While he's said some incredibly stupid things about women in the past, from listening to him during both his Senate race and as Senator I believe that he's truly learned since then (and not just gotten PC drummed into him). And he's been consistently out there on the economic justice issues I care about. But he's a dreadful campaigner -- he won in 2006 because it was a tidal Democratic year and because George Allen couldn't keep his foot out of his mouth, not because of his own campaigning. And I'm not at all confident that the Dems could keep his seat if he vacated it. (Well, unless the Republicans keep nominating the likes of Jim Gilmore.)
I can't say I'm particularly enthusiastic about Tim Kaine as a running mate either. He's a nice guy and a solid governor, but I don't really think he brings the evangelical vote with him, and he's not someone I particularly associate with changing the way Washington works.
Here's my wild and crazy VP suggestion: Coleen Rowley.
Who's your VP suggestion?