Obama Vice President picks

August 14, 2008

(Posted: 8/14/08) For what it’s worth…here are my pick/hunches/guesses for Sen. Obama’s Vice President (Gov. Sebelius and Rep. Roemer are my strongest guesses):

***My only hard & fast rule for Tier I guesses is that his VP will not have voted for the Iraq War***

TIER I:

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (Kan.) (Moderate; has battled health care industry; hunts; Ohio roots; gray hair, yet youthful; “regular” wife & mother)

Gen. Wesley Clark (Decorated veteran with executive foreign policy experience; 3am experience; respected by netroots)

Gov. Brian Schweitzer (Mont.) (Popular governor; foreign policy experience–yes, you don’t have to be in the military to have foreign policy experience; will lock in Montana’s electoral college votes; pro-sportsmen; anti-FISA; netroots will love him) UPDATE: VIDEO OF GOV. SCHWEITZER‘S ADDRESS TO DNC

Fmr. Rep. Tim Roemer (Ind.) (Opposed NAFTA; serious Foreign Policy & Intelligence credentials; solidly puts Indiana in the toss-up category; Louisiana connection–hey, it’s possible Cleo Fields almost won the governorship a few years back)

TIER II:

Fmr. Sen. Sam Nunn (Ga.)

Fmr. Gov. Ray Mabus (Miss.)

Gov. Janet Napolitano (Az.)

Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.)

WILD CARDS (If not selected, I expect them to be key advisers or cabinet members):

Gen. Richard Cody

Gen. Anthony Zinni

Fmr. Sen. Max Cleland (Ga.) He is a lobbyist.

Fmr. SecDef William Cohen (A moderate Republican)

NOT GONNA GET PICKED:  Clinton, Bayh, Biden, Richardson, Powell, Hagel, Kaine, Webb (Webb is too important of an ally in the Senate and it would be hard for Virginia to produce a candidate to replace him)

Click here if you want to know the real answer as soon as it’s announced.  Read Garrett Graff, Sensei of Social Media’s New York Times Op-Ed about Obama’s announcement technique. Follow Graff on twitter here.

Final thing to watch for the remainder of the campaign…the Rocky Mountain strategy…during the primaries much hullabaloo was made of how poorly Sen. Obama performed in Appalachia; meanwhile he was winning big in the Rockies.  I project he will win MT, CO, NV, OR, WA, CA and NM in November (the old Florida/Ohio “big state” paradigm is soooo 2004)


Jam on it…Wiki, Wiki, Wiki

June 23, 2008

Wikipedia globe of knowledge

This week, Garrett Graff, Sensei of Social Media posed three questions:

Should we trust Wikipedia or an expert-led encyclopedia more?

How could Wikipedia be better set-up to better provide accuracy? Should it be open to everyone or just verified “experts”?

I think Wikipedia is overall good. While, I would never directly cite Wikipedia as a source for any school or professional work, it does provide quick information and the well researched articles provide useful links. However, any move to control Wikipedia by would go against its’ tag: The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

As a child I read World Book encyclopedias cover-to-cover. Today a 2008 set costs $1,089!!! This for slickly produced and unsourced articles. I can’t see the cost benefit for non-digital encyclopedias. Can you? I’d rather take my chances with the internet. Interestingly enough two of the most popular “Traditional” encyclopedias have entries in the Wikipedia. (World Book, Encyclopedia Britannica)

I look forward to making my post on Wikipedia for this class.

If all goes well my Wikipedia entry will be on the Rocks, Inc. Ideally, by the time I’ve completed the entry it will be easier to navigate than the organizations homepage. Ultimately, affiliated chapters of the Rocks could update portions of the main entry to detail their specific chartering history and accomplishments.

Time permitting, I told a friend that I would help her update her bio that is currently in violation of Wikipedias content rules. As a part of the “anyone” Wikipedia relies on to improve quality of articles, I can help my friend and help the greater-Wiki community. Anyone can win with Wikipedia…that includes you!