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Obama's veep: Send in the Marine?

Remember when I told you that Barack Obama needs to use his VP pick to bolster his lack of military cred? Well, check this out!

So you think you know who's on Obama's veep short list? Well, think again. According to sources on the Hill, Obama veep vetters -- specifically Jim Johnson and Eric Holder -- have been asking Dem members of Congress this week their input about potential running mates. The conversations are free-flowing but one name the vetters are inserting in the conversations is one that is not a household name... Ret. Gen. James Jones, the former Marine-turned-NATO Supreme Allied Commander. ...


Jones, a Vietnam vet born in Kansas City, MO (swing state alert!), was a career military officer rising to one of the highest posts possible. Now retired, Jones has been critical of the number of troops currently in Afghanistan. He's been appointed to independent posts by both the Democratic Congress and the Republican-run State Department.
Jones currently is the president and CEO of the Institute for 21st Century Energy, which is an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce, not exactly the type of organization a typical Democrat gets involved with.

He seems perfect, but....he might not want to run against his friend John McCain. What's more, a campaign that's supposed to be about "change" might not jibe with a guy who just took seats on the board of Boeing and -- far worse -- the company that's given you $4.15 gas AND Condoleezza Rice: Chevron.