One reason for the feverish running-mate speculation is that those who actually know anything are a small, leakproof circle. And most leakproof of all is the man who is actually making the decision.
But in an interview that my colleague David Von Drehle and I did earlier this week for our convention issue, Barack Obama offered some clues as to how he is approaching the decision, and--to my ear, at least--a sense that he had pretty much made up his mind.
So let's do some deconstruction, read some tea leaves, and try to figure out who Obama is--and isn't--talking about:
"I try to surround myself with people who are about getting the job done, and who are not about ego, self--aggrandizement, getting their names in the press..."