I once heard a Chinese curse that goes something like this, "May you have an interesting life." In that spirit, as the end game for Barack Obama's running-mate selection plays out, Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the most interesting.
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The rumored finalists are not likely to be water-cooler topics beyond the world of political junkies. Delaware Sen. Joe Biden did not exactly set the campaign trail on fire in his failed presidential bids. Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh could not distract a crowd from watching paint dry. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius are unknowns with little to offer that would make voters especially eager to know them.
Unless an electrifying name we have not heard is in the wings, only Clinton would be a really big story. Which is, of course, not necessarily what Obama needs. Still, she is the only choice of the expected possibilities who would surely set tongues wagging.
But in this case, perhaps interesting would be a curse.