The New York Post has Kerry announcing a running mate by the end of May and offers its "sources'" top picks: Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsak and Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) Memo to John Kerry: Do not tap Bob Kerrey, who besides creating an awkward "Kerry-Kerrey" ticket just made it into the news flouting democracy, the right to organize, and the values of The New School of which he's President by refusing to recognize the results of its graduate student election. Do not tap Evan Bayh, who voted for the Bush tax-cut, one of a select group of awful Bush ideas which you actually voted against, and whose presence on the ticket would critically undercut your message on the issue. Do not tap Ed Rendell, who gave the god-forsaken Democratic Leadership Council an inspiration to hold their conference back home in Philly this summer to celebrate his not being much of a leftist, about a month before he backed down in the face of resistance from a plan to equalize school funding in the state. You can do better.


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