Bill factor killed Hill's veep prospects, says Plouffe 

Obama chuckles -- no Emmy for Plouffe on this one.                       (ap)

Former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's new book, "The Audacity to Win" is excerpted in Time magazine. News item: The final three picks for vice president were Joe Biden, Evan Bayh and Tim Kaine. Then it basically came down to a "coin toss" between Biden (too chatty) and Bayh (too reserved).

But for a while, Obama was really "intrigued" by what Hillary Clinton might bring to the ticket. Plouffe and David Axelrod ("Ax," in the book) were foursquare against it, and finally Obama agreed.

"I still think Hillary has a lot of what I am looking for in a VP," he said to us. "Smarts, discipline, steadfastness. I think Bill may be too big a complication. If I picked her, my concern is that there would be more than two of us in the relationship."

Ya think? The excerpts -- well, read them for yourself. Is there still a clamor in the world for the breathless, backstage minutae that these books deliver? Note to self: Write a book soon!

The hagiography is this one is pretty thick: Obama "handled everything with brilliance." His speech "received rave reviews." As the Jeremiah Wright scandal spun out, the candidate was "the pillar of reassurance."

"Don't worry, guys," he told us while making some notes on a stack of pages. "I can do more than one thing at a time."

 

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