But now -- seemingly out of nowhere -- Strickland says he will "absolutely not" be Obama's running mate.
This is a bit of a blow to Obama, for two reasons.
First, Ohio has always been -- and will continue to be -- "the" swing state. Gov. Strickland is wildly popular there, and putting him on the ticket might have been tantamount to putting LBJ on the ticket in '60 -- meaning it might have delivered the state (and thus, the election).
Second, is it just me, or are some Democrats all of a sudden starting to distance themselves from Obama, a bit?