It's a little early but I figured I'd you guys some insight. Plus I love writing about this stuff. I know a lot of Clinton's short list... guys like Tom Vilsac, former Governor Mark Warner of Virginia, and yes, she would even consider Barack Obama. For Obama, its unlikely he would pick Hillary... he'd more likely go after somebody else - I'd guess a southern Governor perhaps... somebody who can balance the concerns about his being in the Senate, and from being from a strong northern urban area. There's a bunch of those to choose from: http://democraticgovernors.org/governors Also possible for him would be some kind of "old hand" from the party - somebody who has a lot of experience to balance his perceived inexperience... Bill Richardson comes to mind, because he is the Governor of a border state, he is incredibly experienced in both Governance and foreign affairs... But I won't pretend to know Obama's list like I know Clintons. As for the Republicans - McCain has no staff, no money and had he lost NH he would have been out, so he really hasn't spent a lot of time putting together a cabinet in his head. I would have to assume, however that he would select a younger person who is a strong candidate in his own rate to assuage the fears of people that McCain is too old and might be incapacitated. He'd probably want a Washington outsider - although its also possible he could pick up one of his Senate buddies like Lindsay Grahm (although that is made difficult by the fact that most of his Senate buddies are Democrats like Lieberman, Fiengold, Kerry, etc). The natural choice for McCain would be Romney - but they REAAAAAAAAAAAAALLY hate each other. REALLY hate each other. Although that hasn't stopped anyone in the past - I'd say that Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush had even more animosity between them in the 1980 election cycle, and they ended up hooking up, so anything is possible. I tell you what though - that would be one strong ticket. If Romney were to somehow mount a Bill Clinton like primary comeback and end up winning the nomination, there is no question about it, he needs to pick up somebody of strong, principled convictions, hopefully from the south to balance his being from a northern liberal state... for governors you have guys like Charlie Crist, Sonny Perdue, Matt Blunt, Rick Perry, etc... You also have the likelihood of picking up somebody from the Senate who can give him some legitimacy in the "experience" realm... McCain wouldn't serve as VP, but there are plenty of Senators/Congressmen who would be good choices. I think who he would end up picking would really depend on who he's running against. For example, you could see him pick up a woman or a black man depending on if its Obama or Hillary. Certainly possible. Rudy? I have no read at all on him... my only guess in his case is he'd go for somebody to appease the conservative base of the party. Huckabee I refuse to answer because if he wins the nomination, I'm committing suicide - so it won't matter anyway.