Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is at the top of the short list to be Barack Obama's VP pick. While I've had a couple of run-ins with the Senator's staff after he refused to answer a question I asked him at a blogger conference, I think Bayh would be an almost perfect running mate for Obama.
As Obama tries to move Indiana to the blue column by airing commercials and moving staff here, he couldn't find a more popular Democrat in the state to team up with. Evan Bayh is bland. Evan Bayh is not a media whore. He won't outshine the top of the ticket with outlandish behavior and he's so vanilla good you want to ask for sprinkles when you vote for him. He also makes a good talking head/attack dog/work horse. (See video after the jump for an example.)
He was a good Governor of Indiana and he's been a very popular Senator - as was his father before him. In fact, when the Obama team opened the Indianapolis office, who was on hand to greet the media? Evan's father, Birch Bayh. Birch ran for President in 1976 with the campaign slogan, "Yes we can." Perhaps his son will have a chance to use that slogan soon. After all, Evan gave up his own presidential campaign earlier this season. Why? He endorsed and supported Hillary Clinton's campaign and was the front-runner as her choice for veep. It's looking like Bayh might be the uniter between the two camps.
As slow as Hoosiers are to embrace anything different, perhaps an already claimed VP pick and an already used campaign slogan are just the amount of change needed.