I was watching Keith Olbermann’s Countdown last night, when he and Howard Fineman of Newsweek fame began discussing Obama’s selection of his running mate.

Fineman reported to Olbermann that he talked to one of three people — he wouldn’t reveal which one — Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), and Governor Tim Kaine, who Fineman says make up Obama’s shortlist.  This person stated that Obama’s lawyers were all done with the vetting process, and that Obama is currently in a position to make a decision at his convenience.

When Olbermann then followed up and asked Fineman about the timing, Fineman said that the traditional route would be to wait until just before the convention (late August) to announce.  But then Fineman noted that the convention is hyped up now more than usual, and that adding more hype might not make it worthwhile for the Obama camp.  An alternative, Fineman suggested, was to wait until just before the Olympics.  Olbermann pointed out that this would allow for Obama’s national ad buy during the Olympics to feature the runningmate’s name.

What do you think?

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