Chris Cilizza has the top 5 VP picks for both candidates. For McCain, they are:
5. Mitt Romney
4. Charlie Crist (Gov. of FL)
3. Rob Portman (former OH congressman, U.S. trade rep, etc.)
2. John Thune (Senator from SD)
1. Tim Pawlenty (Gov. of MN)
No surprises here except, possibly, the exclusion of Mark Sanford, governor of South Carolina.
For Obama, the picks are:
5. Sam Nunn (former Sen. from GA)
4. Tim Kaine (Gov. of VA)
3. Hillary Clinton
2. Ted Strickland (Gov. of OH)
1. Kathleen Sebelius (Gov. of KS)
This list is a bit more surprising, mostly for its absences. First is Jim Webb, Senator from VA and former Sec. of the Navy for Ronald Reagan. He's got the foreign policy credentials of Nunn, he's from swing state like Kaine and Strickland, and he's the white, working class appeal of Clinton and Strickland. The second is Claire McCaskill, Senator from MO. She doesn't have executive experience like Sebelius, but she's much more likely to help Obama in MO than Sebelius would in deep red Kansas.
I could go on to add some other names like Evan Bayh of IN, Mark Warner of VA, Bill Richardson of NM, Tom Vilsak of IA, Joe Biden of DE, etc. This raises a further point about the talent pools in both parties. On the Democratic side, the pool is pretty deep. In addition to the names above, it wouldn't be hard for me to come up with the names of another half-dozen or so talented and attractive politicians with real national potential. On the Republican side, not so much. Gingrich? You must be joking. Jeb Bush? Not with that last name.
I'm not sure why this is. Is the Republican party just that exhausted?