The New York Times today has an article titled “Obama’s Southern Strategy Omits Arkansas, So Far.” It makes the point that the Natural State has a Democratic governor, an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature, two Democratic United States senators and three Democratic congressional representatives out of four. And the Democratic presidential primary there drew 80,000 more voters than the Republican one.

But what would be the point of throwing campaign cash into Arkansas in spring and summer if Wesley Clark is going to be sent up as VP in August? He will automatically carry the state.

Several months back Obama publicly listed his foreign policy advisers and Clark, a four-star general who commanded NATO, was conspicuously absent from the list. Clark was critical in bringing the Democrats to a turning point on foreign policy in regards to the Iraq war. It was widely suggested then that the only reason he would be absent from that list is because he was being considered for Obama’s vice president.