I know that Sen. Chris Dodd wants to be among those vetted by Sen. Barack Obama's veepstakes team, and to that end, the identity of his new chief of staff is interesting. It's Miles Lackey, formerly John Edwards's Senate chief of staff and one of the North Carolinian's closest advisers. It was Mr. Lackey, a National Security Council aide during President Clinton's administration, who Edwards trusted to shephard him through the vice presidential rigmarole in 2004. Mr. Lackey was successful. He knows the tricks; it was he who arranged a top-secret late-night meeting with John Kerry just a few days before Kerry made his choice. The Edwards family was at Disney World; Lackey figured out how to sneak them up to Washington without a ravenous press corps getting so much of a whiff of the movement.

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