Item: Kent Conrad (D-ND) spills the beans, says that Eric Holder and Jim Johnson asked him about 20 names, including several retired military officials.

Analysis: This is an example of the quasi-private nature of the process. The campaign pretends that it’s entirely discreet, but they know that certain things will get out, and in some ways, they welcome the trial balloon effect … and the discussion about whether an Obama/Clark or Obama/Jones ticket would be feasible and worthy.

Informed Guesswork: Ret. Gen. James Jones of the Marine Corps and Ret. Gen. Wes Clark of the Army are probably the names on the list.

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