Well, I wasn't under consideration for McCain's VP, despite what some contributors may have claimed., but I was otherwise occupied for a few weeks, unfortunately, with pressing stuff that didn't allow me to blog or even read much. But things are back to normal now.
I just saw this 'photo' over at FiveThirtyEight.com and had to laugh, despite the spelling mismatch. There have been rumors about Obama choosing Ann Veneman as veep. From a linguistic point of view, though, it calls to mind the linguist Theo Vennemann. He's got broad experience — phonology, morphology, syntax, historical, and other areas of linguistics — and I think he's retired from Munich now, so he should be available. He's German born, though, so that presumably rules him out.