Pros: Would combine with Obama to form the greatest 2-on-2 basketball team in the history of the White House; his bi-racial background, youth and newness to Washington would reinforce Obama's change mantra. Could bring Barack voters in traditional GOP strongholds of North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, and would help shore up Obama's lead in Michigan. His well-documented strength on defense could assuage worries about Obama's foreign policy deficiencies. He has post-up chops (as seen in this photo, as he prepares to drop a hook shot over Austin Croshere).
Cons: Could face a challenge stepping up to second fiddle status after playing a complementary third-option role in Houston. His youth could highlight Obama's inexperience. Could draw derision and comparison with soccer-mad Europeans from the GOP given Battier's propensity to "emphasize" taking charges. He has higher negatives in many parts of the country given his prior association with Duke basketball.
Ideological Similarity: 8
Added Electability: 5