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The Running Mate Choice
New York Times ^ | 27 May 2008 | David Brooks

Posted on 05/27/2008 7:18:15 AM PDT by shrinkermd

My first thought on the running mate question is that to balance his ticket, Barack Obama should pick a really old white general. Therefore, he should pick Dwight Eisenhower. John McCain, on the other hand, needs to pick someone younger than himself. Therefore, he also should pick Dwight Eisenhower.

...If John McCain is elected, he’ll face a political culture threatening to split at the seams. In defeat, Democrats will be enraged at everything and everybody. The Republican Party will still be exhausted and divided. McCain will find it hard to staff the administration since so many Republican advisers were exhausted over the previous eight years.

Pawlenty, the governor of Minnesota, is one of the G.O.P.’s leading and most likable modernizers. The son of a truck driver (his mother died when he was 16), he is the godfather of Sam’s Club conservatism, the effort to reconnect the party to the needs of the working class. Pawlenty could help McCain play the Theodore Roosevelt-style role — reforming the nation’s institutions to fit a new century and epoch...

Obama will need a vice president who knows the millions of ways that power is exercised and subverted in Washington. He’ll need someone who can be a senior, authoritative presence in a cabinet that may range from Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to the labor leader Andy Stern. He’ll need someone who can supervise his young reformers and build transpartisan coalitions more effectively than Obama has as senator.

Sam Nunn and Tom Daschle seem to fit the bill. Nunn is one of those senior Democrats (like David Boren and Bob Kerrey) who left the Senate lamenting the dumbed-down nature of modern politics. Daschle was more partisan as majority leader, but he is still widely trusted and universally liked.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brooks; mccain; obama; vp
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To: shrinkermd’re right..Bloomberg would be a great pick for Obama..FURTHER alientating the working class white vote. Good job.

21 posted on 05/27/2008 7:50:56 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: MrEdd
yet she doesn't look a day over 75.

Who would want this exhausted, tired old hag as Commander-In-Chief?

22 posted on 05/27/2008 7:54:03 AM PDT by library user
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To: shrinkermd
...Mayor Bloomberg has exactly the same foreign policy views as Senator Obama...

Why is Mayor Bloomberg even mentioned in a serious discussion of Democratic vice presidential nominees? Mayor Bloomberg hasn't endorsed Senator Obama yet and the only vice presidential candidate the egotistical Mayor Bloomberg might endorse is Bloomberg himself.

23 posted on 05/27/2008 7:56:02 AM PDT by MurryMom
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To: shrinkermd

You said she was presently 61. That’s why I wrote what I did.

24 posted on 05/27/2008 7:59:49 AM PDT by library user
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To: MrEdd
Sola Scriptura: "The formal principle of the Protestant Reformation and one of the five solas, referring to the Protestant idea that the Bible alone is the ultimate authority, not the pope or tradition."

I am writing of politics not theology. Are you saying that Protestant religious leaders have no political interest or influence? Or are you saying they do not have leadership qualities? And why should Evangelicals form a voluntary association anyway?

25 posted on 05/27/2008 8:01:43 AM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: MurryMom
Republican newspaper columnists, please grow up and get over your cancerous Hillary hatred!

I think they're waiting for left wing Democrats to go first.

26 posted on 05/27/2008 8:10:46 AM PDT by Stentor
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To: chilepepper

If Obama is too cautious to pick Hillary, he’s probably too cautious to pick Hillary’s parasitic twin, Wesley Clark.

Incidentally, Clark is not only a Clintonist, he carries a great deal of baggage and adds nothing to the ticket. The Obama fans and the Clark fans in the ‘Rat party are much the same people.

27 posted on 05/27/2008 8:16:02 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( Uh...fight SCD. Schwa Collapse Disorder is spreading. Save the a word. Just say uh.)
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To: shrinkermd

McCain/Graham. It’s gonna happen.

28 posted on 05/27/2008 8:45:01 AM PDT by Grunthor (The GOP would be better off LOSING then electing McCain. - MNJohnnie)
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To: Manic_Episode

He hasn’t picked him yet.

29 posted on 05/27/2008 8:58:43 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: library user

30 posted on 05/27/2008 9:05:05 AM PDT by moose2004
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To: shrinkermd

As Rush has said, “If you want to know what McCain is thinking, read what his mouth-piece (David Brooks) has to say in his editorials in the New York Times.”

31 posted on 05/27/2008 9:25:56 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Driving an Operation Chaos Hybrid that burns both gas AND rubber.)
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To: shrinkermd
I am saying evangelicals are so sectarian that saying any particular evangelical teacher is a leader in general is much the same as saying that Barbara Streisand is a leader in music. Evangelicism is far to broad a term to encompass a general leader. Even the late Billy Graham was not universally accepted as a "Leader" within evangelicism.

Bottom line, evangelicism is too diverse to have a leader. Put up a Calvinist and the Arminianists get mad, and on and on.

32 posted on 05/27/2008 11:26:19 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

The MN GOP has shrivelled drastically on Pawlenty’s watch. Why do you think the New York Slimes would be touting his candidacy ?

33 posted on 05/27/2008 4:39:36 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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