Skip to comments.The Running Mate Choice
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, hell 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 Sams 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 nations 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. Hell 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. Hell 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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wow..you’re right..Bloomberg would be a great pick for Obama..FURTHER alientating the working class white vote. Good job.
Who would want this exhausted, tired old hag as Commander-In-Chief?
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.
You said she was presently 61. That’s why I wrote what I did.
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?
I think they're waiting for left wing Democrats to go first.
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.
McCain/Graham. It’s gonna happen.
He hasn’t picked him yet.
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.”
Bottom line, evangelicism is too diverse to have a leader. Put up a Calvinist and the Arminianists get mad, and on and on.
The MN GOP has shrivelled drastically on Pawlenty’s watch. Why do you think the New York Slimes would be touting his candidacy ?