Skip to comments.Algorithm determines 'ideal' VP candidates for Obama, McCain
Posted on 06/30/2008 3:31:23 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
It turns out that the ideal vice presidential candidate for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is the same person as the ideal vice presidential candidate for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic nominee, according to a sophisticated online survey by Affinnova Inc.
For both candidates, the best running mate is Colin Powell, a former U.S. Army general and former secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush, according to the survey, which was powered by an Affinnova algorithm it calls "evolutionary optimization."
(Excerpt) Read more at computerworld.com ...
There’s nothing magical about a computer algorithm. It’s what you make it. Garbage in, garbage out.
The mathematical formula doesn’t take into account certain factors. For example, convention wisdom has been that Obama needs a white man as a running mate, because a ticket of him and a woman or another minority would be too much change for middle America.
And how do you program in the intangibles, i.e. Hillary Clinton could be a strong running mate, but you have to subtract points because of Bill Clinton, for example.
Or that McCain needs a conservative , younger running mate.
Not some 71 year old rino , like Powell , no disrespect
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How retarded. Nevermind that the Powell was chosen ... the computer came up with the same candidate for BOTH parties?
Need to adjust the algorithm. Perhaps it was biased by a researcher with a crush on Colin Powell.
But now that I think about it, from a conservative standpoint Powell is a disaster, but I do bet he'd win over a lot of people to McCain. I've always voted conscience over political practicality, but I have to admit in this case I'm scared, uh, feces absent, of Obama appointing Supreme Court justices. I'm especially scared of a reversal of our recent win in Heller. I'm at the verge of saying "Anything that gets McCain elected." This hurts because I don't like McCain (I was for Thompson).
Did the algorithm tell this reporter that Colin Powell was the former secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush? Or is that just a cunning anagram for James Baker?
They probably threw a bunch of names out there and looked for the person with the fewest negatives.
Honestly, I think it was a (well-played) self-promotion by this outfit more than anything else.
Just off the top of my head:
1) Do they “balance” the ticket? Does the ticket *need* to be “balanced”?
2) Will they bring in critical swing States?
3) Will they bring in the base?
4) Will they bring in swing voters?
5) Will they bring in disgruntled opposition voters?
6) Will they make a good fund raiser?
7) Are they known to the public?
8) What are their negatives? Background check?
9) What about their spouse?
10) Have they attacked the candidate in past?
11) Are they of the candidates faction?
12) What lobbies back them? Oppose them?
13) How will the other side attack them?
14) How do they respond to attacks?
15) Do they want the job? Does their spouse back them?
16) Have they written controversial material?
In McCain’s position my first choice would likely be J.C. Watts. If nothing else, wishbone quarterback is a harder job than president: you KNOW the guy can deal with pressure.
The perfect VP choice for McCain (IMHO) would be retired General Peter Pace USMC, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, a more courageous, dignified, and honest leader of men you would be hard pressed to find, and he would be a fantastic presidential candidate in 2012 should McCain’s health become an issue preventing him from running for a second term.
Colin Powell has intimated he will support Obambi.
As long as we’re talking generals, what are LTG Honoré’s politics? He was damned impressive during Katrina, and I’d love to hear his “stuck on stupid” directed at Congress as VP. As far as the left’s injecting racism into the election, he’s a total mutt: black, creole, etc.
“If nothing else, wishbone quarterback is a harder job than president: you KNOW the guy can deal with pressure.”
But can he pass?
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