Skip to comments.McCain Veepstakes Predictions: Marsha Blackburn?
Posted on 07/26/2008 6:06:23 PM PDT by LdSentinal
1. Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) Marsha Blackburn has been a member of Congress since 2003. She attractive and a very strong conservative. I hate to play the gender card, but I believe that McCain needs a female vice president on the ticket. She would be appealing to disenfranchised conservatives and to women at the same time.
So, a friend of mine who claims to be in Republican inner circles (I have no proof) says that McCain is angling toward her.
Reasons: Woman who attracts the pissed off Hillary supporters. Conservative. Attractive. Soccer Mommy.
I still think it's Romney.
1) Mitt Romeny
2) Sarah Palin
Jack Kemp. If he was good enuf for Senator Ethanol, he should be good enuf for McCain.
If Sen. McCain takes a conservative woman as VP
he will win BIG.
She looks like what every guy would like to have his woman look like at her age. Bet she has a spitfire personality too.
Agreed- only if he picks her first.
The press is going to have a multiple Obasm if Barak picks a woman first, and they will just barely be getting ready for a post-coitus cigarette by election time.
No matter who McLame picked after that would be seen as a copycat or a lame-o white male, ignored by the media for the next 3 months.
She would be an excellent choice.
National exposure for bright young Republicans is still a good thing and that is what the rumor mill is doing.
I agree, a woman would create excitement and the sense that either way “history is being made” and many people are driven
by that, including the salivating media types. If he picks
a nondescript white male I think there will be a big yawn.
Blackburn has raised huge amounts of money from lobbyists and then funneled this campaign money to her family. As the Commercial Appeal reported, The company, Political Concepts LLC, was founded by Paul J. Ketchel III and operates from his and Blackburns daughters home in suburban Nashville. It received $46,935 for campaign work leading up to Blackburns 2004 victory, in which she didnt have an opponent in the primary or general elections. Since that report, she has gone on to funnel over $120,000 in PAC and campaign money to her family.
Incumbent Blackburn exceeded the federal limits for transferring money from her PAC bank account to her campaign bank account. She was also caught under-reporting contributions by over $61,000 and failing to accurately report over $50,000 in disbursements. She has been fined at least $1,500 by the Federal Election Commission.
The pattern continues. According to recent FEC filings, Blackburns campaign failed to report over $100,000 in contributions, over $280,000 in expenses, and over $50,000 in book-keeping errors. [article]
While the incumbent was trying to rise in the ranks of Congress, deficits were rising to record levels: from $6.2 trillion to $9 trillion. She was not an observer of this rise; she was a contributor. Blackburn sponsored and supported earmarks and pork-barrel spending from the Appalachians to the Houston Zoo.
Incumbent Blackburn has allowed special interest to privately finance over $100,000 of travel during her tenure . . . trips to the sands of Ft. Walton Beach, to the ski slopes of Aspen, to Las Vegas, Chicago, California and more. This is another way that special interest groups gain influence in Washington.
As Governor Don Sundquists appointed director of the Film, Tape, and Music Commission, Blackburn took state funded trips to France, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and other locations. The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported that after one trip, she was asked to justify her travel expenses after they were questioned as excessive. Blackburn apparently became upset about having her reimbursement request questioned, burned her travel-related receipts, and turned in the ashes in a baggie with an attached note, Copy of LA expense report as requested.
Any TenneFReepers able to point out some of her street-cred?
All I can say is “Not guilty”.
Yea, that is better than saying she is "SMOKING HOT"!
I can tell you she was very vocal and active in the fight against a state income tax in Tennessee when they were trying to push that through.
I know absolutely nothing about her, but she passes the looks test LOL.
Seriously, though, if she’s a good, strong conservative, I think she’d be an excellent pick. I believe that if McCain selects a conservative woman, he *will* win this election in a landslide.
Never heard of her. Go, Mitt!
>> but I believe that McCain needs a female vice president on the ticket.
In my very limited understanding of the brain of McCain, I believe a qualifying female VP would better compliment McCain’s disposition. McCain and a strong Conservative female VP would make a very powerful team.
Should be Gov Palin
With an 84% approval rating
Gee, that’s 75% more than congess
Sorry! Wow that came out big.
She’s a bad choice in 2008. Still green and wet behind the ears. Also Alaska hasn’t given the nation many national leaders. She may have a future in national politics, and is clearly a rising star, but no sense in rushing her along.
I agree, she looks and sounds like the female version of Poppy’s youthful, good-looking Dan Quayle pick.
She looks good to me.
So does Romney.
Anybody but B. Hussein Obammy O’Baloney and his really, really lovely, sweet, kind, compassionate, warm, loving and tolerant wife, Michelle, my belle.
I like Marsh, but, she lacks executive experience, Give Marsha the EPA job and she would get that experience.
I don’t know much about Sarah Palin, but, everything I have heard gives tremendous respect for her. Soccer mom, she almost has a full team. The pity is that all VP choices seem to be better than McCain.
A Palin/Blackburn ticket to the future.
Wow—if these items are true, she is a major disappointment.
I’ll withhold judgment until there is an independent justification of the facts—maybe some TN Freepers can add their insights.
But,man, is there any politician left who thinks that public service does not equal self-service?
Then look at what Barak has to chose from...
She’s not ‘Soccer Mommy’ at all. Women don’t like women who look like serious threats to their steal their husband or boyfriend, especially if they are significantly better looking, in better shape, and better maintained than they are.
‘Soccer Mommy’ is more like Rachel Ray, attractive but more cute than anything else. A little chubby. Pleasant, the type that says ‘no problem’ and picks up another soccer mom’s kids at school. Pleasant but ultimately non-threatening to her status quo.
Soccer moms hate women that look like Blackburn do in their mid 50s. If she says “I was speaking to your husband at a recent cocktail party over at the firm...,” those words send a chill down the spine of the typical middle aged woman who let herself go a bit. To their minds she is a threat to their status quo,
Anyone who thinks an attractive woman like her appeals to soccer moms is clueless when it comes to what makes that particular animal tick.
Just the facts. ;-)
On the other hand, a woman who looks like her gets a complete free pass were she the wife of a president. Women don’t hold a first lady’s looks against her.
If it is experience which determines how people will vote then the VP pick isn’t too relevant since Obama would lose out on that particular quality. Any voter worried about experience will already be voting McCain over Obama, regardless of the VP perhaps?
I agree on the rising stars but I am reluctant to rush them along. You are correct.
The local Memphis airwaves are filled with ads on this race. I live in Southaven MS so I hear them all the time.
Dan Quayle, George Bush, Al Gore, etc. all disagree that it'll be Romney - perhaps not personally, but the whole concept of having someone on the bottom of the ticket that a lot of delusional conservatives would rather have at the top of the ticket is something that just doesn't happen. You don't have a VP people would rather have as president. Romney might find himself in an administration position, but he's not going to be VP.
I'd much rather have Fred Thompson on the bottom of the ticket, but I'm not going to get what I want. Marsha Blackburn would be an excellent choice for John, and probably the inside source is floating her, not that she's actually on the short list. Considering the silence from Tommy Thompson, yet the minor drumbeat of stories about Tommy Thompson, I suspect the former HHS secretary and former governor of Wisconsin is on the short list.
I'm not a big one on choosing people because of their gender or race, but pretty sure that there's some great candidates out there who would fill several big 'firsts' in the VP's office.
In her case, a big picture is fine. Very fine.
If you ever do that with Helen Thomas, you will be banned for life!
The other side is Jim Cooper...a Blue Dog...not a rabid left coast social engineer but a Dem nonetheless.
We donate to Marsha every election and have an invite to her next bash at the Ryman and her family plays t-ball with my kids at Old Hickory WSNL Cal Ripken.
She has never let us down and we would hate to lose her.
I saw this as a serious chauvinist who firmly believes that more often than not that women are less capable of leading and handling stress and adversity but since Queen Elisabeth the First ain't running I would be very happy with Marsha or that Alaska gal.
Martha for VP
The conservatives will love her...
Young, goodlooking, etc
Pro-life, pro-family, 2nd Amendment, active agains the illegal alien invasion, supports the troops and WOT, etc
Whats not to like ?????
THe new replacement had a history of sex harassment, and they both tried to cover that u.
NO, you do not want Sara - besides -she is a big a RINO as John....
I’ve talked to Martha several times...
She’s nice, friendly, not uppity..
She’s a life long conservative all the way down the line...
Got guts and intelligence...
Votes conservative all the time...
Spoke at one of those online Newt events in Nashville...
I think Senator McCain would pick Looter guy
Good info. thanks. Whats up with the campaign cash situation posted above mine. Will that go anywhere?
May I have your take on post 12 above?
Dont know about that...
Ask Wardaddy about post # 12
John Kasich might be able to pull that off, more or less. He's 56. Most of the chicks that need to be "attracted" are there, or more, and they've been supporting Hillary.
it’s from Tom Leatherwood, her opponent.
he basically is just shooting innuendo.
her family has lobbyists....ok ...that is a major exception in DC../not
she worked for Sundquist....ok...guilt by association
she is somehow responsible for Washinton’s excesses according to Leatherwood...all by her little 120 pound self..
lotsa smoke and sure to please conspiracy ..evil behind the curtain buffs but not those of us in the real world
her ACU rating is 100%...that is proof in the pudding as far as I am concerned......she supports my position on every major issue so to be candid I am not upset that she has lobbysits in her family or doesn’t like commissars questioning her expense account
i can live with it...
Thanks. I’ve seen her on CSpan and she is impressive.
I just don’t want to see another Republican who might disdain accountability being foisted upon us nationally.
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