Skip to comments.ABC: McCain “now seriously considering” Lieberman for VP
Posted on 07/30/2008 6:57:53 PM PDT by pissant
Hes going to transform the party by turning us into hawkish Democrats? Nuance.
Theres a bigger point and this initial volley, they say, lays the groundwork for it. They will be sharpening McCains message that he, not Obama, is the true change agent, a man whos repeatedly taken unpopular stands, made the hard calls and forged bipartisan alliances.
Part of the calculus now is how his VP choice will further sharpen that message. There is significant support among top McCain advisers that he make a transformative pick who would change the Republican Party someone who would appeal to moderate Republicans and Democrats
A person who fills that bill, these advisers say, is Joe Lieberman.
Lieberman, an Independent Democrat, flatly denied his interest to ABCs Ron Claiborne earlier this month, but McCain is now seriously considering him as that transformative pick, sources tell ABC News
Whats more, some McCain advisers believe Lieberman would dramatically enhance the point they are now trying to make about Obama in this celebrity ad campaign.
McCain and Lieberman are anti-celebrities, the argument goes. They have, as one top adviser said, felt the heat after taking unpopular positions because they were willing to do whats right for the country whatever it meant for their own popularity.
Good news for that unpredictable five percent in the middle he needs to win, not so good for, er, everyone else in America. Are evangelicals going to vote for a guy who scored 100% on NARALs annual report card? Are Reagan conservatives jittery about McCains maverickiness going to feel reassured knowing Al Gores choice for VP is waiting in the wings? Is the left going to reach hitherto unscaled heights of apoplexy at the thought of the one pol they hate more than George Bush somehow ending up on the Republican ticket? (No, no, and yes, respectively, if youre scoring at home.) Think of it in practical terms. Assume the worst happens and through some misfortune Vice President Lieberman becomes President Lieberman. Either the Democrats animus towards him results in hopeless gridlock in Congress or the breach is healed and weve got a lefty executive working with a lefty legislature towards common goals Iraq excepted, of course. I like Liebs; I dont like the idea. But the signs are there if youre willing to look
Exit question: Maybe the left, true to its proud tradition of honoring dissent, will forgive Joementum his apostasy? Hmmm.
Noooooo! Not Holy Joe!
fwiw indeed. ;o)
“Assume the worst happens and through some misfortune Vice President Lieberman becomes President Lieberman.”
Exactly why Lieberman can NOT be the VP pick.
No John, just say no.
What a bunch of crap from ABC. Not even John McCain is that arrogant or stupid.
I like Joe L for who he is. But there would be no way for McCain to recover the base of the party if he did that.
It would be political suicide for both men.
This is MSM BS, it would be easier to make Lieberman Secretary of State than VEEP.
Gag! What’s Obama gonna do - pick Duncan Hunter?
I got Mass Respect For Joe
I will not Vote for Joe,End Of Story............
Not gonna happen.
Holy Cow! I’ve already got a clothespin on my nose, blinders on my eyes, and earplugs in my ears just to be able to vote McCain. This is getting to be too much.
There, fixed it
Yeah, into a wing of the dem party. McCain and Joe should show up at the dem convention and try to pull a coup.
Joe switched from being a Socialist Democrat to a Socialist Independent, that doesn’t make him less of a Socialist.
I’ve always thought that McCain doesn’t really want to win- but now I’m convinced he really wants to lose.
If McClain does, he will forever cement in the minds of the American voter that the GOP has finally found its George McGovern.
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