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He could have nominated Lieberman, after all... [Liberal Democrat was McCain's first choice]
Politico ^ | 2009-04-20

Posted on 04/20/2009 8:46:04 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

It may be, a colleague notes, a fitting coda to the McCain campaign: He apparently rejected his first choice as a running mate, Joe Lieberman, in part based on a faulty legal opinion.

McCain lawyer and vetter A. B. Culvahouse said last week that West Virginia law could have barred McCain from nominating a Democrat as his running mate in the key state, knocking Lieberman out of the running.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008elections; 2008veep; 2008vp; democrats; liberals; lieberman; mcbama; mccain; mccaintruthfile; mcqueeg; rino; traitor; vichy

1 posted on 04/20/2009 8:46:06 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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2 posted on 04/20/2009 8:46:26 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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3 posted on 04/20/2009 8:47:31 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

“McCain lawyer and vetter A. B. Culvahouse said last week that West Virginia law could have barred McCain from nominating a Democrat as his running mate in the key state, knocking Lieberman out of the running.”

What? There’s a law against Joe Lieberman switching parties? Is that possible?

I kinda wish McCain had picked Lieberman. The MSM couldn’t have blamed the loss on Palin. They’d probably have said it would have been a landslide without Joe.


4 posted on 04/20/2009 8:52:28 PM PDT by Tublecane
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5 posted on 04/20/2009 8:54:28 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts.....)
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To: rabscuttle385

Instead of losing by 7%, with old Joe by his side, McCain would have lost by 17%. Matching LBJ`s thumping of Goldwater in `64.


6 posted on 04/20/2009 8:55:01 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: rabscuttle385

7 posted on 04/20/2009 8:55:49 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts.....)
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To: rabscuttle385

Only reason I voted for that hack was Sarah


8 posted on 04/20/2009 8:57:08 PM PDT by demsux
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To: rabscuttle385

There must have been fifty FReepers, at least, that were ready to put money on McNuts picking Lieberman.


9 posted on 04/20/2009 8:57:19 PM PDT by TigersEye (Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: rabscuttle385

and he would have lost 60-40


10 posted on 04/20/2009 8:58:44 PM PDT by GeronL (TYRANNY SENTINEL. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: rabscuttle385

I like Joe better than John.


11 posted on 04/20/2009 9:00:26 PM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: lonestar

Let’s somehow arrange for Joe Lieberman to become a Republican, and John McCain to become a democrat.

Both would make more sense that way.


12 posted on 04/20/2009 9:02:09 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Got Tea?)
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To: demsux

“Only reason I voted for that hack was Sarah”

Ditto here. But he still managed to throw the election to his fellow Democrats. Until the GOP figures out a way to stop phony Republicans from capturing the nomination, they will continue to decline into obscurity.


13 posted on 04/20/2009 9:04:14 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: rabscuttle385

Mixed feelings here.

Sarah took a drubbing from the MSM (on behalf of the 0bama campaign, naturally) and would have benefited from having another four years as Governor before emerging on the national stage. In that sense, I would have preferred to see an aging warhorse like Lieberman hitch his wagon to McCain’s Dole-esque campaign

OTOH, sometimes you take the spotlight when it’s offered. Sarah got me more excited (no, not in that way...well, maybe a little, LOL) about politics than any candidate since Ronaldus Magnus. She’s the real deal and has the strengths that can’t be taught - toughness, a clarity of purpose, the gift of a natural communicator. I knew from moment one Sarah was the right choice, and all the media smears just make me that much surer of my stance.


14 posted on 04/20/2009 9:13:54 PM PDT by DemforBush (Somebody wake me when sanity has returned to the nation.)
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To: demsux

Ditto. BTW, Lieberman made a special guest appearance while I was working the phone banks in October.I held out my hand to him to shake. He looked at me like I’d asked him to scrub a lizard.


15 posted on 04/20/2009 9:22:08 PM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: rabscuttle385

McCain needs to just go away.


16 posted on 04/20/2009 10:42:05 PM PDT by Juan Medn
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To: Juan Medén

Well, that will be up to Arizona voters next year.


17 posted on 04/20/2009 11:13:10 PM PDT by DangerZone (Union now, Union forever - Country first , Politics second)
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To: rabscuttle385
Let's not forget why McCain had to choose Palin over his best friend and liberal, Joe Lieberman:

‘If you pick anyone else, you’re going to lose. But if you pick Palin you may win. ...'- Charlie Black- McCain senior political advisor and K Street lobbyist

The reason Black had to give that "straight talk" to Johnny- McCain and his campaign manager Rick Davis crafted a strategy early on during the primaries going after the left center and independent voters (remember how he "won" the Florida primary?) Remember SIT DOWN and SHUT UP yelled at conservatives by McCain early in the campaign?

McCain paid for that approach in loss of conservative support that FORCED him to choose Palin over Lieberman to gain conservative support back. He got a temporary spike due solely from Palin on the ticket, then he pulled the bailout stunt and actually paid homage to Obama in the closing stretch. In the meantime, his own staff was torpedoing Palin at every turn (and still are). It was like watching the political version of seppuku. And the liberal GOP "leadership" from Bush on down watched and let it happen.

18 posted on 04/21/2009 5:33:07 AM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: rabscuttle385
McCain get over it,better yet just retire. No matter how many excuses you come up with you still lost.

It was a poor campaign devoid of conservative ideas and too scared of its own V. P. nominee to let her speak on her own. ( A huge mistake )

Doddering old fool.

19 posted on 04/21/2009 5:39:42 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Juan Medén
McCain needs to just go away.

And he should take his chubby little daughter with him.

20 posted on 04/21/2009 5:51:38 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: rabscuttle385

“He could have nominated Lieberman, after all”

I would have laughed when the McCainiacs tried shoving that political abortion down our collective throat.


21 posted on 04/21/2009 6:50:48 AM PDT by Grunthor
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To: rabscuttle385

So tell me Arizona Freepers: Do you have a decent, electable Conservative candidate to run against McCain??


22 posted on 04/21/2009 7:09:15 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts.....)
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To: rabscuttle385

He would have lost every state!


23 posted on 04/21/2009 10:47:57 AM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: Bean Counter

Draft Matt Salmon!!


24 posted on 04/21/2009 10:48:22 AM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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