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Suggest McCain's VP Pick (VANITY)
Self ^ | February 7, 2008 | Self

Posted on 02/07/2008 10:44:53 AM PST by pogo101

With Romney's pull-out (suspension, anyway), and barring huge unforeseen events, the GOP Pres nomination will go to McCain.

I didn't see any prior threads devoted to discussing a range of VP options. (I did see some suggesting particular people, like Condi Rice.)

As I see it, McCain SHOULD want to address three factors with his VP pick, although the 3d is far behind the first 2:

1. Ideological Balance. Someone to McCain's right on those issues where McCain is left, such as Amnesty, Gore-Bal Warming, Judges.

2. Relative Youth. McCain's age is a factor, making his VP pick more important than such picks usually are: McCain is much more likely than most presidents to become incapacitated, just as an actuarial matter.

3. A Popular Figure in a Swing State. Although this isn't as important, I note that there is little *geographic* benefit to picking, say, Gov. Perry of TX, because TX is going to go GOP anyway.

Thoughts?


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To: JRios1968; Hegemony Cricket

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151 posted on 02/07/2008 11:17:43 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: steve8714

But, but, but J.C. is an ordained Southern Baptist Minister.

Can’t have that POTUS!!!!


152 posted on 02/07/2008 11:17:57 AM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: pogo101

Is Noriega out of prison yet?
153 posted on 02/07/2008 11:18:15 AM PST by BubbaBasher (WWW.TWFRED08.COM)
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To: pogo101

Felipe Calderon


154 posted on 02/07/2008 11:18:42 AM PST by tennteacher (Romney '08)
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To: RobRoy

It’s time, anyway.

Better get a Costco sized box of ammo, too.


155 posted on 02/07/2008 11:18:54 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (And close the damned borders!)
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To: pogo101

Hillary, although they are perhaps too alike. But she will be available and does have name recognition.


156 posted on 02/07/2008 11:19:40 AM PST by killermosquito (Buffalo (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: pogo101

John Bolton


157 posted on 02/07/2008 11:19:46 AM PST by DFG
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To: pogo101

On a serious note, I think his VP pick is going to be critical.

Remember the melanoma removed from the left side of his face?
That side looks swollen to me.
There might be a health problem a short while down the road.
JMHO


158 posted on 02/07/2008 11:20:12 AM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: pogo101

McCain/Kennedy in 2008

Where have I heard that combination before?


159 posted on 02/07/2008 11:21:05 AM PST by Will88 ( The Worst Case Scenario: McCain with a Dhimm majority in the House and Senate)
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To: Froufrou; pogo101

“I would go with Condi Rice. She is reliable on the War and would appease the conservatives.”

“I like the concept of someone younger and someone black. Michael Steele probably isn’t well known enough, IMHO, but Hoodlum91 is on the right track, I think.”

I agree with this thinking...


160 posted on 02/07/2008 11:21:13 AM PST by LRS (It's time to put Hillary on the 3:10 to Yuma...)
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To: boop

ping


161 posted on 02/07/2008 11:21:13 AM PST by pogo101
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To: pogo101
Ho Chi Min
How about a former colaborator?
162 posted on 02/07/2008 11:21:24 AM PST by BubbaBasher (WWW.TWFRED08.COM)
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To: pogo101

i heard good things about Barbor and he seems to fit the bill in terms of balancing out the rest of the coalition for McCain.


163 posted on 02/07/2008 11:22:31 AM PST by DM1
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To: Vinnie

Oh, I agree: Although most of any race is the Prez’ candidates’ merits, in THIS race McCain’s age makes his VP pick more important, more scrutinized. A bigger opportunity therefore to gain OR lose political ground, compared to most VP-pickings.


164 posted on 02/07/2008 11:22:49 AM PST by pogo101
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To: CollegeRepublican
Steele is not a liberal.

Yes he is.

Do you know what he stands for? He is one of the behind the scene masterminds that leaves us with McCain as our nominee.

Research him a bit.

Google "It's our party too"
165 posted on 02/07/2008 11:23:36 AM PST by elizabetty (Mike Huckabee for President of the Confederate States of America -- Bad for the UNION)
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To: pogo101
Rick Santorem
166 posted on 02/07/2008 11:23:47 AM PST by ditto h
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To: BubbaBasher

Where did you get all of those? commies.com?


167 posted on 02/07/2008 11:24:52 AM PST by HenpeckedCon
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To: BubbaBasher

IMO that is going too far. I detest many of McCain’s policies, attitudes and decisions, and I understand many are sore at him for rapproachment with Vietnam without being tougher on POW/MIA issues. I really do. But his during-the-war serice was very admirable, and I can’t call him a Ho Chi Minh “collaborator.”


168 posted on 02/07/2008 11:25:01 AM PST by pogo101
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To: RobRoy

Bass=Base

I’m a bass player. What can I say...


169 posted on 02/07/2008 11:25:25 AM PST by RobRoy
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To: newzjunkey

If one can believe your tag line, YOU supported a has been senator!


170 posted on 02/07/2008 11:25:46 AM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: pogo101

Wait! I have it!


Dr. Kevorkian
171 posted on 02/07/2008 11:25:51 AM PST by BubbaBasher (WWW.TWFRED08.COM)
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To: pogo101

Hillary...The only way to prevent her from becoming POTUS.


172 posted on 02/07/2008 11:26:25 AM PST by devane617 (I WILL NOT HOLD MY NOSE AND VOTE !!!!)
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To: pogo101

Hillary...The only way to prevent her from becoming POTUS.


173 posted on 02/07/2008 11:26:31 AM PST by devane617 (I WILL NOT HOLD MY NOSE AND VOTE !!!!)
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To: BubbaBasher

On an unrelated note: I never reflected on how closely Ho resembles Col. Sanders.


174 posted on 02/07/2008 11:26:50 AM PST by pogo101
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To: pogo101

C. Rice


175 posted on 02/07/2008 11:26:50 AM PST by Brian S. Fitzgerald ("We're going to drag that ship over the mountain.")
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To: pogo101
Florida Senator Mel Martinez or Joe Lieberman.
176 posted on 02/07/2008 11:26:56 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: pogo101

Romney would be best but Romney would not take it because Mitt believes that a country is defined by its borders, and McCain has no beliefs other than political calculations.


177 posted on 02/07/2008 11:28:12 AM PST by Vinomori
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To: pogo101

George Allen maybe


178 posted on 02/07/2008 11:28:23 AM PST by make no mistake
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To: devane617; All

I blame one of my cats for the double post...I do, I really do!


179 posted on 02/07/2008 11:28:29 AM PST by devane617 (I WILL NOT HOLD MY NOSE AND VOTE !!!!)
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To: pogo101

Fred. You get an East/West thing going, Conservative/Who-knows, Stable/Unstable, Old/Really old... There’s a lot of ying and yang to a ticket like that.

And no, I haven’t been drinking.


180 posted on 02/07/2008 11:28:54 AM PST by Redcloak ("A plague o' both your houses!")
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To: pogo101
It won't matter. McCain can't win. Whether he or Obillary win, Conservatism is dead either way. 20 million illegals will become voting citizens and their 40 million relatives will follow behind them within 10 years. The nation will become permanently liberal with those who work supporting those who don't or it will errupt in a civil war.

Woman,
“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
Benjamin Franlin,
“A Republic, if you can keep it.”

I think we can not.

181 posted on 02/07/2008 11:28:59 AM PST by DWar (The perfect is the enemy of the excellent!!)
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To: swain_forkbeard
People that hate McCain aren’t going to support a pro-choice VP.
182 posted on 02/07/2008 11:29:07 AM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: LRS; Hoodlum91; JRios1968

I’m glad you can see it. And McCain, in particular, needs the young backup more than anyone in recent history [IMHO] but I can still see Colin for his expertise [as Condi’s] in matters of state.


183 posted on 02/07/2008 11:29:44 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: pogo101

My choice would be Senator Jim DeMint.

Southern, young, strong conservative, strong anti-amnesty


184 posted on 02/07/2008 11:29:47 AM PST by Republican Red (The word "courage" is not in the liberal vocabulary)
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To: elizabetty

Liberal? Since when?

I’ve listened to and watched him for a while. He might not be Goldwater, but he’s certainly not a liberal.


185 posted on 02/07/2008 11:29:48 AM PST by RockinRight (Supreme Court Justice Fred Thompson. The next best place for Fred.)
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To: pogo101

Who cares? McCain, go away forever!


186 posted on 02/07/2008 11:30:07 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore
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To: politicalwit

Nope, I like the idea of maintaining control of two of the three branches of government.


187 posted on 02/07/2008 11:30:31 AM PST by mware (Americans in arm chairs doing the work of the media.)
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To: pogo101

Michael Steele, Mark Sanford, Rick Santorum, or Jim DeMint.

All young, conservative guys.


188 posted on 02/07/2008 11:30:44 AM PST by RockinRight (Supreme Court Justice Fred Thompson. The next best place for Fred.)
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To: pogo101
The odds are against McCain winning in November, but if he added a genuine southern conservative to his ticket, he might stand a chance.

John has serious health problems and he probably won’t make it in the Presidency past 4 years [maybe not even that long]. His risk for a return of the the malignant melanoma is high and his advancing dementia and mental problems will become more and more evident.

Under the circumstances, I hope he asks Fred and I hope Fred accepts. We could wind up with the conservative President we need after all.

189 posted on 02/07/2008 11:31:44 AM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - Conservative Candidate Wanted... Conservative Resume REQUIRED.)
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To: 1Old Pro

Delta Burke is a Republican, but she has checked herself into the loony bin.


190 posted on 02/07/2008 11:31:49 AM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: pogo101

That dynamic dual-citizen and McCain staff member:

Dr. Juan Hernandez.

He’s perfect. He has experience as an aid to a president, and would finally bring in the much coveted Hispanic vote for the GOP.


191 posted on 02/07/2008 11:32:24 AM PST by Will88 ( The Worst Case Scenario: McCain with a Dhimm majority in the House and Senate)
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To: pogo101
But his during-the-war serice was very admirable, and I can’t call him a Ho Chi Minh “collaborator.”

He has admitted it in his own book. Many Vietnam Vets tell of favors and special treatment for McCain. This whole "war hero" thing is largely made up. His entire military career is one of undeserved commands and promotions. How many planes did he crash before he was "shot down"?

192 posted on 02/07/2008 11:33:19 AM PST by BubbaBasher (WWW.TWFRED08.COM)
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To: Froufrou; LRS; Hoodlum91; JRios1968

One thing against Powell is this. I have it on very good authority that his wife, Alma, does NOT want him returning to public office/ campaigning. She didn’t want him to serve as W’s first SecState as it was.


193 posted on 02/07/2008 11:33:19 AM PST by pogo101
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To: pogo101
Condi Rice

Bad pick.

This is not about what makes you happy--it's about getting enough votes to win.

A woman or minority for VP who appeals to the right and to the left is what's needed to win.

194 posted on 02/07/2008 11:33:30 AM PST by Age of Reason
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To: abner

Lieberman would be amazing!


195 posted on 02/07/2008 11:33:31 AM PST by dellbabe68
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To: Coldwater Creek
Delta Burke is a Republican, but she has checked herself into the loony bin.

O.K., so she IS compatable, another looney moderate RINO.

196 posted on 02/07/2008 11:33:31 AM PST by 1Old Pro (I feel sooo calm, that I'll probably forget to vote for McLame.)
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To: Non-Sequitur
" Right here. I think it'll be the Huckster."

================================

You're on.

Let's say that the loser has to go on 5 top threads every day for a week and post that the other guy is great and ping the other guy to the threads.

That's 35 threads total over a weeks time.

Agree? Or are ya yellow?

197 posted on 02/07/2008 11:34:28 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: pogo101

At that point, I wish they’d simply do away with the charade, and the Democrats can set up their Clinton/McCain ticket to oppose the Republican McCain/Clinton ticket.


198 posted on 02/07/2008 11:34:30 AM PST by FR Class of 1998 (I will never vote directly against my own vital interests)
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To: Republican Red

I like DeMint, too. Only slight downside is that, being from a pretty deeply Red state, he couldn’t help swing it.


199 posted on 02/07/2008 11:34:59 AM PST by pogo101
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To: steve8714

I’m with you on the life issue. Funny how something so important seems to have taken a backseat during everyone’s tantrums.

Let’s keep things in perspective.


200 posted on 02/07/2008 11:35:34 AM PST by dellbabe68
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