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FixCam: McCain's Big "Secret" Is Out

On day three of his re-introduction tour, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made some unexpected news by telling radio talk show host Don Imus that the search for a running mate is already under way.

"We just started this process, getting together a list of names, and having them looked at," McCain told Imus in an early morning radio interview.

And, from that one simple comment grew a media firestorm. A search of "McCain" and "Imus" on Google News last night produced more than 350 news articles on the Arizona Senator's comments.

So, what do you need to know about where things stand when it comes to McCain's veep search?

1. OF COURSE, it is already going on. The accumulation of names and the early vetting of potential candidates -- no matter what McCain's folks say -- has probably been going on for week if not months.

2. McCain acknowledged the obvious in his chat with Imus -- that due to his advanced age his vice presidential pick will be more closely watched than the usual selection. Hello Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.) and Sen. John Thune (S.D.)! (Both men are 47.)

3. Anyone claiming to know who might be on that short list is fooling you. In general when it comes to the veepstakes, those who know aren't talking. So, take everything you hear over the next few months with a bit of skepticism in mind.

4. Did someone say speculating about the veepstakes? You can find The Fix's latest speculation in the most recent Friday Line.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 3, 2008; 1:30 PM ET
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My dark-horse candidate: Joe Lieberman.

Posted by: Ed | April 8, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain will choose someone whom he believes will help him win. That will probably be someone younger and healthier. Dick Cheyney? Maybe this was meant to be a joke, like Phyllis Diller. Remember this guy's had several heart surgeries, for starters. He's also not very popular, as the last posting implies. Finally, McCain is smart enough to know that he'll have to at least try to distance himself from GWB. Only the most paranoid among us could believe Cheyney will "no doubt" be the choice. It's far more likely to be a Democrat than the current VP.

Posted by: rmpatera | April 5, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

No doubt, Cheney is vying to be the point man again to choose McCain's VP as he did for Bush in 2000. And no doubt, McCain will be tickled pick --- just like Bush when Cheney appoints himself to be McCain's VP.

Posted by: ldp1 | April 5, 2008 4:04 AM | Report abuse

I think an excellent running mate for John McCain would be Ruth Buzzi. Afterall, they are the same age (72) and they were born within a month from eachother...

And if McCain prefers a "more experienced" choice, then he can always choose Phyllis Diller (91 yo). Now thats THE TICKET of the CENTURY!

McCain / Diller 08'

Posted by: curt.1 | April 4, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

CONDI RICE FOR MCCAIN'S VP!!

Today is the 40th year after the loss of Martin Luther King. Since then, the people of our nation have elected many African-Americans to Congress, and some have run for president (Shirley Chisholm, etc.)

Let's look at the fact Colin Powell was 4th in line of succession to the presidency, (after he was sought to run for president in 1996 and declined) and today, Condi Rice is 4th in line to the Oval Office, and has been ranked by Forbes magazine and national polls as the MOST powerful woman in US politics. She has more clout than Pelosi or Hillary, and has helped set policy in Bush's second term.

She is a strong leader on the world stage. Right now she is standing next to President Bush at the NATO Summmit, and her looks like a Vice President in the Washingtpost Archives avaiable today)

Posted by: dbu2709399aolcom | April 4, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

How did that biog of Rev. Wright get on this site? I thought this was about McCain's possible running mates. Maybe it is - comparing Wright with another VP this particular poster hates. Every day I have to remind myself that the blogosphere is mostly inhabited by zealots of one political stripe or another with axes to grind. Otherwise I'll get depressed. For the record, I don't question the Wright's patriotism - I do question his opinions. As for McCain's VP choice, I'm willing to wait and see.

Posted by: rmpatera | April 4, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

In 1961, a young African-American man, after hearing President John F. Kennedy's challenge to, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country," gave up his student deferment, left college in Virginia and voluntarily joined the Marines.

In 1963, this man, having completed his two years of service in the Marines, volunteered again to become a Navy corpsman. (They provide medical assistance to the Marines as well as to Navy personnel.)

The man did so well in corpsman school that he was the valedictorian and became a cardiopulmonary technician. Not surprisingly, he was assigned to the Navy's premier medical facility, Bethesda Naval Hospital, as a member of the commander in chief's medical team, and helped care for President Lyndon B. Johnson after his 1966 surgery. For his service on the team, which he left in 1967, the White House awarded him three letters of commendation.

What is even more remarkable is that this man entered the Marines and Navy not many years after the two branches began to become integrated.

While this young man was serving six years on active duty, Vice President Dick Cheney, who was born the same year as the Marine/sailor, received five deferments, four for being an undergraduate and graduate student and one for being a prospective father. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, both five years younger than the African-American youth, used their student deferments to stay in college until 1968. Both then avoided going on active duty through family connections.

Who is the real patriot? The young man who interrupted his studies to serve his country for six years or our three political leaders who beat the system? Are the patriots the people who actually sacrifice something or those who merely talk about their love of the country?

After leaving the service of his country, the young African-American finished his final year of college, entered the seminary, was ordained as a minister, and eventually became pastor of a large church in one of America's biggest cities.

This man is Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the retiring pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, who has been in the news for comments he made over the last three decades.

Since these comments became public we have heard criticisms, condemnations, denouncements and rejections of his comments and him.

We've seen on television, in a seemingly endless loop, sound bites of a select few of Rev. Wright's many sermons.

Some of the Wright's comments are inexcusable and inappropriate and should be condemned, but in calling him "unpatriotic," let us not forget that this is a man who gave up six of the most productive years of his life to serve his country. 

How many of Wright's detractors, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly to name but a few, volunteered for service, and did so under the often tumultuous circumstances of a newly integrated armed forces and a society in the midst of a civil rights struggle? Not many.

While words do count, so do actions.

Let us not forget that, for whatever Rev. Wright may have said over the last 30 years, he has demonstrated his patriotism.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-oped0404wrightapr03,0,92000.story

Posted by: jkallen001 | April 3, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I like Herman Cain. He'd be a great conservative pick.

And I couldn't think of anything better than a McCain/Cain ticket...

Posted by: atlmom1234 | April 3, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the multiple post. This thing goes hinky every now and then.

Posted by: dave | April 3, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

PatrickNYC1 - "The party that invented sleaze?"

Seriously, you need to read the book "The Almanac of Political Corruption, Scandals & Dirty Politics" by Kim Long. That may give you some historical perspective.

Posted by: dave | April 3, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

PatrickNYC1 - "The party that invented sleaze?"

Seriously, you need to read the book "The Almanac of Political Corruption, Scandals & Dirty Politics" by Kim Long. That may give you some historical perspective.

Posted by: dave | April 3, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

PatrickNYC - "The party that invented sleaze?"

Seriously, you need to read the book "The Almanac of Political Corruption, Scandals & Dirty Politics" by Kim Long. That may give you some historical perspective.

Posted by: dave | April 3, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse


koz is right, libs have no shame. They are plotting as we speak to smear and disparage a good man - that is their only hope of winning.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | April 3, 2008 04:49 PM
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Is that the ame good man who hired Rove's team who told the good people of SC that McShame fathered a black child? The party that ran the Wille Horton ads? The party that invented sleaze?

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | April 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Has it occurred to anyone that Senator McCain may be so anxious to find a Vice Presidential candidate now because he knows that he's too ill to finish the run for the Presidency and he wants to anoint his own successor?

Please note that McCain had promised his medical history by mid-April and now is postponing the release of those reports until May. Also he often appears distracted, confused and tired.

Posted by: mhitchons | April 3, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain tried re-introducing himself to America, but everyone in the media was more interested in talking to undecided party chairs in Oregon.

I imagine this was his way of getting a bit of press. Not to mention, it draws the attention of all of the political junkies (myself included).

Posted by: corridorg4 | April 3, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

dave and proud:

Thanks for your responses. While it might be better for McCain to pick a younger VP, in a photo-op sort of way, I hope that type of thinking doesn't limit his choices too much. Bush41 was no spring chicken when Reagan chose him as a running mate.

I forgot about the bridge thing with Pawlenty.

Posted by: mnteng | April 3, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Spectator2- one can only hope. They could run as the sour old white guy ticket.

Posted by: napperfat | April 3, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"Newt would be awesome, but I won't get my hopes up too much for that."

Yeah, a guy who served divorce papers to his wife in a hospital while she was recovering from surgery as a running mate to another who was seeing a women half his age while he was still married to a woman who raised his three kids while he was a prisoner in Vietnam. Yep, the party of family values strikes again.

Posted by: napperfat | April 3, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

napperfat: You think McCain might end up tapping Sore Loserman as his running mate?

Posted by: Spectator2 | April 3, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

This is HUGE news, Chris. You mean John McCain might be thinking about who his running mate will be? Congrats on the scoop.

In seriousness now, here are my thoughts:

Tim Pawlenty: fits the bill in all areas. Likeable governor of a swing state, photogenic family and YOUNG. Has been joined at the hip with McCain through thick and thin for the past year and a half. Was to accompany McCain to a foreign policy summit in Germany till some last minute changes derailed the event. He's been properly coy in deflecting the veep questions, but not denying that he'd take it.

Mitt Romney: While McCain has shown his ability to kiss and make up to rivals whose digestive entrails he is not fond of (see Bush, George W., ca 2000), there is just nothing Romney brings that Pawlenty doesn't already offer. He's a little better known nationally right now, but voters have the whole summer to get familiar with whoever the vp nominee is. Massachusetts, last I checked, is not in play. So unless McCain ends up desperate for campaign cash, Romney has no chance. Still he's a little more likely than those lower on this list.

Kay Bailey Hutchison: Texas is not a swing state either, and she's almost as old as McCain. She has two X chromosomes, but other than that offers little.

Charlie Crist: As white haired as McCain, unmarried and rumor has it at least bisexual. Not a way to get the evangelicals to run back out to the polls.

Mike Huckabee: Sends the evangelicals running to the polls, but would send many of McCain's secular supporters dashing the other direction. Wall Street hates him, which ain't good when you're already hurting for campaign funds.

Condi Rice: Black, female, and intimately associated with the worst foreign policy blunder and shamefully dishonest decision since Vietnam. Not a good play.

Sarah Palin: As mentioned above, 7 months pregnant. Awkward time, and besides she has no foreign policy experience and only leads a tiny (pop-wise) state.

Sanford/Barbour/other Red State guvs: What's the point? If you're fighting for SC/AL, you might as well pack it in early and go home. If you can't get the far right to fall in line by scaring them with the notion that Obama is a closet Marxist, then the Republican party is finished anyway. That's how they win, generally. Every Dem candidate suddenly becomes the most socialist thing to crawl out of the muck since Lenin when they run for president, if I recall correctly.

BTW, if anyone wants to see what the political futures traders think of the VP stakes, you can check out intrade.com. Kind of interesting to follow.

Posted by: B2O2 | April 3, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who needs Joe LIEberman whispering in his ear when he gets important facts so very wrong on multiple occasions should not be overestimated.

Posted by: napperfat | April 3, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

mnteng, what dave said...and also TPaw has that whole bridge thing on his watch. The left would no doubt use that - no sense giving them that gift. I think if he had carried MN for McCain, the odds would be better. But Romney won MN.

Newt would be awesome, but I won't get my hopes up too much for that.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | April 3, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

bondjedi,
Let me get this straight. You are excited by the prospect that you think that Obama's opponent might have Alzheimers? And you are comparing getting Alzheimers to Willy Horton? Aside from your comments coming across as sick and disgusting, you have no idea if there is a shread of truth to it. Do you really believe that this crap you are spouting represents the kind of hope and change that supposedly defines the Obama campaign?

Posted by: dave | April 3, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

More on the McCain Secret Service detail...

Insiders are revealing that Senator McCain feels a security detail is superfluous, in light of the Senator's LifeFone, which he wears around his neck.

Senator McCain: Help! I've fallen and can't get up!

Dispatcher: Help is on the way, Senator.

Senator McCain: Who is talking? Is that you God? It's me, Johnny.

Dispatcher: What?

Senator McCain: 23 skidoo!

Posted by: bondjedi | April 3, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain has refused Secret Security protection"

Just like he refused the battalion of soldiers who escorted his butt through that market in Baghdad last year. Five dollar rugs anyone?
Can I sell you a "surge" too?

Posted by: napperfat | April 3, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

"venerable Couric?"

"She is one of the shallowest and simplistic anchorpersons in my lifetime "


She's therefore perfectly suited to host a Dem debate!

Obama's already answered 8 questions. He needs a break.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | April 3, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has refused Secret Security protection, over the protests of his staff. When staffers were pressed if they felt for the feeble Senator's safety, his aides said they were interested in the ten man detail because its presence would double the number of people who normally show up for the Senator's town hall meetings.

Developing...

Posted by: bondjedi | April 3, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"venerable Couric?"

She is one of the shallowest and simplistic anchorpersons in my lifetime (excluding all Faux News personnel).


Posted by: napperfat | April 3, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

mnteng,
Pawlenty has won a second election and while I have little doubt that Palin could garner a second term if she desired, she has not done that and perception-wise Alaska is not Minnesota (meaning running MN is perceived to be better experience than AK - I don't think that is true but I think the perception is there). 4 years as gov of CA is perceived to be better than 4 years as gov of RI. Pawlenty has marginally more experience than Palin. I think the name recognition is problematic for a lot of picks. Most people are lucky enough to be able to name their own state's Senators. I think that all the R primary opponents (Romney, et al) or current or former high level officials (like Rice, Newt) are the only ones that come in with real name recognition. In general, a Senator or a governor will not have nationwide name recognition, unless your name happens to be Kennedy.

Posted by: dave | April 3, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news: Clinton agrees to debate on CBS.

Hillary Clinton and Katie Couric have said yes. Now it's up to Barack Obama.

Does he have the cojones to go up against the venerable Couric? Well, after being vetted on The View last week, he should be all ready. Expect more fawning and pronouncements of sex appeal.

Meanwhile, the 'Obama watch' continues on FOX. Over 750 days and counting since Obama promised to appear on FNS.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | April 3, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

If Obama is the Dem nominee, McCain should consider this guy as his running mate -- if Thompson's schedule will allow it, that is.

http://www.forbes.com/afxnewslimited/feeds/afx/2008/03/31/afx4833496.html

Posted by: Spectator2 | April 3, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

John Yoo for VP!

John McBush could have a running mate who is for torturing children and is intellectually and morally bankrupt. A marriage made in heaven.

Posted by: napperfat | April 3, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Tes secret is out alright. Both Dem candidates have requested Secret Service detail. John McCain has not.

The Trail reports:
McCain has repeatedly said he does not want Secret Service protection, expressing the belief that it will restrict his ability to connect with voters at his trademark town hall meetings.


Posted by: proudtobeGOP | April 3, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Now we've seen it all - Daily KOZ moaning about juvenile humor.

He is right, though - McCain's doddering, forgetful ways are no laughing matter, especially when national security is at stake.

Posted by: bondjedi | April 3, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey beavis, what's an issue

I dunno butthead, why do you ask

Well beavis, those Repubs keep mentioning them

huh, huh, huhhha Mccain is so old hehehuh

yeah and stupid too he he huh huh

Posted by: kingofzouk | April 3, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

dave and proud:

Doesn't Pawlenty have the same problem? Little experience or name recognition? I guess more people have heard of him now due to the VP speculation, but he's still only a one and a half term governor.

Posted by: mnteng | April 3, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

A believe Alzheimer has already been claimed - by the Gipper.

Posted by: bsimon | April 3, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"They are plotting as we speak to smear and disparage a good man - that is their only hope of winning. "

That, and a better candidate.

And he's not a good man, as has been pointed out to you over and over again. He's a four-flushing hypocrite who cheated on his wife and has no idea what's going on in the world.

Just like the name Willie Horton is linked to Dukakis, the name that will be linked to McCain will be Alzheimer. You're going to think that's the name of his running mate.

OBAMA '08! OBAMA '08!

Posted by: bondjedi | April 3, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

dave writes "I just think it adds one more issue for McCain that he does not need."

I second that thought on Palin. She's good, better than Condi imho, but still her gender doesn't trump the percieved lack of experience.

Having zero name recognition parlays into a lack of experience claim from the left.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | April 3, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Bush needed gravitas. It will be the same calculation for Obama. McCain doesn't have that weakness. In my mind, I am already picking the president in 2012 or 2016.

Posted by: kingofzouk | April 3, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Hard to choose isn't it, since every Republican has been exposed as a closet gay, a criminal taking bribes, a kiss-ass "yes" man for the Bush administration, or all of the above!

Posted by: Arjuna9 | April 3, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Proud, you play the hand that you were dealt. If you were a Lib, perish the thought, what possible reason could you offer the voters to elect you?

you only option would be to play upon vague hopes, false promises, gutter ball tactics and envy, victimization and the yearning for cradle to grave care from the government. Note the most amusing part of all this is that they somehow consider this a change.

Posted by: kingofzouk | April 3, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin,
Because it is McCain, she would need more (IMO). Because of his age, there is going to be a huge focus on the experience of his VP pick. I think she is more than capable but I can see the press and the Dem nominee focusing in on McCain's age and her "lack of experience" and the phrase "heartbeat away" echoing throughout the campaign. I think that a younger R could get away with it but it would be better for McCain if she had at least another 4 years as a gov on her resume. Historically, the Senate has not been the pathway to the Presidency (but probably moreso the VP) so no, I don't think the Senate is a necessity. I'd be more than happy to have her as VP. I just think it adds one more issue for McCain that he does not need.

Posted by: dave | April 3, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

KOZ - I think that each of the last two Admins ignored geography without loss of electoral votes. Of course, the losers ignored geography too.

I doubt that it will be a driver in the McC decision, but if it is even a factor, it works against Palin, as you say.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 3, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"VP choices are about geography, not experience."

Clearly. See Cheney, Dick.

Posted by: bsimon | April 3, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I like Whitman. I am an Indie and a moderate. But I think she turns off the R right.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 3, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Netroots: Let's Turn McCain into 'Psychotic Abe Simpson'

How nice:


The narratives on McCain are also revealing. McCain is disliked because he is a republican, because he is close with Bush, and because of his views on Iraq.

While the main punchline on McCain these days is his age, only 7% of those opposed to McCain listed his age as the main reason.

Therefore the nutroots have decided "It is essential that the punchline be changed to his views on Iraq and general desire to continue Bush policy.

Instead of being portrayed as old, McCain needs to be portrayed as psychotic--the crazy old relative who wants to bomb everything and let God sort 'em out. Instead of being portrayed as a reformer, McCain needs to be portrayed as more Bush during an election when 70% of voters want something new.

The "old" narrative against McCain is insufficient: we need to turn him into a Bush-loving, bomb-Iran, Iraq fo-ev-ah version of Grandpa Simpson. While I love the "Iraq is hurting the economy" line, when it comes to branding McCain, a psychotic Abe Simpson seems to be the way to go."


The author has endorsed Barack Obama -- the high-minded candidate who's going to bridge the partisan divide and usher in a new type of politics. I suppose that every once in a while, you have to toss principle overboard to do the right thing.

Just as an intellectual exercise though, what would happen if conservative bloggers tried to change the punchline on Barack Obama from utterly unqualified to...fill in the blanks.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Weblogs/TWSFP/TWSFPView.asp#6270


koz is right, libs have no shame. They are plotting as we speak to smear and disparage a good man - that is their only hope of winning.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | April 3, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

VP choices are about geography, not experience. Alaska is not a worry or concern for Rs.

Posted by: kingofzouk | April 3, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN!!!!!!

Posted by: cocktails42 | April 3, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

dave, are you thinking that Palin will have to serve a term in the Senate before she has the resume?

I think the more I read, and having heard her, the accomplishments make up for not having grey hair, or not having been a Senator. She has had to negotiate with Canada on pipeline stuff rather directly. That's more foreign policy experience than governors usually get!

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 3, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with Wendy's? whenever I go there, LOUD and DUMB tries to get my order right. Of course, it never happens, but according to his abilities just like Marx said.

Posted by: kingofzouk | April 3, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

bsimon and mark_in_austin:

I was thinking about nominating Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-10) as a 21st century Quayle. He's a little young (too young to be VP or POTUS), but some of the things that come out his mouth are wacky. Words, I mean.

Posted by: mnteng | April 3, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

You realize that Powell is only like 1 year younger that McCain, right?

Posted by: JD | April 3, 2008 04:15 PM
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Wow that is amazing. He looks ten years young than ole man McAged.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | April 3, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

proud,

If you look in, read all my arguments for Palin and tell me they make sense.

I sent my $50 to get on the STE but I have not heard.

Not holding my breath.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 3, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, while a very very good gov and a someone who probably has a bright future outside of Alaska at some point, has much less experience than Obama to be president (or a heartbeat away). And that says a lot. The Reformer Ticket does sound like a good ticket. However, I think she is 4 years away from an office like that unfortunately. Personally, I am not a stickler for "proper experience" on a presidential candidate's resume. I tend to think that a lot different things can prepare a person for that job. But that's me and not the Dems or the MSM. McCain has an uphill battle as is and the last thing he needs is questions on his VP's experience.

Posted by: dave | April 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

leichtman, we agree on KBH. She wants her kids in school in Austin and she wants the no stress job of Gov. Bill White is the strongest possible D I can think of. No argument here.
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But McC gets to eat his cake and have it with Palin, because she is a clean gov, pro environment, pro gun, prolife R.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 3, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Candy Rice would be a suitable choice for John McCain, to neutralize the Barack Obama effect, whether he is the nominee on the other side or not. As to Rice not being presidential material, so is Barack. Doesn't stop him for snatching delegates by the day and millions in contributions by the night.

If Barack is the Demo nominee, McCain can hope to peel away some black vote. If Barack is not, he offers an outlet for the disaffected black vote. Either way he gains.

She will fill in all possible "balancing" categories. Black, Female, Single, Sycophantic, High-Heeled, Empathy-challenged, Southern, blacker-than-Obama, familiarity with Camp David, ....

Posted by: pKrishna43 | April 3, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

KBH is likely running for governor, mark against mayor Bill White in 2010.

McCain will have to pick someone from the cultural right.

Posted by: leichtman | April 3, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

With Hillary's campaign taking on still more water, the MSM fawning over Obama, and her path to victory looking all but impossible, Obama has emerged as the overwhelming favorite.

And you know what that means--soon everyone will be talking about who Obama should select as his running mate.

Obviously, he desperately needs someone who will balance out his unprecedented lack of experience.


Well, Dean Barnett has come up with the new Dem Dream Ticket:

Obama/Kerry!

He writes "But I must confess an ulterior motive for my pining for an Obama/Kerry ticket. Things have gotten dull around here. Every day, we have to write about the latest development that defines Barack Obama.

The little lies, the habitual evasions, the avoidance of substance--each day we get fresh evidence that Obama is a lot more like the typical politician than the country believes. It's an important story, one that has to be covered.

And I will cover it. But is it too much to ask of the Obama campaign that while it makes me slog through this drudgery, it also provides me with the endless entertainment that another national John Kerry campaign will surely provide?

Ah, the times we had! Like when John and Teresa went to a Wendy's with the Edwards to prove they were regular folks but didn't eat and had a sumptuous catered feast waiting for them at their hotel. Or when he promised his advisors he wouldn't go windsurfing and did so anyway.

Or when he called a Secret Service agent a cuss word for allegedly making him stumble on the ski slopes, declaring to the media, "I don't fall."

Just the thought of fresh, anguished cries of "Swiftboating!!!!!" brings a smile to my face. Besides, doesn't the country deserve to see what kind of relationship would develop between Michelle Obama and Teresa Heinz Kerry?

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/014/934cxncv.asp?pg=2


Posted by: proudtobeGOP | April 3, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Funny then that McCain is at the age when he will begin wearing them again.

That depends"

Hey ... that's a real pisser!

I heard McCain say that attacking Iran would be a whiz!

McCain promises to put the "pee" in GOP.

Posted by: bondjedi | April 3, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it Romney all the way?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl | April 3, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"McCain may have a few uncontemplated prospects up his sleeve."

I think I would be least surprised if he picked someone we haven't discussed here.

Posted by: bsimon | April 3, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

For those of us who take McC seriously - there are more of us in the nation than on this thread, I think - we want him to pick someone who could be Prez. If we are his moderate supporters we do not want a "winger". The base does not want a moderate.

"dave" had suggested that Pawlenty had more "gravitas" than Palin based on governmental experience when we last talked about this.
But Palin has been a true success as a mayor and as a governor against tough odds - a crooked R establishment in AK. Her "pro-life" stance fits the base and her reformer actions fit the moderates.
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JD, you are correct on CP's age, of course.
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KBH is coming back to Austin. She probably would not take VP on a silver platter.
Palin just thinks no one would want her as VP. She would jump at it.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 3, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Condi Rice would be an interesting pick if she were interested in electoral politics, which she almost certainly isn't. Joe Lieberman isn't interested in a second go-round in the VP slot--and in complicating things in the Senate if he switches parties.

And Michael Steele? Where did that come from? Since when is one term as Maryland Lt. Gov. (not an independently elected office) and a failed US Senate run enough qualification to be one heartbeat from the presidency? (Perhaps some of you got so caught up in slobbering over him during his Senate bid that you forgot he lost?)

Other names listed seem reasonable, though McCain may have a few uncontemplated prospects up his sleeve.

Posted by: mkarns | April 3, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Funny how some of the same people hammering his age, are the people who say Colin Powell should run.

You realize that Powell is only like 1 year younger that McCain, right?

Posted by: JD | April 3, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"Funny then that McCain is at the age when he will begin wearing them again."

That depends

Posted by: bsimon | April 3, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"readiness to assume the Presidency does not translate into just out of diapers. "

Funny then that McCain is at the age when he will begin wearing them again.

But seriously, folks ... John McCain needs someone younger than him as a VP. We recommend Ernest Borgnine or Mickey Rooney.

Posted by: bondjedi | April 3, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Hi! Chris: You posted a video! and doing a great job. Now I can shut you up anytime I want and restart again!

Posted by: shashikantsharma001 | April 3, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

so now the Dems/moonbats are a bad Beevis and butthead rerun.

Or they always were. hard to tell anymore.

Posted by: kingofzouk | April 3, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin:

Sarah Palin would be an excellent choice for McCain's running mate. I like the idea of a "reformer" ticket. Plus, she should help with the conservatives. And she's a hottie. If she's willing to be out on the campaign trail 3-4 months after giving birth, then McCain would be foolish not to strongly consider her.

Posted by: mnteng | April 3, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I think he should pick Cheney as his vice.

Posted by: johannesrolf | April 3, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the gift, I'll return the favor sometime.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | April 3, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

PatrickNYC1, how was that for a belt-high fastball down the middle of the plate, for ya?

Posted by: AdrickHenry | April 3, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Rice would be an interesting choice. She would balance the "historic" advantage that Obama has, but I've seen accounts that say she in not presidential material.

If McCain picked Romney that might give McCain trouble in the "integrity-credibility" department. We all KNOW McCain simply loathes Mittens. It was obvious to anyone who watched the debates. So, McCain went with Romney it would look like pure political expediency. I know, I know JFK/LBJ.

I'm thinkin' the most logical choice is Pawlenty.

Posted by: AdrickHenry | April 3, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"How about Larry Craig?"

aw, no way, that ticket would suck!

Posted by: AdrickHenry | April 3, 2008 03:46 PM
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Only in mens restrooms or truck stops.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | April 3, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"How about Larry Craig?"

aw, no way, that ticket would suck!

Posted by: AdrickHenry | April 3, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Here is my VEEPSTAKES list:

Mitt Romney
Tim Pawlenty
Condolezza Rice
Kay Bailey Hutchison
Michael Steele
Mark Sanford
John Thune
Joe Lieberman
Tom Ridge
Haley Barbour

If Senator McCain really wants to win, he should pick either Rice (assuming Obama is the nominee) or Ridge (Clinton is the nominee). This would be more of "DREAM" national election rather than "DUH" election in November.

Posted by: kat7 | April 3, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Taxpayers get hosed again:

"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Think you're being gouged by Big Oil? U.S. forces in Iraq are paying almost as much as Americans back home, despite burning fuel at staggering rates in a war to stabilize a country known for its oil reserves.

Military units pay an average of $3.23 a gallon for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, some $88 per day per service member in Iraq, according to an Associated Press review and interviews with defense officials. A penny or two increase in the price of fuel can add millions of dollars to U.S. costs.

Critics in Congress are fuming. The U.S., they say, is getting suckered as the cost of the war exceeds half a trillion dollars -- $10.3 billion a month, according to the Congressional Research Service."

We die for the Iraqi government and they stiff us on oil. We should defiitely stay there forever.

Posted by: drindl | April 3, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

He gave Imus an interview? Did he also attend Jeremiah Wright's church this week?

Who in his campaign let him go on Imus? They should be fired.

Posted by: jml46 | April 3, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

How about Larry Craig?

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | April 3, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

'That brings Scooter to mind. Probably too bright to play Quayle, but surely he's not out of politics forever. '

you betcha. just like the Iran Contra crew.

Posted by: drindl | April 3, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"Skilling would have to get his civil rights restored first. GWB could pardon him."

That brings Scooter to mind. Probably too bright to play Quayle, but surely he's not out of politics forever.

Posted by: bsimon | April 3, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

That's perfect, Mark!

p.s.
on a serious note, it may not appear to be the case, but I do admire McCain.

Posted by: AdrickHenry | April 3, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Addrick, Skilling for Treasury! Perfect!

Posted by: drindl | April 3, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Adrick - Some of us really want McC as a viable option.

But I am amused by your choices. Skilling would have to get his civil rights restored first. GWB could pardon him.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 3, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Naw, McCain will ask Dick Cheney to choose a running mate. And then Cheney will choose -- himself. It's a done deal.

And Lieberman will be Secretary of Defense -- and Bill Kristol! as Secretary of State.

A dream ticket.

Posted by: drindl | April 3, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

How about:

McCain / Skilling ? ? ?

Jeff Skilling could bring his business savvy to the team. Where McCain is admittedly weak (it's The Economy, genuis!), SKilling would MORE than comensate.

Comments?

Posted by: AdrickHenry | April 3, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

mteng - Within two months from now she will have 5 kids! She is Gov. with 4. She can handle it. She is a poster child for pro-life AND a reformer AND I think she has a much better NRA rating than McC.

Come on - she is perfect.

I have heard her speak on NPR and she sounds sane and solid on clean government. She has run dirtbags out of government in AK.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 3, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

drindl, Rep Bachmann may be a bit nutty, but she means well.

Posted by: bsimon | April 3, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

poor zouk. can't stop thinking about me every single moment of every day. how sad it is.

Posted by: drindl | April 3, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

thinking way outside the box:

How 'bout Donald Rumsfeld for Veep?

Obama's slogan will be: "Yes, We Can!".

McCain/Rummie could be: "If You Think Iraq was Smart -- just Wait!".

Whaddya think?

Posted by: AdrickHenry | April 3, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

pathological, lying, insane b*tch.

Posted by: drindl | April 3, 2008 03:16 PM

I think the line between self and other is blurring in feeble old drindl's besotten mind. all that hate and bile is taking its toll. expect a total crack-up no later than McCain 's inauguration.

Posted by: kingofzouk | April 3, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

pathological, lying, insane b*tch.

Posted by: drindl | April 3, 2008 03:16 PM

classic hateful drindl. seek professional help.

Posted by: kingofzouk | April 3, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Newt would be the perfect choice. Hannity would love it. Rush would love it. It would help with the base, wouldn't it?

It reinforces the "yesterday-ness" of McCain's campaign, as well.

Posted by: AdrickHenry | April 3, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

since you Libs already picked our presidential nominee, how about we pick the VP this time around?

Posted by: kingofzouk | April 3, 2008 03:11 PM
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Man you are such an idiot. Do you ever read the crap you write?

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | April 3, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain on Imus?

Wow, that's a sure way to lock up the racially sensitive independent voter.

Posted by: TeddySanFran | April 3, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

JOEMENTUM!

Posted by: novamatt | April 3, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

patrick: Agreed on Charlie Crist. There is no way he's the pick.

Posted by: Spectator2 | April 3, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

bsimon, you're not being fair to Quayle. He was dumb, but he was not a pathological, lying, insane b*tch.

Posted by: drindl | April 3, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain Compiles List of Possible Veeps

Sen. John McCain disclosed Wednesday he is in the "embryonic stages" of selecting a vice presidential running mate and hopes to unveil his choice before the Republican National Convention to avoid the type of problems that plagued Dan Quayle's debut two decades ago

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=2027

.

Posted by: f.fox1212 | April 3, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

since you Libs already picked our presidential nominee, how about we pick the VP this time around?

Posted by: kingofzouk | April 3, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

speaking of Michael Palin, I am reminded of a certain black knight who, despite having all his arms and legs chopped off, insisted on continuing the fray.

Remind you of anyone else except in a colorful pantsuit instead of black armor.

Posted by: kingofzouk | April 3, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

As for the obvious age issue, readiness to assume the Presidency does not translate into just out of diapers. It means no spelling impaired Hoosier and no 4-time heart attack patient. A governor who doesn't look like he/she is on death's door is all he really needs.

Posted by: caribis | April 3, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I almost forgot - Rep Bachmann's newest initiative is to save the incandescent lightbulb.

Posted by: bsimon | April 3, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

For a 21st century Quayle, I nominate Representative Michele Bachmann (MN-6). The first term Congresswoman has the looks of Marilyn (Quayle), but otherwise is quite comparable to Dan. She first came to national prominence after mugging President Bush, following his 2007 State of the Union address, while he tried to exit the House chamber.

More recently, she boosted her local notoriety with some unsourced comments about an alleged deal between Iran and Iraq to partition Iraq for terrorism training purposes.

MN public radio, among others, covered that story:

"Bachmann said Iran was causing much of the unrest in Iraq and wants to control part of the country. She said Iran is making trouble in Baghdad in order to force the U.S. to pull out of Iraq.

"You know why? Because they already decided that they are going to partition Iraq," Bachmann said.

Bachmann said there was a name already chosen for that part of the region, but she couldn't recall it exactly. Bachmann said Iran would use that territory as a training ground for terrorists.

"There is already agreement made," said Bachmann. "They are going to get half of Iraq, and that is going to be a terrorist safe haven zone where they can go ahead and bring about more attacks in the Middle East, and come against the United States." "

I can think of no more fitting candidate to fill the shoes of former Vice President Quayle.

http://bachmann.house.gov/

Posted by: bsimon | April 3, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I can not see him picking Crist because of the buzz on him being in the closet.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | April 3, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

With McShame's standing with conservatives I don't see him picking two men who cheated on their wives, Mayor 9/11 and Newt, which is why the more people who got to know Rudy, the less they liked him.

Since I dislike the GOP I would not want him to pick anyone like Haley Barbour or Chuck Hagel. I'm hoping for Romney or Huckabee. Driving all his moderates away.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | April 3, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Mark: It's impossible to say who the 2008 counterpart of Quayle would be. Remember that he was considered just a bland prettyboy -- that is, a safe pick -- when Bush41 tapped him for veep. No one had any idea of the kinds of things that would come out of his mouth.

I'm sure he said such things as a senator, but no one had paid any attention -- still the case with almost all senators.

Posted by: Spectator2 | April 3, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Ohio, Pa., and Fla. are all in the mix for both parties. McCain has a choice of Portman [Ohio] and Crist Fla.], but no one I can see helping in Pa. More interesting is how these states probably will go in the GE, depending on the Dem nominee, this will be a completely different outcome. McCain wins all three if Obama is the Dem pick, Hillary wins Pa. and Fla., with Ohio a toss-up.

Posted by: lylepink | April 3, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Just "Googled" Sarah Palin. The Wonkette reported last month that she's 7 months pregnant (so now she's 8 months along).

No chance of her being VP. Alas.

Posted by: mnteng | April 3, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for a thread dedicated to a Quayle for the 21st century. Or perhaps a threadjack...

I was thinking of former Rep Mark Kennedy, though he's not pretty enough to do the part justice.

Posted by: bsimon | April 3, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

mteng, that was well taken. Who is Quayle's counterpart? It deserves a thread of it own.

Thune reminds, but he is smarter.

It is a very difficult question.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 3, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

bsimon:

The Newt will be 65 this year (yeah, my brain is full of useless info). So, the age thing will definitely come into play, though he would be good at firing up the campaign fund, if McCain decides against public funding.

Just no Quayles -- I don't even know who the equivalent would be.

Posted by: mnteng | April 3, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"Betting dollars to doughnuts" used to indicate an opinion of high probability. Post-Bush-stagflation, it's pretty well lost that connotation. Try "euros to mortgage-backed securities."

Posted by: FlownOver | April 3, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

It took a goole search to refresh my memory of Ms Palin's background. While the results weren't totally work-friendly, it was worth my time.

Posted by: bsimon | April 3, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

bsimon, Sarah Palin? Michael Palin?

works for me.

Reform ticket.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 3, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"I would bet dollars to doughnuts that Guiliani is near the top."

That would seriously sour me on McCain as an alternative, should the Dems select HRC.

Posted by: bsimon | April 3, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"I am hoping for Newt."

How old is The Newt these days?

I can't type his name, without captilizing 'The' prefix. Or without thinking of Python "She turned me into a Newt! (I got better)."

Which leaves me to conclude, in response to thecrisis, Michael Palin would be far more entertaining, though he is sadly ineligible.

Posted by: bsimon | April 3, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

And, from that one simple comment grew a media firestorm. A search of "McCain" and "Imus" on Google News last night produced more than 350 news articles on the Arizona Senator's comments.


McCain speaks! The media trembles, whimpers, and obeys.

Posted by: drindl | April 3, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

make that 2012

Posted by: AndyR3 | April 3, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

One thing that McCain's VP will need to be able to do is raise money. With Obama bringing in 40 mil a month McCain is going to have some serious cathcing up to do.

I don't know how Pawlenty or Thume will help in that department. Romney is an obvious choice but I think he wants to sit this out so that when McCain loses, he can ride in as the savior of the party in 2010. I don't know who else would be on the list, but I would bet dollars to doughnuts that Guiliani is near the top.

Posted by: AndyR3 | April 3, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I am hoping for Newt. Rudy would be second choice but I think he is done with national campaigning for a while.

Posted by: kingofzouk | April 3, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin for McCain's VP. At least she'd bring some decency to the race.

Posted by: thecrisis | April 3, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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