Sunday, June 15, 2008

Who'll be the running mates?

MyDD post here.

Mark Warner says that he's only running for the Senate: "I have not sought and I will not accept any other opportunity." Too bad, as Obama & Warner would be a great team. If I had to bet, I think it'll come back to an Obama-Clinton ticket. Not that I want it or think its the only ticket-- just that its the only one that really makes sense for Obama to take a decisive advantage. Especially with both Strickland and Warner, the best two Gov options, having taken themselves out of contention. Well, there is another couple of Governors that could happen still, Schweitzer being the best, Sebelius & Richardson too. So maybe Clinton is the 'fallback' option still.

On the GOP side, hasn't Lieberman already taken himself out of contention? I don't see it happening, as it would only fire up Democrats, and Lieberman does not do anything for the social conservatives. McCain is going to choose a conservative to shore up his credentials on the right, and he's going to choose someone that's younger than himself. Sarah Palin is who I'd be the most afraid of him choosing, she'd engage the conservative moms that Bush had going for him the past two elections.

Overall, it seems to me that the race has become sorta at a summer standstill. The latest Gallup poll, at 45-42 Obama leading, has a pretty high number of other/neither/undecided voters, at 14 percent, given that name recognition is at 98% or thereabouts for each candidate. . . .

I still think Hillary should be the running mate, only because it would be a winning ticket.


Ted said...

Mac Pick Palin Veep BEFORE Hil Campaigns w/Obama!

In addition to her overwhelming attraction on the oil/energy issue and the female/disaffected Hillary voters, her human interest story will generate millions and millions of dollars worth of publicity and media coverage — essentially free to the McCain campaign — more than offsetting Obama’s reported money advantage.

Ted said...

I can see it all now, Alaska Gov Sarah Palin’s husband, Todd, introducing Sarah as the next Vice President of the United States at the Republican National Convention later this summer, to the tune of Shania Twain’s “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face”.

Here it is:

Just imagine!!! (Dems, eat your heart out)

Anonymous said...

A commenter on another post says it much better than I can:

"They say McCain reads the blogs, so here goes --

Senator McCain- Don't let the campaign kibbitzers muddle things up.

First and foremost, Sarah Palin shares your values. She killed the bridge to nowhere. Need we say more?

As for the politics, Sarah Palin transcends geography. Her constituency, like yours, goes beyond state lines.

She will get your ticket access to voters all over the country based on who she is and what she stands for. Because she's young, a woman, a mother with young kids, she will grab media attention more than any other potential candidate.

Gov. Palin also has a son in the active duty military. You have very wisely taken your son's service in Iraq off the table as a campaign talking point. That is and should be respected. But others can talk about it and reflect on what it means.

A McCain-Palin administration would be the first in memory which has family members in uniform during wartime from both the President and Vice President. That would be a powerful statement as to the importance of national service, especially in uniform.

Most importantly, any Vice President should be ready to step up and serve in the event she is needed. Frankly, who is really ever ready? Gov. Palin is as ready as anybody, she is a quick learner, and in her public career has exhibited the courage and decisiveness needed for a great leader.

Godspeed to you in your campaign and in making this important decision."