Thursday, May 22, 2008

McCain's VP

Conan O'Brien: "John McCain invited Louisiana's governor, Florida's governor and Mitt Romney to a barbecue at his home in Arizona because he wants to choose one of them to be his running mate. McCain says he got the idea to choose his running mate this way by watching 'Flavor of Love.'"

I'm guessing Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is still in the mix as well, but he has a wedding to attend this weekend. So we have a 50/50 chance of getting a conservative on the ticket. Pawlenty and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist are McCain Republicans while Romney and Bobby Jindal have good full-spectrum conservative credentials. Jindal is generating a lot of excitement, but is only 36 and is serving his first term as Louisiana Gov. Having a young, energetic minority on the ticket could counter Obama and it's not like the Obama camp can challenge him on lack of experience. However, I think Romney is the best choice (I'm sure you're all shocked). Romney's business experience will play well as the economy becomes one of the top issues in the campaign. It's possible that McCain will only serve one term, so his VP would be set up nicely for 2012. Hopefully McCain will reject the centrist Republicans and finally reach out to the base by giving a rose to Romney or Jindal.


Ted said...

Jindal (and Crist) are good Governors, but it’s a no-brainer that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is the best Veep pick for McCain.

Jon Vander Plas said...

My problem with Crist is that he is not very conservative on economic matters. He has essentially socialized the insurance industry in Florida.

I don't think anyone is a "no-brainer" for McCain. Palin is certainly an intriguing candidate. She's wildly popular and seems pretty conservative (she has done a good job cutting spending and is pro-life, other than that I don't know much), although being from Alaska doesn't help her much. I'd be interested to learn more about her. Until then, I'm still pulling for Mitt.