Thursday, August 28, 2008


All indications are pointing to a Friday morning announcement for John McCain's running mate. Chatter throughout the day has been that the pick will be leaked this afternoon in order to deflect attention from Obama's acceptance speech at the DNC (slated for 10 PM Eastern). Here's an updated rundown of the candidates (in order of odds):

  • Romney? Sure he knows economics and he's been an executive, but, how far can a ticket worth upwards of half-a-billion dollars combined carry a message that sets out to paint their opponent as elitist? My guess is not very far.
  • Pawlenty? Young, fresh, Minnesota (although his ability to carry it remains a question), Conservative through and through, and big with the Evangelical community. Cons? Does anyone really think that Tim Pawlenty is qualified to be the guy who's a heartbeat a away from having a heartbeat? Let's face it, McCain doesn't have many heartbeats left, and I'm not too comfortable with a guy that has zero foreign policy experience backing him up. Biden would chew him up and spit him out a la Cheney/Edwards 2004.
  • Lieberman? Think of all the fun Democrats could have with this one. The Republicans made a war-hero look like a deserter in 2004. Democrats have learned a lot since: Swingin' Joe can't seem to make up his mind...Pros? Jewish, Florida. Cons? Everything else.
  • Kay Bailey Hutchinson? ???????????????????????????????

Tom Ridge? Ridge has said he was not vetted by the McCain camp. For that reason he is off my list. That being said, the smart money is still on Ridge and McCain still doesn't have the guts to pull the trigger.

Pawlenty doesn't have the experience - Look for Romney.

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