Wednesday, May 21, 2008

McCain's VP Pick Could Rally Conservative Base

CQ Politics has been conducting a bracketed system of voting to determine who would best support John McCain as the Republican Veep Nominee. The final round of voting is currently underway, and ends tomorrow night.

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The final match-up, which is no surprise to me, is between Gov. Sarah Palin and Gov. Mike Huckabee.

I was a steadfast supporter of Mike Huckabee for President, and have been a steadfast supporter of Palin for VP even before McCain won the nomination.

If I had to pick two of the most top notch candidates for VP, never a finer match existed.

Sarah Palin will bring youth, energy, and can-do conservative principles to a largely independent GOP candidate.

Mike Huckabee will bring faith, oratory skills, and a positive approach to bringing the conservative principles that this country was founded on to the forefront of our society.

Alone, McCain is a vulnerable candidate. But with either of these two as the Vice Presidential nominee, John McCain stands to rally the conservative base and ensure victory in November over Barack Obama.


  1. I really hate to burst your bubble, Steve, but neither one is going to happen - especially after Huck's faux pas at the NRA meeting. Sarah Palin has a very young child with developmental disabilities - I'm not sure she would want to make that leap.

    Anyway, if you're excited about younger, fresher, energetic conservatives as possible VP running mates, what about Bobby Jindal? I personally think he should wait, but a lot of people are throwing his name out there.

  2. Here's an important piece of advice: If it looks like it's going to be McCain/Palin anyway (and that should be a "no brainer" for Team McCain), McCain should announce NOW or VERY SOON, rather than later towards the convention. There's currently a growing chorus for Obama/Hillary (as VP) ticket (in fact the Dems are likely aware of the Palin phenomenon). If the GOP waits while movement for Hillary as VP grows -- even worse until after it is solidified that Hillary will/could be VP pick -- selecting Palin will be portrayed by Dems/liberal media more as a reaction by GOP selecting its own female (overshawdoing Palin's own remarkable assets), rather than McCain taking the lead on this. Selecting Palin now or early (contrary to the punditocracy) will mean McCain will be seen as driving the course of this campaign overwhelmingly, and the DEMS will be seen as merely reacting. And, there's absoultely no down-side to this because even if Hillary is a no-go as VP for Obama, the GOP gains by acting early. McCain the maverick. Palin the maverick. Do it now!

    There's no reason, and actually substantial negative, in McCain waiting to see what the Dems do first insofar as his picking Palin as VP, because, no matter who Obama picks, Palin is by far (and I mean far) the best pick for McCain and the GOP, especially in this time of GOP woes. The GOP can be seen as the party of real 'change' (albeit I hate that mantra, change, change, bla bla), while not really having to change from GOP core conservative values, which Palin more than represents.

    In light of the current oil/energy situation, as well as the disaffected female Hillary voters situation, and growing focus on McCain's age and health, Palin is more than perfect -- now.

    (Perhaps Team McCain is already on to this.)