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    Default Prediction time: Who will be John McCain's VP?

    Thought this might be a fun exercise in politics. With Obama's pick in, who do you think McCain will pick to be VP?

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    I hope it's Romney or Giuliani. They're both ridiculous and turned 180 degrees in their views to court the crazy khristians
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    I'd laugh if he picked Joe "Droopy" Lieberman. I think it would be doom for his campaign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    I hope it's Romney or Giuliani. They're both ridiculous and turned 180 degrees in their views to court the crazy khristians
    True. Guliani wouldn't being much though, other than national security. He'd be a better candidate to run the FBI. LOL. Romney is a more interesting pick. He'd help in states like Michigan, Colorado and Nevada. But his record as a flip flopper would be a huge issues. And those butty evangelicals would have a shit fit with a Mormon on the ticket. Ironically, Romney wouldn't bother me much as the pick. His economic experience would be a huge addition to McCain, who is self professed weak when it comes to economic issues.

    Quote Originally Posted by ManxMouse View Post
    I'd laugh if he picked Joe "Droopy" Lieberman. I think it would be doom for his campaign.
    Also true. Lieberman is rumored to be switching parties at the GOP convention, though. But in true flip flopper tradition, Joe flipped most of his values to ticket with Gore, flipped back, and then would do further flipping with McCain. But... Lieberman could bring in lots of conservative democrats. He's a wildcard.

    I said months ago that if Hillary doesn't win the Dem nom, do not be surprised to see her name kicked around as a possible VP for McCain. They are good friends and he's just that much of a 'maverick' to do it.

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    He should pick Eric Cantor but he'll probably pick Mitt Romney.

    The Case for Cantor

    By Bruce Walker


    Eric Cantor is being vetted by John McCain for the vice presidential slot. Congressman Cantor may very well be the best possible Republican to run with McCain -- for several different reasons.


    First, Cantor is very conservative. Virginia, a conservative state, has eleven congressmen. Only one of those eleven has a higher lifetime rating by the American Conservative Union than Eric Cantor. No one, anywhere, was more conservative than Cantor in the last year of congressional ratings, 2007: Congressman Cantor had a perfect one hundred percent rating by the ACU. McCain needs a conservative to enthuse the Republican base and balance the Republican ticket. Cantor does that nicely.


    Second, Cantor is young, handsome, and articulate. McCain is not. Fairly or unfairly, that counts in presidential elections. Obama won the nomination largely because he was pretty. Some voters will vote for Obama the candidate because they have a crush on Obama the man. McCain cannot compete against that, but Cantor can. Congressman Cantor not only looks handsome, but he is a new handsome face. His very obscurity will mean lots of media attention on him when the campaign starts in earnest. Weary voters - voters who are even weary of gazing at a photograph of the Messiah Obama - are looking for something, anything, exciting. Cantor could bring that bit of flash which the McCain campaign needs and which the Obama campaign, by sheer fatigue with the candidate, cannot generate.


    Third, Cantor is Jewish. He is not just Jewish, but a Jew who keeps Kosher, like Joe Lieberman. Like Lieberman, who takes his Judaism seriously, Cantor is a social conservative. That is a "two-fer." Cantor will attract those social conservatives who are overwhelmingly Christian because they rightly see in Cantor a real ally in our common war against the muck of modern culture. This is the particular part of the conservative base that McCain needs most to reassure. A religiously serious Eric Cantor does that.


    Beyond that, Eric Cantor will also attract Jewish voters. Many Jews feel a bit uneasy about Obama and his anti-Semitic friends. These Jews are also disturbed at the summary dismissal or a serious Jewish liberal Democrat like Joe Lieberman, the Democrat's vice presidential candidate eight years ago. Lieberman is a strong McCain supporter, and that support will provide a strong push for ambivalent Jewish voters to tilt towards McCain. Placing a religiously serious Jew on the Republican ticket with McCain will provide an even stronger push. In a close election, and this looks to be a close election, a swing of Jewish voters to McCain could translate into victories in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and other states that McCain could either win or lose. Those battleground states are the keys to victory for McCain.


    Fourth, Congressman Cantor is a popular politician from Virginia, itself a swing state in this election. Fundamentally, Virginia is conservative and Republican, but with a popular Democrat governor on the ticket, Obama would have a real chance of carrying Virginia. If Cantor were on the Republican side, though, McCain would have the edge in Virginia.


    Perhaps the most appealing part of a McCain-Cantor ticket is the elevation, without a primary battle, of Cantor to presumptive nominee when McCain leaves office (which could easily be 2012.) The image of a young, handsome, very conservative heir apparent who is also an Orthodox Jew could make Democrats break out in cold sweats at night. At the top of the ticket, Cantor could put Illinois, California, New Jersey and even New York in play.


    In four years, the fabulously successful Governor Bobby Jindal, a devout Catholic who is just as conservative and bright as Cantor, could be a dream vice presidential candidate aside Eric Cantor. That very conservative but also ethnically atypical ticket would make Democrats have to fight hard for votes outside the traditional white, conservative Christian Republican base, but this dream ticket would not lose a single conservative Christian vote in the process of putting so many other voters in play.


    Win this election, and maybe win the next few elections too: What would that mean? It would mean a conservative Supreme Court, an American victory in the war against global terrorism, and an articulate, sincere expression of the values of conservatives. That all makes a very good case for Cantor.

    American Thinker: The Case for Cantor

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    Mitt Romney is just hair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    Mitt Romney is just hair.
    And a tan! I heard someone say it would be like having George Hamilton on the ticket.

    Eric Cantor would be a fine pick.

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    McCain should pick Hillary, since he thinks Obama snubbed her. But he won't, because the Republicans would shoot themselves if she was on the ticket.

    Personally, I think he's going to pick Romney or Tim Kaine.

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    Kaine, he was vetted by Obama. You really think McCain or more importantly the Republican party would welcome such a candidate??

    As for McCain taking up Hillary as his VP, please they're ideological opposites.

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    Nothing would surprise me. Especially if they thought they could stick it to Obama by picking somebody he passed over.

    And I know McCain won't pick Hillary, but by him saying Obama snubbed her he's setting himself up to look like a hypocrite if he doesn't even offer her the slot.

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    If it's Romney there will be tons of his negative statements (about McCain) and sound-bites to blast. Then McCain really can't say anything about Biden's comments.

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    ^^That's why I hope it's Romney, so Obama and Biden can slam him.

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    Jeb Bush?
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    This is a long shot but there's the female governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, who's also in the running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    Jeb Bush?
    Nobody with the last name Bush should be allowed within 100 yards of the White House ever again.

    But, then again, Jeb would tie McCain to Dubya even more. Hmmm, yeah maybe Jeb might work.

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