I had been asked by one of my subscribers to give an analysis on some of the lesser known possibilities for a McCain running mate.
Let’s start with Gen. Colin Powell (Ret). Not a likely choice or at least not a good one. He brings foreign policy and military experience to the table but those are things McCain already has. Powell will not bring a single black voter to McCain that wasn’t already there to begin with.
And let’s not forget the “Bush Lied, Kids Died” mantra that the media and the left have been pounding into the heads of Americans for the past 6 years. While it is NOT TRUE, Powell was in the forefront proposing that we go to war and presenting the evidence of WMD. He would get torched.
McCain’s biggest problem is his lack of popularity with the base of the party. He needs a conservative Vice President and Powell is far from that. So really, he gets us nothing new that we didn’t already have.
Sen. Kay Baily Hutchison (R-TX) is a non-starter. While mainly conservative, she has abandoned us by being opposed to securing the border. She is not just in favor of Amnesty for Illegals, she has blocked the securing of our border. Yes, folks. SHE BLOCKED THE FENCE.
McCain will get Texas anyway so he doesn’t need Ms. Kay. In fact, there are a few choices McCain could make that would push me into the Libertarian column. Hutchison, Graham and Huckabee are three of those choices. I could never support a ticket where both candidates support amnesty and at least one of them opposed building a fence.
The Honorable Clarence Thomas. There is a choice I could get on board with. He is LOVED by conservatives and LOATHED by liberals. While he wouldn’t bring a single black vote to McCain, he would definitely have conservatives SOLIDLY in his camp. Clarence Thomas would be a great choice if it weren’t for the fact that he is 60 years old. This is not to say that he is too old to run for Vice President. It means that he is too young to leave the Supreme Court. He has a good 25 years left in him on the court, not to mention that I believe he would have to resign from the court just to run for VP. If McCain lost, that would be an automatic spot for Obama to immediately fill. Great choice, but not likely.
And finally, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK). Popular with the conservatives, pro-life, very good looking, young and a woman. She has done a great job as Governor of Alaska. She has more executive experience than either Obama or McCain, but then again, any Governor who has served for one day does.
Palin worked to unseat a corrupt Congressman, Don Young who will probably hand the one Alaska Congressional seat to the Democrats. She took out a corrupt Governor, Frank Murkowski and she fought against her party when she saw the corruption breeding itself within the Alaska Republican Party. She is cleaning up her party and her state. By all rights, she would be a perfect choice for VP.
The ONLY reason she should not be the choice, and Romney should, is that McCain will win Alaska’s 3 electoral votes without Palin on the ticket. But, McCain will NOT win Michigan’s 17 electoral votes without Romney. If Palin gets the nod, I support it 100% and would be proud to vote for her for President. And it would be interesting to see, for the first time in history, both major political parties nominate women in 2012. But, all that aside, Palin can’t offer as much as Romney. It’s purely about numbers.
McCain has been very unpredictable, so anyone who thinks they can guess what he will do, is in for a shock. The numbers all point to Romney as the best choice. But either way, I’d be proud to have Palin or Romney on our ticket.