August 29, 2008
It appears as though McCain will pick Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska, as his Vice presidential running mate.
Putting aside the transparent identity politics play of this decision for the moment, I give McCain credit for picking someone with at least some executive experience.
If Sarah Palin is the Vice Presidential nominee, at least one of the four politicians on the two major party tickets will at least have had some experience running something. The other three: Obama, Biden, and McCain have never run so much as a corner store let alone something like the US Government, the largest enterprise in the world.
But then again I could just be being petty by imagining that the CEO of the free world essentially, should have at least some experience running something other than a self-serving political campaign.
Enter Sarah Palin, a fresh face with executive experience who represents an obvious attempt by the McCain campaign to win over disaffected Hillary voters. I wish her and McCain luck in their quest to defeat the Obama juggernaut and his getaway driver, the mainstream media.
UPDATE: As of 10:40 a.m. eastern it has been confirmed that Sarah Palin is indeed McCain's VP pick.
August 27, 2008
August 17, 2008
After watching Tom Ridge on Fox News Sunday today it occurs to me that I could probably live with Ridge as McCain's VP choice. Ridge seems ready to "echo" the President as he put it today as the primary responsibility of a Vice President. If that is the primary criterion for Vice Presidential consideration then Ridge is your man. Not a pushover, but not pushy.
The fact that Ridge is pro-choice only lends centrist credibility to the ticket. And it does not harm McCain's pro-life stance because Ridge seems to understand that he is expected to subjugate his own views on abortion were he to be selected.
Of course if McCain wants to run along side an exiting and dynamic Vice Presidential candidate who is already pro-life and who would immeasurably help him win the argument, there's always Mitt Romney.