Monday, July 21, 2008

Republican VP Prediction

Senator John McCain will pick: Former MA Gov. Mitt Romney.

Romney has:
  • Economic experience - former CEO of Bain & Company, founder of Bain Capital, savior of the Olympics, Havard JD/MBA. To get wonkier than this you'll have to get into Ben Bernanke territory
  • Vigor. Romney may not be much younger than McCain, but he looks much younger, and so provided youthful looks without looking inexperienced.
  • Money. Romney's personal fortune could come in handy if McCain and his public financing wind up way behind Obama's machine.
  • Vetting. The country's seen Romney, and the most scandalous thing was that he once tied the family dog to the roof of the car. That's it.
  • Michigan. Romney's family has deep roots there, which could help McCain win the state.
  • Mormons. While Romney's religion may hurt McCain with evangelicals, many of them were unhappy with him as it is. On the other hand, adding Romney to the ticket insures Mormon financial and political support, which could help in swing states like Nevada and Colorado.
While AK Gov. Sarah Palin or LA Gov. Bobby Jindal would be exciting picks, McCain is not going to give up his experience argument with a neophyte pick. It'll be Romney.


Ted said...

Please get real, McCain knows that Romney brings more negatives to the table than positives in terms of McCain's attracting new voters. Like it or not, that's just the way it is.

Now Palin's positives are off the charts, with absoultely no negatives which the Dems could use to attack. And please don't bring up the "lack of experience" red herring regarding Palin. She's got more actual experience, qualification and accomplishment than Obama times 10!

If the Dems want to make an issue of Palin's experience, that would be rich indeed. I say, bring it on!!!

Ted said...

By the way, here’s the theme song when Sarah Palin makes her Veep center stage appearance at the Republican National Convention later this summer:

Oh, and yes it IS gonna be Palin. McCain’s already got this new ad up which essentially announces Palin as his pick (without ever having to mention her name).

It’s even got the McCain/Palin campaign slogan vs. Obama: “Don’t hope for new energy, vote for it.” –-