With the Democratic nomination close to being sewn up (despite some caterwauling from the peanut gallery), the pundits are engaging in their favorite national pastime — Vice Presidential Candidate Dream Date.
John McCain’s looking for a veep of his dreams. My money is on Mitt Romney as he is sucking up the hardest, per usual. He wants to be the new face of the Republican party and he’s willing to do, say, be anything to get it. His only caveats being he wants to stay a Mormon and keep his family. Everything else is negotiable.
Romney knows McCain might be a one-termer. What better way to launch your second presidential bid than after four years in the White House?
Of course, I don’t know what Romney brings to the ticket (Utah? Ann Coulter?), but Mike Huckabee’s too folksy and his other former opponents (Rudy, Tancredo, et al) are either heavily damaged or deranged. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is supposed to be in contention. But there’s still a grassroots campaign to draft Condoleezza Rice. I still think that would be an astronomical mistake, but hey, do it and surprise me, McCain.
As for Barack Obama, the pundits have been hitting the Hillary Clinton/John Edwards/Bill Richardson bong, ignoring some serious flaws in that logic.
1) Barack and Hillary hate each other.
2) Edwards was already a veep nominee for John Kerry in 2004.
3) Richardson got knifed up by Tim Russert on “Meet the Press.” Like damaged. Like fatally. I don’t trust that man’s stamina in front of the Washington press corps. Plus, people already struggle with Obama’s ethnicity. I don’t know if he can afford to add such a huge dollop of diversity on what is already a United Colors of Benetton ticket.
Other names being bandied about include: Sen. Christopher Dodd, Sen. Joe Biden, Sen. Jim Webb and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius
I don’t know how I feel about any of those individuals as VP. I like Webb potentially because he’s a Vietnam War veteran, is intelligent and is a “no bullshit” guy when it comes to dealing with the press hacks. But I don’t know if he’s the perfect potential running mate.
A lot of people like Sebelius and she is more of a centrist, which makes her interesting, but hmm … I don’ t know. Her rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union Address was dullsville compared to Webb’s kick ass rebuttal the year before. I respect Dodd for being willing to do a one-man filibuster back in January to stop some bogus FISA crap going down. And Biden is great when he gets all pissed off, but sometimes he can be a little “flying from the seat of my pants” like.
So I’m stumped on the whole thing. I don’t know which flavor of veep I like: Old, white and male. Not-so-old, white and male. Used. Clintonian. White Female. Centrist. Angry Liberal. Southerner. Who would be your dream mate for Obama or McCain?