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Rare Political Post: McCain's Running Mate - RonO's Ramblings

Jun. 6th, 2008 01:13 pm Rare Political Post: McCain's Running Mate

Today I was struck with a political thought (not unusual in itself, just often not shared). It occurred to me that someone SIMILAR to Condoleezza Rice {this makes the 4th time today I've used Google as a spell check} might make a very good Republican candidate for Vice President this year.

What I'm suggesting is a younger woman of African decent with reasonable to strong moderate to conservative credentials.

I have read someone speculating that Bobby Jindal might be a good match -- although I don't know if a Governor early in his first term would be a good choice or not, but probably no worse than anyone else without existing national name recognition. (As an aside, I was in India when he was elected Governor of Louisiana so I saw the coverage there. I'd be interested what it would be like if he was nominated for Vice President)

The other name I remember reading, and I think this was an article linked from a blog post at the Albuquerque Journal the other day, was Heather Wilson, who has represented the Albuquerque area in congress for ten, or so, years; but stepped down to run for the Senate. (She lost to the congressman from Southern New Mexico, who will now run against the third congressman from New Mexico for the Domenici's Senate seat). I think she was suggested as a younger woman with good moderate credentials.

Of course either choice suffer because they come from smaller states also in the southern US, although only Louisiana is considered as part of the "South."

One last wired thought, what would happen if McCain picked Wilson as his running mate, and then Obama picked Bill Richardson. Would the State of New Mexico become politically torn up as two of its residents were running against each other for national office?

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Date:June 6th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)

Not really being flippant, but...

One of my questions is...If McCain does pick a minority*, where will the racist vote go?

*Women are not a minority. African Americans, Hispanics, Indians, are.
Date:June 7th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)

Re: Not really being flippant, but...

I suspect that some third party or independent candidate would pick up the votes of the "there is no way I could vote for a black" voters.
Date:June 6th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
I'm waiting for a McCain/Keyes ticket.

He's ready, rested, Republican, and has experience debating Obama.
Date:June 6th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
As long as, by "similar" you don't mean someone who believes that the military is a valid economic tool. Rice wrote a paper that printed in the Economist a couple of years before she was picked up by the Bush league, arguing that it was a perfectly valid and defensible thing to start a war for purely economic reasons.
Date:June 7th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
By similar I was meaning exactly what I said later: "younger woman of African decent with reasonable to strong moderate to conservative credentials." If such a person exists, I wouldn't expect them to have all of the same ideological faults and strengths of Dr. Rice, just like not all retired navy pilots (IIRC), or Illinois lawyers have the same idealogical faults and strengths.

(And, yes, I know that what one person sees as another's idealogical fault, a different will see as that same other's idealogical strength. For the record, I don't think that war is justified to improve the economy, although I'll agree it has many times, but not always)
Date:June 7th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
For the record, I don't think that war is justified to improve the economy, although I'll agree it has many times, but not always

Like this time?

I agree with Steven. If McCain did pick a person of color, female or male, he would lose a substantial portion of the vote he's going to get for being the traditional old, white male in the race. An uncle who's voted Democrat since the '40s, I'm told, could not bring himself to vote for either of the Democrats in the Ohio primary and voted for McCain.