Wednesday, January 30, 2008
(1/30/2008 03:44:00 PM) - Al
Those who were hoping to see an election year like we read about in history books, a brokered convention, a compromise candidate...look to be getting more depressed by the moment, as of this second, I think the clear expectation is for a McCain/Clinton runoff in November.
I just looked at the polls available over at RCP and it makes it even more obvious, as all Super Tuesday high population states seem to favor the favorites.
I do think it will be be interesting to see who the running mate choices end up being, as I cannot picture the runner-ups being partnered, as to be honest, they don't seem to like each other all that much.
I do think, however, the VP's could play a large part in finding a winner. Clinton is obviously very disliked by many people. She is almost the anti-McCain, because many folks are not enamored with his politics, but still find him to be a respectable, well-spoken, former POW hero. Because of this, she needs a very likable partner, to smile, crack a few jokes, and maybe convert a few independents.
He isn't extremely well-known, but to me, the list should begin and end with a single name...Evan Bayh. It certainly cannot hurt he has endorsed her and hails from the Midwest, where he could swing a few states, in theory.
Meanwhile, McCain is liked by many, but is old and also not one that will inspire a lot of conservatives to head out to the polls. A youngish, solidly right-of-center (just maybe from the South) VP might be just what the doctor ordered. I honestly do not have a name on the tip of my tongue, but I'm sure the McCain campaign does.
If forced to make a guess today, the name Haley Barbour would likely be at the top of my list, as he has been the RNC chairman as well as a respected governor whose state made it through Katrina under his leadership, and with a fraction of the complaining heard in Louisiana.
1/30/2008 03:44:00 PM