Novak: McCain to name VP this week

posted at 8:05 pm on July 21, 2008 by Allahpundit

If it’s true — and a few GOP sources who spoke to Politico have their doubts — then it’s probably Romney, right? Consensus has it that he’s at the top of the short list and if you want to maximize Mitt’s fundraising it makes sense to roll him out as soon as possible.

So why, then, is McCain suddenly headed to New Orleans to meet with Jindal on Wednesday?

That’s not your exit question, actually. This is: Assuming McCain goes first and it’s not Palin, how does that affect Obama’s options in possibly picking a woman? I tend to subscribe to the Limbaugh/KP theory that Barry O wants to avoid putting Hillary or Sebelius on the ticket if at all possible lest that combo seem too “diverse” for some voters, but if McCain makes a play for female voters by choosing a woman, Obama might have no choice.

Update: Headlines comments imported.


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What State do you live in? Do you have any clue about the Murkowski Republicans? How about the Knowles Democrats? How about the old fashioned types… Hammond Republicans?

upinak on July 21, 2008 at 11:38 PM

How about plain old conservative Republicans that don’t care for her excessive corporate taxes and redistribution of wealth policies.

lowandslow on July 21, 2008 at 11:43 PM

How about plain old conservative Republicans that don’t care for her excessive corporate taxes and redistribution of wealth policies.

lowandslow on July 21, 2008 at 11:43 PM

Ok with what you just said, do you know anything about Plain then what was just “put out there” in the MSM?

Palin cut the damn budget so much so that the Legislature here started whining to the point that they started calling their voters. I was totally FOR it, but even my Senator called me and whined and I told him to stuff a sock in it. I didn’t vote for him!

Or the fact she has cleaned up many of the Senators who were in “league” with the Oil sub “Veco” whom were also supposedly republican AND were taking bribes, some as small as 1400 dollars.

I really think this is more a Media frenzy issue. And you not living in my State wouldn’t understand WTF you are talking about since you do not live here!

upinak on July 21, 2008 at 11:48 PM

Smell the Coffee:

Palin+gams.jpg

Heh. You named that jpg, didn’t you?!

Jaibones on July 21, 2008 at 11:49 PM

Smell the Coffee,

and I can’t tell if you’re serious about the Vogue image, but you must know that’s a photoshopped image. Right?

Jaibones on July 21, 2008 at 11:55 PM

I really think this is more a Media frenzy issue. And you not living in my State wouldn’t understand WTF you are talking about since you do not live here!

Good grief, what do you think your state is some mystical place where exorbitant corporate taxes and free money giveaways are solid conservative values? Your state ain’t that complicated. The only difference between Alaska and most states is the peoples sense of entitlement which doesn’t fly very well down here.

lowandslow on July 21, 2008 at 11:56 PM

Jaibones on July 21, 2008 at 11:55 PM

Jai nope that is really her. I have that issue actually!

Check this Pic… Vets.

lowandslow on July 21, 2008 at 11:56 PM

Good then STFO! I sure as heck don’t need more self rightous rejects such as yourself up here screwing up my State! I happen to enjoy meeting most people from the lower 49.. you are that 2% that think that you are entitled to an opinion when all you care about is how much Oil you can get.

upinak on July 21, 2008 at 11:59 PM

upinak on July 21, 2008 at 11:59 PM

That’s okay upinak, I still like you, you’re a hoot.

lowandslow on July 22, 2008 at 12:12 AM

That’s okay upinak, I still like you, you’re a hoot.

lowandslow on July 22, 2008 at 12:12 AM

DANG IT! I was trying to make one enemy tonight. I guess I can begin anew tomorrow!

Just remember, I know where all the bears like to eat… don’t tick this woman off!

upinak on July 22, 2008 at 12:15 AM

Please pick Romney, we need someone who actually understands the economy. There is no one else more qualified.

Palin is only being considered because she is a woman. Jindal has done nothing of note, except he is hard core anti-abortion and thinks creationism is science neither are reasons to be VP.

Romney for VP

Poptech on July 22, 2008 at 1:19 AM

PDS sufferers need to watch this.

http://palinforvp.blogspot.com/2008/07/video-response-th-andrew-halcros.html

Mr. Wednesday Night on July 22, 2008 at 1:29 AM

Jindal needs more time and grooming. Plus he needs to prove his metal in Louisiana.

I’m not for Romney because he’ll take the enthusiasm, what little there is, away from Evangelical Christians. If you believe in the existence of more than one God they’ll have an issue voting for you.

Which leaves us with… I sure dunno.

Mojave Mark on July 22, 2008 at 1:32 AM

Palin. Young, female, conservative, governor experience and photogenic; people could see her as the next pres after McCain AND she pulls-in female votes.

Do it and you win, McCain.

Bishop on July 22, 2008 at 1:33 AM

Juan “Mexico First” Hernandez…

DfDeportation on July 22, 2008 at 1:38 AM

…if McCain makes a play for female voters by choosing a woman, Obama might have no choice.

Exactly! Go first and take Palin. It’ll put Obama in a serious bind, and he just might oblige us with a big mistake.

Maybe this guy had it right all along:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/06/the_vp_case_for_gov_sarah_pali.html

Mr. Wednesday Night on July 22, 2008 at 2:07 AM

If Maverick passes on Palin and picks another white guy in a suit I might as well stop watching news until past Christmas. At least by then the ass-whoopin that Obamby and his band of “Hope and Change” zombies hand down to Maverick will be history.

CapitalistPig on July 22, 2008 at 2:08 AM

Jindal and Palin are young, they are the future.

peacenprosperity on July 21, 2008 at 8:41 PM

I couldn’t agree with you more. Jindal is doing such a great job with my neighbor state and he needs to finish the job instead of getting scooped up by McCain. And plus there are some of us who, when they graduate from college here in Texas, would like to go intern under him :)

I mean hey, some of us need a good conservative to get wisdom from, god knows Rick Perry wouldn’t do a damn bit of difference in shaping our young conservative minds here in Texas.

lgodfrey88 on July 22, 2008 at 8:08 AM

McCain has the imagination of dried paint on my bathroom wall. Therefore I predict he will pick another middle aged white guy who is about as exciting as he is! Get ready for another candidate that will NOT upstage McNumbnuts!

sabbott on July 22, 2008 at 8:50 AM

CapitalistPig on July 22, 2008 at 2:08 AM

McCain apparently holds a grudge against Romney and that is coloring his choices. John McCain is a walking temper tantrum, against GWB, evangelicals, social conservatives, real Republicans, etc…..

Why are we supposed to overcome our dislike and vote for a man who indulges in these decades-long grudges against anybody that rubs him the wrong way?

highhopes on July 22, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Palin. Because I’ve absolutely got to have something to vote FOR in this election, and it won’t be Mitt. If we want Mitt involved in economics, make him Chancellor of Cash or something.

Doc56 on July 22, 2008 at 9:34 AM

PDS sufferers need to watch this.

http://palinforvp.blogspot.com/2008/07/video-response-th-andrew-halcros.html

Mr. Wednesday Night on July 22, 2008 at 1:29 AM

Mr. Wed.. did you post this for Palin or for Halcro? Halcro is a POS who is ticked he didn’t get voted in… and a complete jerk, talk about a man who has some serious ego issues.

upinak on July 22, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Let me put it this way: I’m sooo sure John McCain will pick Governor Crist as veep,

Oh I hope so. After McCain/Huckabee, McCain/Crist is the next biggest joke ticket ever and will be SOOOO easy to make fun of. Maybe McCain could host a bachelor reality show for Crist; help him pick a first lady.
I can’t take the Veep selection seriously since I don’t accept our Presidential candidate. All I can hope for is good entertainment value; Mitt’s too serious. McCain is going to cut his leg’s out from under him. He’d be better off staying out of it until 2012.

austinnelly on July 22, 2008 at 11:48 AM

I have know people up in Alaska(who voted for Gore and will support McCain now if he picks Sarah), all Alaskans are high on Sarah. If McCain picks her, I’d bet even the polar bears would campaign for him

ConservativePartyNow on July 22, 2008 at 12:01 PM

It’s like I said: the smart money seems to be on Romney or Palin. Either’s a decent choice.

Vanceone on July 22, 2008 at 1:11 PM

If Romney makes the religious bigoted voters mad then that is simply another reason to nominate him. McCain needs someone who understands economics and that is NOT Jindal or Palin. Why Romney:

Education:
- B.A. Brigham Young University, 1971
- J.D. Harvard University, 1975
- M.B.A. Harvard University, 1975

Political Experience:
- Governor of Massachusetts, 2003-2007

Professional Experience:
- Vice President, Bain and Company, Incorporated, 1978-1984
- CEO, Bain Capital, Incorporated, 1984-1998
- CEO, Bain and Company, Incorporated, 1991-1993
- President, Salt Lake Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, 1999-2002

Romney Vetoed More Than 800 Budget Line-Items (707 were overturned by the liberal Massachusetts Legislature)

- Romney convinced the unfriendly State Legislature to grant him unilateral power to make budget cuts in 2003
- Romney unveiled $343 million in cuts to cities, healthcare, and state agencies in 2003
- Romney successfully consolidated the social service and public health bureaucracy in 2003
- Romney eliminated half of the executive branch’s press positions, saving $1.2 million in 2003
- Romney successfully forced Medicaid recipients to make co-payments for some services in 2003
- Romney successfully pushed for legislation forcing new state workers to contribute 25% of their health insurance costs in 2003
- Romney proposed to revolutionize the Massachusetts state pension system by moving it to a defined contribution system in 2003
- Romney pushed to revamp the Pacheco Law, a union-backed measure that makes it nearly impossible to privatize state services in 2003
- Romney called for the privatization of the University of Massachusetts medical school in 2003
- Romney proposed measures to eliminate civil service protection for all municipal workers except police and firefighters and exempt low-cost public construction jobs from the state’s wage law in 2003
- Romney proposed easing pricing regulations on Massachusetts retailers in 2003
- Romney Vetoed A Provision That Would Have Renewed A Prescription Drug Tax in 2003
- Romney proposed easing decades-old state regulations on wetlands in 2004
- Romney Vetoed Retroactive Pay Increases For State Employees in 2004
- Romney proposed cutting the state’s income-tax rate from 5.3% to 5.0% in 2004, 2005 and 2006
- Romney succeeded in passing a bill preventing the capital gains tax from being applied retroactively in 2005
- Romney signed legislation that provided property tax relief to seniors in 2005
- Romney signed legislation establishing a two-day tax-free shopping holiday in 2005
- Romney fought for welfare legislation increasing the number of hours each week recipients must work and establishing a five-year limit for receiving benefits in 2005
- Romney aggressively pushed to deregulate Massachusetts’ “Soviet-style” auto insurance industry in 2005
- Romney Vetoed a bill limiting the ability of out-of-state wineries to ship directly to Massachusetts consumers, calling the legislation “anti-consumer” in 2005
- Romney used his emergency fiscal powers to make $425 million worth of cuts in 2006
- Romney Vetoed the employer mandate that requires businesses with 11 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance in 2006
- Romney Vetoed an increase in the minimum wage from $6.75 to $8.00 in 2006
- Romney Signed a bill streamlining the state’s cumbersome permitting process for new businesses in 2006
- Romney Line-Item Vetoed $100,000 For A Gazebo On Sunset Lake In Braintree in 2006
- Romney Vetoed $150,000 For The University Of Massachusetts To Study The Winter Moth in 2006
- Romney Vetoed $4 Million To Research The Efficiency Of The Internal Combustion Engine in 2006
- Romney has ruled out the option of raising Social Security taxes, embraced the idea of reducing the growth rate of future benefits, and supports personal accounts in 2007

Romney Economic Stimulus Plan:

- Permanently Reduce The Lowest Income Tax Bracket to 7.5%
- Permanently Eliminate Payroll Taxes On Employees Over The Age of 65
- Make Middle-Class Savings Tax Free
- Institute Immediate 100% Expensing Of New Equipment Purchased By A Business
- Reduce The Corporate Tax Rate To 20% Over Two Years
- Make The Bush Tax Cuts Permanent
- Roll Back Tax Rates For All Americans
- Kill The Death Tax
- Make The Research And Development Tax Credit Permanent
- Oppose Any Increase In Social Security Taxes
- Prevent The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) From Hurting More American Families

Poptech on July 23, 2008 at 7:14 AM

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