Audio: Avoid another “boring, normal, mainstream Republican white guy” for VP, says Newt

posted at 3:25 pm on July 23, 2008 by Allahpundit

My sentiments exactly, as I’ve made clear more than once before. We already knew who his top pick was; his second choice will come as no surprise, given his reasoning.

Who he means by “boring, normal, mainstream Republican white guys” is left unsaid, but I think we’re all on the same page.


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Sounds like a vote for Palin to me!

Ferris on July 23, 2008 at 3:28 PM

How about the most qualified…this isn’t a circus act.

tomas on July 23, 2008 at 3:29 PM

I swear, he better not pick Jindal. Jindal is one of two VP picks that would cause me not to vote for McCain, the other being Huckabee.

muyoso on July 23, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Time to wait and see… still.

The clock is a ticking!

upinak on July 23, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Well Sara would not be boring or a white guy. She would plow up snakes for the dem’s.
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letget on July 23, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Sounds like a vote for Palin to me!

Ferris on July 23, 2008 at 3:28 PM

AGREED!!!

jencab on July 23, 2008 at 3:29 PM

So much for the party of ideas. Lets fight image with image and the hell with the future of America. Winning is all that matters.

peacenprosperity on July 23, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Sounds like a vote for Palin to me!
Ferris on July 23, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Let’s hope so.

wise_man on July 23, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Palin, Steele, Jindal….somebody. Please, not Pawlenty.

amerpundit on July 23, 2008 at 3:30 PM

@ tomas on July 23, 2008 at 3:29 PM

this isn’t a circus act.

You must be new to this.

muyoso on July 23, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Allah, who do you want?

I think you like Sarah, BUT….

upinak on July 23, 2008 at 3:30 PM

So if boring normal mainstream white guys are out, isn’t there a problem at the top of the ticket?

You’re not going to defeat The Messiah with a gimmick VP. Didn’t work for Mondale in 1984, won’t work for McCain now.

Lehuster on July 23, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Am I going overboard to say Palin could be our savior? I think I’m getting Messiah-fever for her.

TheNolan on July 23, 2008 at 3:31 PM

I say, get Yoda for Veep. Solid pick, huge gravitas. Might be a little boring (though get a few drinks in him), but not normal or mainstream or white.

Darksean on July 23, 2008 at 3:31 PM

peacenprosperity on July 23, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Bob Dole was a better choice than Bill Clinton. Bob Dole lost. I’m just mentioning it because it’s a fact.

wise_man on July 23, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Avoid another “boring, normal, mainstream Republican white guy”

Well, since we are stuck with Identity Politics from now until forever, we might was well.

pseudonominus on July 23, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Jindal is out.

Newt pulling out the Palin card…….bad omen if trying to get Newt and McCain on the same page.

Limerick on July 23, 2008 at 3:32 PM

It is ok to use the term “white guy” but try saying “boring black guy” and see what happens.

Hilts on July 23, 2008 at 3:33 PM

Who the hell cares? It’s like “Best Supporting Actress”.

Marcus on July 23, 2008 at 3:33 PM

try saying “boring black guy” and see what happens.

The Messiah says, “Bring it – I already handed Alan Keyes his ass once!”

Lehuster on July 23, 2008 at 3:34 PM

post at 3:29 s/b
Sarah.
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letget on July 23, 2008 at 3:34 PM

How about the most qualified…this isn’t a circus act.

So much for the party of ideas. Lets fight image with image and the hell with the future of America. Winning is all that matters.

Guys, the two concepts–style and substance–are not mutually exclusive ideas. If you want to lose elections while yelling at kids to get off your lawn, go start your own party. The Republicans can still be saved.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Bob Dole was a better choice than Bill Clinton. Bob Dole lost. I’m just mentioning it because it’s a fact.

wise_man on July 23, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Bob Dole was a granola Republican primogeniture pick. His “E.D.” commercials showed him to be a total embarassment.

Hilts on July 23, 2008 at 3:35 PM

I totally agree with Newt and Allah. However, I just don’t see who fits the bill. Palin and Jindal are too new to the scene.

terryannonline on July 23, 2008 at 3:35 PM

What if the boring white guy is the most qualified? And isn’t McCain’s best argument his qualifications via years of experience versus Obama’s superficial appeal? Why dillute that with a gimmick candidate?

Dork B. on July 23, 2008 at 3:36 PM

The Messiah says, “Bring it – I already handed Alan Keyes his ass once!”

Lehuster on July 23, 2008 at 3:34 PM

yeah Alan Keyes had all the punching power of a 11 year old Helen Keller.

Hilts on July 23, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Hilts on July 23, 2008 at 3:33 PM

It is ok to use the term “white guy” but try saying “boring black guy” and see what happens.

People would probably look at you funny, because the fact is that there is nothing at all boring about having a black guy as one of the major party nominees for President. In other words, it makes no sense to say “boring black guy” in this context.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Palin and Jindal are too new to the scene.

So is Obama, but that isn’t holding him back!

Lehuster on July 23, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Palin is a energizing pick.

Spirit of 1776 on July 23, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Sarah Palin for VP!

CP on July 23, 2008 at 3:37 PM

newt is right on point. mccain needs some boldness, he has spent his career being his own man, and now he’s all alone. nobody cares, because he has worked hard to keep people away.

goes/comes around

billypaintbrush on July 23, 2008 at 3:37 PM

I swear, he better not pick Jindal. Jindal is one of two VP picks that would cause me not to vote for McCain, the other being Huckabee.

muyoso on July 23, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Because of the ID issue?

Esthier on July 23, 2008 at 3:38 PM

This is why I like Palin. She can be on point on the drilling issue. She can make the hardcore Hillery supporters take a hard look at McCain.

And most importantly, A female VP is still historic, and it cuts out one of BO legs because both tickets will make history.

¡PALIN!

mad saint jack on July 23, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Jindal….No thanks

Limerick on July 23, 2008 at 3:38 PM

would newt qualify as a boring, normal, mainstream Republican white guy?

lorien1973 on July 23, 2008 at 3:39 PM

People would probably look at you funny, because the fact is that there is nothing at all boring about having a black guy as one of the major party nominees for President. In other words, it makes no sense to say “boring black guy” in this context.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:36 PM

How about “stereotypical black socialist grievance type that we’ve seen before”?

Hilts on July 23, 2008 at 3:39 PM

I swear, he better not pick Jindal. Jindal is one of two VP picks that would cause me not to vote for McCain, the other being Huckabee.

muyoso on July 23, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Because of the ID issue?

Esthier on July 23, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Yeah… why not Jindal? The ID issue was deftly played, I think.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Palin and Jindal are too new to the scene.

So is Obama, but that isn’t holding him back!

Lehuster on July 23, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Conservatives have a higher standard.

Greenhorn on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

@ Esthier on July 23, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Primarily. Although he seems like a Huckabee type of wacko as well.

muyoso on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

I swear, he better not pick Jindal. Jindal is one of two VP picks that would cause me not to vote for McCain, the other being Huckabee.

muyoso on July 23, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Give Jindal four years to get a science education and shake off that creationist nonsense he spews out every now and then. If he’s on the ticket this year I’ll vote for Barr.

Annar on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

The Republicans can still be saved.

No they can’t. They’ve been trying to play the democrat game for 16 years and they’ve been getting their butts kicked. They controlled congress and the White House for 6 years and did absolutely nothing. Now you want to start picking candidates based on what they look like. The republican party has become democrat lite.

peacenprosperity on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Palin!

doubleplusundead on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

How about “stereotypical black socialist grievance type that we’ve seen before”?

Hilts on July 23, 2008 at 3:39 PM

We’ve never seen a black anything before.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Obama is running a circus act. Its the Greatest Show on Earth right now.

faraway on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

I suggest a stuffed elephant, which would be less ridiculous than the clown who’s heading the Democrat ticket.

NoDonkey on July 23, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Two excellent choices:

PALIN & STEELE

Palin brings the whole energy solution (that the Democrats are nixxing) into the campaign.

I really like Mitt, wanted him to be the nominee but a McCain/Romney ticket isn’t going to win.

P – A – L – I – N

stenwin77 on July 23, 2008 at 3:42 PM

She can be on point on the drilling issue.

mccain has said no, no, no to drilling in anwr. What makes anyone think he’s going to start listening to anyone else now especially a conservative?

peacenprosperity on July 23, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Now you want to start picking candidates based on what they look like. The republican party has become democrat lite.

peacenprosperity on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

That is an intellectually bankrupt “observation”. There is more to a Palin or a Jindal or a Steele or a Rice than “what they look like”, so self-evidently much so that I need not elaborate, I think, beyond pointing out that large parts of the population are CLEARLY looking for more diversity of background in candidates this election cycle.

Newt is absolutely right, and I’m astounded that anyone is actually even arguing with this.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Palin and Jindal are too new to the scene.

terryannonline on July 23, 2008 at 3:35 PM

And they’ve proved themselves to be horrible prospects for a national ticket. Jindal’s a former health commissioner who thinks you can cure cancer via exorcism, and Palin’s quickly racking up a record of cronyism and possible abuse of power. I’m pessimistic about how well those attributes will go over in swing states.

Big S on July 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Palin is a great choice. McCain needs to wake up. This election will not be easy especially with someone as new as Obama. Palin has more experience than that fool and she has an interesting and spectacular life story as well as a great personality. She is a conservative and we as republicans will be ecstatic and delighted to have her on the ticket. There will be female democrats that will love McCain for this. She is obviously the best choice! Jindal will have his day, but Louisiana needs his help. Pick Palin!

jencab on July 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM

peacenprosperity on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Amen! Isn’t it sad?

Greenhorn on July 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Dear gawd…It’s a veep pick. And we all know McCain’s views on the office of Vice President…”table scraps”, anyone?

It’s not important at all.

Get the cookie cutter, ’cause still sayin’ it’s going to be Crist.

JetBoy on July 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, John Conyers.

Hilts on July 23, 2008 at 3:44 PM

So much for the party of ideas. Lets fight image with image and the hell with the future of America. Winning is all that matters.

peacenprosperity on July 23, 2008 at 3:30 PM

You took the words right out of my mouth.

TheBigOldDog on July 23, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Obama needs to pick Edwards. 2 Americas, 2 First Ladies.

faraway on July 23, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, John Conyers.

Hilts on July 23, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Um… fail.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:46 PM

That is an intellectually bankrupt “observation”. There is more to a Palin or a Jindal or a Steele or a Rice than “what they look like”, so self-evidently much so that I need not elaborate,
DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Please explain to me anything Condi Clueless Rice has accomplished as Sec. of State? As for Jindal, let’s see how he does as Governor of Louisiana.

The only two potential candidates for VP that will force me to sit it out are Miss Lindsey Graham and Mike Huckabee.

Hilts on July 23, 2008 at 3:47 PM

Wow…WTF?

Vegas seems to have dropped Palin from the list….

Limerick on July 23, 2008 at 3:47 PM

Palin and Jindal are too new to the scene.
terryannonline on July 23, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Between them they’ve got more more ‘presidental experience’ to be Vice, or even president than Barack Obama.

wise_man on July 23, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Eric Cantor? Youngish, but experienced Rep from Va? Conservative credentials? Only Jewish GOP House member?

Pulls in VA, FL?

Not as boring as rest of white guys? But more experienced than Palin and Jindal (who both should be in the pipeline for future tickets)?

Wethal on July 23, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Are you guys emailing and/or calling the McCain campaign to let him know who you’d like to see on the ticket? Seems like it can’t hurt to demonstrate that there’s a buzz building for a certain someone.

aero on July 23, 2008 at 3:49 PM

At that list, if you’ll notice, the democratic candidates for president and vice president, from 1828 to today have been white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, and black.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Get the cookie cutter, ’cause still sayin’ it’s going to be Crist.

JetBoy on July 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Nope. We know some big schmucks in FL politics. Crist is feeling desperate (explaining the recent engagement) – he’s noticibly not being contacted or called much any more by McCain’s people.

Ain’t gonna happen. Anyone who spends 15 minutes talking to Charlie sees that he’s a totally empty suit (as he talks to you, his eyes never look at you, he’s constantly scoping the room for cameras and more important people).

I would be stunned if it was Charlie.

stenwin77 on July 23, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Um… fail.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:46 PM

um no I don’t think so.
Jackson was a candidate twice and the Dems kissed his ass both times. Sharpton ran for POTUS in 2004 and they all kissed his big fat ass as well. The deference they gave him was phenomenal – nobody even said the name “Tawana Brawley” b/c they were too scared.

Hilts on July 23, 2008 at 3:49 PM

At that list, if you’ll notice, the democratic candidates for president and vice president, from 1828 to today have been white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, white, and black. HALF-white

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Fixed it.

stenwin77 on July 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Although he seems like a Huckabee type of wacko as well.

muyoso on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

I didn’t get that vibe. Then again, I haven’t studied Jindal too much.

Yeah… why not Jindal? The ID issue was deftly played, I think.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Maybe so, but I could see how it could turn off many atheists.

Esthier on July 23, 2008 at 3:51 PM

That is an intellectually bankrupt “observation”.

Oh, BS. Most of the people here hadn’t heard of Palin or Jimdal a year and a half ago. Steele lost his last race and not only has Condi been demonized by the press by she hasn’t exactly performed like a stud at the state department. You’re picking people to match the democrats. That’s just great. We have no message but we’ve got some dark skinned folks.

peacenprosperity on July 23, 2008 at 3:51 PM

stenwin77, outside of the deepest, darkest crevices of the northern Arkansas Ozark’s, “HALF-white” == black.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Limerick on July 23, 2008 at 3:47 PM

Interesting link. If you click on the odds for Obama’s VP, you will see “boring white guy” Evan Bayh as the favorite.

Greenhorn on July 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM

As is the case most of the time, Newt is no doubt quite correct but will nevertheless be quite ignored.

Blacklake on July 23, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Jackson was a candidate twice and the Dems kissed his ass both times. Sharpton ran for POTUS in 2004 and they all kissed his big fat ass as well. The deference they gave him was phenomenal – nobody even said the name “Tawana Brawley” b/c they were too scared.

Hilts on July 23, 2008 at 3:49 PM

No, the 2004 nominee was John Kerry. In 1988, the nominee was Michael Dukakis.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Avoid another “boring, normal, mainstream Republican white guy” for VP, says Newt

He says don’t pick someone based on the content of their character. That pisses me off coming from the mouth of a so-called conservative, not to mention that the description of who to avoid fits Newt to a tee.

JiangxiDad on July 23, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Nice answer, Newt, but not worth $5.95.

What’s up with that web design…looked like crap in my Firefox browser.

heypally on July 23, 2008 at 3:55 PM

I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for a Zombie Reagan junta.

JadeNYU on July 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

That’s just great. We have no message but we’ve got some dark skinned folks.

peacenprosperity on July 23, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Too true. What has Colin Powell or Condi Clueless Rice really accomplished outside of both President Bush’s being incredibly loyal towards incompetents (meaning Rice and Powell). Powell has been really disloyal with his sitting on the Richard Armitage information during the Plame incident and his saying he is not sure whom he will support in November. All the two of them had to recommend themselves for their high positions was the color of their skin. IMHO John Bolton is worth Rice and Powell put together however Bush did not fight for Bolton but remained loyal and dedicated to the two incompetents at Foggy Bottom.

Hilts on July 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

peacenprosperity on July 23, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Here! Here! Keep tellin’ it like it is P&P!

TheBigOldDog on July 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Dear gawd…It’s a veep pick. And we all know McCain’s views on the office of Vice President…”table scraps”, anyone?

I think Dick Cheney changed the office of the Vice-Presidency. Besides, there are some people who have reservations over McCain’s age. Palin is not as young as Jindal, she has executive experience, and is a conservative. There are people, including myself, that are excited to have her represent us and will bring the party together.

jencab on July 23, 2008 at 3:57 PM

So is Newt suggesting that McCain pick Eddie Murphy as his VP running mate?

MB4 on July 23, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Juan Hernandez.

Failing that, Keith Hernandez.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 23, 2008 at 3:57 PM

You’re picking people to match the democrats. That’s just great. We have no message but we’ve got some dark skinned folks.

peacenprosperity on July 23, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Um, picking “dark skinned folks” is, itself, a message. And I’m not sure I like what you implying, which seems to be that “dark skinned folks” can’t have strong, conservative opinions. It just so happens that Palin and Jindal are both much more eloquent, exciting Reagan conservative types than any of the “boring white guys” you would prefer to look at.

Again, style and substance aren’t mutually exclusive, but people of different genders or races bring a lot more than their vaginas and skin… you need to get past the shallow, thoughtless way of looking at things.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Most of the people here hadn’t heard of Palin or Jimdal a year and a half ago.

I thought Jindal was knee-jerk Republican Messiah thing, but Palin, was yes unknown (who isn’t until they are known), but has done an excellent job representing conservatives issues loudly in the press. She has real potential – which is what the VP place is for.

Spirit of 1776 on July 23, 2008 at 3:58 PM

So is Newt suggesting that McCain pick Eddie Murphy as his VP running mate?
MB4 on July 23, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Yup! That’s exactly what Newt was saying, exactly!!! Wow! You really are a political genius, MB4!!!!

wise_man on July 23, 2008 at 3:59 PM

He says don’t pick someone based on the content of their character.

JiangxiDad on July 23, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Where did he say that?

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:59 PM

I would be stunned if it was Charlie.

stenwin77 on July 23, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Not me. I believe (just a hunch) that McCain promised Crist the job before the Fla. primaries. I’m certainly not saying Crist would be MY first choice…but I’m not John McCain.

McCain’s not one to pick a veep based on what other people think. It’s his choice…he’s the presumptive nominee.

No one, besides Crist IMHO, will “help” McCain…but some could hurt him. I think Crist is the safest choice. And given Obama’s support in Florida….and we all know Fla. is key to winning…Crist just might “help” McCain.

JetBoy on July 23, 2008 at 3:59 PM

No, the 2004 nominee was John Kerry. In 1988, the nominee was Michael Dukakis.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Why not read what I wrote. I did not say they were the nominees only that they were major candidates or players for the nomination.

Hilts on July 23, 2008 at 3:59 PM

Think like your kids for once.

Think the way they think.

It would be great if the older people in the country, the 70 year olds, the 80 year olds who are suspicious of change to say, “you know, why don’t I think the way my kids are thinking and think about the future.”

Whatever they decide, just open up your heart to this prospect of something different.

That’s what I hope we do.

Ferris on July 23, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Yeah… why not Jindal? The ID issue was deftly played, I think.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

There is a really big advantage in picking Jindal. If McCain’s campaign is stumbling, Bobby J. could always perform an exorcism on it.

MB4 on July 23, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Spirit of 1776 on July 23, 2008 at 3:58 PM

With a person of McCain age, the VP choice if not for somebody with potential, but for somebody ready to be President on day one. It’s a hot backup.

TheBigOldDog on July 23, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Not sure why Palin isn’t showing up on the Vegas track but she is still trading at 13 on InTrade (behind Romney at 26).

Limerick on July 23, 2008 at 4:01 PM

So much for the party of ideas. Lets fight image with image and the hell with the future of America. Winning is all that matters.

peacenprosperity on July 23, 2008 at 3:30 PM

When your opponent changes the rules of the game and all the spectators have gone along with it, you are foolish if you don’t make some adaptations of your own. Style and image DO matter, and frankly I think we’d see McCain doing better if he had some of that in his court. It’s sure as hell the only thing keeping Obama afloat these days. And if you can get somebody with BOTH style AND substance (like our favorite Alaskan beauty) then you’ve got a killer 1-2 punch. I still say Sarah FTW.

steadyrock on July 23, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Yup! That’s exactly what Newt was saying, exactly!!! Wow! You really are a political genius, MB4!!!!

wise_man on July 23, 2008 at 3:59 PM

As much of a political genius as you are a great spokesman for McCain?

Now that would really be something.

MB4 on July 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

JiangxiDad on July 23, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Agreed.

If his argument were “Here are 4 really top of the line qualified people. Since they’re all great, we should go for the one that’s great and historic/exciting.”, that would be one thing.

If the argument is, “They’ve got a black guy, so we should automatically narrow our VP selection pool down to women and minorities only.”, it’s stupid.

JadeNYU on July 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

What McCain needs is a bright, spirited running mate (white or otherwise) to put some life into the campaign. Perhaps some damn common sense and ability to pick up on gold mine issues, too.

“Boring, normal, mainstream Republican guy?” Just take a quick glance at who we ended up with as our Presidential Nominee, Newt! For crying out loud!

Jockolantern on July 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

stenwin77 on July 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Come on. I really wish we’d drop that. He is a black man.

Esthier on July 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

So is Newt suggesting that McCain pick Eddie Murphy as his VP running mate?

MB4 on July 23, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Eddie Murphy would play VP and all of the cabinet positions at once. Imagine the savings!

steadyrock on July 23, 2008 at 4:03 PM

So, if McCain shouldn’t pick a:

…boring, normal, mainstream Republican white guy

…he should be looking for an ‘exciting, wacky, revolutionary, democrat, black chick??

Whoopi?

Wanda Sykes?

cntrlfrk on July 23, 2008 at 4:04 PM

When your opponent changes the rules of the game and all the spectators have gone along with it, you are foolish if you don’t make some adaptations of your own.

steadyrock on July 23, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Playing the other guy’s game by the other guy’s rules is the surest way to lose no matter what the endeavor.

TheBigOldDog on July 23, 2008 at 4:04 PM

With a person of McCain age, the VP choice if not for somebody with potential, but for somebody ready to be President on day one. It’s a hot backup.

TheBigOldDog on July 23, 2008 at 4:00 PM

The two points are not contradictory. Besides there is merit in the argument that nothing prepares you for the office of the presidency except the office of the presidency. Obama’s inexperience wouldn’t bother me so much if not combined with his extremely lack of judgment.

She has potential to be chief executive, shows good judgment, good outreach, and communicates well. What’s not to like.

Spirit of 1776 on July 23, 2008 at 4:04 PM

A fellow commentor said he wrote to the McCain campaign to choose Palin. I followed suit. We should all do the same. McCain changed his position on drilling (because it was good for him politically), he can change from Pawlenty to Palin (which is good for him politically). It will get some attention away from the Obamessiah.

jencab on July 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM

The number of people who care about the VP pick outside the sort who blog or read blogs approaches zero.

Karl on July 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM

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