Could it be Cantor?

posted at 1:00 pm on August 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Fayetteville Observer reads a few tea leaves in the veepstakes and suggests that Eric Cantor may become the dark-horse finalist for John McCain’s running-mate.  Cantor has not yet appeared on the convention schedule, which would seem strange for such a dynamic member of the House GOP’s leadership.  He also represents a Virginia district, which could prove crucial to holding the state for the Republicans in November:

Rep. Robin Hayes is predicting that Sen. John McCain will pick Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia as his running mate.

“It sure looks like a great possibility to me,” Hayes said Wednesday. “Eric is a tremendous friend, incredibly bright young man. He has wonderful credentials, and I think would be a very good, complementary candidate to John McCain.”

Hayes made his comments during and after a meeting with educators at Jack Britt High School. Rumors about Cantor have been spreading in recent weeks and began to grow stronger on Tuesday, Hayes said. Several media outlets are reporting that Cantor has come under serious consideration.

Cantor is a fourth-term Virginia congressman representing parts of Richmond and several counties to the northwest. He is chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. Cantor also holds a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has direct jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Social Security, Medicare, prescription drugs for seniors, health care and welfare reform.

Cantor has impeccable conservative credentials, and his selection would go a long way towards energizing the Republican base for the election.  He has an engaging speaking style and has no problem with political infighting.  As a debater, he could be expected to match up well with Joe Biden, but more importantly, he could fire up crowds on the campaign trail for McCain.

However, a Cantor choice has weaknesses, too.  It would make this an all-Congress match, when executive experience could make an impact with voters.  His work in the private sector is limited to a decade of law practice and the family real-estate business.  More importantly, though, Cantor does not have any proven statewide constituency that suggests he could hold Virginia for McCain, although it certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Still, it seems curious that the GOP would not have Cantor already scheduled for a slot in St. Paul.  If they’ve held him out for any other reason than a shot at the ticket, I’d be curious to know why they have one of their clean-up hitters sitting on the bench for the big game.

Update: It’s not Crist:

At a morning press conference to announce his selection to fill a vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court, Crist was asked if he planned to be in Ohio tomorrow.

“I plan to be in Florida,” Crist said.

I didn’t think it would be Crist, anyway, but this seems to confirm it.


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All these rumors remind me of when I was watching a football game, and I heard the coach yell out to his defense

“Watch Right…Watch Middle…Watch Left”

YellowDawg on August 28, 2008 at 1:01 PM

It would be a disastrous pick.

Big S on August 28, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Sorry JetBoy.

BadgerHawk on August 28, 2008 at 1:01 PM

A mere congressman?

lodge on August 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

It would be a disastrous pick.

Why? Back it up, man.

mjk on August 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

why

tomas on August 28, 2008 at 1:03 PM

These Congress critters sure do think a lot of themselves, don’t they?

Let’s have at least ONE person with some executive and real world experience.

Senators are professional blow hards and Representatives are not much better.

No more debaters – let’s get a PROBLEM SOLVER!

Elizabetty on August 28, 2008 at 1:03 PM

BadgerHawk on August 28, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Damn! You beat me to it!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 28, 2008 at 1:04 PM

If you’re going to go boring white guy you might as well go Fred!

ninjapirate on August 28, 2008 at 1:04 PM

It will not be. No chance.

JeffreyLloyd on August 28, 2008 at 1:04 PM

A no-name? I doubt it.

upinak on August 28, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Cantor is a much better pick than some on the short list, but that’s not saying much.

Fred would put McCain over the top.

flyfisher on August 28, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Repost of my comment from yesterday.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 28, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Chet Edwards could not be reached for comment.

Slublog on August 28, 2008 at 1:06 PM

This guy is dull. Please no.

If you’re ailin’, vote Palin.

faraway on August 28, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Fred would be the pick, but I have confidence that McCain will choose the weakest pick possible. He just gets a kick out of doing stupid things like that.

progressoverpeace on August 28, 2008 at 1:07 PM

He would be a good pick.
I’d rather have Thompson or Palin.
This is a whirlwind of guessing.

jencab on August 28, 2008 at 1:07 PM

I think Cantor brings some good qualities. Besides being a young senator, he bring some foreign policy and fiscal spending (conservative) experience.

I would favor it over Romney.

Kini on August 28, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Cantor would be great, can’t anyone get a peek at his itinerary for the next couple days?

By the way if anyone expects to get the Jewish vote from this, guess again. I’m a rare Jewish Republican and unfortunately if the Dems brought out Farrakhan as their nominee he’d still get 60% of the Jewish vote.

gash on August 28, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Rep. Robin Hayes is predicting that Sen. John McCain will pick Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia as his running mate

.

Well, Janos Hunyadi of Hotair is predicting that McCain won’t Cantor

six in one, half-dozen in the other

say, how do you get one of those Predicting Jobs?

Janos Hunyadi on August 28, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Cantor would please me, but not as much as Fred or Mitt.

RushBaby on August 28, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Why? Back it up, man.

mjk on August 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Three words: United States Representative

Four more words: Chief Deputy Minority Whip

The worst thing that can happen to a ticket is that people stop taking it seriously. The selection of someone like Eric Cantor would accomplish that for McCain.

Big S on August 28, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 28, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Such low, low hanging fruit.

BadgerHawk on August 28, 2008 at 1:09 PM

And somewhere, JetBoy weeps. Yeah, not original, but wasn’t JetBoy the only one calling for Crist?

I think HotAir is going to fill the dead time before Zeus speaks to us tonight by pimping all the VP list. Next we’ll get Pawlenty. Then Kasich. We got Huck yesterday. Heck, we even got a Fred! thread.

My guess? It’s Romney–and Hotair won’t give us one of those threads yet!

I wish I could get todays ad revenue from Hotair…. *sigh*

Vanceone on August 28, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Vanceone on August 28, 2008 at 1:10 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/27/us-news-and-world-report-romneys-out/

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on August 28, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Fred!
Palin

Then CantorWattsSteeleRomney.

Not LiebermanHucksterRidgeCrist.

Pawlenty probably wouldn’t pull me onto he bandwagon either.

Darksean on August 28, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Perfect VP candidate. Somebody with strong conservative credentials to engergize that part of the base that really isn’t happy to be forced into voting for a cranky liberal geezer. Somebody with proven experience and success outside of DC politics. Somebody with name recognition so the eight weeks of campaigning aren’t about introducing an unknown the the electorate.

Mitt’s the perfect strategic choice but unlikely since McCain’s personality gets in the way and there is the (overstated IMO) perception that evangelicals won’t vote for a member of the LDS. If McCain is going with an “unconventional choice” he needs to look outside the halls of Congress and governor’s mansions and put somebody on the ticket to shore up his many weaknesses.

highhopes on August 28, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Three words: United States Representative

Four more words: Chief Deputy Minority Whip

The worst thing that can happen to a ticket is that people stop taking it seriously. The selection of someone like Eric Cantor would accomplish that for McCain.

So you have no policy issues or anything like that? It’s well, he hold these positions. Yeah, that’s stupid, baby.

mjk on August 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Cantor sounds great. I like the fact that he has 10 years of small business experience prior to becoming a congressman. I just wish he’d run for Governor, get elected and then come back to run for President with executive experience under his belt, but while he’s not my first choice (Mitt!) if Mac chooses him, I won’t grumble too much.

Buy Danish on August 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Wait a minute….

All Crist “hinted” about was that he won’t be in Ohio tomorrow. There’s a hurricane a-brewin’ down South, ya know…I’ve also been hearing the GOP Convention might be pushed back because of Hugo.

We don’t even know for sure if McCain is announcing his veep choice tomorrow…although, I admit it does look that way.

Don’t count Crist out yet. Not until I hear it from McCain’s own mouth.

JetBoy on August 28, 2008 at 1:14 PM

He’s kinda cute. Either Cantor or Pawlenty are good choices. The GMA video that Allah linked was another strong performance for Pawlenty with the press, so the more I see him the more I like him.

I haven’t seen Cantor so much, but he sounds like a good option too!

funky chicken on August 28, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Someone is going to be right…and then we listen to the “I knew it, I told you so”…that will be the worse part. Some goofball making a lucky guess, then thinking he is the next Karl Rove.
This is my guess…..the one McCain chooses…

right2bright on August 28, 2008 at 1:15 PM

wasn’t JetBoy the only one calling for Crist?
Vanceone on August 28, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Bear in mind JetBoy was one of those who were telling all the social conservatives and evangelicals that they have no place in the GOP anymore because McCain and his minions have taken back the party for our (soccons) own good.

highhopes on August 28, 2008 at 1:16 PM

Confirmed, it’s Oliver North, my six year old son told me.

Bishop on August 28, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Why? Back it up, man.

mjk on August 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Three words: United States Representative He’s a conservative.

Four more words: Chief Deputy Minority Whip I am a liberal.

Big S on August 28, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Fixed.

fossten on August 28, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Don’t count Crist out yet. Not until I hear it from McCain’s own mouth.

JetBoy on August 28, 2008 at 1:14 PM

You’re the best.

Don’t stop believin… Hold onto the feeeeeeeelin.

BadgerHawk on August 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Confirmed, it’s Oliver North, my six year old son told me.

Bishop on August 28, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Well alrighty then. Thanks :)

Pack it up and move along people, nothing to see here.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on August 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM

If he’s available for a cabinet post, great. But I really would prefer a Governor as veep, as others have said, someone with executive experience. That single feature would contrast well against the two-Senator team of Dems.

Doug on August 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Could it be Cantor?

Answer: No, because it is Romney. McCain’s staff has already said that it is down to Romney and Pawlenty. Given those two, who would you pick as a safe VP in what is anticipated to be a close election?

Vashta.Nerada on August 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM

So you have no policy issues or anything like that? It’s well, he hold these positions. Yeah, that’s stupid, baby.

mjk on August 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM

He’s another “generic Republican”, and will conform to McCain’s positions on every issue anyway. Furthermore, he can’t show anything other than a few votes in legislatures to back up his various positions. If McCain wants to pick someone who makes Joe Biden look like the epitome of substance, he’ll pick a Chief Deputy Minority Whip from the House of Representatives. McCain’s campaign is built on the idea that he’s experienced enough to handle the presidency, and will put his country’s interest over that of his party. A Cantor selection would damage that image.

Big S on August 28, 2008 at 1:19 PM

It wouldn’t surprise me at all to find out that Fred! might be behind the scenes pushing for Cantor. He most assuredly did not want Crist.

Connie on August 28, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Don’t count Crist out yet. Not until I hear it from McCain’s own mouth.

JetBoy on August 28, 2008 at 1:14 PM

I admit, I’ve never heard of him before you brought him up. What are his positions? You seem to be the only one who supports him, I’m curious why.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on August 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Answer: No, because it is Romney. McCain’s staff has already said that it is down to Romney and Pawlenty. Given those two, who would you pick as a safe VP in what is anticipated to be a close election?

Vashta.Nerada on August 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM

I wouldn’t pick another millionaire who owns more than one house.

Wethal on August 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

With all this “speculation” I have a question.

So what if you actually do guess right………….. Does one win a prize?

Seven Percent Solution on August 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Sooooo….will HA be devoted to seventeen different threads speculating on the McCain pick today, as we were subjected to over the Baracky choice?

Bishop on August 28, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Sorry, Grue! There was the US news report dissing Romney, you were right.

Strange, eh? Everyone else is “this is how XXXX candidate is the choice”; but the only one ruled out is Romney? I doubt it. Crist could be lowering expectations, as Jetboy believes, but really–why Crist? McCain’s up 7 in Florida as it is–who on earth wants to see Crist?

The shortlist is Romney, Pawlenty, Cantor, Palin, and Leibs. Your darkhorse is probably Palin and or Kasich. No one is mentioning Crist.

Vanceone on August 28, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Palin is a boring woman…she brings no experience.

tomas on August 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Halfway OT:

I am just grateful that the Republican Party has a large selection of good individuals this go-round from which to select a VP. Yes, each of you may have your preferences but, overall, the crop is healthy.

We’ll see….

Lockstein13 on August 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM

It’s Pawlenty. Bank it.

http://www.johnmccainvp.com/

mylegsareswollen on August 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Ed, lack of executive experience has been of no consequence so far! Why do we have to think it makes a difference, other than giving us a talking point?

leftnomore on August 28, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Cantor is my Congressman and I think he’s a rock solid choice. Doesn’t have national name recognition, but his oratory skills have improved markedly since he first took office 10 years back.

My question is, since he’s running for re-election, if McCain wins and it’s pretty certain that Cantor will get re-elected to the House, what does the seventh district do to replace him? Special election? Some sort of gubernatorial appointment (that would be very bad cuz it’s that super genius Tim Kaine)? Lumberjack challenge?

Does anybody know?

pistolero on August 28, 2008 at 1:25 PM

mylegsareswollen on August 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Then other will say it is Palin, and other will say it is Romney, and other will say it is Ron Paul…

McCain end the nightmare!!!!!!

upinak on August 28, 2008 at 1:26 PM

That’s not Fred!(!)

saint kansas on August 28, 2008 at 1:27 PM

The GOP needs some new blood and some new mojo. I see no Teddy Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan types anywhere out there. The next new focus is on non-whites, so leadership qualities are taking a back seat to elevating nonwhites in the party higharchy and expanding the non-white base.

Bobby Jendal is probably our next best hope as he developes into a better and more confident public speaker.

The truth is that Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton have been the best public speakers in the last 60 years, and that skill set is very very difficult to find in a politician. But if you got it, you are hard to stop.

Obama thinks he has it, but his mojo is very shallow.

saiga on August 28, 2008 at 1:28 PM

I wouldn’t pick another millionaire who owns more than one house.

Wethal on August 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

I think that is irrelevant. Would you pick your biggest competitor in the primaries, in sharp contrast to Obama, who told Hillary’s supporters to shove it?

Vashta.Nerada on August 28, 2008 at 1:28 PM

As for the convention schedule, that’s musical chairs. Cantor might be the VP, or he might be the designated last-minute fill-in for a scheduled speaker that’s picked for VP.

RBMN on August 28, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Halfway OT:

I am just grateful that the Republican Party has a large selection of good individuals this go-round from which to select a VP. Yes, each of you may have your preferences but, overall, the crop is healthy.

We’ll see….

Lockstein13 on August 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM

You know how when a baseball team starts trading away its best players and makes a lot of call-ups from the minors in August the fans start looking to next year? It’s the same in politics. A Cantor type basically forfeits any hope of winning in the fall, and would only accomplish one thing: getting the young guy some playing time so he can be more comfortable next season. Also, in baseball parlance, Cantor’s not even in AAA – he’s in AA.

Big S on August 28, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Answer: No, because it is Romney. McCain’s staff has already said that it is down to Romney and Pawlenty. Given those two, who would you pick as a safe VP in what is anticipated to be a close election?

Vashta.Nerada on August 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Yeah. I think McCain probably likes Romney (now) because of the class he showed at CPAC. If you drop out and endorse your opponent without telling your opponent or asking for something, it’s bound to impress. Or at least it did me.

Spirit of 1776 on August 28, 2008 at 1:31 PM

By the way if anyone expects to get the Jewish vote from this, guess again. I’m a rare Jewish Republican and unfortunately if the Dems brought out Farrakhan as their nominee he’d still get 60% of the Jewish vote.

gash on August 28, 2008 at 1:08 PM

There are a few of us here, but your point is well taken. Cantor doesn’t bring in the Jewish vote, but not even moshe rabbeinu could do that.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on August 28, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Big S on August 28, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Cantor would make mincemeat out of Plugs Biden in a debate. Reason? Biden’s just not that bright and Cantor is quite intelligent and his command of the issues is very good.

pistolero on August 28, 2008 at 1:32 PM

I think that is irrelevant. Would you pick your biggest competitor in the primaries, in sharp contrast to Obama, who told Hillary’s supporters to shove it?

Vashta.Nerada on August 28, 2008 at 1:28 PM

No, because I wouldn’t trust him.

Wethal on August 28, 2008 at 1:32 PM

I wouldn’t pick another millionaire who owns more than one house.

Wethal on August 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

I’m sick of this Hollywood mentality that you should be ashamed of the wealth you have accumulated. I think it is just fine to be proud of your wealth and it’s OK to understand that other people will be jealous. I,m jealous of Tony Romo, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate him.

saiga on August 28, 2008 at 1:33 PM

gash on August 28, 2008 at 1:08 PM

I think you’re right about the Jewish vote generally, but I’d like to see some polling on whether a a Jewish Republican vp would make a difference in FL. If it did, even slightly, he’d be worth it. I also think Cantor might go over well with guilt-ridden Dems and independents who are looking for a reason NOT to vote for Obama.

And on a Rovian note, I think a Cantor pick would give Jewish voters an opportunity to see how the Left REALLY feels about Jews. Get out the popcorn (or should I say evil Jewish sandwiches?) and let the fun begin!

Infidoll on August 28, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Remove Kay Bailey Hutchenson as a VP Candidate

William Amos on August 28, 2008 at 1:35 PM

I’m sick of this Hollywood mentality that you should be ashamed of the wealth you have accumulated.

saiga on August 28, 2008 at 1:33 PM

HERE-HERE~!!

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on August 28, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Why? Back it up, man.

mjk on August 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Three words: United States Representative He’s a conservative.

Four more words: Chief Deputy Minority Whip I am a liberal.

Big S on August 28, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Fixed.

fossten on August 28, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Now that there is funny.

He’s another “generic Republican”, and will conform to McCain’s positions on every issue anyway.

Big S on August 28, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Uhh. That does not compute. Maverick is a generic Republican? And generic Republicans agree with McCain on every issue? That’s news to, err, everybody in the world. Except liberals, of course.

Care to revise and extend?

misterpeasea on August 28, 2008 at 1:35 PM

I’m sick of this Hollywood mentality that you should be ashamed of the wealth you have accumulated. I think it is just fine to be proud of your wealth and it’s OK to understand that other people will be jealous. I,m jealous of Tony Romo, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate him.

saiga on August 28, 2008 at 1:33 PM

I would not give ammo to the other side. And Romney the flipflopper on abortion would take away the chance to portray Obama as the flipflopper. There are more reasons not to choose Romney than to choose him.

That said, I’d probably offer him a cabinet post. Commerce, maybe. Talent is talent; just find the right place for it.

Wethal on August 28, 2008 at 1:36 PM

So, who exactly, in your opinion is AAA, dude? I’d really like to know.

pistolero on August 28, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Any (true) conservative will be fine with me. I will work for their election, but I won’t post any stickers on my truck or signs in my yard. To support the Republican is to be branded “racist” and left open for mischief at least and violence at worst. You may believe my fear is unfounded. I hope you’re right.

SKYFOX on August 28, 2008 at 1:38 PM

You may believe my fear is unfounded.

Sadly, it isn’t.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on August 28, 2008 at 1:39 PM

My cat just puked up a hairball. That means it’s not Cantor.

Mr_Magoo on August 28, 2008 at 1:41 PM

I like what I know of Cantor. The one time I heard him speak (at the Denver NotReady08 presser) he came across a bit bland but otherwise smooth and knowledgeable. He sort of reminded me of old videos of Mitt Romney(except not trying to get elected in Massachusetts.) I think he needs more seasoning before he’s on a national ticket, but I wouldn’t be upset at this choice and could definitely support McCain/Cantor.

thecountofincognito on August 28, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Of course, why not?

I’ll be so glad when this is over.

eaglesdontflock on August 28, 2008 at 1:41 PM

So, who exactly, in your opinion is AAA, dude? I’d really like to know.

pistolero on August 28, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Some Senators, first-term Governors – people who have won statewide office but who have not been there too long. Palin’s AAA.

Big S on August 28, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Palin, Pawlenty and Jindal have potential, but need seasoning. The GOP is beginning to build a deep bench, and that is a good thing.

Wethal on August 28, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Another day, another rumor.

Terrye on August 28, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Well, if I can’t have the Mormon, I’d rather have the Jew.

trailboss on August 28, 2008 at 1:44 PM

Uhh. That does not compute. Maverick is a generic Republican? And generic Republicans agree with McCain on every issue? That’s news to, err, everybody in the world. Except liberals, of course.

Care to revise and extend?

misterpeasea on August 28, 2008 at 1:35 PM

I meant Cantor’s a generic Republican now, but would alter his stances on some positions to align with McCain if necessary. If McCain wants a generic Republican to comfort generic Republicans, he can do a lot better than Eric Cantor. Heck, even Mitt Romney’s a better choice.

Big S on August 28, 2008 at 1:45 PM

McCain is a habitual panderer. Look for him to make a pick based on pandering.

His biggest pandering recipients are the hipanics. Anyone know any Hispanic politicians with a fairly OK record? If so, that will probably be his pick.

saiga on August 28, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Today is probably the day the rumors come true

BTW Im going to the Dayton GOP center toay and get my event tickets I will see who is in town

William Amos on August 28, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Well, if I can’t have the Mormon, I’d rather have the Jew.

trailboss on August 28, 2008 at 1:44 PM

Heh. Only in America. Also only in America: Which Jew? (OK, maybe the Zionist Entity.)

misterpeasea on August 28, 2008 at 1:46 PM

William Amos on August 28, 2008 at 1:46 PM

very cool William. Looking forward to reading about it.

upinak on August 28, 2008 at 1:48 PM

This is me not caring about the VP pick any more.

aero on August 28, 2008 at 1:51 PM

It’s Pawlenty. Bank it.

http://www.johnmccainvp.com/

mylegsareswollen on August 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM

sounds good to me.

I was concerned about whether Kaine would get to pick Cantor’s replacement for his seat if McCain/Cantor won. Cantor is a good, valuable guy in the House.

funky chicken on August 28, 2008 at 1:52 PM

I wasn’t familiar with Cantor – so I searched YouTube and watched some of his interviews / videos, etc…..

My opinion – he ( in style & delivery ) reminds me of a GOP version of John Edwards.

I just don’t get a Matthews-esque ‘tingle’ up my leg listening to him speak.

The McCain VP pick needs someone dynamic to energize the ticket, while holding true to conservative ideals.

I just don’t see it happening with this guy….at least not on first-impressions.

jrlingreenbay on August 28, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Heh. Only in America. Also only in America: Which Jew? (OK, maybe the Zionist Entity.)

misterpeasea on August 28, 2008 at 1:46 PM

I’m thinkin’…Seinfeld. No VP for You!!

trailboss on August 28, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Which Jew? (OK, maybe the Zionist Entity.)

misterpeasea on August 28, 2008 at 1:46 PM

as long as it’s not Olmert, we’re all good

/ :-)

funky chicken on August 28, 2008 at 1:55 PM

It’s Pawlenty. Bank it.

http://www.johnmccainvp.com/

mylegsareswollen on August 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM

I’ve seen at least three different websites with that same general layout, each advertising a different VP. No dice.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on August 28, 2008 at 1:55 PM

Wethal on August 28, 2008 at 1:43 PM

How much MORE seasoning do they need compared to O-freaking-bama?

Palin has been in a government setting for years. Mayor 8 yrs., a State of Alaska Chairman position for Oil and Gas a year (before she busted someone on ethics on “Elections”, google it, look for Randy Riedrich) and now the Gov as well as head of the Interstate Oil and Gas Conservation Commission based out of Oklahoma. She is also on many other Boards.. across the country.

Jindal has run the Medical Asst. in his State for 4 years and has been on NUMEROUS Boards and Commissions, since he was 24 yrs old. That man has done a lot for his State and is still doing well.

I don’t know enough about Pawlenty to comment.

Obama… WTF has HE done? Besides be in one scandel after another?

Give me a freaking break!

upinak on August 28, 2008 at 1:55 PM

At this point I don’t care who he picks. I’ll still vote for him because there is NO WAY I will do ANYTHING that might get that Communist Obama elected.

Old Hippie Vet on August 28, 2008 at 1:55 PM

No, because I wouldn’t trust him.

Wethal on August 28, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Can’t argue with that ‘logic’…

Vashta.Nerada on August 28, 2008 at 1:55 PM

My first pick: Clarence Thomas

My second pick: Palin

My third pick: Romney

After that, if they are a conservative Republican, I don’t care.

texette on August 28, 2008 at 1:56 PM

This is me not caring about the VP pick any more.

aero on August 28, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Ditto. As long as it isn’t the Huckster, I’m down with everyone else.

a capella on August 28, 2008 at 2:00 PM

How much MORE seasoning do they need compared to O-freaking-bama?

Obama… WTF has HE done? Besides be in one scandel after another?

Give me a freaking break!

upinak on August 28, 2008 at 1:55 PM

To continue by baseball analogy, Obama was “called up” to the big stage in 2004, and was very successful in making himself a national figure over the ensuing period of time. Even if he hasn’t done anything, Democrats knew he was not going to choke when put into the spotlight. These “minor league” picks – Cantor, Palin, Jindal – that many GOP activists are recommending for the VP nomination are relatively untested in campaigns and in large-scale governance. Even if they do have executive positions now, there’s no way to know how good their instincts are because we haven’t seen the results of their work yet. That’s what is meant when people say they need more “seasoning.”

Big S on August 28, 2008 at 2:02 PM

I don’t know enough about Pawlenty to comment.

Obama… WTF has HE done? Besides be in one scandel after another?

Give me a freaking break!

upinak on August 28, 2008 at 1:55 PM

upinak, watch the video in the Fred! thread to see Pawlenty state his case and compare his experience level to Obama’s. Very strong…..six years governor, state legislature leadership position…makes sure to state that that means 6 years as commander in chief of the MN Nat’l Guard….

funky chicken on August 28, 2008 at 2:04 PM

texette on August 28, 2008 at 1:56 PM

texette, Clarence would be an awesome choice! To bad it won’t happen. :(

upinak on August 28, 2008 at 2:05 PM

If the only issue for choosing a VP would be to counter the VP pick of your opponent in a debate (which seems to be the flavor of most discussions), McCain should pick an attractive woman. For one reason:

Will Biden be able to complete a debate (or the entire campaign) without uttering some “head in ass” statement like “She’s bright, articulate, and looks great from behind, there’s a story there, man”.

BobMbx on August 28, 2008 at 2:06 PM

funky chicken on August 28, 2008 at 2:04 PM

Funky I would if I could. Computer is sucking right now and blocking many items.

upinak on August 28, 2008 at 2:06 PM

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