Saturday, April 19, 2008
VP Prognosticatin' (Update)
The Wall Street Journal's editorial page seems to think that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is McCain's first choice for VP:
"South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks in a soft Southern drawl. But he doesn't soften his message or hesitate with his words. They come quickly and, at times, with a blunt force. As he talks, he reveals why he is on nearly every Republican strategist's shortlist for vice president this year.
"Over the past six years, Mr. Sanford has amassed a political record that many within the GOP would like to see enacted in Washington: tax cuts, school choice, market-based entitlement reform and a long list of vetoes handed out to a profligate legislature. Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove and Sen. Lindsey Graham (a stalwart John McCain backer) have all floated Mr. Sanford's name for veep."
Exactly one week ago, I prognosticated that McCain will ask a conservative female governor to join his presidential ticket. I stand by my choice.
As much as I admire Mark Sanford, I don't think he'll be on the GOP ticket come Labor Day. The McCain campaign, you see, is lookin' female and/or person of color - as well as unabashedly conservative - for the second slot. Thus, Sanford is out.
You know, if former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts still found himself serving in Congress, he would undoubtedly be the runaway favorite to be McCain's VP ... and I would be his biggest VP cheerleader, if you will. (To borrow a line from Goober Pyle, that needed to be brung out.)