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Robert Novak: McCain will announce his VP pick this week

This just was posted at Drudge. According to Robert Novak, John McCain will announce his VP pick this week:

Sources close to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign are suggesting he will reveal the name of his vice presidential selection this week while Sen. Barack Obama is getting the headlines on his foreign trip. The name of McCain's running mate has not been disclosed, but Mitt Romney has led the speculation recently.

I hope he does pick Romney. But I'd also be happy with Sarah Palin, but the MSM wouldn't take her seriously because she's a Republican woman.

Update: Andrew Malcolm at The Top of the Ticket is also reporting rumors that McCain's VP announcement could happen very soon, as early as Tuesday. And he also adds to the speculation that it could be Romney:

Of course, any vice presidential nominee could fly into New Hampshire. But what's already there close by? Hmm, Massachusetts is right next door. And, omg, so is its former Gov. Mitt Romney, who cleared the past primary financial decks last week by making his personal loans actual contributions.

Romney's been campaigning relentlessly for weeks already for McCain and steering his national network of donors to donate generously, as The Ticket noted here the other day.

With the MSM in orgasms over Obama, this kind of announcement could undermine Obama's momentum and break his rally giving McCain his own push of momentum through the rest of July, which only lasts another week, and into August. What comes next? The convention beginning September 1st.


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Comments (21)

Oh, and they were so nic... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Oh, and they were so nice to Hillary, weren't they Kim!

Wow, this is indeed big new... (Below threshold)

Wow, this is indeed big news. It should also help to lift the McCain campaign up a bit after two bad weeks of resignations and problems that would ended most other campaigns.

You proved my point Hyperbo... (Below threshold)

You proved my point Hyperbolist. Look at how the MSM treated Hillary and she's a Democrat. Just imagine how overtly hostile they'd be toward Palin. She's a pro-life, Christian Republican. They'd knock her around every which way but Sunday. Actually, they'd knock her around Sunday, too.

People forget real fast. Sh... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

People forget real fast. Shriallay was queen for a day every day for 15 years, until Barack the magic negro showed up and the media decided to stick they're head up his butt because he will be easier to control. Barack Hussein O doesn't know as much as a third grade student (he proves it daily) so the media will use him like a dishrag and he won't even realize it. Over 2,000 advisor, 300 for foreign policy alone is not the mark of a smart person.

Ive got bad news for all th... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

Ive got bad news for all the hopeful conservatives out there. He's not going to pick a conservative. It's going to be a weeny like Lieberman or Graham.

If he picks a conservative, i'll be happy and eat crow and vote for the guy. But i'm guessing my instincts are right on this one.

Kim, the media went along f... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Kim, the media went along for the Iraqi Super Fun Ride in 2003, and they absolutely adore John McCain and his barbecues and bus stocked with premium liquor. So, they aren't partisan--they're just sensationalist assholes, all part of an old boys' club. (Peggy Noonan and Maureen Dowd included.)

Mitt Romney would be an exc... (Below threshold)
Chuck:

Mitt Romney would be an excellent choice. I live in Nevada and Obama may win the state unless Romney is selected as the VP. Many mormons in Nevada. Romney also helps McCain in Michigan too.

Scrapiron,Why don'... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Scrapiron,

Why don't save your comments for kkk.com

Scrapiron,</p... (Below threshold)

Scrapiron,

Why don't save your comments for kkk.com

Not to worry dave, the L A Times saves them for us:


http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-ehrenstein19mar19,0,5335087.story?coll=la-opinion-center


Why don't save your c... (Below threshold)

Why don't save your comments for kkk.com

That comment was not properly attributed as "dave" above in #9.

Chuck, I think you're right... (Below threshold)

Chuck, I think you're right about Romney helping McCain in Nevada with the Mormon vote. But Romney would probably help McCain to win this state only. I doubt Romney will be able to pull along enough voters to carry either Michigan or Massachusetts. And with Romney on the ticket, many conservative Christian evangelicals who might already find McCain hard enough to accept might just want to sit out the election. Some of Romney's tough statements against McCain during the primary season will probably pop in Democratic Party ads, and also hurt McCain. Romney looks like an attractive candidate from the outside looking in, but he might just be the worst possible choice for McCain for many reasons.

The governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin wouldn't add any new states to McCain. McCain already will carry Alaska, but might allow McCain to pull along some women voters, but not likely enough to tilt the election.

McCain needs a vice president pick who will bring him some electoral votes that would tilt to Obama otherwise. Choosing a decent vice presidential pick is vital for McCain after poorly choosing so many campaign advisors who had to resign and a good choice should give McCain positive news for days.

Hugh,What does tha... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Hugh,

What does that link prove? Its still a racist comment and anyone who repeats it is a racist and un-American.


Here's the theme song when ... (Below threshold)
Ted:

Here's the theme song when Sarah Palin makes her Veep center stage appearance at the Republican National Convention later this summer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWNtLt-pJik

Oh, and yes it IS gonna be Palin. McCain's already got this new ad up which essentially announces Palin as his pick (without ever having to mention her name).

It's even got the McCain/Palin campaign slogan vs. Obama: "Don't hope for new energy, vote for it." --

http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=135403

Chuck, I think you... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:
Chuck, I think you're right about Romney helping McCain in Nevada with the Mormon vote. But Romney would probably help McCain to win this state only.

Because there are no Mormons in Utah?????

Did you mean to say "Nevada is the only state that Romney could help McCain win that he wouldn't win anyway?"

(Not that I agree with that either)

I doubt Romney will be able to pull along enough voters to carry either Michigan or Massachusetts.

Well, like many Democrats, you underestimate Obama's power to be annoying and condescending. Many rural people still openly make fun of him for his ignorant(paraphrase) "bitter and clinging to guns" comment from earlier. I have no knowledge of Massachusetts politics, but, given Romney's Dad's favorable history in Michigan (which is very real) and Obama's disdain for rural voters, Romney as VP may be enough to put Michigan in the Republicans column.

And with Romney on the ticket, many conservative Christian evangelicals who might already find McCain hard enough to accept might just want to sit out the election.

Yes, by all means let's not do something because of the potential religous bigotry of evangelicals (and Lawrence O'Donnell).

The Evangelical vote, which was never lockstep, is even less this election .... if Obama's PR is to be believed. Supposedly he is claiming that he is going to get a portion of the young evangelical vote.

Some of Romney's tough statements against McCain during the primary season will probably pop in Democratic Party ads, and also hurt McCain.
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Absolutely true - as it is if for every single primary candidate for any and all major parties.

Therefore, it would be unwise for Al Gore, John Edwards, Joe Biden, etc to be Obama's running mate.

You might have something there that we could all agree on. ;-)

Romney looks like an attractive candidate from the outside looking in, but he might just be the worst possible choice for McCain for many reasons.

And, frankly, after reading your piece, I don't know what those reasons really are. I got the sense you didn't say what you really mean.

BTW, I personally don't favor Romney as the VP choice - largely because I am not in the mood for the Mormon religous bigotry that is going to spew out - as it does with the homophoiba and misogyny - from the left. For some reason, it is thought that, if the left claims it is what the right will say, they think it is acceptable to vocalize. Case in point - the recent New Yorker cover. It was rude and unfunny and poor satire at best.

Choosing a decent vice presidential pick is vital for McCain after poorly choosing so many campaign advisors who had to resign and a good choice should give McCain positive news for days.

Kudos for getting your talking point into this post as well. I have noticed you inserting it wherever you can.

BTW, I did happen to read your "Doubting Thomas" piece at Wizbang Blue. (I would post this response there, but, alas, I am one of the legion banned for daring to point out an inconsistency - not even disagreement - with someone's point.)

You said that a simple Google of the name of the Alabama state attorney general would result in multiple sources for the story that you earlier posted. Well, I tried it.

On the first several pages of my search, I found just a few. The rest either were simple article about and from his office. The few in question did mention the situation you outlined, but also used the words "rumor" and "unsubstantiated".

Are you sure each of the websites you named were independent sources for your earlier story or did they all just use a single source?

Truthfully, I have no dog in that particular fight (a comment bitter rural folks have been known to say ;-)), but, since you keep repeating the same allegation, I thought it was interesting to note.

Oh, and yes it IS ... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:
Oh, and yes it IS gonna be Palin. McCain's already got this new ad up which essentially announces Palin as his pick (without ever having to mention her name).

Well, I don't know if it actually announces Palin, but she is an interesting choice.

She is an well-rounded individual and I do think she would speak well to rural and small city voters across the country. Anyone who is mom of 5 will resonate with parents.

What I do not want to hear is the same old/same old names. If Obama had actually been a change - instead of a typical Chicago machine politician - I might have voted for him myself.

This is a country of 300 million and we have to be able to do better for our national leadership than the clowns who we currently have in Congress.

Mitt Romney would be the wo... (Below threshold)
Carlos Echevarria:

Mitt Romney would be the worse choice imaginable for the GOP....the Mormon vote? Give me a break, we wouldn't even win Mass. or Michigan with him????

America needs the GOP Wonder Woman, Sarah Palin...I will take Huckabee, Crist or Jindal, as well.

BUT NEVER MITT ROMNEY....

Were Mike Huckabee to be ch... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

Were Mike Huckabee to be chosen as the VP selection, I would not only NOT vote for McCain, but I would devote my every waking hour to making ANY other candidate campaign a success - and that includes Obama's.

There is a long list of people I could accept in that position and an even longer list of people I am indifferent to, but I wound find it very scary to live in a country where Mike Huckabee is a heartbeat from the presidency.

Good night, I was going to ... (Below threshold)
Ben:

Good night, I was going to hold my nose and vote for McCain/conservative VP, but if he picks Romney, then I will not vote for him. I has nothing to do with him being a Mormon, it has everything to do with the only values that man has is whatever it takes to get himself elected. He makes slick Willy look honest. I do not trust him and I do not want the Republican leadership to be controled by non-conservatives for the next 4-16 years, depending on if he wins or not. Yeah, Mitt might excite a handful of people in Hugh Hewitt's office, but if McCain picks him, I will either sit out, or pull the lever for Barr just to make a point. That goes the same for Crist, Huckabee, and any other RINO this guy can dig up.

There is one conservative w... (Below threshold)
Herman:

There is one conservative with an extensive Republican background that for some reason the conservatives simply aren't considering:

Jeb

Another man eligible for V.P. but, alas, the conservatives won't consider:

Darth Cheney

A fellow who many conservatives regarded at one time as not just VP material but presidential material remains haunted by the lies he told the UN, but why won't the conservatives pick

Colin Powell?

Well, okay, Mr. Powell might be deemed unsuitable because, alas, he can be affected at times by a pesky thing known as a "conscience," but then, how about for VP a former Secretary of State for which this is no problem:

Condoleeza Rice

Or how about for VP, Chimpy himself? Bush Sr.? Dan Quayle?

In short, Republicans, why do you refuse to consider a Bushevik for VP???? IS IT BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO ASHAMED OF THEM???

So, Herman, you are saying ... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

So, Herman, you are saying that the reason the Democrats didn't pick Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate is that they are too ashamed of Bill Clinton to pick anyone from his administration?

For John McCain his VP shou... (Below threshold)
Alan Bates:

For John McCain his VP should be Mitt Romney. With John McCain's foreign and veteran affairs knowledge and Romney's economic knowledge that would balance a Real Unity Ticket for the Fall. It is a Sure Win!! If Obama sees that happen his only hope would be the "Hale Mary" Hillary Clinton! And no one would be able to use the stupid sound bite excuse when their opponents were battling it out in the primaries...Lets face it everyone fights for the top, but then you make up and Fight Together....It is called Unity! So for McCain-Romney 08 or Obama-Hillary 08 That will be a true toss up.




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