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McCain, Inc.

Now that McCain clearly is heading towards the nomination, I figured it would be worthwhile to start thinking about the near-term futures of his major rivals, other politicos who've lately been in the news, and a few others from McCain's Senate circles.

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I don't see Romney being named Veep.

For one thing the McCain-Romney fight got nasty and McCain is one to hold a grudge. (To this day he harbors ill will towards Bush for that South Carolina fiasco in 2000).

Moreover it would not make any sense to have Romney on the ticket. The single-issue border folks are not actually going to vote in November. It makes no difference who's on the ticket. Plus there is the Mormon issue. It's not a coincidence Romney finished a distant fourth in South Carolina. There are millions of people out there in the general electorate -- especially in the South -- who simply won't vote for a Mormon. That might not be PC. But it's reality.

I suspect Romney is heading back to the private sector when this is over.


Health and age alone rule out the Veep slot.

Giuliani already is in his 60's and has had cancer. Given McCain's advanced age it's incumbent upon him to name a young and healthy Veep.

Giuliani, however, obviously would have to be on the short list for Attorney General or Department of Homeland Security Director. Either job would be perfect for him.


Not a chance of being named Veep. There are no cabinet spots for him either.

With luck he'll eventually return to the public arena by trying to oust one of the incumbent Democrat U.S. Senators from his home state.


Other than McCain himself, this guy was the biggest winner on Tuesday.

Crist obviously would need to be on the short list for Veep. (Not that McCain would need help winning Florida in the general. He won't. If Bush won Florida twice while losing the vote of Independents then McCain in that state will mop the floor with Clinton.) A young governor from Florida is the very definition of a GOP vice presidential contender.


Did the smart thing by campaigning for McCain in Florida. Would have to be considered with Crist as a frontrunner for Veep. He's arguably a much better choice. As mentioned above, McCain will not need assistance winning Florida in the general election. With Pawlenty on the ticket there would be the potential to flip two Democrat states from 2000 and 2004 -- MN and WI -- with a combined electoral vote sum equivalent to Ohio's.


Categorically ruled out the Veep slot. He would not have been picked in any event. Despite what you often hear from the Pravda-media, McCain is loyal to the GOP.

Lieberman is, however, a strong contender for Secretary of State.


Ah, Hagel.

As a decorated combat infantryman and two-term U.S. Senator Hagel's obviously qualified for Secretary of Defense. Hopefully he won't get that job, however. Secretary of Veterans' Affairs would be more palatable.


Graham is the most problematic of McCain's confidantes.

Graham as Attorney General would be an abomination. I'd rather have Bozo the Clown. Unfortunately, however, and it makes me wretch even thinking about it, I suspect there's not only a possibility but a probability of Graham getting that job. {shudder}

D.C. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown

Remember that "Gang of 14" kerfuffle? Well, lost amid the screaming and frothing was the fact that deal got Judge Brown onto the D.C. Circuit. The D.C. Circuit is the traditional stepping stone to the U.S. Supreme Court.

McCain easily could get a chance to pick three or even four SCOTUS Justices. It's almost certain he'll get at least one vacancy. Judge Brown would be the obvious first choice. Elevating Judge Brown would validate the deal by which the Democrat filibuster of her appeals court nomination was broken. We'd also be treated to a very fine jurist being added to the High Court; a jurist that would spend the next decade-plus helping to eradicate all traces of leftism from the law books.


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Off topic, I guess, but if ... (Below threshold)
mikem Author Profile Page:

Off topic, I guess, but if a four point victory in Florida is enough to start writing the presidential obituaries of McCain's competition...

I'm not up on Republican history and its Party nomination realities, but my amateur take is that McCain and others are a lot quicker on the trigger than they would be if Romney had won by the same margin. There are demographic factors in a McCain win in Florida that will not play across all of America.

That said, I'll vote for anyone in the end who runs against a Clinton, but if Obama wins the Dem nomination I'll have to take into account "voting anti-black" just as McCain warned against pro border security "anti-Mexican". I've never been a low tax priority Republican anyway.

I sure hope McCain doesn't ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

I sure hope McCain doesn't pick Pawlenty for anything. He's needed right where he is.

McCAIN ATTACKS FELLOW REPUB... (Below threshold)


A Top Ten List ...
1. Defending His Amnesty Bill, Sen. McCain Lost His Temper And "Screamed, 'F*ck You!' At Texas Sen. John Cornyn" (R-TX) (Charles Hurt, "Raising McCain," New York Post, 5/19/07)

2. In 2000, Sen. McCain Ran An Attack Ad Comparing Then-Gov. George W. Bush To Bill Clinton. " (McCain 2000, Campaign Ad, 2/9/00; www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHoXkCprdL4)

3. Sen. McCain Repeatedly Called Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) An "A**hole", Causing A Fellow GOP Senator To Say, "I Didn't Want This Guy Anywhere Near A Trigger." "Senator Hothead," Newsweek, 2/21/00)

4. Sen. McCain Had A Heated Exchange With Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) And Called Him A "F*cking Jerk." (Evan Thomas, et al., "Senator Hothead," Newsweek, 2/21/00)

5. In 1995, Sen. McCain Had A "Scuffle" With 92-Year-Old Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) On The Senate Floor. (Harry Jaffe, "Senator Hothead," The Washingtonian, 2/97)

6. Sen. McCain Accused Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Of The "Most Egregious Incident" Of Corruption He Had Seen In The Senate. (Amy Keller, "Attacks Escalate In Depositions," Roll Call, 10/21/02)

7. Sen. McCain Attacked Christian Leaders And Republicans In A Blistering Speech During The 2000 Campaign. MCCAIN: "Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell are corrupting influences on religion and politics" (Sen. John McCain, Remarks, Virginia Beach, VA, 2/28/00)

8. Sen. McCain Attacked Vice President Cheney. (Roger Simon, "McCain Bashes Cheney Over Iraq Policy," The Politico, 1/24/07)

9. Celebrating His First Senate Election In 1986, Sen. McCain Screamed At And Harassed A Young Republican Volunteer. Hinz said McCain's treatment of the young campaign worker in 1986 troubled him for years. "He (McCain) was screaming at him, and he was red in the face. It wasn't right, and I was very upset at him.'" (Kris Mayes and Charles Kelly, "Stories Surface On Senator's Demeanor," The Arizona Republic, 11/5/99)

10. Sen. McCain "Publicly Abused" Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL). "McCain often insults people and flies off the handle... There have been the many times McCain has called reporters 'liars' and 'idiots' when they have had the audacity to ask him unpleasant, but pertinent, questions. McCain once... publicly abused Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama." (Editorial, "There's Something About McCain," The Austin American-Statesman, 1/24/07)

And those are just a sampling of the attacks on Republicans. How about the Democrats?

I find it amazing how peopl... (Below threshold)
Piso Mojado:

I find it amazing how people are ready to call this primary season for McCain. Sheesh, McCain has 93 delegates and Romney has 59 out of the 1,191 needed to win.

It is far from over. McCain is NOT inevitable as the MSM would like you to believe. They just want him because he is unelectable as a president and Obama or Shrillery can beat him.

11th comandment gentlemen a... (Below threshold)

11th comandment gentlemen and ladies. Let it be a guide to you. If you fail to persuade enough people under the big tent to your position, don't throw a temper tantrum. Recognize no matter how bad you think it is, it would be worse with Hillary or Obama at the helm.

I think the VP pick is going to be huge. I also think that McCain should pick someone to his right who is electable in his own right. My first choice would be Fred Thompson, but I could be persuaded from that. Pawlenty makes sense and would be helpful in '08.

McCain doesn't need to reach out to the center. He shouldn't need to reach out to the west. Reaching out to the south would be nice, but let's be fair about where the south is going to go. Thompson and Pawlenty help to shore up/reach out to where McCain needs to reach.

Bot, cut and paste should a... (Below threshold)

Bot, cut and paste should always be accompanied with a source link.

McCain is too much of a con... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave:

McCain is too much of a control freak and grudge-carrier to have anyone who ran against him in his lineup. His Veep choice is going to be Graham. I'd love to be proven wrong about this, but I don't think I am.

Re: Lindsey Graham, the bes... (Below threshold)
Sean P:

Re: Lindsey Graham, the best way to keep him out of McCain's cabinet is to make sure he gets re-elected in 2008. And re: Janice Rogers Brown, she would be an IDEAL pick for the Supreme Court, and a promise to nominate her specifically might assuage conservative grumbling over the Gang of 14.

As far as VP choices, Pawltney would be a good pick. Or, if McCain wants to be really bold, he could pick Jindal, who has the potential to be the Republican version of Obama (young, energetic, great rhetorically but very orthodox on party line issues). Jindal would be a particularly inspired choice if the Democratic version of Obama is eventually bested in the Primaries.

One person that would help ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

One person that would help him get votes would be Condi Rice.

She could offset both Obama or Hillary. In addition, she is young enough to be in line for President after McCain after 4-8 years as VP.

She would help offset at least some of the black vote that Obama would get and she would also offset some of the woman vote for Hillary.

And it would help shore him up with the base.

She would be infinitely more qualified than almost anyone that Hillary or Barrack would come up with.

THe only 2 things holding her back are McCain's ego and her saying yes.

If Romney does pull this out then I look for McCain to be Hillary's VP choice. McCain knows this is his last chance no matter what. He will take whatever straws he can get.

"If Romney does pull this o... (Below threshold)
mikem Author Profile Page:

"If Romney does pull this out then I look for McCain to be Hillary's VP choice."

Chuckle. Nice one.






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