Sunday, August 24, 2008

McCain’s Golden Opportunity. Will He Blow it?


Now that we know B HO’s choice for the VP slot for the Dems is Joe Biden, outraging many Hillary Clinton supporters even more, McCain has yet another golden opportunity to run away with this election, if he takes it.

McCain is hardly the darling of the conservative Republicans, but might regain some lost support if the VP candidate he chooses is the right one.

Liberals have been encouraging him to choose someone like Joe Lieberman, Independent Democrat that the Dems crapped on in 2006 in favor of a more pacifist candidate.

Lieberman, although he sees the necessity of finishing the fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, remains a Liberal at heart though, bad news for the Republican Party.

Others think it should be Minnesota's Governor Tim Pawlenty or Louisiana's Indian- American Governor Bobby Jindal, or Mitt Romney good choices, but not the golden opportunity laid in McCain lap.

Since we know that females who were behind Senator Hillary Clinton are miffed at her being stiffed and not even being seriously considered for the job, McCain needs to appoint a qualified woman to be his Vice Presidential Choice.

The GOP has several women that are qualified to serve as VP and America is ready, long overdue actually, for women to serve at the highest levels.

Condoleeza Rice would be an excellent choice. She is qualified, has the world experience, being the current Secretary of State and has been involved with government for some time.

The main draw back is that she has never been elected to any office and has stated she doesn’t want it.

GOP Senator from Texas, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, is another excellent choice for McCain. She would bring experience to the table; she is a strong conservative and is known for taking no nonsense. Her main drawback? She too has indicated she doesn’t want the job.

Former Hewlett Packard CEO, Carly Fiorina has been mentioned as a possibility. She was once considered the most powerful woman in corporate America and has turned to political activism, most notably backing McCain’s bid for the past 15 months, would bring economic knowledge to the ticket. Like Condoleeza Rice, though, she too has never ran for or been elected to any office.

There is also Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin. A former Beauty Queen and strong conservative, she is somewhat unknown on the national scene, but with remarkable credentials qualifying her for the slot.

She advocates drilling our own oil in ANWR and as Alaska’s governor, has a better knowledge of the region than all the crybabies in the lower 48 who oppose it. She is pro-life, a member of the NRA who hunts, fishes and runs marathons.

Her only drawback is a trumped up “investigation” over Democrat Walt Monegan being fired by her from his Public Safety Commissioner position. How like a Democrat bureaucrat to cry foul when they lose a cushy job. He claims he was fired for refusing to fire a State Trooper, Palin’s former brother-in-law, who went through a messy divorce with her sister.

Governor Palin denies the accusations, saying she replaced Monegan to go in a new direction. The ex-brother-in-law is still employed by the State Patrol, which should deflate the cries of Walt Monegan.

McCain would be a fool to throw away a golden opportunity as this to draw women who otherwise wouldn’t consider a GOP candidate into the GOP tent. It is very possible that notable females like radio talk show host, Tammy Bruce, would come to realize how they have been sold short by Democrats and groups like NOW.

It is McCain’s decision, though and frankly, he hasn’t shown much favor towards conservatives since he lost to President Bush in 2000. But, this is a golden opportunity that few candidates ever receive.

Senator, don’t be a fool. Make the right choice and select a strong conservative woman for VP. America is ready. The GOP is ready and you just might regain some favor you lost with the conservatives out here who don’t think you have what it takes.

It’s a gift, Senator McCain. This could become your election to lose. Don’t throw this one away.

UPDATE: Senator McCain has made the bold move and selected Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential condidate. Wise move, McCain. In one fell swoop, he has rekindled the conservative base, stolen the promotion of women issue away from the Democrats and taken the air out of the Democrats convention by announcing his bold selection the morning after Obama's acceptance speech.

19 comments:

Critical Thinker said...

Interesting plug for the Alaskan state Governor and even more interestng point about having a woman on the ticket. I like it. Keep up the great analysis.

C.T.

Lew Waters said...

CT, I honestly believe that McCain could run away with the election if he chose a strong female VP. All 4 I listed appear to be great candidates, but from what I read, Alaska's Sarah Palin just might be the best bet.

Obama choosing Joe Biden was a mistake that I believe will cost him the election, unless McCain chooses an equally poor VP candidate.

Of course, Condi would bring more than just a female to the ticket and Kay Bailey Hutchinson would bring notoriety. But both have said they don't want the slot.

As much as I dislike Hillary and what she stands for, the Democrat party dumped all over her and many supporters are outraged that she didn't even receive serious consideration. She deserved better from her party.

We'll see who McCain chooses and how it goes after that.

Nathan said...

How about Duncan Hunter in drag?

Lew Waters said...

LOL, Nathan. Duncan Hunter in drag? I'm afraid his legs are too hairy. ;-)

I do hope he gets a cabinet position, though. America needs him in the administration.

Nathan said...

Condoleezaa Rice would be a bad choice. In case you have not noticed, McCain and other Republicans up for re-election are running away from Bush and for good reason. Having a Bush syncophant within a heartbeat of the presidency is not comforting to the more than 70% of Americans who disapprove of Bush.

Lew Waters said...

Distancing themselves from Bush has been a fatal flaw of the GOP, Nathan. Of the 1,000 or so surveyed, the real "70%" you claim, many would disapprove of any Republican anyways.

Of course, single digit approval ratings for the Democrat led congress seems to not merit mention.

Perhaps you haven't noticed the miffed Clinonistas out there who pledge No Bama Votes, No Way?

Don't even try to highjack this into a hate Bush discussion. George W Bush - buffoon or great leader? Condi says she doesn't want it.

From what I have read, Sarah Palin seems the best bet, followed by Carly Fiorina, if McCain has any brains, which I have my doubts.

Bags said...

Palin is not the right choice at this time. McCain has said that, particularly due to his age, that the most important factor is someone who is ready right now to be President. Is that really Palin? Why?

When she is debating Biden on foreign policy and the details of economic policy how is she going to do? No one really knows -- you can only guess. I am afraid she may look like someone picked in a weak attempt to get the women vote rather than someone who right now is ready to be CIC and President. Palin for one of the slots in 2012 is great.

Lew Waters said...

I'm not too sure about that, bags. One big problem with Senators becoming president is that they have no leadership experience. Their experience is in compromising and pushing legislation, not the best leadership qualities.

While Sarah Palin has only been a governor for two years, she does have leadership experience and has shown a competitive spirit.

One thing I have laerned in my years is that don't out the strength of conservative women when debating. At least in what passes for political debate today. They often are better prepared and more capable than we give them credit for.

It will be interesting to see what developes.

R. George Dunn said...

One not mentioned here nad is well liked by most of the center or right leaning Democrats is Mike Huckabee, a populist who has gaine dmuch respect form the grassroots of both parties and who has the largest Coalition within the Republican party to date. Mike has near tripled his base since dropping out. There is the wise move to make the crossing of the Novemeber election one of cruise as McCain would win without question.

Lew Waters said...

Last I heard, George, Huckabee isn't a conservative woman.

There are several very decent male choices available, but the golden opportunity would be to draw disenfranchised and disillussioned Hillary supporters.

Granted, not all would be drawn over, but several are very distraught over the DNC Passing over Hillary and even more so hearing that she wasn't even given serious consideration by Obama.

It's a shame that this is what our political races at evolved too, but they have.

So, in my estimation, a qualifed conservative woman would be McCain's best choice.

Whether he will or not remains to be seen.

Debbie said...

I expect McCain to blow it with his VP choice. If he happens to choose the right person, I will be pleasantly surprised.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

Ted said...

Despite the Dems and the allied main stream media’s desperation to see Romney as McCain’s Veep, Mitt is clearly out, with (1) Obama doubling down on the class warfare theme (McCain’s 7 houses) and (2) McCain doubling down with ads showing the hypocrisy of Biden attacking Obama in the primaries — Romney did way more than that contra McCain.

This leaves only Govs Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty. Pro-abortion Ridge and Dem-Lieberman were never real considerations, despite relentless media goading. Pawlenty’s lackluster TV performances, coupled with Palin pizzazz, the primacy of oil drilling and the ticked off women/Hillary voters, does now portend a McCain/Palin checkmate on the Dems. This is so albeit the Dems and liberal media dare not mention Palin’s name, that is, everyone but…..

And if there’s any question as to Palin being uniquely positioned and able to more than nullify Biden in debate, see the excellent discussion at palinforvp.blogspot.com

Team McCain, well done!!!

Lew Waters said...

Debbie, this is why I ask, "will he blow it?" He does have a golden opportunity here and only time will tell if he takes advantage of it.

Ted, it looks good for Sarah Palin, if McCain wises up and chooses her. Everything I read on her sounds good, even the trumped up typical Democrat crybaby investigation.

Ms Calabaza said...

Lew,

great analysis. I like Fiorina (older than Palin) and I just don't think the public likes Condi Rice. God help us and guide McCain to pick the right VP.

DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

Biden was such a horrible choice, John Mccain really can't do worse. McCain now has more options. He can go with the white guy, a female or a minority. The only requirements are that the choice will have to appeal to the conservative crowd.
Maybe he should consult with the Prince of the Ditto Heads.

Throwing Stones said...

Great Blog I'm in full agreement.
And I really enjoyed reading it.

Ms Calabaza said...

lew,
I heard on Morning Joe this morning that word is McCain really wants Ridge or Lieberman and he is being advised NOT to. A lot of conservative pundits keeps saying that Romney will help him with Michigan (I don't think that much).
I say, John pick a woman ... this is the year.

Lew Waters said...

NIce to see you again, Ms Calabaza and I thanks all the rest for such supportive comments.

Yes, it is time to choose a qualified woman to be Vice President.

It would show that the GOP really is in tune with America where the Democrats are still status quo in selecting men only.

We have such qualified women in the party that I feel McCain is a fool if he doesn't select one of the many qualified females available.

Maggie M. Thornton said...

I'm late getting here, but you were spot-on. I'm it was Palin.

Maggie