My Freakish VP Idea

I’ve been thinking, in the wake of Kerry’s winning of the Democrative nomination, who a good VP choice would be. It seems obvious that John Edwards would be a good choice, and would be a remarkable opponent given Cheney, who’s as different from Edwards as can be.

I don’t know this for sure, but I believe that the New Mexican Governor (Richardson, I think) is Hispanic. In a pure-crass play for the Hispanic vote, he could be a good choice for Kerry.

But here’s my freakish idea, that will probably never come true, and may not actually be a great idea, but sounds interesting: John McCain. Now, I’m aware that he’s a republican, and indeed ran against Bush for the nomination back in 2000. However — he seems disenfranchised with the current direction of the republican party, and is quite a ‘liberal’ republican. He could be the person to swing many of the moderate republicans (& the undecideds) over to the Democratic camp. He’s also a very good speaker, has the military background, would temper the ‘liberalness’ (that I’m actually quite a fan of — but I recognize that not everyone is) of Kerry, and so on and so forth that would make them a very hard team for Bush/Cheney to combat.

So general question: Who do you think the VP Nominee will be, and who would like it to be?

8 Replies to “My Freakish VP Idea”

  1. The thing is that John McCain would never switch parties. He’s a Republican through and through and has said on numerous occassions that he’ll support his president.
    It would make for an interesting ticket though… and yes, it would scare Bush.

    I don’t know how much the running mate matters once they’re in office. In some cases, like Cheney, it matters quite a bit because he’s the one pulling the strings. But if you have a president who’s somewhat competant then they don’t end up doing much. So even if Keery picks up someone like Edwards (who would make a better president) does it really matter in how the world will unfold?

  2. The thing is that John McCain would never switch parties. He’s a Republican through and through and has said on numerous occassions that he’ll support his president.
    It would make for an interesting ticket though… and yes, it would scare Bush.

    I don’t know how much the running mate matters once they’re in office. In some cases, like Cheney, it matters quite a bit because he’s the one pulling the strings. But if you have a president who’s somewhat competant then they don’t end up doing much. So even if Keery picks up someone like Edwards (who would make a better president) does it really matter in how the world will unfold?

  3. I agree. I don’t think McCain will cross over either. And I also wasn’t thinking of much beyond the election (in terms of actually running the world). I’m thinking more of what’s the most likely combo to beat Bush, which, now given the options, does seem like a (shortsighted, yes) goal, rather than electing Kerry. It feels like politics in the states at the moment is such that in the upcoming election, votes are either for Bush, or against Bush, rather than for Kerry (although I suppose the ‘electibility’ issue from the nomination race suggests that there is a lot of votes for Kerry as well).

  4. I agree. I don’t think McCain will cross over either. And I also wasn’t thinking of much beyond the election (in terms of actually running the world). I’m thinking more of what’s the most likely combo to beat Bush, which, now given the options, does seem like a (shortsighted, yes) goal, rather than electing Kerry. It feels like politics in the states at the moment is such that in the upcoming election, votes are either for Bush, or against Bush, rather than for Kerry (although I suppose the ‘electibility’ issue from the nomination race suggests that there is a lot of votes for Kerry as well).

  5. Sometimes I think that it is the same thing up here. I wonder if the real reason why the Liberals have been elected voer and over (and will be over and over) isn’t more to do with the phrases “Prime Minister Preston Manning”, “Prime Minister Stockwell Day”, and “Prime Minister Stephen Harper”, then with anything that the Liberals have done.

  6. Sometimes I think that it is the same thing up here. I wonder if the real reason why the Liberals have been elected voer and over (and will be over and over) isn’t more to do with the phrases “Prime Minister Preston Manning”, “Prime Minister Stockwell Day”, and “Prime Minister Stephen Harper”, then with anything that the Liberals have done.

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