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July 21, 2008

Novak: McCain Will Announce VP This Week

Via It's Vintage, Duh at Doubleplusundead quoting Bob Novak:

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.

It's make or break time. If he picks Huck, he's lost me for good. If he picks Romney, he's won me. Anyone else, it'll take more consideration. There sure are a lot of bad choices out there.

Update: Does it make a difference that Michigan seems to be up for grabs? McCain needs to keep the states that the president won in 2004. To the extent he loses some of them, like perhaps Colorado or Iowa, he needs to find ways to make up the loss. Taking Michigan out of the Blue column would be a big help.

On the other hand, I've been saying that McCain should focusing on just one gameplan: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Iowa, New Mexico. Which prospective running mate can help with that?

More: If you want to share in my insanity, go play with the electoral votes at 270toWin.com. Thanks to liontooth for that. I hadn't seen it before, but I'm sure I'll be wasting plenty of time over there.

Strength Upon Strength? [ace] Although the conventional wisdom has always been about "balancing," somehow, a ticket geographically and ideologically, how much does a Veep balance anything? It's not like he's a partner.

Clinton rejected this and prospered. As did Dick Cheney (he balanced Bush's inexperience, I guess).

I hate to be all in the tank for my once-boyfriend, but what about Giuliani? Why not double-down on experience, dealing with terrorism, and all that jazz?

Doubling down on cancer, too, I guess, and it's not going to thrill any social cons, but... I don't know. Not sure adding a social conservative running mate is going to convince skeptics of McCain's social conservative bona fides anyway.

(PS, it's not so much that I'm in love with Giuliani as Veep, I just don't see anyone obviously stronger. More just speculating than advocating.)

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