The Discerning Texan

All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke
Saturday, February 09, 2008

Virus Attack--and some Veepstakes talk

No, I am not talking about a computer virus; I am talking about a 15-round, no quarter battle of full contact martial arts in a cage with a stomach virus that would just not let go last night. I was right in the middle of starting a post about Fred Thompson's endorsement of McCain, when the battle commenced, so you will excuse me if my posts are a bit "puny" today.

But, hey, while I am on the subject... And (even speaking as a Fred man), I must say his timing is impeccable: Thompson's endorsement is important, especially coming before Huckabee withdraws, but it will be even bigger if Maverick picks Fred for the ticket. This would be seen as an olive branch to conservatives, and the importance of that cannot be overstated.

Huckabee obviously wants the job, but he would be a disastrous choice as veep; if McCain is stupid enough to pick Huckabee for veep, many movement conservatives will view it as a slap in the face, and they would not show up in the fall. As many problems as I've had with Maverick, I don't think McCain is that politically obtuse, because it loses him the election IMO if he picks Huckabee.

Tom Coburn would be another great pick as he has also been in the McCain camp and is a young up-and-comer in the Party. And he is a big-time fiscal conservative.

Romney is an obvious choice, but it is hard for me to envision McCain having enough humility to ask him. If he does, though, Romney should take it. It's a no-lose for Mitt. I just personally don't think the vengeful McCain has it in him to offer it.

The unknown quantity is the obvious collusion between Huckabee and McCain. If McCain has already made the deal to make the Huckster VP, then his use of Huckabee to triangulate against the other real conservatives may have won him the "battle" of the nomination, but would likely cost him the "war" in the fall (make that both wars...). I'm holding my breath.
DiscerningTexan, 2/09/2008 03:19:00 PM |