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Well, the Republican Veepstakes just took another interesting turn, as whispers that not only has Rove asked Lieberman not to run, but he has also been asked to provide more information to the McCain camp.

From Politico:

AP’s Liz Sidoti reported: “Inside GOP circles Thursday, speculation swirled around Lieberman. It was fueled by reports that McCain’s advisers had asked for additional detailed information from him, by McCain’s close friendship with the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, and by word that Republican operatives had been told to prepare for the possibility of an ‘unconventional’ choice.”

This would definitely be a “maverick” move, but considering that Lieberman doesn’t agree with McCain on nearly every single issue except how we execute our foreign policy, a split ticket would be a conundrum for the Republican base. Would they be okay with Joe’s pro-choice stances? And given the concerns about McCain’s age, would Republicans really be okay with handing the keys over to a politician who, for all intents and purposes, is a Democrat?

Also, let’s not forget how ineffectual Lieberman was for Gore as a Veep pick. We’ve all seen this guy in action, and he’s simply not an impressive, motivating figure.

For all these reasons and many I haven’t delved into, I’m still predicting that Romney is the guy…with Pawlenty as a potential second choice.

What do you think?

14 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t do it John!

    Lieberman would be a huge mistake.

    Cripes, How many times does this guy get to run for Vice President?

    You are probably right about Romney, but it will give the Dems the opportunity to quote Mitt in commercials just like the Reps did with Clinton.

    I’d love to see him pick Sarah Palin. That would be a truly inspired move.

  2. My greatest hope for Obama is that McCain does exactly what he wants to. Go McCain/ Lieberman! I think Palin as a pick is extremely exciting, but she’s awfully young, and uh, who is she again? The good news for Dems is that every one of his short list choices helps innoculate against some standard Republican attacks.

    1. Romney dampens using negative quotes in the primaries
    2. Palin and Pawlenty dampens criticism against youth and inexperience
    3. Leiberman dampens votes from most of the socons Republican base.

    Sweet!

  3. Lieberman on the ticket would be a disaster for the GOP. Here’s why:

    1. A good chunk of the religious right would either stay home or, worse, flock to Bob Barr and make him a more viable candidate.

    2. It would rally the Democrats and netroots who have been cool on Obama since his FCC vote and give his fundraising efforts a boost.

    3. It would only appeal to hawkish independents (would Democrats really be pealed away from Obama for what has become their own Benedict Arnold?) whom McCain already has wrapped up. What’s more, it would make it easy to paint the McCain ticket as a successor to Bush’s catastrophic legacy of war mongering.

    Personally I think Huckabee would be a great choice since his stances on social issues would appease the religious right while his policy stances would appeal to moderates. Unfortunately it seems he’s out of the running, but as far as pro-choice candidates go, Kay Bailey Hutchison would be the best bet as she could steal disaffected Hillary supporters.

    McCain might go with Romney, but I think it’d be a bad choice because

    1. It would open McCain up to advertisements of Romney’s fierce and bitter attacks against him in the primaries.

    2. Both candidates don’t have any chemistry and reportedly HATE each other.

    3. Romney’s neocon positions would detract from whatever’s left of McCain’s maverick image. The Republican base seems to be wrapped up by this point anyway. So long as McCain doesn’t pick a pro-life candidate, I don’t feel he needs to pick someone from the far right to maintain his base.

  4. 4. As horrible as it is, the reality is that socons won’t go for Romney because of being Mormon. Not that they would switch but they are already leery about McCain and would probably stay home. I don’t think you need a socon running mate like Huckabee but I wouldn’t go with a pro-choice candidate or Romney (because of being Mormon and because people didn’t buy his “conversion”).

    My bet is Pawlenty, who is really uninspiring but safe. Oh and the thinking that he will get MN or even WI is just not going to happen. I’m from WI and I just don’t think they care who their neighbor’s governors are. The only time we heard who he was was during the bridge collapse.

    I too would love Palin though.

  5. Would it really matter if the VP was pro-life or not? I mean, it’s not like it’s the VP’s job to execute abortion policy…. and I strongly doubt that any abortion-related legislation would yield a tie in the Senate. What’s all the worry?

  6. I think John McCain would be widely viewed as mentally disturbed if he did this. I would hope the delegates would have the sense NOT to support such a choice, or even re-open the Presidential slot so Romney or someone else could carry us to victory instead of crushing defeat.

    This would destroy the Republican Party for years, and would doom his campaign. Millions of conservative, pro-life Republicans would stay home on election day, and many others would say “What the heck, give it to the REAL Democrat team of Obama/Biden.”

    The VP choice is VITAL this time, since the Pres. candidate is 72 years old, and has a history of cancer. So yeah, it matters.

    If he was smart, he would pick Palin, who is bright, pro-life, pro-NRA and pro-energy. Mitt wouldn’t be bad at all. Pawlenty? eh. okay. Portman? BORING.

  7. bubbles,
    The problem is not that the VP is pro-life per se. The problem is that not too long ago, McCain made a public, widely publicized, strongly worded statement that he could not accept a Pro-choice vp on the ticket. It would be really bad politically if he backtracked on that now.

  8. People really need to get over the abortion issue… NOTHING is ever going to be done about it, because both sides know they can use it as a campaign tool in the next election. They’ve both been using it for 30 years, maybe longer for all i know. Move on and talk about what matters, healthcare/global warming/the economy/Americas reputation in the world.

    I wish for once an election could be about nothing but the issues, no mudslinging, no more Pro-life Pro-choice BS (NOBODY IS GOING TO CHANGE ABORTION RIGHTS). Just the issues that need to be solved by the next president… If that ever happened the republican party would cease to exist. The only way they can win an election is by tearing down the other candidate, they never say what they are capable of doing and in the rare case that they do make a promise to the people they break it the second they enter office.

    If John McCain is voted in this november, we may as well say goodye to the america we love. we’ll either end up in a depression, a civil war, or being taken over by china. Bush has done unimaginable damage to this country but we arent at the point of no return yet.. McCain represents 4 more years of Bush’s policies and If we allow him into the white house there’s no going back.

  9. “McCain represents 4 more years of Bush’s policies and…”Steeve

    I am already tired of this, but since I know I will be reading this at least 10,000 times over the the next few months, I’d just like to announce that I am fully prepared to cut and paste this reply every single time I see it.

    News Flash:
    George Bush is not running for re-election.
    The “John McCain = George Bush” meme is mindless sloganeering.
    John McCain voted against his party more often than Barack Obama voted against his party [LINK] by a wide margin, hence McCain is factually more independent and bipartisan than Barack Obama.
    End of Transmission.

    Anyway, I would appreciate if anyone who feels compelled to write any variation of the McCain=Bush meme to just add this reply to it, as it would save me a little time. Thanks.

  10. I’m also sick of the “meme” meme, and the Republican “brand”, and the word “pivot”. Can you help us get rid of those, too?

  11. “John McCain voted against his party more often than Barack Obama voted against his party”

    first… the reason the stats would show him voting against his party and with bush is because most republicans with half a brain arent voting with Bush anymore. they have realized “wow this guy is hated by America” and are trying to distance themselves from him. But not McCain, so sure.. he is a maverick, hes supporting bush when nobody else will, good for him, i hope the election reflects Bush’s popularity and we get a 75% obama – 18% McCain landslide.

    second. I used to like john McCain for exactly that reason, he didnt do what republicans told him to do, he actually had the capacity for independent thought, and the ability to use it, i didnt agree with his views, but it was nice to see a republican with a brain that didnt resort to the mudslinging tactics during elections. But the McCain in this election is not the same senator from two years ago. He has become like EVERY other republican, he endorses Bush’s policies day after day (which by the way i really dont understand, considering hes the least popular president since Hoover.. hell he may be the least popular ever, i dont think anyone else has gone below 20%, anyway…) he is making the same type of moronic advertisements that he condemned when republicans used them against him, and supports staying in Iraq indefinitely. EVEN Bush supports timelines for withdrawl now.

    And last of all. If Obama voted with democrats 95% of the time i would think its a good thing. While im not going to sit here and say there arent some corrupt people in the democratic party.. Obama isnt one, and there sure are a lot less than in the republican party. And the core belief of the democratic party is that the government is there to serve the people who are the worst off. The Republicans think the government is there to serve that top 2%… so unless you’re a billionaire you really need to get some of that independent thought i was talking about earlier, and realize that supporting a man with 7 to 11 houses may not be in your best interests.

    If you are a billionaire, go ahead and vote McCain hell make you richer :)

    P.S. I know this has been said many times in the last week but it doesnt make it any less true… anyone who says that a “if you’re not making 5 million dollars a year you’re middle class” needs to come back down to earth..

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