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McCain and Huckabee?
Posted by: Jon Henke on Friday, February 08, 2008

I've heard some people speculating about the possibility of John McCain picking Mike Huckabee for his VP spot. I don't see a McCain/Huckabee ticket happening, for a variety of reasons.

First, it's just hard to see how Huckabee helps McCain. Huckabee certainly does nothing to appease the portion of the base that is upset at McCain. Indeed, he'd only entrench those disputes. If McCain thought the base was miffed at him on immigration and taxes, he should check the reviews Huckabee got in November and December of 2007.

What's more, Huckabee won't swing a State for McCain. If Obama is the candidate, Arkansas goes for McCain, anyway. If Hillary is the candidate, Arkansas goes for Hillary. Huckabee isn't the marginal factor there.

Finally, the McCain's camp has to know how much the Clinton Arkansas machine can throw against Huckabee: ethics issues, pardons, taxes, immigration, past comments on social issues, long-forgotten sermors, and pretty much everything else Huckabee did in the Clinton machines back yard. The media didn't pay much attention to those issues during the Republican Primary, but that would change for the general election and Huckabee would be an ongoing anchor on the ticket.

So, I just don't see how a Huckabee Veep works for McCain, and I very much doubt he's considering it. It seems to me that McCain needs to pick somebody that will both reassure the base on McCain's trustworthiness and make them start thinking of the post-McCain candidate - somebody who the base could be excited about in, say, 2012.
 
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make them start thinking of the post-McCain candidate - somebody who the base could be excited about in, say, 2012
So......who would you suggest?
 
Written By: shark
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Odds are McCain will be a one-term president...or less. More than usual, the VP better be someone voters can trust as president, and not just someone to balance the ticket—more or less as Jon says.
 
Written By: huxley
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I don’t suggest anybody. I can’t think of anybody who would (a) be good, (b) help McCain, and (c) be willing.

There are probably quite a lot of relative unknowns who could be good, but I don’t know enough about them. I’d like to see Mark Sanford’s profile go higher, but I’m not sure he really helps a whole lot in November.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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He’ll pick a social and economic conservative from a Southern state.

Jim DeMint from South Carolina
 
Written By: Captin_Sarcastic
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...and I very much doubt [Huckabee’s] considering it.
And I very much disagree. Arkansas pumps out opportunists, not principled politicians. But we’ll see after the next round of primaries.
It seems to me that McCain needs to pick somebody that will both reassure the base on McCain’s trustworthiness and make them start thinking of the post-McCain candidate - somebody who the base could be excited about in, say, 2012.
Again, very much disagree. Those two aims are mutually exclusive as far as McCain is concerned. McCain’s pick for presidential grooming will not be what the base needs for reassurance.
 
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make them start thinking of the post-McCain candidate - somebody who the base could be excited about in, say, 2012
Bobby Jindal - The Other Dark Meat. By that time, he’ll have some solid executive experience behind him, and God knows, in THIS f*cked-up state, he won’t have to solve too many problems to come off as a miracle worker.

Plus, he’s got minority cachet (I see your African-American and raise you an Indian-American). If this election cycle has taught us anything, it’s that people like to feel good about rooting for an underdog, and in America, minorities are always the underest underdogs.

Plus, he espouses some actual conservative values.
 
Written By: Jeff
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Don’t be so quick to assume Arkansas will swing for Clinton. Arkansas is an odd fish. I recall the ’92 election. Just about everyone I knew who voted for Bill Clinton did so to "get him the h*ll out of Arkansas," not because he’d make a good president. That’s good ole’ fashioned Arky logic fer ya!

But who knows? Arkansas has become a popular state for northern liberals to retire to.
 
Written By: Ronnie Gipper
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I am a conservative Republican who supports John McCain. Huckabee’s "Fair Tax" proposal would be devistating to retired people, and low income people above the poverty line. (Those below the poverty line would receive rebates). I am retired and live primarily on after tax savings. The so called "Fair Tax" would tax my savings a second time. I certainly hope Mr. McCain does not pick Mr. Huckabee for V.P.
 
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