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More Rep Veepstakes
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, February 12, 2008

John Hawkins at Right Wing News does his version of the Republican Veepstakes. He ends up with a short list of Marsha Blackburn, Tim Pawlenty, and Jim DeMint.
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Marsha Blackburn? Be still, my heart! I can’t imagine McCain choosing her, but such a choice would tempt me to go back on my decision not to vote McCain under any circumstances. She fought against a *Republican* governor in Tennessee that was determined to force a state income tax, and won that battle.

However, if we fault Obama’s experience level, we have to do the same for Marsha. She’s had a few terms in Congress and was a state legislator for a few terms before that. While I don’t regard that brevity as a clear disqualification, it does mean that her depth of capability to serve as a spare president to a man as old as McCain is not clear.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Written By: Martin McPhillips
I’m from Tennessee, Martin, so I know all about Marsha Blackburn. She lives a few miles south of me, and her district begins about 200 yards south of my house. (I wish I were in her district, but as Maxwell Smart says, "Missed it by *that* much.")

I think you’ll like her if you check her out.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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I’m sure I would. I wasn’t referring specifically to her, but to all three names, which included a U.S. Senator.

DeMint? Pawlenty? And this nice woman. These are names that would get a blink before a grab for the remote.

McCain had better shoot a little higher in the name recognition category, or at least go for a big splash on the theory that there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Plus, McCain is old, and the good condition of his own mother at 96 isn’t the only actuarial guide that voters will use. He needs a "Yeah, that person can step right in there" name and personality.

He should look to someone who will upstage him, because time itself upstages him.

Unfortunately, if he’s looking among Republican Party politicians he’s looking in the wrong place.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
I am not the biggest advocate for Condi as VP, but...

She is black; McCain is not. She is a woman; McCain is not. She brings the same demographics that the Democratic candidates do. However, unlike the Democrats, she understands free market economics.

What does the GOP need more? Do they need someone that can appeal to two major demographics expected to support a Clinton or Obama (or both) ticket (assuming Condi can do this... I have my doubts)? Or, do they need a conservative, right wing VP to get the conservative base out in November? Wouldn’t a possible Hillary presidency do that anyway?

Written By: Is
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Condi Rice isn’t going anywhere in politics. At least not until she’s at least a few years out of this administration. You see, you can say anything you want about Condi, because she’s not hiding a black nationalist background.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
im curious why is it everytime there is sucess in iraq you are the first to post it here and mock dems. but when there are setbacks i here not a peep?
Written By: slntax
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How’s that a "setback" slntax?

My goodness, we may slow pulling some troops out of Iraq until we’re sure the situation warrants it and then proceed.


Written By: McQ

Perhaps because "setbacks" in Iraq are more widely discussed than successes?

Perhaps because a single act of terrorism is not a setback?

Perhaps because the writers of this blog don’t cater to the whims of a commenter who doesn’t know how to spell "hear"?
Written By: A fine scotch
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It doesn’t take a success in Iraq to mock "dems," you mumbling fool.

And there has never been a setback in Iraq that changed the stakes there. Those have always been high in the midst of a low-intensity struggle. The setbacks consist mostly of people being killed by car bombs and the like to stop the forward progress of civil society formation, which is what most Iraqis want. Most important for those doing the violence is to inflame hand-wringing in the West through the media.

Successes are touted at this blog (if I may presume to know the proprietor’s reasoning) because they are othewise ignored by a media that has the unconsciousness of a smart metal bent exclusively for defeat.

If you want a place where you can jerk off over setbacks, try Scott Erb’s "blog" or Kos.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
Also, slntax,

What in the wide world of sports does your question have to do with potential Republican Vice Presidential nominees?

Don’t get stuck on stupid!
Written By: A fine scotch
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