The Intersection

In presidential campaigns, there’s a tradition of allowing one’s opponent a clear run on the night they accept their party’s nomination. This time, McCain plans to air an ad congratulating Obama as he accepts the presidential nomination.

Also for several hours we’ve been hearing rumors that the name of the Republican VP pick will be leaked just before tonight’s speech. And McCain does indeed have to make a very tough choice…


Pawlenty (age 47) would make it impossible to argue about experience to lead.

Lieberman or Ridge would mean selecting a pro-choice running mate (not to mention Lieberman ran with the Dems in ’00).

Romney is another multimillionaire with $30 million in residential real estate.

So folks, who would you pick and how do you think this will play out?


  1. #1 Caden
    August 28, 2008

    I think he has to go with Romney. He’s probably the best choice, but it will be difficult for this pair to appear in touch with the American people.

  2. #2 Wes Rolley
    August 28, 2008

    How about None of the Above?

    While you have probably named the choice, I can’t think of a single reason that any of them would make be want to vote for McCain. And, I lost all belief in the myth of McCain the maverick of the straight talk express when I got a robo-call from him praising the environmental record of Richard Pombo.

    He is not more a maverick than any other branded critter.

  3. #3 Travis McDermott
    August 28, 2008

    Bobby Jindal?

  4. #4 decrepitoldfool
    August 28, 2008

    Man, there are just no bad choices here! I’m hoping for Pawlenty. They can run on a ‘repairing the infrastructure like in Minnesota’ ticket.

  5. #5 mr_subjunctive
    August 28, 2008

    I’ve got my fingers crossed for Giuliani, because the campaign ads would be awesome. Noun verb POW noun verb 9/11, conjunction 9/11 noun verb POW. Plus IIRC Giuliani has kind of a temper too, which has potential to be entertaining.

    I’d settle for Fred Thompson, though. McCain/Thompson 2008: FEEL THE EXCITEMENT!

  6. #6 Matt Springer
    August 28, 2008

    He should pick Sarah Palin. He will pick Mitt Romney.

    That’s my 2 cent guess, anyway.

  7. #7 razib
    August 28, 2008

    playin’ it safe; mittenz.

  8. #8 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    August 28, 2008

    Sarah Palin has been suggested, but I doubt she’s a serious contender being relatively inexperienced and young. Other ladies making news as possibilities are Condoleezza Rice and Kay Bailey Hutchinson, but I expect Rice is too close to the Bush administration while Hutchinson seems aimed at becoming a governor.

    I may be mistaken, but I do not think we’ll see women on either ticket this cycle.

  9. #9 Julie Stahlhut
    August 28, 2008

    My guess is that he’ll pick Pawlenty.

  10. #10 llewelly
    August 28, 2008

    Yeah, McCain should go with Mitt. That will fetch him tons of votes in Utah … the only state in which Bill Clinton came in 3rd place not once, but twice.
    P.S. McCain is an idiot to not pick Palin. But that’s good for us.

  11. #11 CyberLizard
    August 29, 2008

    Whoops! Guess who he picked?

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