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McCain's Electability

 
 
sozobe
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 06:50 am
Oh, I hope so!

:-D

(Man, the election season is gonna be way more fun from now on I think... I've said throughout that I was most worried about Obama getting the nomination in the first place.)
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 07:10 am
You don't fear the McCain-Giuliani ticket, soz?

Whom do you prefer he not select, if I may ask?

(I promise not to tell him.)
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sozobe
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 07:16 am
I don't fear that, no, I'd love it for a few reasons.

The whole "multiply-married philanderer ticket" thing, the turning off of the far religious right who might otherwise hold their nose and vote for McCain, etc., etc.

Who do I fear most, hmmm... Jindal, maybe? But really, in general, McCain is such an outlier that I don't know who he could choose that would really add value rather than take things down a notch. Which is why I get happy. :-D (Obama has a similar problem, though not quite as bad as McCain I think.)
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nimh
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 07:44 am
Ticomaya wrote:
Whom do you prefer he not select, if I may ask?

(I promise not to tell him.)

Good question, that, actually.

I mean, I'm a combination of relieved and annoyed that the Republicans chose easily the sanest and most electable of their primary candidates -- relieved because a nutjob like Giuliani would scare me a lot more in terms of what would happen if he were elected, and annoyed because it makes the Dems' job that much harder.

But what feasible candidate would be the equivalent of that for the Veep position?

Hhmmmmmm

Maybe Charlie Crist? Or Lindsey Graham? But thats getting to a level where I really just dont know enough about the people involved...

What Republican Governors, for example, are basking in high popularity ratings eben now their party's brand is down in the dumps? Preferably from swing states? Crist would be one, but who else?
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nimh
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 08:05 am
I know Minnesota's Gov. Tim Pawlenty is often mentioned as possible Veep candidate, and he is a Republican Governor in a blue/swing state with impressive approval ratings. But I dont really know much about him otherwise.
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parados
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 08:11 am
Ticomaya wrote:
Giuliani.


5 wives between the two of them.
That should lock in the polygamist votes
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parados
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 08:22 am
As for Pawlenty..

http://www.startribune.com/politics/state/19084304.html

I doubt he will swing Minnesota to the GOP column.
There is a lot of activism that is going to bring out a lot of people. The caucuses were larger than ever and many of those first timers did more than vote and leave.

It may not be enough for Norm Coleman to lose his seat but the last election showed Minnesotans are just fine with splitting their vote. Klobachar won the Senate seat by 20 points while Pawlenty barely won as Governer with a plurality. Coleman could retain his Senate seat but the state will go for Obama in the Presidential race.

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G06/MN.phtml
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sozobe
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 08:23 am
nimh wrote:
Maybe Charlie Crist? Or Lindsey Graham? But thats getting to a level where I really just dont know enough about the people involved...

What Republican Governors, for example, are basking in high popularity ratings eben now their party's brand is down in the dumps? Preferably from swing states? Crist would be one, but who else?


Crist is suspiciously single -- lots of rumors about possible gayness. I don't know if it's true or not but the rumors seem persistent enough to put the kibosh on a VP bid.

Maybe there's a whirlwind romance and marriage in his immediate future...
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H2O MAN
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 10:00 am
I think everyone will be pleasantly surprised by McCain's victory this fall Cool
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 11:03 am
Ticomaya wrote:
You don't fear the McCain-Giuliani ticket, soz?


I'm obviously not soz - but that seems like a Republican dream team if you're a Democratic voter Cool

I'd definitely reduce my view of McCain's likelihood of success to less than 50-50 with that combo.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 11:06 am
Giuliani spent over 50 million dollars to get ONE delegate; the biggest failure in electoral politics in American history. And he won't bring his home state to McCain. And he's tied to the Kerik scandal in several ways. Why would anyone fear him? Laughing

Cycloptichorn
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 11:41 am
parados wrote:
Ticomaya wrote:
Giuliani.


5 wives between the two of them.
That should lock in the polygamist votes


I figure that alone ought to lock up a bunch of leftist votes.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 12:09 pm
http://www.hurricanemccain.com/
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OCCOM BILL
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 12:11 pm
Ticomaya wrote:
parados wrote:
Ticomaya wrote:
Giuliani.


5 wives between the two of them.
That should lock in the polygamist votes


I figure that alone ought to lock up a bunch of leftist votes.
Laughing
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Thomas
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 06:46 pm
OCCOM BILL wrote:
3 is about what he's worth today.

Ditto.
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mysteryman
 
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Reply Sat 7 Jun, 2008 08:10 am
nimh wrote:
Ticomaya wrote:
Whom do you prefer he not select, if I may ask?

(I promise not to tell him.)

Good question, that, actually.

I mean, I'm a combination of relieved and annoyed that the Republicans chose easily the sanest and most electable of their primary candidates -- relieved because a nutjob like Giuliani would scare me a lot more in terms of what would happen if he were elected, and annoyed because it makes the Dems' job that much harder.

But what feasible candidate would be the equivalent of that for the Veep position?

Hhmmmmmm

Maybe Charlie Crist? Or Lindsey Graham? But thats getting to a level where I really just dont know enough about the people involved...

What Republican Governors, for example, are basking in high popularity ratings eben now their party's brand is down in the dumps? Preferably from swing states? Crist would be one, but who else?


How about Sarah Palin?
She is popular, has the experience, and is easily electable.
She would be my choice for VP.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin
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Thomas
 
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Reply Sat 7 Jun, 2008 08:18 am
mysteryman wrote:
How about Sarah Palin?
She is popular, has the experience, and is easily electable.
She would be my choice for VP.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin

Thanks for those links, Mysteryman! I'd never heard of her, and my first impression is that she does look like an interesting candidate.
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mysteryman
 
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Reply Sat 7 Jun, 2008 08:54 am
Another possible choice would be Meg Whitman.
She knows business, is extremely intelligent, would be a great asset when it comes to discussing the economy, and is well educated...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg_Whitman

Thomas,
apparently there are rumors that the McCain team is already talking to Sarah Palin...

http://wizbangblog.com/content/2008/05/29/alaska-gov-sarah-palin-to-meet-with-mccain-vp-search-team.php
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au1929
 
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Reply Sat 7 Jun, 2008 09:37 am
5.5
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Advocate
 
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Reply Sat 7 Jun, 2008 01:03 pm
McCain not only wants to renew Bush's tax cuts, but wants to add another $300 Billion. He says he can eliminate the deficit by cutting discretionary spending, pork, and waste. The tax cuts will, he says, bring in more revenue.

Unfortunately, every Rep president has said the same thing, and the deficits under them continue to grow.
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