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Giuliani is best for McCain’s VP June 22, 2008

Posted by keep1600 in McCain, Veepstakes.

While there are plenty of issues facing the McCain campaign, one near and dear to my heart is the selection of running mate. Unlike most years, the number two slot could play a pivotal role in this election. For Obama, the right choice could help him overcome his significant lack of experience, and for McCain, it could help alleviate concerns that he would be Bush the Third. To help avoid that albratross, McCain must choose a running mate who can attract Republican-weary voters. There are few Republicans today who can attract the middle. One of them is McCain. Other notables are Arnold Schwarzenegger (who is not eligible), Colin Powell, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani. Of this list, only Powell and Giuliani could give McCain the “WOW factor” (to borrow from Dick Morris).

Powell would be a great choice, but his fence-riding actions of late indicate he’s not interested in reentering politics, at least not on behalf of McCain. Without more interest, Powell cannot be a serious consideration.

Giuliani, on the other hand, might be a fantastic choice. While most have already discounted him – either because of the poor strategy of his campaign or because he was too much like McCain – I believe Giuliani is now the right choice, for several reasons:

1. He’s got serious name recognition;

2. He’s youthful enough;

3. He puts New York in play;

4. He is pro-national defense;

5. He carries little baggage of the Bush adminstration, but most of all;

6. He’s popular with moderate voters across the country.

With these important factors, McCain would be a fool to ignore Rudy.



1. Gregory Morris - July 18, 2008

Except Giuliani would cause Mccain will lose the second-amendment votes, the small government/libertarians, and the social-issue-conservatives, all of which he’s narrowly hanging on to as it is… that would leave them with a bunch of former Hillary Clinton supporters and war-hawks. Not ideal when you are running against a candidate who inspires a deep passion in socialists, hippies, and Bush-haters across the country.

Honestly, I’d don’t have much problem with Giuliani, except for his abysmal past when it comes to the second amendment.

2. keep1600 - July 21, 2008

Greg: Thanks for your thoughts. While I agree that some conservatives and libertarians might have issues with Guiliani, I think his overall appeal to the middle would have an overwhelming effect on the electorate. And speaking as a conservative, Guiliani has long given me fits on issues such as abortion, gun rights and immigration, but McCain/Guiliani would be a far better (read conservative) choice for America than Obama and any Blue Dog he puts on his ticket. Thanks again for your comment.

Keep 1600

3. Gregory Morris - July 21, 2008

There’s no question that a McCain/Giuliani ticket will be better than Obama/Ayers (or whichever America-hating socialist he ends up choosing.) The thing is, since McCain is a RINO, and doesn’t even bother denying it, I think he can tie up the undecided moderate/center on his own. I think a lot of America’s middle-of-the-road voters are a little put-off by Obama, although his allure is undeniable for the uneducated voter. In the end I still think McCain will win that demographic.

So why not put a real bulldog conservative in the veep spot? How about Gingrich? Or Sarah Palin, to shore up half of the democratic women voters who were voting for Hillary just because she didn’t have a penis? Or Jindal to win over some of the “I’m voting for Obama to prove our country isn’t racist” folks?

Regardless, the moderate Republican trend to drift leftwards on economic and foreign policy issues will eventually cause a rift in the party that will eventually result in a Democrat Executive branch with a Democrat Congress. That, my friend, would undeniably spell doom for our country and our liberty. If McCain, as president, is unwilling to cater to honest conservatives, then we’ll need a veep who is. If for no other reason, than to hold the party together. Otherwise, the predicted meltdown is coming. And it won’t be pretty.

4. keep1600 - July 21, 2008

As for putting a “true conservative” on the ticket.

GINGRICH: I love the idea of Gingrinch, but his negatives are probably too high.

JINDAL: I also like Jindal, but he’s too young. And his selection might also appear a little too transparent. He’s got a great future, but he’s not ready right now.

PALIN: She’s a good conservative choice, too, but she’s got name recognition problems (I think McCain as to come out with a pick that has immediate impact), and picking a women might seem too transparent.

Other possible conservatives…

RICE: I love Condi, but she’s got too much baggage from this administration.

THOMPSON: Too old.

SANTORUM: I like him, but he’s too hawkish right now, and he has already been rejected by PA voters, and McCain needs to compete for the blue collar workers in PA and other Rust Belt states.

and then there is the yet-to-be-named elephant in the room…

ROMNEY: I really like Romney, and I think he would make a great choice for the ticket. He brings conservative values with real world economic experience. He’s probably my second choice for running mate. My primary concern with Romney is losing more middle ground to Obama while trying to shore up the base.

I share your concern that picking a moderate like Guiliani risks a party battle between moderates and conservatives. But I don’t agree that it would ultimately lead to a pre-election fight, not when the biggest prize at stake is selection of supreme court justices and other judiciary appointments. I would hope that Republicans, whether conservatives or RINOs would delay any rift until after the election in recognition that a loss to Obama in the fall would result in two or three Supreme Court replacements in the liberal fashion, which is a real threat to our liberties. So if we can get McCain to agree to appoint justices like Alito and Roberts (which Guiliani has already promised to do), then I’m open to a little party infighting in the short term.

5. Gregory Morris - July 23, 2008

You are probably right that any significant rift will be a post-election problem, but I’m concerned about getting people to even make it to the polls. If I have to choose between a socialist with no political experience and little chance of having influence over congress, and a moderate career politician who is guaranteed to surrender ground to the far left… the only reason I’m gonna choose the moderate is because his supreme court justice picks will suck less. The thing is, its already damn hard to get people “excited” about McCain… Picking someone of non-white lineage… or a woman… or both… would make it easier for the middle to say “OK, what’s so special about Obama now?” If you take away his “blackness” as one of his strengths among liberals, then you are left with nothing but empty words.

Jindal may be young, but he’s attractive, well-spoken, and damn smart. Kinda like Obama, but not a raging socialist.

Palin is a frickin’ rockstar, but only to Alaskans. You are right that she’d be facing name recognition problems, but as her story comes out (sooner, rather than later I’d hope) the American public will absolutely fall in love with her. She or Jindal would also be fantastic for appeasing gun owners who don’t care for McCain’s wish to shut down gun shows, and screw the NRA (and the First Amendment) with McCain-Feingold.

Romney is as bad as McCain, except he’s got the name thing going for him. He’s a loser on so many important conservative issues that the base will become even more disillusioned with the party if we end up with a McRomney White House.

Thompson isn’t too old, he’s just too good. He fared poorly in the primaries for two reasons: one is that he wasn’t interested in the ugly norms of the campaign process, the other is that he was too conservative for moderates, RINOs and neocons. He was a polar opposite of Bush, and a mirror image of Reagan. That scares the GOP elites.

I’ve also heard the name of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist thrown around. Crist is a RINO as well, but he’s older, has a good resume, and charisma out the yinyang. Although Crist is likely to buy into the nonsense and tripe spouted by the environmental lobby, he’s still good on economics (loves cutting taxes, had the balls to do it AND cut spending) and he’s pro-gun.

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