Sunday, August 24, 2008
Obama's selection of Joe Biden as his Vice Presidential nominee is a safe bet. Biden is articulate if not a little verbose, experienced, reputedly knowledgeable about a variety of affairs, Catholic, and one of the least wealthy members of the Senate, which is a plus in a campaign where elitism has become a four letter word.
But where does that leave McCain and his choice for a running mate? He's in a tough spot. Romney would bring the ticket's combined residential properties to somewhere around 15. The exact number would have to be confirmed with McCain's staff. And many evangelical Christians are still uncomfortable with Romney's Mormon faith. Pawlenty? Seems too shallow, and wouldn't stack up well against Biden. Palin? Too green. Crist? Too gay. Lieberman? Too Democratic for conservative Republicans even though he's not Democratic enough for most Democrats. Jindal? Why would he bother now? Whitman and Fiorina? Too inexperienced, with mixed records as business leaders and both are pro-choice. Republican female U.S. Senators Snowe, Collins, Murkowski, Hutchinson, or Dole? None would bring much to the ticket.
My bet is Romney. If selected, we can expect to hear a great deal about his multiple homes.