McCain in the spotlight tonight…How about in November? And 2008?


On Soxblog:

A more pressing question is whether true Conservatives can live with John McCain’s presence on the ticket and with it his de facto coronation as the 2008 front-runner? On behalf of all true conservatives, I’m here to answer with an emphatic yes. Look, I’m no McCainiac – far from it. While I find his life story inspiring, I also think he’s the vainest politician of our time, and his repeated thumbs to the administration’s eyes grew tiresome years ago.

But, and this is the big thing, he’s right on the war on terror. I’m passionate about the full range of issues that most conservatives are, but for me the war on terror trumps them all. By a lot. And McCain has been out front on the GWOT since day one. He was rattling his saber at Saddam before we were even in Afghanistan. Since he’s so right about the biggest issue, I can live with everything else. Besides, Churchill wasn’t much noted for his modesty either.

None of this is meant to denigrate Dick Cheney. I’ve always been a big fan, still am. But the stakes of this election are huge. If subbing McCain for Cheney will make a huge difference, as it likely will, it’s the proverbial offer we can’t refuse.

Go read the whole thing.

Via Instapundit, who writes:

I’d prefer Condi Rice, or Colin Powell, but this would be OK with me.

Powell would be my first choice, though I’d support both Rice and McCain wholeheartedly. One thing I hope the GOP is keeping in mind is 2008. Could McCain win in 2008? Against Hillary? I don’t see it.

My dream team would be Powell to VP, Rice to Secretary of State, Wolfowitz to NSA, and Cheney to Intel Czar (or whatever it will be called). (Maybe flip-flop Wolfowitz and Cheney. Not exactly sure what the bet fit would be there.) This would leave Powell primed to run with Rice in 2008. Hillary’s “first woman” card would be matched by Powell’s “first black man” card and done in by the addition of a woman as his running mate. Assuming (and that’s a big assumption) that the policies were on target, it would be game, set, and match.

McCain might bring the biggest bang for this November, but choosing him today might hurt in the long run.

Of course, this is all just hot air. But what in politics isn’t?


  1. Whomever typed ‘fist black man’ fist, err, I mean first (I’m assuming you just cut and pasted it, Murdoc), might want to correct the typo, as it conjures up other images. But, hey, I make typos ALL THE TIME at my blog. ;-) Re. the subject, McCain would tip the scales in terms of military experience (FWIW) to Bush/McCain vs. Kerry/Edwards. Cheney carries the false perceptions re. Haliburton. But, Cheney provides the an experienced anchor to the ticket, offsetting the perception Bush is a ‘cowboy.’ Maybe 1% of undecideds would swing Bush’s way with a Cheney > McCain switch. That might be huge. But, I doubt it. Bush has repeatedly said, everytime asked, that Cheney stays. And, of course, the Kerry camp would charge him with a flip-flop. The rumor might have been deliberately leaked to raise interest in the convention. I don’t enjoy conventions when the Prez and VP candidates are already known. The last really exciting one I recall was Kennedy/Johnson (lots of drama and backroom dealing in that one). I’m thinking the wacky demonstrators are going to win lots of votes over to Bush. The heartland of America is turned off by those types. The RNC will be putting on a moderate, just-slightly-right-of-center image, keeping the extreme right wingers in the closet. That’s why they didn’t invite me to speak. ;-) In the wife category, Laura blows Tereza away by about 57 points. ;-) I’ll predict a 7 pt. bounce after the convention, and Bush/Cheney never falls behind again. The Kerry campaign is unravelling.

  2. I fixed ‘fist’. Thanks. I agree that a switch from Cheney to someone else after all the denials is very unlikely. It’s just something I’d like to see, and I personally know several Left-leaning voters in Michigan (a key state) who would vote for Bush and McCain who are probably going to vote Kerry otherwise. I realize that’s just anecdotal, but I’ve got to think there’s a lot of folks out there who feel the same way. I think your prediction of a 7 pt. bounce is very reasonable. I like your use of ‘The Kerry campaign is unravelling.’ They are their own worst enemy. August should have belonged to them, and instead they are spiraling out of control. There’s obviously a lot of time left, but I don’t see them doing anything productive with it if they keep on doing what they’ve been doing. And I’m convinced the SwiftBoat guys are loaded for bear on this one. They are running the best campaign of anyone right now, and their work so far makes me think they’re playing Kerry like a fiddle. We’ll see.

  3. Sounds perfect to me… only problem is Powell was born in Jamaica. Not possible for him to be president.

  4. Count me among the people Bush would win over if he picked up McCain. (I think there are a lot more of us than many on the Bush/right/Republican side think. I hope Carl Rove reads this site.)

  5. I realy think that Guliani is positioning himself for a 2008 run at the presidency. In many respoects he’d be a good candidate, but his more liberal positions on social issues will make it an uphill climb for him with a lot of Republicans. I like McCain, but his positions on campaign finance reform are so wrong its hard for me to support him. Powell’s parents are Jamaican, but he was born in New York City. In any event, if he wasn’t going to run in ’96, he’s not going to run in ’08. I don’t think Condi has much real desire to be president. I think she’d rather be commissioner of the NFL. Which leaves McCain and Guliani as the two real frontrunners at this point. Who knows who will jump in over the next four years. Senators and Governors are always tempted, and Steve Forbes will probably run again.

  6. Buckethead: I think you might be right. I don’t know nearly enough about Guliani to know whether or not he’d make a good President. I also suspect that you’re right about Powell (or Condi) not wanting the job. I was saying what I wished was the case and what I thought would be most beneficial to the GOP campaigns. I really wonder if 2008 might be too late for McCain, though.

  7. Re: Giuliani I live in NYC. I think Rudy would make a great Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security, or Intelligence Czar. He’s a strong leader and great manager. NYC’s near flawless response to 9/11 was entirely because Rudy was fanatical about making sure that city government was prepared to respond to any major event. (I would have dropped ‘near’ from that last sentence except I really wish they hadn’t sent so many firefighters into those buildings.) For president, though, I probably wouldn’t be a supporter. He’s got a bit of a dictator streak. I think that worked well for Mayor of NY, where you need someone to just plow through all the ridiculous politics, and would also work well for running a major federal agency. I just think the president needs to have more finesse than that.