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?