Who Will McCain Pick?

I have to admit I read stories speculating about possible vice presidential picks with deep skepticism. If ever there were a subject that proves everybody ...
by | February 25, 2008
 

I have to admit I read stories speculating about possible vice presidential picks with deep skepticism. If ever there were a subject that proves everybody knows nothing, it's this.

I can remember when we at CQ put together a fat guide to the 1996 Republican convention. We included a piece that weighed the pros and cons of about three-dozen GOP heavyweights. Not one of them was Jack Kemp, who was in fact Bob Dole's pick. If that makes you stop and say, "oh, yeah," it should remind you that for all the attention given to vice presidential selections and what these may say about the nominees, running mates are seldom heard from once their identities actually emerge. (Until they take over the White House, plead nolo contendere or turn out to have endured shock treatments.)

All of which brings me to George Will's column looking at John McCain's likeliest selections. Will dismisses Colin Powell due to age and Kay Bailey Hutchison due to lack of executive experience. He concentrates then on four sitting Republican governors: the inevitable Charlie Crist, Haley Barbour, Mark Sanford and Tim Pawlenty.

To which I say -- sounds plausible, but "none of the above" is probably a safer bet at this point.

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