As we continue to digest the impact of the the Obama/Biden ticket on the race, attention is also being paid to John McCain’s choice of a running mate, which is set to be announced on Friday.
The latest name to enter the mix; Colin Powell:
Retired Gen. Colin Powell is among the potential running mates who have been considered by John McCain, campaign advisers told Politico.
Powell was among the possible vice presidential choices the Arizona Republican senator was thinking of when he said he would not rule out a supporter of abortion rights, a key adviser said.
Like the Lieberman buzz, this is another one of those names that falls into the I’ll believe it when I see it category.
For one thing, like Lieberman, it’s fairly clear that selecting Powell would piss off a significant portion of McCain’s Republican base. Notwithstanding his service in the Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43 Administrations, Powell is known to have views on social issues like abortion that are not exactly in line with the GOP platform.
For another, Powell is nearly as old as McCain himself and would do nothing to address the age issue that will inevitably arise around the Arizona Senator. Americans may be okay with the idea of a 73 year-old becoming President, I’m not so sure that they’d be okay with the idea of handing the Presidency and the Vice-Presidency over to two guys in their 70s.