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Why Obama/Biden Means McCain Has To Pick Romney

by @ 4:15 pm on August 24, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Politics

An interesting discussion about what Barack Obama’s pick of Joe Biden as his running mate means for John McCain’s impending Vice-Presidential choice:

There’s a lot of merit in the argument that having Biden on the other side of the Democratic ticket makes it hard for McCain to pick someone who has only a limited amount of political experience without risking that the Vice-Presidential Debate could turn into another Lloyd Bentsen-Dan Quayle type matchup. That means, I think, that people like Tim Pawlenty, Bobby Jindal, or Sarah Palin should be off the list. They each have a lot of positives, but they also have one glaring negative — a very limited political resume. Placed side-by-side with someone like Biden, that lack of experience is going to be glaring, especially in the case of someone like a Jindal or Palin, or Pawlenty, none of whom have any foreign policy experience.

This also goes back to the argument I made last week that one of the most important criteria that McCain will have to live up to in picking in running mate is that the public will have to have some confidence that the person he selects would be ready to lead at a moment’s notice. Obama has the same concern, of course, but the reasons that this is a bigger issue for McCain are, I think, rather obvious.

Which leads to the guy who seems to be on the top of every pundit’s list right now, Mitt Romney.

As I’ve said before, picking Romney makes sense for McCain for many reasons, and the presence of Joe Biden on the other side only seems to reinforce that. Yes, Romney doesn’t have the foreign policy credentials that Biden does, but unlike Barack Obama, John McCain doesn’t need a running mate to reinforce his weaknesses on foreign policy. What McCain needs, is someone to reinforce his weaknesses on the economy, and Romney fits that bill very well.

Of course, if he does pick Romney, it’s going to be hard for McCain to make much headway out of Joe Biden’s statements about Barack Obama considering how bitter the primary fight between McCain and Romney got toward the end.

That little problem notwithstanding, the pluses for McCain of picking Romney far outweigh the minuses, and they far outweigh the arguments in favor of any of the other candidates on the short list.

H/T: Donklephant

5 Responses to “Why Obama/Biden Means McCain Has To Pick Romney”

  1. Ted says:

    Despite the Dems and the allied main stream media’s desperation to see Romney as McCain’s Veep, Mitt is clearly out, with (1) Obama doubling down on the class warfare theme (McCain’s 7 houses) and (2) McCain doubling down with ads showing the hypocrisy of Biden attacking Obama in the primaries — Romney did way more than that contra McCain.

    This leaves only Govs Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty. Pro-abortion Ridge and Dem-Lieberman were never real considerations, despite relentless media goading. Pawlenty’s lackluster TV performances, coupled with Palin pizzazz, the primacy of oil drilling and the ticked off women/Hillary voters, does now portend a McCain/Palin checkmate on the Dems. This is so albeit the Dems and liberal media dare not mention Palin’s name, that is, everyone but…..

    And if there’s any question as to Palin being uniquely positioned and able to more than nullify Biden in debate, see the excellent discussion at

    Team McCain, well done!!!

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