Too Soon for McCain’s Veep Pick?
Posted by Ryan on July 23, 2008
Word leaked out the other day from Robert Novak, that McCain may make public his selection for his Vice Presidential candidate this week.
I believe this would be a bad idea if McCain goes through with it: he wants to make a choice which counters Obama’s pick to ensure the strongest Republican ticket; with Obama overseas and the Olympics in less than two weeks, the story would get completely buried when it is designed to boost McCain; and waiting to select McCain’s Veep a day after Obama makes his choice would strategically stymie the “bounce” Obama would historically get from choosing his own Veep — we all know that Obama cannot sustain a bounce and is a very bad closer.
Some names that have been thrown around range from Mitt Romney, Tom Ridge, Jim Pawlenty, Bobby Jindal (no dice on that one), to Joe Lieberman. There are others, but I think once we know the Democrat ticket, then a better choice can be made by McCain to counter that ticket. In my opinion, it’s simply too early for McCain to announce his selection!