A Pro-Choice Republican Veep
Posted by Ryan on August 14, 2008
Well, John McCain said he was open to the prospect today, as rumors still fly that he is closer to picking Joe Lieberman as his Veep in the coming weeks.
Veeps don’t really make all the difference in the voting booth. My choice is fundamentally between voting against McCain or Obama — I didn’t vote for Bush because of Cheney, nor did I vote for Dole because of Kemp. But, the Veep says a lot about the candidate himself, his relationship with the party, and his deeper views. In essence it is the first true consequential decision a President will make — it says a lot about him.
McCain has staked his chances on getting moderates and some disaffected Dems to vote for him, but a pro-choice or even an Independent-Democrat Veep is going a bit too far: he’ll lure the Center, but sacrifice the Right. A lot of Republicans stayed home in 2006.
I can’t vote for Bob Barr (his checkered ethics in the past, plus the Libertarian Party plank is very liberal on social issues) nor can I stay home. I have to vote against Obama… and I have to repeat that to myself everytime I watch the six o’clock news.