Mike’s VP Endorsement: John Kasich
Posted by Mike on August 24, 2008
You can file this one under “wishful thinking,” but I’d like to offer my two cents on who John McCain should select as his running mate. I am convinced that John Kasich would be McCain’s best option for both political and government purposes.
Politically, Kasich is the best option because he would be a tremendous boost in the State of Ohio. Traditionally a light red state, Ohio has been drifting to the Democrat Party because of the state party’s unique brand of incompetence. Fortunately, Kasich left politics before the party’s reputation was damaged in the Buckeye State and remains one of the few popular Republicans in the state.
Kasich would also help McCain because he is acceptable to the conservative base of our party. He is pro-life, a tax cutter and truly believes in the concept of limited government. He would satisfy all wings of the party.
Kasich would also help McCain on the political front because of his economic expertise. One of the knocks against McCain (rightly or wrongly) is that he is weak on the economy. Kasich could fill that void by reminding people of the fact that he was the Congressman who led the fight for the balanced budgets that the Republican Congress shoved down Bill Clinton’s throat during the 1990s (no pun intended).
Finally on the political front, Kasich is optimistic, bright, telegenic, and would wipe the floor with Joe Biden in the Vice Presidential debate.
Kasich would also be an excellent member of McCain’s administration. Every President should be surrounded with people truly committed to limited government, lower taxes, and protecting the unborn.
In my opinion, McCain’s best option for Vice President is John Kasich. Since Kasich probably won’t be the choice, I’ll be rooting for my second choice, Sarah Palin.
UPDATE: Admittedly, I should have searched before writing this post, but I’m happy to see that I’m on the same page as Michael Novak.