Ryan’s VP Endorsement: A Seconding of John Kasich
Posted by Ryan on August 25, 2008
Let me explain.
Sarah Palin’s been the flavor of the week because she’s conservative, female, and a new face on the scene. But what has she really accomplished of significance with national or regional implications that makes her qualified to be one heart-beat away from being President? What aid does Alaska’s Governor give the national ticket strategically? Dick Cheney was from Wyoming, yes, but he had decades of real national security experience before being Veep. Most people vote top-of-the-ticket anyway and I don’t think she’s the best one for this election cycle, though.
Throughout the primaries this year I’ve been pragmatically (though not always philosophically) behind Mitt Romney because he is positioned well with money and notoriety as the one who would have been #2 behind McCain in the primaries had he stayed in the race, while being able to articulate ideas superbly. He’s not without faults or a faux-pas or two. Yet, with all that he was “conservative enough” to me given our realistic choices this year. Some people will simply never vote for a ticket which carries a Mormon on it, and others think he’s either too “squeaky clean” or too “used-car salesman” for their support. Yet, he is McCain’s most likely pick: he’ll appease a good number of conservatives and shore up protection against those who attack McCain’s own shaky statements on the economy. I’d support the ticket — it’s not a bad pick…
But it’s ultimately not the best pick in my view.
John Kasich’s superlatives have been well-documented by Mike below so I will not stray into Mike’s territory too much; only to say that I agree that Kasich nearly guarantees Ohio while solidifying Pennsyltucky for McCain. Kasich has no real enemies or controversies and also left Congress on the top of his game. I also agree that his down-home nature will cream O’Biden in the Veep debate and on the stump. Furthermore, he would make a fine President if the need arose and will strengthen the ticket being young, articulate, strategically important and very bright (“bright” as in quite smart, not as in Obama-holy-halo shine “bright”).
Thusly, because John Kasich is a conservative with a mainstream likability which will add votes, not subtract them like the odds-on favorite Mitt Romney, I concur with Mike and endorse John Kasich for the 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nomination.