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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.

6 Responses to “Ryan’s VP Endorsement: A Seconding of John Kasich”

  1. Deb said

    Palin is a more strategic pick:

    -Executive experience
    -Energy, energy, energy (as in Alaska’s natural resources, her youth/vigor and the media frenzy that would ensue)
    -Hillary, Hillary, Hillary
    -Does not offend the base
    -Excites the indies
    -Usurps the “change” mantra form the other side
    -Gov of the only state that borders Russia, a country that’s been in the news quite a bit lately…

    Plus, no one (outside the blogosphere) expects it. Shores up McCain’s maverick credentials, and avoids the disaster Obama encountered by picking Biden (hugely anti-climactic)

  2. Ted said

    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!!!

  3. Ted said

    VEEP Debates Q&A

    QUESTION: How will Sarah Palin do in a debate with Joe Biden?

    ANSWER: How many men watching will be aware that Biden is in the room?

  4. Ted said

    Theme song for the Sarah Palin VP intro at RNC next week:

  5. Chris said

    Bob Novak has corageously come out of retirement to write and he pens a very troubling : McCain is STILL considering Lieberman. Either he doesn’t give a damn about Conservatives or he’s too stupid to realize that he’s doing well in this election now because he’s espousing conservatism. The prospect that he could throw this past month away, as well as the overt arrogance and studpidity of the DNC speech personally sickens me.

    I will recap my Veep Choices:

    1) Sarah Palin: In line with the major issues of the Conservatives, can heavily influence energy (as AK Governor, she is suing the federal government to allow for Alaska to contribute its energy resources to the US , will help to get women voters to McCain, will disarm Biden and is the future face of the Republican Party.
    2) John McCain: I agree with both you and Mike on your assessments…he will help the ticket, but Sarah Palin is a strategically better pick.
    3) Mitt Romney: Economy, executive experience, Michigan, will counter Biden.

    We will find out on Friday at 11AM…

  6. Chris said

    Sorry for the typo and HTML error….I mean John Kasich not John McCain.

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