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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.

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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.

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