Shoebox outlined his picks in the latest Right Wing News poll, with a further explanation of the answer to his first two questions back here. No, this isn’t part of the Scramble, but only because I barely got Part 1 done (Part 2 will be up as soon as I post this and hard-code it in), but I may as well explain my choices:
First, I must give you the list we got to choose from for each question – FL Gov. Charlie Crist, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (TX), Rep. Eric Cantor (VA), former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Joe Lieberman (“I”D-CT), AK Gov. Sarah Palin, former Rep. Rob Portman (OH), MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former PA Gov. Tom Ridge, former MA Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. John Thune (SD), and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.
Out of the following VP candidates rumored to be on McCain’s short list, which one DO YOU THINK HE WILL TAKE? – Kay Bailey Hutchinson. McCain’s squarely focused on the mostly-female PUMAs, and she is most like him on shamnesty.
…which one WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HIM TAKE? – Eric Cantor. While the Congressional factor does run against him, and outside of conservative circles he’s an unknown, he is a very strong small-government conservative, and matches up well with the one major right-of-center trait of McCain (small-government). If I knew more about Meg Whitman, I might have picked her. If I had to take someone with government executive experience, it would have to be Tim Pawlenty; Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani couldn’t get it done in the primaries, and Tom Ridge and Charlie Crist are too liberal.
…which one WOULD YOU LEAST LIKE TO SEE HIM TAKE? – Joe Lieberman. Since I had to limit myself to one (otherwise, Carly Fiorina, Giuliani, Ridge and Crist would also be on this list), I had to choose the one so liberal, he still caucuses with the ‘Rats. Besides, he was the ‘Rat nominee in 2000.
Just chiming in on Steve’s picks and explaining mine…Pawlenty, you saw my rationale. Fiorina – every thing she has touched she has turned to mud. Ego and stupidity are what you get with Obama, we don’t need that on our ticket.
Kay Bailey – again beware of the PUMA….that baby just looks ripe to backfire on McCain.
Cantor – I don’t see McCain taking a white guy from inside the beltway.