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  •  not in a primary, but as VP, not an issue (1+ / 0-)
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    BlueEngineerInOhio

    Rice didn't run in the primaries for those reasons. But ticket-balancing for a general is about appearing to be less risky than a red-meat ticket might. Soothing candidates get the inside track (yes, once upon a time, that was Cheney -- the moderate with experience to balance Bush.) It might not be McCain's choice but I'd bet a dollar to a dime it would be Romney's choice. Suck in the Bushista loyalty base and hope to chip off 5% of the African-American or female vote if they can.

    I don't agree with this mentality, by the way, but that's the way they think. Look at the absurd candidacy of Alan Keyes vs. Obama in the Senate as the GOP's emergency replacement candidate -- a man who didn't even live in the state.

    Motivating the base is not going to be a winning strategy for the Reds this time, they have to fool enough independents to win and count on the base to hold their noses and vote.

    I suppose Huckabee might be the sop-to-the-right candidate but he'll be an ineffective attack dog, and making Arkansas competitive isn't exactly a big electoral balancer.

    Call me any ugly name you choose --
    The steel of freedom does not stain.
    -- Langston Hughes

    by TheCrank on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 02:54:39 PM PST

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    •  LOL @ Cheney perceived as "moderate" (0+ / 0-)

      I still think Bobby Jindal will be the first GOP minority to make it on a Presidential ticket.

      Not sure which black Repubs are likely to make it among the current cast--Keyes is a proven disaster, Blackwell isn't much better (managed a whopping 36.8% against Strickland, and still would have been killed had it not been for Bob Taft's statewide criminal enterprise,) JC Watts has been out of office too long, Rice's problems are summarized well above, Steele maybe but he lost to Cardin by enough that it'll be hard for him to regain high-office credibility...

      "You want to live in this world the way it is? No? Then do something about it!" --Celes Chere, Final Fantasy VI

      by BlueEngineerInOhio on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 03:15:37 PM PST

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      •  Don't you remember the sales pitch in '00? (1+ / 0-)
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        BlueEngineerInOhio

        Bush was surrounding himself with the moderate voices of reason and experience -- Cheney, Powell, et alia were considered to be the grown-ups. Cheney himself, seriously, veered from being just conservative with a few moderate positions here and there (such as his stance on going all the way to Baghdad during the '91 war based on realpolitik) to his current state of looniness to the right of Attila the Hun.

        As far as Bobby Jindal, let's just say Louisiana politicians in general have a hard time breaking out of their local niches, in large part because they have to break out of jail first. Maybe bubba j. will avoid a similar fate...

        Call me any ugly name you choose --
        The steel of freedom does not stain.
        -- Langston Hughes

        by TheCrank on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 03:30:01 PM PST

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