McCain VP Talk

Author: Rory B. Bellows

John McCain supporter State Senator Sean Kean (R-Monmouth) has endorsed a McCain-Crist ticket.

Charlie Crist is a popular Republican Governor in the State of Florida. While Crist is the head of an important swing state, and his moderate record would enhance McCain’s appeal to independents, Crist is an uninspiring choice who would do little to juice a conservative base McCain desperately needs to show up at the polls in November.

There are far more inspiring choices. Conservatives would love to see South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford on the ticket. Selecting Sanford would serve two purposes. The first is that he is an authentic, real deal conservative. In 2004, Governor Sanford vetoed 106 budget bills. The legislature overrode 99 of them and in response Governor Sanford showed up on the floor of the legislature with two pigs under his arm. One was name “Pork” and the other “Barrell”.

Selecting Sanford as his running mate would also send a signal to conservatives that McCain really does care about their issues and by Sanford as his running mate, that the Republican Party really is, at heart, a the conservative party of Reagan and Goldwater.

Practical politics may intrude on this and the other outstanding choice would be Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Palin would appeal to disaffected Hillary Clinton voters, enhance McCain’s message and fire up conservatives. Sarah Palin is a strong Pro-Life advocate, a member of the NRA, the most popular Governor in the nation with approval ratins in the mid 80s and a true reformer.

Before she was Governor, Sarah Palin was head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission. In 2004 she resigned that post because of ethical violations of another commissioner. She is dedicated to bringin competition to Alaska’s oil industry and in a show of her devotion to open government, she opened up for competition bids to build a natural gas pipline from Alaska’s North Slope. Palin’s predecessor made a deal with the big 3 oil companies, but Palin pushed for competition to ensure that Alaskans got the best deal.

The hope here is that McCain avoids an uninspiring choice like Charlie Crist or Tim Pawlenty and instead makes a legitimate to overture to conservatives while picking the individual who brings the most to the table from an electoral map and demographic perspective.

The official Rory B. Bellows endorsement goes to Mark Sanford, but Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin would bring great strength to McCain’s candidacy.


3 Responses to “McCain VP Talk”

  1. 1 Ted July 7, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Well, it’s either gonna be McCain/Palin or …

    Barack Obama starring as “Change” the Gardener in remake of movie classic, “Being There”, starring Peter Sellers as “Chance” the Gardener!

    *HT to hs commenting on

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