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Lea asks: What if McCain chooses a woman?

 What if he chooses a woman?

 by Lea Gilmore

Yesterday, while on a panel of political analysts and veteran campaign experts, the subject of  Senator Barack Obama’s choice of Senator Joseph Biden as his Vice Presidential  running mate was discussed in great detail. 

Let’s ponder this for a brief moment. Is the vice presidential choice really relevant when closing the deal? Has Vice President Cheney’s powerful “presidency” redefined the office? In the end, will people even care who Senator Obama selected? 

The conversation turned and we began to discuss who John McCain may pick for his running mate.  Then someone asked, what about a woman?  Whew.  A hush. What ABOUT a woman?

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With so many Clintonistas still angry with the primary loss, what will be the impact if Senator McCain chooses a woman?  If she is pro-choice and even mildly moderate what are the implications? If she is of the same generation of Senator Clinton, will this matter? Who would even be the choices? 

Way back in February which seems eons ago, Alan Katz of the Alan Katz Political Blog   offered some choices:

•    Senator Susan Collins (Maine)
•    Senator Elizabeth Dole (North Carolina)
•    Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas)
•    Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
•    Governor Jodi Rell (Connecticut)
•    Senator Olympia Snowe (Maine)

There’s a short list to give some thought…

What do you think?

Written by Marc Steiner

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  1. It would be hugely shrewd of McCain to make such a choice. And I am sure it would cause the team about Obama to smack themselves in the foreheads for not making what would have been the most strategic move—making Hillary the vice president

  2. I called a McCain/Condi matchup several months ago. I think he would win if he picked her.

    No, it wouldn’t win over Hillary voters who actually care about policy. But it MAY win over the Hillary voters who are so angry regarding how the primaries went that they are planning to stay home on election day. Those are the people McCain should target with his Veep choice.

  3. I would think that it would be a real double whammy to add Condoleezza Rice as his VP. She certainly has the name recognition to compete with Obama’s “celebrity standing”, and has quite a right wing history. Of course that wouldn’t win over the Hillary supporters that they are hoping for, and it would scare off the racist voters (both Dem. and Rep.) that they are counting on… so it would more than likely be a white woman, but my first response to looking at the list you posted was, “Huh? Who?”. My second thought was, Perhaps Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska… in order to get the inside edge, and draw a connection to, his support for offshore drilling.

    Anyway… The decision is merely a trivial point of interest for me.
    I am a die hard Obama supporter & have been since day 1.

    Peace & Blessings to us all.

  4. I always thought that a girl specifically could be a good option not only to be the VP, but the president of the US. Now Hbo is releasing a new series called Veep, which follows Meyer (the VP of USA) and her staff as they attempt to make their mark and leave a lasting legacy, without getting tripped up in the day-to-day political games that define Washington

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