The Long (Veepstakes) Weekend

Sen. McCain is is taking a, ahem, "purely social" break from campaigning to host a Memorial Day getaway in Arizona for some Republican (and Independent) officeholders:
The Memorial Day guest list at Sen. John McCain's Arizona home runs to at least three Republicans mentioned as vice presidential running mates, but a top aide said Wednesday that vetting possible veeps is not on the agenda.

"It's purely social," said Mark Salter, a senior adviser to McCain.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney were all invited to a Memorial Day gathering at the senator's home in Sedona, Ariz. Romney ran for the Republican presidential nomination in last winter's primaries, but dropped out months ago and has endorsed McCain.


Among other guests expected were Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., close confidantes of McCain.
Hmmm. The good news: Mike Huckabee isn't there, while Gov. Bobby Jindal and (sigh) Gov. Mitt Romney are.

The bad news: McCain, apparently, sees moderate Florida Gov. Charlie Crist as an acceptable choice for vice president. Also, Lieberman and Graham will be there, although there is a real possibility that those two are just there for social reasons.

Out of those choices, my favorite is, of course, Jindal. He's the best conservative for the job, although there is a risk of him ruining his future by signing on to a losing campaign. (Even though I would support him right out of the gate in 2012 should he run for VP and lose to Obama.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Would love to see Jindal as VP but would rather he is seasoned for a few more years (instead of rushing the national elections like Obama).

As for VP it does not matter to me. I will go for McCain regardless as he is strong on the war (even if he is soft on a lot else; the war trumphs all for me right now) and the Dem's are simply going to make the war vastly worse by running away.

Nice vacation break for McCain. He had a decent month fund raising, Hillary is still alive terminator-style, and he gets to go play with fire (which any real man can appreciate!).

Somehow I doubt Obama would consider running a BBQ fire for others as something fun.

He might sip his white wine while watching others grill, but I can't imagine him honestly enjoying getting his own hands greasy/dirty; drinking a beer, and just talking in that casual relaxed way that McCain does so well.