According to this story in the New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/21/us/politics/21cnd-mccain.html?ex=1369108800&en=fde58efe414a6b98&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John "F--- You" McCain is having three potential vice-presidential candidates at his ranch in Sedona, Arizona over the upcoming weekend.
The three are all governors or former governors. Florida's popular Charlie Christ, Louisiana's new conservative superstar Bobby Jindal and one time rival and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
All three have good things to bring to being the potential number two with ol' Sen. "F--- You" McCain. Two of the three have drawbacks that can make a little trouble in the fall contest. One has the economic background that brings something necessary to a candidate who has admitted that he is not all that up on basic economy 101.
Charlie Christ. Popular governor of Florida. Seemingly a conservative heir to former Gov. Jeb Bush. But, he has done a Gov. Arnold and gone a bit squishy. Oh, not nearly as bad as Gov. Arnold, but bad enough. That is one drawback. The other is that there have been nasty and clearly unsubstantiated rumors that Gov. Christ is secretly a homosexual. May not play well with the base, a base Sen. "F--- You" McCain needs very desperately.
Bobby Jindal. Just elected last year in a landslide as governor of always troubled Louisiana. Gov Jindal set forth enacting major reforms of how Louisiana does business as a state. Sweeping ethical reform is the hallmark of Gov. Jindal's tenure. And, that is one of Sen. "F--- You" McCain's hallmarks under a reform banner. But, Gov. Jindal is young and has not even gotten through his first term. There is a lot of work to do and Gov. Jindal needs to finish it. His time will come.
Leaving Mitt Romney the third candidate. As a former Mitt partisan, of course I think he is the best choice. But, there is a downside. The pluses are many. Mr. Romney is very experienced in the private sector. He saved and made Bain Capital. Did the same with the teetering Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics. And, once done with that he ran and won a term as governor of bluer than blue Massachusetts. So, Mr. Romney has a good, successful economic background and a sucessful term as governor of Massachusetts. But, there is the Mormon bugaboo. That may be the one downside. But, in a spirited campaign, I think that his defense of his faith and openness to protecting those of different faiths, he may be over that downside. Oh, one more thing. Mr. Romney ran the hardest race against Sen. "F--- You" McCain proving that he could be the attack dog with a smile. And the chances are that he will not be quite as prone to make the kind of colorful remarks that Sen. "F--- You" McCain is known for.
So, if I were to be prognosticating this, if these are the final three, here is my order of finish:
1) Mitt Romney
2) Bobby Jindal
3) Charlie Christ.
Maybe next week will be a big announcement. And, Sen. McCain needs big and good news to offset the overwhelmingly orgasmic coverage of Sen. Barack by the Dinosaur, Drive-By, Mainstream Media. And, to get that sluggish base ready to go for November.