Warnings to McCain on VP Pick

crist.jpgLike God-o-Meter said last week, one of the potential running mates who John McCain invited to his Arizona ranch over the weekend is not like the others. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Mitt Romney both have major support among Christian Right leaders (even if Romney lost the evangelical rank and file to Mike Huckabee during the primaries). Florida Governor Charlie Crist, meanwhile, does not.
It’s not that Crist inspires little enthusiasm among conservative Christian leaders–it’s that he inspires outright opposition. David Brody picked up the phone and got three prominent social conservatives on record (plus two more on background) as officially opposed to Crist.
Family Research Council Action senior vice president Connie Mackey outlined the danger of McCain picking Crist:


While he claims to be pro-life he has not been an advocate…We would not be supportive of his candidacy for Vice-President…I think it would not help him. McCain needs to continue to try and energize the base. I think that would certainly not energize the base and I think I could go one step further and say it would de-energize the base.

And here’s Texas-based activist Kelly Shackelford, who runs a Texas group associated with Focus on the Family:

That would certainly put the last nail in the coffin for social and Christian conservatives, but it won’t happen. Sen. McCain has been fairly clear that he will pick a solid conservative. The big question to me is the CA marriage ruling. When will he hit the softball resting over the plate? It is a gift and, so far, he has not taken advantage of it. It combines two beliefs he has- marriage is a man and a woman AND judges should not be activists- and he could speak sincerely and with conviction. Silence. It’s baffling so far.


What’s fascinating to God-o-Meter is that the Christian Right’s complaints about McCain keep mounting, long after he made nice with Jerry Falwell and vowed to heal relations with the movement. In the last month alone, McCain’s silence on the California marriage decision, public divorce from preachers Hagee and Parsley, and his apparent consideration of Crist for the number 2 spot have seemed to squander lots of the good will that McCain’s Christian Right outreach effort had managed to build up over the previous few months.


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posted May 27, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Here’s an important piece of advice: If it looks like it’s going to be McCain/Palin anyway (and that should be a “no brainer” for Team McCain), McCain should announce NOW or VERY SOON, rather than later towards the convention. There’s currently a growing chorus for Obama/Hillary (as VP) ticket (in fact the Dems are likely aware of the Palin phenomenon). If the GOP waits while movement for Hillary as VP grows — even worse until after it is solidified that Hillary will/could be VP pick — selecting Palin will be portrayed by Dems/liberal media more as a reaction by GOP selecting its own female (overshawdoing Palin’s own remarkable assets), rather than McCain taking the lead on this. Selecting Palin now or early (contrary to the punditocracy) will mean McCain will be seen as driving the course of this campaign overwhelmingly, and the DEMS will be seen as merely reacting. And, there’s absoultely no down-side to this because even if Hillary is a no-go as VP for Obama, the GOP gains by acting early. McCain the maverick. Palin the maverick. Do it now!
There’s no reason, and actually substantial negative, in McCain waiting to see what the Dems do first insofar as his picking Palin as VP, because, no matter who Obama picks, Palin is by far (and I mean far) the best pick for McCain and the GOP, especially in this time of GOP woes. The GOP can be seen as the party of real ‘change’ (albeit I hate that mantra, change, change, bla bla), while not really having to change from GOP core conservative values, which Palin more than represents.
In light of the current oil/energy situation, as well as the disaffected female Hillary voters situation, and growing focus on McCain’s age and health, Palin is more than perfect — now.
(Perhaps Team McCain is already on to this.)

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posted May 27, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Who is Palin? And speaking of the oil crisis, doesn’t anybody know that we get most of our oil from Canada from Exxon and Canadian companies like: Petro-Canada, Imperial and Conoco-Phillips? Maybe we should declare war on these Conglomerates. Oh on! These companies have Dead-eye Dick Cheney in their pockets. If we could get these Free World companies in line the price of Saudi Oil would drop, but as long as we let American Executives and Canadian Executives get rich off us and blame it on Arabs we will continue to pay the price.
I don’t see the Religious Right saying anything about these crooks and thieves. OH yeh, they also get paid off, don’t they?

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