With every passing hour comes word through the political grapevine that John McCain has settled on Romney, or considering Joe Lieberman, or picked Tom Ridge. Even Rudy' name has been thrown around this afternoon.
Probably the biggest issue surrounding McCain's VP pick is whether he'll dare pick a pro-choice candidate as his running mate. A small vocal base of right-wingers is up in arms at the thought of a pro-choice candidate on the ticket. Dire predictions that McCain's Christian conservative base will turn on him if he picks a pro-choice candidate are all over the right-wing blogosphere. There is however, a growing chorus of folks on the right who think a bold out-of-the-box pick is exactly what McCain needs to win.I happen to think all the threats coming from the far right are overblown. If McCain were to choose Lieberman, there would be a few supporters who may be outraged, but for the most part I think he could weather the storm just fine. Threats from evangelicals ring hollow because you know they're gonna vote, and they damn sure aren't voting for Obama.
John McCain should follow his heart when he picks a running mate. He should block out any threats or ominous predictions and pick the guy he thinks is right. John McCain is as pro-life as you can get. Whether or not his running mate is pro-life is irrelevant.
It's just plain stupid to cross an otherwise excellent candidate off the list simply because he holds one view you happen to disagree with. The far right will yell, complain, and maybe even throw stuff, but when election day rolls around they'll vote for McCain.
The real important thing to Christian conservatives is to keep Barack Obama from being elected. John McCain with or without a pro-choice running mate is a godsend compared to Barack Obama and whoever the hell he picks. Barack Obama is the antithesis of everything the far right hold dear. He's not pro-choice, he's pro-abortion. He made it clear at the Saddleback forum exactly what kind of judges he would appoint to the Supreme Court.
Barack Obama's values are San Francisco values and any right-winger who would vote against McCain or not vote at all is an idiot. However, I don't believe that's going to happen. Anyone that McCain chooses will be better than the far left dynamic duo of Barack Obama and (fill in the name).
I think Joe Lieberman would be a fantastic pick for John McCain. All the moderate Democrats who feel uneasy about turning the keys to the country over to a freshman Senator would give McCain a second look. All the Democrats who love America and want a warrior in the White House instead of a faux Messiah wuss will give McCain a second look.
Joe Lieberman is a good man. He stood literally completely alone against his own party to support the Iraq war. He was willing to give up his entire career to support a cause that was worthy and just. Like McCain, Joe Lieberman has character and character is a pretty rare commodity these days. Men like McCain and Lieberman will do what's right even when it's unpopular to do so.
We have a war going on and an economy that needs fixing, so what John McCain's running mate thinks about abortion is totally inconsequential. We don't live in a one issue world, and you're not always going to agree with a candidate on 100% of the issues. You have to look at the sum total of John McCain and the sum total of Barack Obama and then decide which candidate's ideals most closely resemble yours.