There’s a fanciful (fake) press release running around the net purporting that McCain should pick Romney for Secy of Treasury and Huckabee as VP. It would be nice, but ain’t gonna happen.
Also, it’s not good for the party. Who do we have that counters a “nice” black man (to use Biden’s words)? Who do we have that would draw the disaffected women’s votes? Neither Huckabee or Romney fills either condition. For all the good either could do, as second banana to McCain, it’s not a good match.
(NOTE: I like Huckabee. I still have the sticker on my car (but not much longer). I just don’t think he adds the best balance for the party or the country.)
Who would I choose? I like Sarah Palin and JC Watts.
Listen to how Wikipedia describes Governor Sarah Palin (R-Alaska):
“Palin was the point guard for the Wasilla High School Warriors when they won the Alaska small-school basketball championship, in 1982. In 1984, she competed in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant after winning the Miss Wasilla contest earlier that year. In the Wasilla pageant, she played the flute and also won Miss Congeniality. Palin holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho. She briefly worked in the media and utility industries.
“Governor Palin holds a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association. Her husband, Todd, works for BP at an oil field on the North Slope and is a commercial fisherman. On September 11, 2007, the Palins’ son Track joined the Army. Age 18 at the time, he is the eldest of her five children. She also has three daughters, Bristol, 17, Willow, 13, and Piper, 7. On April 18, 2008, Palin gave birth to her second son, Trig Paxson Van Palin, who has Down syndrome. The Palin family lives in Wasilla, about 40 miles north of Anchorage.”
In short, she is a woman, a wife, a mother of 5, co-owner in her husband’s fishing business, and a successful Christian governor in an otherwise corrupt state government. (And she’s good looking – even in jeans and work boots.)
Maybe Palin won’t leave Alaska, where she has an 85% approval rating. Let’s turn, then, to JC Watts.
JC Watts was a college and football star quarterback (Univ of Okla and Canadian Football league), was a Baptist Youth Pastor, and served 4 terms in the US house before returning home to take care of family and run a successful business in a small city; he’s an eloquent, savvy, handsome black man with solid evangelical and conservative credentials.
In Congress, he served as Chairman of the House Republican Conference (the 4th highest ranking position). And in a 1998 interview with the NY Times, he chastised some black Democrats and civil rights leaders as “race-hustling poverty pimps”, whose careers he said depend on keeping blacks dependent on the government.
Either Sarah Palin or JC Watts would provide balance to McCain and appropriately counter the Obama ticket. Few others out there would do near as well.