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... Further, if it is a battle of angry white men, he might give McCain a stroke.

VP candidates rarely make much impact on the final electoral college vote, and not so rarely become President. So there is a strong case for the argument that the VP should be chosen in terms of being the replacement President rather than in terms of benefit on the campaign trail.

And yet, nobody ever seems to do more than give lip service to that approach. Since, after all, facing a Presidential election, and especially following two that went down to the wire, with Gore and Bush only barely winning the election, nominees go for the possible marginal electoral benefit over the more important question of the structure of their administration should they win.

However, there is one possible scenario where a VP nomination for Webb could possibly make a major contribution. And that is if Sen. McCain goes down the "Sen. Obama did not serve in the military, therefore he has to shut up about military strategy" track again. As VP nominee, and as a bit of a bulldog, Sen. Webb could very well make the argument that the best test for being in charge of a nation's strategic direction is being right on big issues, and Obama was right on the biggest issue while McCain was wrong.

Given McCain's temperament, its easy to imagine him becoming apoplectic, and reinforcing the meme that he is too unstable to be trusted as CiC.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Jun 1st, 2008 at 12:31:48 PM EST
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