1. Icarus says:

    Sanford is a great guy, and would make an excellent President.

    But if McCain has to pick a southerner, he’s toast.

    I’m still saying Pawlenty.


    Atlanta – With John McCain as the predicted GOP front-runner, people are beginning to speculate on his running mate. Pundits agree that if McCain secures the nomination, he will need a strong conservative in the Deep South. Draft Haley Barbour for Vice President, an Atlanta-based committee, has launched an online petition to engage conservative Americans in a push for the GOP nominee to select Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi, as his running mate.

    “Governor Barbour has the mass appeal needed to help the GOP nominee carry not only the south but the traditional conservative base,” said Joshua W. Jones, chairman of the Draft Haley for Vice President committee. “He doesn’t risk polarizing the constituency like other candidates being discussed by the political pundits.”

    Yesterday, exit polls revealed that voters in both parties favor economy as the most important issue facing the country, an idea that has been reinforced by a turbulent day on Wall Street and in stock markets worldwide.

    “Governor Haley Barbour is a proven economic leader,” Jones said. “In spite of the nations largest national disaster, he has pulled Mississippi out of a $720 million budget deficit to a $246 million surplus, decreased Medicaid rolls to less than 600,000 and created more than 38,000 jobs—all without raising taxes.”

    When Hurricane Katrina struck, Governor Barbour took the lead early on and worked with local, state and national leadership to tap into many resources of assistance for victims of the hurricane. For his leadership, Barbour was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Freedom Award, which is presented by the bipartisan American Legislative Exchange Council to a nationally recognized leader who has an extraordinary record of successfully advancing Jefferson’s principles.

    “For more than a decade, Governor Barbour has fought to defend conservative values, to maintain freedom and to honor faith,” Jones said. “As true conservatives, we want to make our voices heard by drafting Haley Barbour as America’s next vice president.”

    The committee has produced its first TV spot highlighting Barbour’s qualifications, which they expect to air later this month.

    To sign the petition in support, view the TV spot or learn more about the Draft Haley movement, visit http://www.DraftHaley.com

  3. Gag Halfrunt says:

    Since Hillary is going to pick Al Gore (don’t laugh – I’ve already seen the bumper stickers around town) McCain will need to pick someone who will give his ticket equal recognition.

    I’m betting on Russ Feingold.

  4. Dave says:

    It’s not gonna be a non-republican. McCain is a “marverick” but he won’t try and get too cute by going democratic. It sure as hell ain’t gonna be Sonny, despite the AJC’s and some on this blog’s continued pushing. It won’t be Barbour, Mississippi is already in the bag for him. I pick Crist from FL, a state McCain has to have in the general.

  5. Dave says:

    Gag, to quote John McEnroe, “you cannot be serious!” Gore’d NEVERRRRRRRRR be another VP to another Clinton!!! Jeezussss!

  6. Gag Halfrunt says:

    Dave, you can’t deny the power of all those 15 year old Volvos driving around with Clinton-Gore bumper stickers. Wake up and smell the exhaust fumes!

  7. Icarus says:


    I think the point isn’t that Hillary wouldn’t want Gore, it’s that Gore wouldn’t take it. He’s already spent 8 years as VP, why would he want to sign up for another 4/8?

  8. MSBassSinger says:


    Assuming McCain does lock up the delegates needed for nomination, who would a liberal RINO Presidential nominee pick for VP?

    If he wants to win, it needs to be a real conservative, not another RINO.

    If McCain picks Romney (or Guliani or Crist or Perdue), then he will have picked another RINO with a bent towards liberalism. Conservatives will avoid voting for President while voting on the rest of the ballot.

    If McCain picked Fred Thompson, that looks too much like making Nancy Pelosi the next President given their ages.

    If McCain picks Huckabee, that is his best chance. Huckabee is conservative across the spectrum, and carries a lot of conservative support. Huckabee’s marital fidelity is also a positive against the heyday the Left will make of McCain dropping the wife who stood by him for the rich trophy wife.

    Mark Sanford, while more conservative than Romney, Guliani, Crist, or Perdue, is still weak on immigration and 2nd amendment rights. Sanford wouldn’t garner enough conservative support to make McCain tolerable.

    The truth is that McCain is to 2008 what Ford was to 1976. A weak, error-prone, Rockefeller-Republican RINO with insufficient support in a Presidential race. Only a strong conservative who is strong across the spectrum of conservatism can get a McCain/??? ticket in the White House.

  9. juliobarrios says:


    Great point on Crist as there is no way McCain can become President without Florida. The problem with Crist is he’s rapidly developing a reputation as a populist. Crist is not a Conservative.

    I don’t know if picking a VP to carry a state is as important as it used to be – if Edwards had carried NC for Kerry they would currently be in the White House. But Florida has so many votes and is so perfectly in balance as a swing state, that a Crist VP could push FL ever so slightly into the “R” column.

    Obviously a Barbour pick would not be to secure MS, but to satisfy the Conservatives.

  10. DMZDave says:

    Pick two White males and you might as well just save us all a lot of time and money and just send the keys to the White House to the Democratic nominee. McCain either picks Kay Bailey Hutchison or Condeleeza Rice or he loses. Unfortunately for McCain , both Hutchison and Rice are deadly serious when they say they don’t want the job. Kay Bailey would rather be the governor of Texas in 2010 and Condeleeza Rice would rather be the Commissioner of the NFL.

  11. Dave says:

    Gore hates both Clintons with a passion. If Bill had kept his weenie dry, Gore would have been president and he hates Hillary simply because she’s so deserving of it. Barbour is a smart fellow, to be sure, but he looks and, more importantly, sounds like a used car salesman. Ain’t gonna happen.

  12. Dave says:

    Gag, I can’t tell if you’re joking by your post so I’ll just say that those stickers you’re seeing on those 15 year old Volvos are from the FIRST Clinton/Gore paring.

  13. Dave says:

    GMZ, I think Condi might just take it. Her term as Secstate is winding down and there are no skeletons. A good pick in my view.

  14. MSBassSinger says:

    Kay Bailey Hutchison and Condi Rice?

    Bottom line: Most American voters don’t care whether the President & VP are white or black, male or female. Those who do care about such things are Democrats. Most American voters have little use for politcial blogs, PC issues, and talk shows – they have their hands full raising kids, working 2 jobs to pay taxes or working long hours to build a career and a future, volunteering through their churches, and generally having a life. They’ll pay attention once the dust settles around September or October.

    Given the choice betweeen a Democrat who will raise their taxes and get government more intertwined in their lives, and Republicans who will do the same thing, only pretend they won’t, they’ll elect the Democrat.

    Given the choice betweeen a Democrat who will raise their taxes and get government more intertwined in their lives, and Republicans who are believable about reducing the tax burden or even making it simpler (as in the Fair Tax), and are believable about reducing the degree to which government runs their lives, they’ll elect the Republican. That is why the 1994 elections were so sucessful, and why the 2006 elections were not. By 2006, people just got tired of Republicans not keeping their promises.

    The conservative scenario simply is not the case with McCain and any of the folks for VP that have been mentioned on here and in the media.

    Both Sen. Hutchison and Sec. Rice are as liberal as McCain. Liberal does not win nationally for Republicans.

  15. Bull Moose says:

    I would like for our nominee to pick someone that he is comfortable with and trusts who will do a good job for America. That said, my favorites:

    1. Gramm
    2. Pawlenty
    3. Sanford
    4. Graham
    5. Huntsman

  16. SpaceyG says:

    Don’tcha just love it when people try to justify, dignify, or qualify Stupid America? Example here:

    “Bottom line: Most American voters don’t care whether the President & VP are white or black, male or female. Those who do care about such things are Democrats. Most American voters have little use for politcial blogs, PC issues, and talk shows – they have their hands full raising kids, working 2 jobs to pay taxes or working long hours to build a career and a future, volunteering through their churches, and generally having a life. They’ll pay attention once the dust settles around September or October.”

    On second thought, it’s not so much Stupid American that BassSinger seems to extoll above; rather just a place that’s mind-numbingly dull and boring, and just plain philistine. A review of a recent book about the American Dumb and Dumber phenom is here:


  17. I’m stilling holding out for my horse.

    If McCain seizes the nomination, he’s going to have an incredibly difficult time. He needs a network of ground supporters and a tenacious campaigner who can do what he can’t do, inspire the troops. A campaign is nothing without getting people to the ballot box.

    Unless Hilary is the nominee, I think McCain is going have some really rough waters. Deja vu, 1996. Dole selected Kemp who was virtually useless on the ticket.

    If Huck’s Hail Mary doesn’t score, he would be wise to tap him. I’ve never seen ANYONE better that the Governor. That’s not blind loyalty, that is a fact.

  18. GOPeach says:

    McCain better get ready…. the fertilizer is about to hit the ventilator!

    ELECTION 2008 john McCain funded by Soros since 2001 Candidate’s Reform Institute also accepted funds from Teresa Kerry Posted: February 12, 2008 1:00 am Eastern By Jerome R. Corsi ? 2008 WorldNetDaily George Soros As Sen. John McCain assumes the GOP front-runner mantle, his long-standing, but little-noticed association with left-wing donors such as George Soros and Teresa Heinz Kerry is receiving new attention among his Republican critics.

    In 2001, McCain founded the Alexandria, Va.-based Reform Institute as a vehicle to receive funding from George Soros’ Open Society Institute and Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Tides Foundation and several other prominent non-profit organizations.

    McCain used the institute to promote his political agenda and provide compensation to key campaign operatives between elections.

    In 2006, the Arizona senator was forced to sever his formal ties with the Reform Institute after a controversial $200,000 contribution from Cablevision came to light. McCain solicited the donation for the Reform Institute using his membership on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, he supported Cablevision’s push to introduce the more profitable al la carte pricing, rather than packages of TV programming.

    Read the entire article here: http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=56177

  19. GOPeach says:

    While doing research on this matter I found several articles which confirm this, as well as, this gets even worse:


    “The McCain-Feingold legislation was an idea devised by the brilliant Mr. Soros.”

    “During the 2000 political season John McCain and Russ Feingold attended the two so-called ‘Shadow Conventions’ that Soros sponsored. McCain, who is desperately attempting to retain his false title of ‘Republican’, was the keynote speaker at the ultra-liberal Philadelphia convention while Feingold spoke at the Los Angeles event. Low and behold, in 2001, John McCain founded the Reform Institute largely funded by a huge donation from George Soros’ Open Society Institute and his Tides Foundation. ”

    “Most damning is McCain’s Reform Institute fellow, Juan Hernandez, who is an open-border lobbyist and former Mexican government cabinet member. Working for Presidente Vicente Fox, he was the Director of the Office of Mexicans Living Abroad. He is described in his bio at McCain’s Reform Institute as being an American, but actually has dual citizenship with Mexico and has feverishly lobbied for amnesty. Juan Hernandez with his extremist views on illegal immigration and open borders, is also the John McCain presidential campaign’s Hispanic Outreach Director. One does not have to be a rocket scientist to see that McCain has never veered off of his path to amnesty.”

    “A little known fact is that McCain has quietly endorsed George Soros’ anti-2nd amendment gun control position, going so far as to do an advertisement for the Soros funded pro-gun control group, Americans for Gun Safety. Campaigning against gun shows to promote the McCain-Lieberman Gun Show Control Bill of 2004, the advertisement carried multiple misleading statements as explained by Dave Kopel writing in the National Review Online in an article titled, “Gun Games: Truth is a casuality of the anti-gun cause.” The McCain-Lieberman Gun Show Law would have greatly expanded the Brady Bill and the Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) while continuing to fund new gun control laws. Important to note is that the highly respected Gun Owners of America has been exposing McCain’s anti-2nd Amendment agenda for quite some time. Read GOA’s Take on John McCain and John McCain’s Gun Control Problem. Prior to 2000, the beginning of his relationship with Soros, McCain went from being a supporter of the 2nd Amendment to being a lead sponsor of anti-gun bills.”

    McCain’s Reform Institute:


    Look at the Leadership entry – you can see U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is also a member and a McCain supporter – D.C. needs to have a major cleaning – WE THE PEOPLE need to clean house !!! We must vote to get these fake politicians who are bought and paid for – we must vote to send them home.

    Also, check out Advancing the Reform Agenda – they are still happy and bragging about McCain-Feingold – THEY JUST DON’T GET IT – I PRAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL GET IT !!!

  20. Where am I wrong in my comment? Outside of Ron Paul, who can’t get more than 7 % in the polls, none of the candidates did squat as far as organization goes. We took 14 of 20 counties in the 8th district, by working effectively.

    The fact remains that the establishment fears Huckabee for the simple fact that they have always used the religious right as a pawn. Not that Huckabee is a theocrat, but should he succeed the country clubbers lose their market share.

    You probably don’t remember ’96, or even ’92. Its been dismal since Reagan and he almost was a fluke. Huckabee is a hard charger and knows how to move people.

  21. Romegaguy says:

    and dont forget Bain Capitol, GOPeach. BAIN is the source of all evil in this world. Heck, they probably plotted to kill JFK, give Reagan Alzheimer’s and are the reason Rep Broun and Erick havent been sworn in yet.


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