I've been reading a little more about Sen. McCain's pick for his running mate.
My initial inclination was and is Mitt Romney, because of his economics knowledge. However, this would be quite a team to try to reach middle-class America, and to tell those who are struggling to make ends meet that they know EXACTLY how they feel. Get this: these guys, between the two of them, own 12 homes. That's TWELVE. The combined worth of said homes is estimated to be around $30 million. I somehow doubt that they feel your pain.
The other front runner is said to be Tim Pawlenty, the Minnesota governor. This would help McCain in Minnesota, which I think is going to be a bit of a problem for him, but while Pawlenty's youth and executive experience would be helpful, he is no match for Joe Biden when it comes to foreign affairs. A vice-presidential debate would be sure to happen, and one Republican insider said that a nationally televised Biden-Pawlenty debate is "unthinkable." In other words, I get the impression that everyone thinks Biden would tear him a new one.
Former Homeland Security director and Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge would be more of a match with Biden on national security and foreign affairs, with one big ol' caveat: he is pro-choice. McCain has had a hard time convincing the religious conservatives that he is their candidate, and a pro-choice pick would alienate those voters, as well as many independent and swing voters. Ridge has said that he would defer to McCain on the issue, but that would allow Democrats to paint Ridge as a flip-flopper, wishy-washy, and a yes-man.
The other main person being mentioned is Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman...yes, THAT Joe Lieberman. The Democrat-turned-independent who ran as Al Gore's running mate in 2000. Lieberman also supports abortion rights, and has a long history of supporting labor causes that would also alienate many in the GOP. It would make for some interesting debates with Biden, too, as they realized that they cast the same votes on many issues in the Senate. The core conservatives in the GOP would be going, "Tell me again WHY he picked this guy??" I can't believe I'm going to quote Phyllis Schlafly, but you can't get any more "core conservative" than that gal. "I think there would be a walkout on Lieberman at the convention. He’s not a Republican."
Interesting, huh? Looks like Senator McCain has a "Lady or the Tiger?" situation on his hands, AKA damned if you do, damned if you don't. At this point, I'm really not sure who he's going to pick. I'd say the odds are still with Romney, but he might go with a dark horse.