Franks or Petraeus for Veep?
Alexander Burns notes that there is serious musing about retired General Tommy Franks and current General David Petraeus as the Republican vice presidential nomination. Burns finds it interesting that they might be “considered desirable vice presidential prospects, even as public enthusiasm for the war remains weak. With Iraq shaping up to be one of the defining issues of 2008, leading Republicans are not running away from the war. Many are actually running toward it.”
It’s incredibly rare that the veep nominee makes much of a difference in the race and I can’t imagine that Petraeus, much less Franks, would be an exception. And if Petraeus somehow manages to work a miracle in Iraq, I’m not sure why a VP run would be very attractive to him; he could certainly have a much more rewarding life on the book and lecture circuit.