What would be the boldest vice presidential choice John McCain and Barack Obama could make? (Updated)
The gang behind Newsweek‘s Ruckus blog is asking its contributors to answer the following question: “What would be the boldest vice presidential choice John McCain and Barack Obama could make?”
If we leave aside the silly and absurd, for McCain, the answer seems obvious: Joe Lieberman.
This would double down on his foreign policy experience as well as reinforcing his cultivated image as a maverick who’s not bound by party lines. It would reach out to moderates, strengthen his appeal to Jewish voters, and conceivably pull in some Hillary Clinton dead-enders and DLC Democrats. It would also risk further alienating conservatives, which probably means he won’t do it.
For Obama, I’ll go in a similar direction: Chuck Hagel or Colin Powell.
Picking a moderate Republican with serious foreign policy credentials would seriously undercut McCain’s chief argument, that Obama is too unseasoned to be commander-in-chief. Powell would be especially intriguing in that you’d have two African Americans, neither of whom have familial ties to the traditional civil rights/legacy of slavery heritage of the community. That might be more risk than Obama can bear, however, and I rather doubt Powell would take the offer. Hagel, though, just might.
Update (Dave Schuler)
Right picks, wrong tickets.
First off, Sen. Obama doesn’t need to make a bold choice and IMO would be imprudent if he did. His candidacy is already a bold choice. What he needs to do is make a choice that’s viewed as safe by moderates and independents. Who better for that than Joe Lieberman? Yes, it would aggravate the progressive wing of his own party And that would be bad how?
Sen. McCain could do a lot worse than talking Colin Powell into being his running mate. Downside: he’s too old. That overrules him as a running mate for Sen. Obama, too. I think McCain really needs to pick a woman as a running mate.
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