The Vice-President game: GOP edition

Carl Vehse proposes that we talk about who John McCain should select for Vice President, going so far as to promote a candidate:

Let’s talk about McCain and who he might chose for his VP. The Daily Time Herald in Carroll, IA, has one suggestion – Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Check out her credentials: Pro-life, NRA member, point guard of the 1982 State Champion Wasilla Warriors, Miss Wasilla of 1984, animal fur wearing, moose-burger-eating, snowmobile rider, obligatory Mid-East tourist, new mom, and has a possible campaign staff.

Moose-burger-eating! She sounds good to me. Do we have any other nominations from the floor?

Is there a Vice-Presidential choice that would make you either MORE likely to support McCain or LESS likely to support him?

Whoever mentions the name of the person whom McCain ACTUALLY chooses will win an imaginary crown of victory.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://bestronginthegrace.blogspot.com Theresa K.

    This is easy- Tim Pawlenty. Besides the usual VP qualifications, he’s a hockey player, “a really good guy” and a very smart wife (I’m listening to Judge Mary Pawlenty guest-hosting on my favorite morning radio show). Actually, he’s too good to waste on a vice-presidency, but I think that will probably cinch it for him.

  • http://bestronginthegrace.blogspot.com Theresa K.

    This is easy- Tim Pawlenty. Besides the usual VP qualifications, he’s a hockey player, “a really good guy” and a very smart wife (I’m listening to Judge Mary Pawlenty guest-hosting on my favorite morning radio show). Actually, he’s too good to waste on a vice-presidency, but I think that will probably cinch it for him.

  • Theresa K.

    This won’t make sense until my comment is moderated, but the correction is still necessary. Of course, he HAS a very smart wife, not IS a very smart wife. Being your own really smart wife would be amazing…amazingly weird. He doesn’t do that!

  • Theresa K.

    This won’t make sense until my comment is moderated, but the correction is still necessary. Of course, he HAS a very smart wife, not IS a very smart wife. Being your own really smart wife would be amazing…amazingly weird. He doesn’t do that!

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    We Minnesota Republicans are not generally all that enthused about Pawlenty. He’s better than having a Democrat in the office, but is considered a “centrist” with “a mind of his own.” In other words, another McCain, only more liberal.

    I’ve felt for some time that if there’s a woman available for the VP slot, McCain would be crazy not to choose her.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    We Minnesota Republicans are not generally all that enthused about Pawlenty. He’s better than having a Democrat in the office, but is considered a “centrist” with “a mind of his own.” In other words, another McCain, only more liberal.

    I’ve felt for some time that if there’s a woman available for the VP slot, McCain would be crazy not to choose her.

  • http://poporthodoxy.com PastorMatt

    There are Republicans in Minnesota?

  • http://poporthodoxy.com PastorMatt

    There are Republicans in Minnesota?

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    Lars, to me its a very good sign that Minnesota Republicans are not generally all that enthused about Pawlenty. I’ve been a Republican since Reagan’s second election and I’ve not often been very proud to admit it in public. The status-quo Republicans in our state tend to be evangelical extremists who are unwilling to realize that they stand in the way of true conservative gains in this state, in my opinion of course. My supporting evidence for this opinion would be the support, campaign and office of Michele Bachmann.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    Lars, to me its a very good sign that Minnesota Republicans are not generally all that enthused about Pawlenty. I’ve been a Republican since Reagan’s second election and I’ve not often been very proud to admit it in public. The status-quo Republicans in our state tend to be evangelical extremists who are unwilling to realize that they stand in the way of true conservative gains in this state, in my opinion of course. My supporting evidence for this opinion would be the support, campaign and office of Michele Bachmann.

  • Carl Vehse

    The url links in the original note got scrubbed. Here are the links (two at a time):

    Let’s talk about McCain and whom he might chose for his VP. The
    Daily Time Herald in Carroll, IA, has one suggestion – Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

  • Carl Vehse

    The url links in the original note got scrubbed. Here are the links (two at a time):

    Let’s talk about McCain and whom he might chose for his VP. The
    Daily Time Herald in Carroll, IA, has one suggestion – Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

  • Carl Vehse

    Check out her credentials: Pro-life, NRA member, point guard of the 1982 State Champion Wasilla Warriors, ,Miss Wasilla of 1984,

  • Carl Vehse

    Check out her credentials: Pro-life, NRA member, point guard of the 1982 State Champion Wasilla Warriors, ,Miss Wasilla of 1984,

  • Carl Vehse

    animal fur wearing, moose-burger-eating, snowmobile rider (Sarah’s husband, Todd, has won the “Iron Dog”, the longest snowmobile race in the world, four times), obligatory Mid-East traveler,

  • Carl Vehse

    animal fur wearing, moose-burger-eating, snowmobile rider (Sarah’s husband, Todd, has won the “Iron Dog”, the longest snowmobile race in the world, four times), obligatory Mid-East traveler,

  • Norman Teigen

    My choice is TPaw.

  • Norman Teigen

    My choice is TPaw.

  • Carl Vehse
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  • Carl Vehse

    Once moderated the original note with the links included should show up.

  • Carl Vehse

    Once moderated the original note with the links included should show up.

  • http://heresyhunter.blogspot.com Bob Hunter

    Sounds good to me too – I grew up eating Moose meat!

  • http://heresyhunter.blogspot.com Bob Hunter

    Sounds good to me too – I grew up eating Moose meat!

  • Jenna

    Mitt Romney.

    Sorry, we Michiganders like Mitt!

  • Jenna

    Mitt Romney.

    Sorry, we Michiganders like Mitt!

  • Ted

    Pawlenty, a boaring snoozer adding nothing.

    Q&A

    1. Which McCain Veep pick is SIMULTANEOUSLY the safest AND boldest?

    ANSWER: Sarah Palin

    2. How can McCain SIMULTANEOUSLY attract both Hillary AND Bob Barr voters?

    ANSWER: Sarah Palin

    * * *

    And then there’s this from the Conservative Voice:

    “Desperately seeking Sarah
    July 26, 2008

    By Stephan Andrew Brodhead

    Desperately seeking Sarah
    Americans need a little Palin Power

    Sarah Palin the current Governor of Alaska is John McCain’s ultimate choice for VP. I do believe a woman is next in line for the presidency. All Conservatives like her. She is popular in Alaska. Hillary supporters would relish her. She would solidify a 12 or possibly 16 year Republican executive.

    John McCain’s boring campaign is wearing thin. I need a little Palin Power to get me interested again. They would say ‘but she is only a half term Governor!’ And your point is?”

    * * *

    If John McCain doesn’t choose Sarah Palin, he might have to plead temporary insanity.

  • Ted

    Pawlenty, a boaring snoozer adding nothing.

    Q&A

    1. Which McCain Veep pick is SIMULTANEOUSLY the safest AND boldest?

    ANSWER: Sarah Palin

    2. How can McCain SIMULTANEOUSLY attract both Hillary AND Bob Barr voters?

    ANSWER: Sarah Palin

    * * *

    And then there’s this from the Conservative Voice:

    “Desperately seeking Sarah
    July 26, 2008

    By Stephan Andrew Brodhead

    Desperately seeking Sarah
    Americans need a little Palin Power

    Sarah Palin the current Governor of Alaska is John McCain’s ultimate choice for VP. I do believe a woman is next in line for the presidency. All Conservatives like her. She is popular in Alaska. Hillary supporters would relish her. She would solidify a 12 or possibly 16 year Republican executive.

    John McCain’s boring campaign is wearing thin. I need a little Palin Power to get me interested again. They would say ‘but she is only a half term Governor!’ And your point is?”

    * * *

    If John McCain doesn’t choose Sarah Palin, he might have to plead temporary insanity.

  • Greg Smith

    I have been touting Sarah Palin to everyone I know since McCain secured the nomination. She is far and away the best choice on every level. She has no downside. The only thing is that I would expect her to not want to get involved in Washington politics.

  • Greg Smith

    I have been touting Sarah Palin to everyone I know since McCain secured the nomination. She is far and away the best choice on every level. She has no downside. The only thing is that I would expect her to not want to get involved in Washington politics.

  • Carl Vehse
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  • Orianna Laun

    I say Pawlenty or Palin. Yes, there are a few Republicans in MN, and I don’t think Pawlenty is all that bad (maybe it’s just because he followed Ventura). For Palin, how can you not like a moose-burger-eating snowmobiler?

  • Orianna Laun

    I say Pawlenty or Palin. Yes, there are a few Republicans in MN, and I don’t think Pawlenty is all that bad (maybe it’s just because he followed Ventura). For Palin, how can you not like a moose-burger-eating snowmobiler?

  • Don S

    Sara Palin would be a good choice, except that she just had a baby in April who has special needs. How can she embark on a national Presidential election campaign right now? I would be disappointed in her judgment if she did.

  • Don S

    Sara Palin would be a good choice, except that she just had a baby in April who has special needs. How can she embark on a national Presidential election campaign right now? I would be disappointed in her judgment if she did.

  • Samuel

    Sorry, but I just can’t support McCain no matter who he picks. I know El Rushbo is puffing Palin, but isn’t she facing an investigation – firing the state’s public safety director because he wouldn’t fire a state trooper, her former brother in law?
    What’s up with that?

  • Samuel

    Sorry, but I just can’t support McCain no matter who he picks. I know El Rushbo is puffing Palin, but isn’t she facing an investigation – firing the state’s public safety director because he wouldn’t fire a state trooper, her former brother in law?
    What’s up with that?

  • Bruce

    What, no Lieberman advocates on this list???

    FWIW, there seems to be a lot of evidence that the Veep pic is irrelevant to the election. It wouldn’t seem so, but apparently it is. Sorry can’t quote any sources, but I’ve read it several times the past few weeks. Has anyone else seen this?

  • Bruce

    What, no Lieberman advocates on this list???

    FWIW, there seems to be a lot of evidence that the Veep pic is irrelevant to the election. It wouldn’t seem so, but apparently it is. Sorry can’t quote any sources, but I’ve read it several times the past few weeks. Has anyone else seen this?

  • CRB

    I predict Pawlenty. Picture this headline in 4yrs. should they win: “We’ve had ‘pawlenty’ of Mccain!” :)

  • CRB

    I predict Pawlenty. Picture this headline in 4yrs. should they win: “We’ve had ‘pawlenty’ of Mccain!” :)

  • Anon

    Pastor Matt, the rural counties, apart from the Iron Range, are overwhelmingly conservative Republican. It is Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and the traditionally Democrat-Farmer-Laborites in the Iron Range that are the Democrats in Minnesota.

    I’m not sure how many Republicans are on the campus of Concordia, St. Paul, what with professors endorsing Barakh Hussein Obama, and lots of bumper stickers saying “I think, therefore I vote Democrat”

    Alan Keyes or Ron Paul would be my choices, as they (and perhaps only they) would not violate their Constitutional oaths upon swearing in following a hypothetical McCain heart attack. Paul would strangely enough bring in a lot of leftists who don’t want Washington telling them what to do, and Keyes would present the Republican message very well indeed. How well either would rule is another question.

    So probably Brownbeck or Huckabee would be my choices, lest Obama institute his promised reich.

    What are Palin’s view on the written Constitution and the Declaration of Independence? What are her views on the culture of life versus the culture of death? What are her views of the sodomite desecration of marriage, that mysterion of the relationship between Christ and the Church?

    If Pawlenty is picked, we might end up with Frankenstein as governor (shudder)

  • Anon

    Pastor Matt, the rural counties, apart from the Iron Range, are overwhelmingly conservative Republican. It is Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and the traditionally Democrat-Farmer-Laborites in the Iron Range that are the Democrats in Minnesota.

    I’m not sure how many Republicans are on the campus of Concordia, St. Paul, what with professors endorsing Barakh Hussein Obama, and lots of bumper stickers saying “I think, therefore I vote Democrat”

    Alan Keyes or Ron Paul would be my choices, as they (and perhaps only they) would not violate their Constitutional oaths upon swearing in following a hypothetical McCain heart attack. Paul would strangely enough bring in a lot of leftists who don’t want Washington telling them what to do, and Keyes would present the Republican message very well indeed. How well either would rule is another question.

    So probably Brownbeck or Huckabee would be my choices, lest Obama institute his promised reich.

    What are Palin’s view on the written Constitution and the Declaration of Independence? What are her views on the culture of life versus the culture of death? What are her views of the sodomite desecration of marriage, that mysterion of the relationship between Christ and the Church?

    If Pawlenty is picked, we might end up with Frankenstein as governor (shudder)

  • Carl Vehse

    “firing the state’s public safety director because he wouldn’t fire a state trooper, her former brother in law?
    What’s up with that?”

    Try http://www.newsminer.com/news/2008/jul/28/scrutiny-wooten-raises-conduct-questions/

  • Carl Vehse

    “firing the state’s public safety director because he wouldn’t fire a state trooper, her former brother in law?
    What’s up with that?”

    Try http://www.newsminer.com/news/2008/jul/28/scrutiny-wooten-raises-conduct-questions/

  • kerner

    Right now I lean toward Sarah Palin.

  • kerner

    Right now I lean toward Sarah Palin.

  • http://maplemountain.blogspot.com/ s.d. smith

    What about Bobby Jindal? Is he out of fashion now?

    Do the Complementarians among us have any concerns over Sarah Palin, especially considering she just had a baby?

  • http://maplemountain.blogspot.com/ s.d. smith

    What about Bobby Jindal? Is he out of fashion now?

    Do the Complementarians among us have any concerns over Sarah Palin, especially considering she just had a baby?

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