Thursday, May 29, 2008

Is McCain Talking to Hillary?

To regular visitors, I'll have another column up on Sunday morning. It will deal with "options for Hillary Clinton" -- and it will be a good piece. I have a hunch Mrs. Clinton will go through the motions when it comes to the campaign of Barack Obama. In the recent flap about a new preacher (an RC priest) at Obama's (former?) church, John McCain stood up for his friend Hillary Clinton -- and Obama didn't. I think Sen. McCain may be talking to Sen. Clinton behind the scenes.

If you're interested in another candidate who might one day end up in the White House, check out my piece on PA's Melissa Hart:

Rumors are swirling that Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska is on John McCain's short-list for the vice-presidential nomination. I'll write more Thursday p.m. about why Sarah would appeal to disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters. The following is from the popular site called "Wizbang."

Posted by KevinPublished: May 29, 2008 - 1:32 AM

A tipster sent us word that John McCain's VP advance man Arthur Culvahouse has been spotted in Juneau, Alaska. There's only one reason he would be there - to meet with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin about the Vice President position.

This comes on the heels of McCain's Memorial Day weekend barbecue attended by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former White House budget director Rob Portman, and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. Supposedly that was in informal affair, not a vetting session, but it appears that the VP selection game is very much afoot.

Governor Palin would (in my estimation) make an excellent VP candidate for McCain. Thomas Cheplick at The American Spectator makes the case that she's probably the only VP cadidate who can balance the ticket against Obama. She's also a potential magnet for disaffected Hillary Clinton voters, many of whom are just looking for a reason not to vote for Obama.

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