Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Please, please, please…

The Financial Times is reporting that Joe “my own state hates me” Lieberman is on McCain’s short list.

Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee who has endorsed John McCain, is being vetted as a potential running mate for the Republican presidential hopeful, according to an adviser to Mr McCain’s ­campaign…

Another McCain adviser said that it was unlikely that the Republican candidate would base his decision on “tactical considerations”.

“He can be pragmatic, but on the biggest decisions he tends to favour his instinct for the bigger picture,” the adviser said.

The bigger picture, in this case, being someone who would manage to alienate both the conservative base (a pro-choice, socially liberal New England Jew) and anyone else who eschews the George W. Bush foreign policy approach (which is basically all moderates and liberals).

Of course, if he doesn’t pick Lieberman, he’ll have to find someone else to whisper in his ear when he screws up basic foreign policy – but I guess McCain could always find a biased lobbyist to advise him in moments of crisis.

Some of Lieberman’s recent numbers? Less than 50% approval rating from independents in his own state, with only 26% of Democrats approving of his work.

On the positive side, he’s one of only a few living Americans who actually makes McSame seem like he has a pulse.


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  1. On the off chance this happens (and I think it is highly unlikely), who would you pit up against him as Obama’s VP?

    Comment by turneresq | August 9, 2008 | Reply

  2. If they picked Lieberman, he’s so weak, I think you could put any of the short list up there. My particular favorites would actually fare quite well: Schweitzer is genuine, affable, and would eat Lieberman alive in a debate, and Sebelius, who isn’t as personable as Schweitzer, but would help Obama keep any women potentially attracted to Lieberman’s pro-choice position, and would also, like Schweitzer, emphasize the post-partisan working in “Red” States.

    Comment by zenbowl | August 9, 2008 | Reply

  3. more than romney?

    Comment by ksh01 | August 9, 2008 | Reply

  4. Turner, to answer your question: anyone.

    Comment by dansac | August 9, 2008 | Reply

  5. Romney’s a bad choice, too, but at least he’s (ostensibly) pro-life, so that you don’t turn that whole crowd off. Plus, he has the same “I can work in a blue state” thing.

    As much as people complain about Obama’s choices, I think McCain is much worse off.

    Comment by zenbowl | August 9, 2008 | Reply

  6. I don’t know — I think there is a whole segment of the population that would see a McCain-Lieberman ticket as a “wonderful example of bi-partisanship,” or something along those lines.

    It would be interesting to see how it was played, and then how it was countered.

    Bruce in Louisville

    Comment by Bruce Maples | August 9, 2008 | Reply

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