We had quite a few posts speculating about Obama's vice presidential choice, but what about the GOP side of that question? Who do you think Team McCain will pick? Who do you think they should pick?
Michael Crawford just emailed me to let me know that the pick was imminent (I've been doing too much DNCC reading this week). CNN is saying that McCain will announce tomorrow. He won't want the story to be about Obama's speech, but about pretty much anything else. For all we know his campaign might leak right after Obama speech just to cut the coverage.
The names getting floated around are Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Joe Lieberman, and former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, but it could be anyone. More on Joe rumors after the jump.
Two interesting points about Lieberman. Politico reported that Karl Rove tried to put a damper on that:
Republican strategist Karl Rove called Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) late last week and urged him to contact John McCain to withdraw his name from vice presidential consideration, according to three sources familiar with the conversation.
Lieberman dismissed the request, these sources agreed.
Lieberman "laughed at the suggestion and certainly did not call [McCain] on it," said one source familiar with the details.
"Rove called Lieberman," recounted a second source. "Lieberman told him he would not make that call."
And Bob Novak reported something similar yesterday:
Reports of strong support within John McCain's presidential campaign for Independent Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman as the Republican candidate for vice president are not a fairy tale. Influential McCain backers, plus McCain himself, would pick the pro-choice liberal from Connecticut if they thought they could get away with it.
But they can't get away with it -- and this has been made clear to McCain by none other than Joe Lieberman himself.
Lieberman surely doesn't know that much about Republican politics, but he has close Republican friends. One of them prevailed on Lieberman to tell McCain that a McCain-Lieberman ticket would be a disaster for all concerned, and especially for the GOP.
Personally, I agree with half the liberal blogosphere that the press would have a bipart-gasm if Lieberman is chosen. They're saying choice is the big issue here, but Lieberman has already said that he was wrong to vote against Alito and has voted to reduce rape victims' access to emergency contraception. He's no real friend to choice, and McCain has gone out of his way to say that choice specifically wouldn't disqualify someone.
That doesn't mean he'll be picked, though. What do you think?