Friday, February 15, 2008

The "Right" Move

John McCain is in the midst of a coronation ceremony of sorts for the nomination. The contest being essentially over, he needs to contemplate just what politico to place on the bottom half of the ticket with him.

It is true that most voters solely vote for the name on the top, but with the ever expanding role of the vice-presidency (thanks to Gore and especially Mr. Cheney) the electorate is starting to recognize the vice president as an advisor and possessing influence over the president and policy decisions.

So who will it be? This question will undoubtedly be on the minds of many voters until at least summer, when one is named. Many pundits have begun to throw names around: Romney, Huckabee, Rudy and even Lieberman.

McCain is so popular with the moderates and independents already that he need not choose a centrist politician. A move like that would only further infuriate the conservative base of the party. Fred Thompson was the conservatives' go-to man in this election, and I think he would make a great choice. Cautiously we need to remember the image the liberal media will portray of two old white men versus Barack Obama; doesn't really bode well for those who are looking for changing the status quo.

Now the candidate of choice and one who would represent change in Washington opposed to McCain's decades of service inside the Beltway is quite apparent.

This man needs to first change his political ideology to a more conservative one. In the past he has admitted to being pro-choice, supportive of 'reasonable' gun control as well as affirmative action but still labeling himself a republican.

With McCain campaigning on the platform of keeping America safe, this man's resume and credentials are impeccable: A general in the United States Army, National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State.

Colin Powell

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