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August 16, 2007

A Republican Woman for Vice President 2008

The two Democratic frontrunners for President and the four Republican frontrunners all have traits or histories that would have made them untenable in elections past: A former first lady, a Kenyan-American novice, a thrice married mayor, a Mormon, a septuagenarian, and a playboy actor. If Huckabee continues to ascend--a candidate for The Biggest Loser. Interesting times.

On the Republican side, there is one thing we know the candidate will be: a white male. From the standpoint of governing, the Republican running mate needs to be the best qualified public servant available. Of course, politics comes before governing—you have to get elected to have a chance to govern. So it is possible if not likely that the Republicans will need to balance their ticket to compete against a Dem ticket that is likely to be Hillary, or perhaps even Hillary and Obama.

Regional balance is one thing, and as I’ve said before, I’d love to see Rudy or Mitt select Mike Huckabee as VP. I like Huckabee very much, and the northeasterns need a southerner.

But do the Republicans need a woman, a black, or a black woman to balance Hillbama? If there was a clear selection among Republican women, “yes” would be an easy answer.

The first name on many tongues is Condoleezza Rice; first for president, which she apparently is not interested in; and now for VP, in which she probably is less interested

So where do the Republicans turn? Here are three possibilities:

Elizabeth Dole

Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Also here.

Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska. And here.

What women would you recommend as a Republican vice presidential candidate?

Posted by Jim at August 16, 2007 10:40 PM

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Palin seems kinda interesting at this point.

Posted by: plodon at August 17, 2007 02:53 AM

If the pres candidate is of the moderate Northeastern wing of the party (Rudy or Romney) then pick a more conservative woman, like:

Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina,

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee,

Sue Myrick of North Carolina,

Kay Granger of Texas

If the nominee is a more conservative white male, like Huckabee or McCain, then go with a moderate woman, like:

Linda Lingle of Hawaii,

Susan Collins of Maine,

Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas, or

Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia

Posted by: caliGOP at August 21, 2007 05:43 PM