Thursday, April 24, 2008

Is Bloomberg On McCain's VP Short List?

New York has been lucky to have two excellent GOP executives in a row. This isn't the only place Bloomberg's name has been linked to McCain, and we would be lucky to have such a strong GOP ticket. (Note: the link is dead and in any event Bloomberg has since stated he won't run as VP.) I mentioned before that the name of former HP CEO Carly Fiorina has come up, and that name in particular seems to be crystallizing in recent days. Check out my original list of good and bad choices whose names have been in the VP rumor mill. Another good fit would be Jon Huntsman Jr., governor of Utah - a successful progressive governor from a conservative state. M. Jodi Rell, governor of Connecticut, isn't mentioned very much but would also be a good choice.

Here's what I hope (for the GOP's sake) McCain's strategists are thinking:

1) There's no third party for evangelicals. They're voting GOP even if I pick a Bloomberg or Huntsman instead of a Jindal.

2) The center is very much up for grabs. If I pick a Bloomberg, we got'em. If not, get used to saying "President Obama".

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