May 15, 2008

Now comes the fun part - who will Obama and McCain pick as their Vice President candidates? Ted Strickland and Kay Bailey Hutchison come on down!



Getting a veep pick right is pretty tough, but I'm gonna take a shot. In order of likelihood:

Obama
1) Ted Strickland
2) Wes Clark
3) Tom Vilsack
4) Michael Bloomberg
5) Jim Webb

McCain
1) Kay Bailey Hutchison
2) Lindsay Graham
3) Charlie Crist
4) Tim Pawlenty
5) Joe Lieberman

Obama has to shore up his "white-guy" base, while taking Ohio from the GOP, and appealing to Christian conservatives. Strickland does all three.

McCain has to try to steal Hillary's female voters, while appealing to right-wing conservatives, and adding a bit of historic flair to his ticket to match Obama's story. Hutchison is an obvious pick.

So there you have it. You heard it here first. Again.

Who's your pick (will be / should be)?

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

a marxist, pro amnesty scum.

f them all.

All Pro Amnesty
All Pro Housing Bailout
All Pro Tax
All Anti Constitution

there is only one choice

WRITE IN RON PAUL

WildBill said...

OK, I get the McCain/right-wing conservative thing.

But how come Obama doesn't have to worry about left-wing liberals?

Are they only mythical creatures? Or do you figure he has them solidly already?

Anonymous said...

Obama VP : ED RENDELL, former DNC Chairman, current Gov. of PA. -Needs big state that is against him. Ed can carry a lot of pull.
McCain: VP Romney (McCain admits that he does not know anything about economics)

Anonymous said...

I don't think Bill Richardson is out of the question for Obama; he shores up Obama on foreign policy and may put New Mexico (typically a "purple" state)in play.

million said...

my biased VA opinion is that Webb should be higher up on his list. the guy goes to bat for the military which negates several cards the neo-nuts could play plus he's got serious fire and would pull absolutely zero punches in a VP debate. i could see him literally punching his debate opponent if they crossed the line or said something Cheney-ish which is what the Dems need --> somebody with some f*cking balls.

synthetik said...

Obama/Paul

Anonymous said...

Spot on 2 for 2

Silly Wabbit said...

I've heard Harold Ford Jr. as a possibility for Obamallamadingdong, but to me, that doesn't make sense.

Anonymous said...

Bloomberg and Lieberman.

Take a guess why.

txgman said...

Since this is a housing blog, here is a letter I wrote to Hutchison back in December, and her (form letter) response.

Ms. Hutchison,
I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed government intervention in the housing mess. I have read through the latest Treasury Department plan of freezing interest rates, as well as the White House plan to eliminate tax consequences of restructured mortgages. In short, both are designed to reward irresponsible decision making, and will therefore distort risk assessment in our free market.

The free market should be allowed to fully run its course, even if it results in a downturn in the economy. In fact, the faster that house prices in this country return to reasonable levels, the faster we can recover from this mess. Unfortunately, that will mean foreclosures for a few individuals, but please do not fall for the ridiculous argument that we must keep people in their homes. Those people knew the risk before they bought the home in the first place. They made an investment, and they are no different from someone who loses money in the stock market or gambling. If they cannot afford to keep their house, there are plenty of apartments to rent. Other taxpayers should not be asked to subsidize a lifestyle.

In closing, I respectfully ask you to champion personal responsibility and free markets, and fight this ongoing attempt to reward bad behavior.

RESPONSE:

Dear Mr. xxxxx:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the national mortgage and foreclosure situation. I welcome your thoughts and comments on this issue.

As you know, Americans across the country have felt the effects of the subprime home loan market. Subprime loans are often granted to individuals with impaired or no credit history. These loans typically have higher interest rates and fees due to the higher risk associated with the borrower. Delinquency and foreclosure rates are increasing nationwide, and subprime loans are playing a role in this increase. To help address this issue, housing developers may be allowed to combine the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program with Housing and Urban Development programs to curb certain subprime lending practices.

President Bush and Congress have taken extensive measures to correct this issue. On August 31, 2007, President Bush announced his plan to assist homeowners in need of assistance in an effort to avoid foreclosure. The Administration's proposal would lower down payment requirements. It would allow the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure larger loans, and it would give the FHA more pricing flexibility. These reforms are intended to permit the FHA to reach more families who need assistance and offer more options for those interested in refinancing their existing mortgages.

The Administration has also proposed changing a key housing provision of the federal Tax Code in order to protect families who are forced to sell their homes for less than their mortgage value. This change in the Tax Code will provide temporary relief by ensuring that cancelled mortgage debt on a primary residence is not counted as income. The President has also called on federal banking regulators to improve disclosure requirements in order to ensure that lenders provide homeowners with precise and comprehensive information regarding their mortgages. Furthermore, President Bush has proposed a foreclosure initiative that would assist homeowners in the refinancing process.

On November 8, 2007, the Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, testified before the Joint Economic Committee regarding the subprime mortgage situation. Mr. Bernanke suggested steps that Congress could take to assist struggling borrowers. In his testimony, Bernanke recommended an overhaul of the FHA and offered new suggestions through which Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might assist. In addition, the chairman announced that the Federal Reserve will soon reveal new guidelines against unmerited and misleading mortgage practices.

I strongly support S. 2338, the FHA Modernization Act of 2007, which was introduced on November 12, 2007, by Senator Christopher Dodd. This bill addresses many of the President's requests by seeking to prevent foreclosures and to dissuade homeowners from resorting to risky mortgages, as well as increasing civil and criminal penalties for fraud.

For more information on mortgage counseling and preventing foreclosure, I encourage you to contact the HOPE NOW alliance 24-hour hotline at 1-888-995-HOPE. The HOPE NOW alliance is a non-profit coalition of mortgage servicers, counselors and investors that are working to assist struggling borrowers. It is made available to homeowners through the combined efforts of the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As Congress and the Bush administration continue to work toward alleviating the current housing downturn, you may be certain that I will keep your views and recommendations in mind. I believe homeownership is an essential part of the American dream. Congress should strive to help increase homeownership, support community development, and improve access to affordable housing that is free from discrimination, while not imposing an undue tax burden on Americans. As these proposals unfold, I will continue to work with my colleagues in an effort to aid the U.S. economy and Texas homeowners.

I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue of concern to you.

Sincerely,
Kay Bailey Hutchison

Anonymous said...

Obama/P Diddy

McCain/oxygen tank

Alpine the Realist said...

A black guy and a Jew (Bloomberg) running for president together?Wow, I did not know that you wanted John McCain to win that badly. And don't call me an anti-semite since I am Jewish. Any Jew with half a brian knows that a Jew can NEVER be elcted president. Bllomberg will NOT "shore up" the white blue collar vote since he is a billionaire.

The people in the outer boroughs of NYC hate Bloomberg. They constantly accuse him of only caring about Manhattan and letting them fight over the scraps.

Yoski said...

Oh no! Not Joe Loserman again. He's the reason I voted against Gore way back.
Instead of worrying so much about the conservative, liberal, white, female, blue collar or whatever vote it would be nice to pick a vice president that's competent. That would be a good start.

Anonymous said...

Obama lost some of the Jewish vote when he started talking about getting close to Iran. He lost most of it when it was learned that Wright's newsletter had an article written by a muslim calling for the destruction of Israel. Obama is toast in Florida with that voting block.

Anonymous said...

You forgot a serious VP contender for McCain and his name is "Bobby" Piyush
Jindal the genius/wonder kid governor of Louisiana. He is an Indian American, a governor of Louisiana and a lot of strong conservatives are clamoring for him. Especially the conservative blogosphere.

Osman said...

You left Condi Rice off the McCain ticket. She's the dream VP. And Lieberman is a Dem, so that's not going to happen.

Peter T said...

Obama has to offer the veep position to Clinton, to close the chapter of Michigan and Florida and to unite the party behind him. Clinton might decline at her own peril, but if she accepts, I'll pray for Obama's health.

Anonymous said...

Obamaramadingdong - who cares?

McCain? Joe Lieberman, of course, and simply because if McCain kicks the bucket while in office Joe rises to power.

That will put the cold chill of fear into the hearts of the ragheads knowing that a Jew is in control of the the biggest nuke stash on the planet.

hehehe ;>)

DESTROY ISRAEL!!!!! said...

Lieberman a Dem? yeah right he's a Zionist nutcase.
I SAY FUCK ISRAEL. MY TAXES PAY TO PROTEC T THEM FROM COUNTRIES THAT THEY PROVOKE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!! GIVE THE GOD DAMN PIECE OF LAND CALLED GAZA OR WHATEVER BACK TO THE PALASTINIANS FOR CRYING OUT LOUD SINCE THOSE JEWS STOLE IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. FUCK THAT FUCKING LAND. FUCK JEWS WHO GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THAT FUCKIN PIECE OF LAND! I NOTHING AGAINST ISRAELIS BUT PLACE THOSE ZIONIST NUKE HAPPY JEW FREAKS IN THE OVENS AND FRY THEM!!!!
WHEN THERE NICE AND ROASTED THROW ALL OF THESE AMERICAN RIGHT WING NAZIS IN THE OVENS.
EXCEPT BUSH AND CHENEY DUMSFELD DO THEM MUSSOLINI STYLE!!!!!

Executive Order 12919: "National Emergency" said...

McCain/Fred Thompson "zzzzz...nothing to see here my friends, now go back to sleep"

Mc Cain/Pastor John Hagee

McCain/Huckabee

Obama/Edwards

Obama/Hillary

Hillary/Obama

Ron Paul/Kucinich Independant "Dream" Ticket

or Election Suspended due to

Executive Order 12919: "National Emergency"
http://tinyurl.com/6e7go5

Anonymous said...

Hoowee, busiest thread on the blog. 20 posts!

Everyone must be very happy with your biased picks.

Anonymous said...

Hillary picks Bloomberg as VP, gives the finger to corrupt DNC and MSM, and they run as a new moderate/centrist independent party. Billionaire Bloomberg puts his own money.

Anonymous said...

I hope he picks Bill Richardson or Edwards because both together got 3% of the vote max. Edwards did wonders to Skull & Bones-Kerry.

penguindev said...

I'm ready for a Triumvirate myself.

Let's just do McCain-Hillary-Obama.

As if anything's going to be different!

Anonymous said...

None of the above!!!!

Anonymous said...

Keith,

I doubt that Obama will choose this white dude you mention here. Why would be pass Hillary. She has almost half the democratic vote. Together, they will destroy McCain.

It only makes sense to make her, his running mate.

You Republicans have nothing else to think up, sleazy as always.

Dny