[Guest post by DRJ]
The Democratic National Convention is over and the McCain campaign hopes to dampen its after-effects with a VP pick on Friday. The most recent reports suggest it will be Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.
Pawlenty is a safe pick but I wonder if he will come across as a lightweight in his debate with Joe Biden just as Dan Quayle suffered in comparison to Lloyd Bentsen. It’s possible Biden will commit some gaffe (it’s happened before) but he will certainly do everything possible to avoid it and he only has to do so for one debate.
McCain bills himself as a maverick and he is when it comes to challenging the Republican Party. But at a time when McCain needs to shake up this election with a bold pick, I doubt he will. I don’t mean he should select a Democrat like Joe Lieberman or a pro-choice candidate like Tom Ridge but he needs a younger, energetic Fred or Fredette Thompson who can articulate conservative values and satisfy the public’s yearning for something new.
Pawlenty may be the closest we’ll get.
As for me, I’ll accept any choice as long as it’s not Lindsey Graham.