Meet the next VP of the United States of America...John McCain.
Bush Gets Boost From McCain on IraqI pulled up Ted Rall's column by accident about McCain (it was listed in Yahoo's Op-Ed list). He's using his column to push his book and lementing over why Kerry asked McCain seven times. I'll quote this piece about McCain from Rall...don't worry, it's a quote from McCain's campaign site, not Ted Rall.
By SCOTT LINDLAW, Associated Press Writer
FORT LEWIS, Wash. - Before cheering troops, President Bush (news - web sites) got a strong endorsement on Iraq (news - web sites) and a boost for his re-election campaign Friday from Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican courted by Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites) to be his running mate.
Bush seemed to relish keeping McCain, his one-time rival for the presidency, out of Kerry's corner.
"Both candidates in this race are honored to be a friend of John McCain," Bush said at a campaign rally in Nevada. "Only one of us gets his vote. And I am proud that it is me."
The president said of McCain, who spent 5 1/2 years in a Vietnamese POW camp: "When he speaks of service and sacrifice, he speaks from experience. ... The United States military has no better friend in the United States Senate than John McCain."
McCain said of Bush: "He has not wavered in his determination to protect this country and to make the world a better, safer, freer place. You will not yield, nor will he."
McCain said 26 soldiers from this base have died in recent combat; Bush met with some of their families after the speeches, and with wounded GIs...
"I am pro-life," McCain wrote on his 2000 campaign website. "I oppose abortion except in the case of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is in danger. I support the constitutional amendment to prohibit the physical desecration of the American flag. [I will] curb the gratuitous violence in the media that is desensitizing our culture to violence. Bearing arms is a constitutionally protected right."Rall then rabidly froths at the mouth over why Kerry's choice for VP would be a dyed-in-the-wool conservative. Bwa-ha-ha-hahaha. Pwor wittle Kwerry.
Anyway, I think that Dick Cheney is, politically, a lightning rod and a liability going into this election. One of the mistakes made by Bush the Elder was not ditching Quayle in 1992. I don't know if the Vice President will be willing to step down. I don't know if McCain would really accept the Number Two position.
I certainly hope they will both do the right thing.
Then, McCain has a great shot at the presidential nomination in 2008 where he'll have to fight against Billiary.