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March 10, 2004

Forecast for Washington: Chilly

Feel the temperature drop? It's because Karl Rove just broke out in a cold sweat.

Republican Sen. John McCain allowed a glimmer of hope Wednesday for Democrats fantasizing about a bipartisan dream team to defeat President Bush.

McCain said he would consider the unorthodox step of running for vice president on the Democratic ticket - in the unlikely event he received such an offer from the presidential candidate.

``John Kerry is a close friend of mine. We have been friends for years,'' McCain said Wednesday when pressed to squelch speculation about a Kerry-McCain ticket. ``Obviously I would entertain it.''

McCain dismissed the idea that the 'crats would grow balls big enough to ask, though of course his language wasn't quite so...explicit.

``It's impossible to imagine the Democratic Party seeking a pro-life, free-trading, non-protectionist, deficit hawk,'' the Arizona senator told ABC's ``Good Morning America'' during an interview about illegal steroid use. ``They'd have to be taking some steroids, I think, in order to let that happen.''

Well, yes. But aside from the pro-life part, nowadays it's hard to imagine the Republican party doing that, either, and Kerry could use the War on Terror gravitas McCain would bring to the ticket. He's really a man without a home, is McCain, and you know he'd like to get some payback for the 2000 South Carolina primary.

Posted by Bigwig at March 10, 2004 02:29 PM | TrackBack
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Ah, yes, but you are thinking about this rationally, Bigwig. You're forgetting the overriding characteristic of both John Kerry and John McCain:

Ego.

Kerry won't choose McCain for the same reason he won't choose Hillary: He wants to be in the limelight. Being juxtaposed with McCain would make him look even more phony and pretentious.

McCain, on the other hand, would have a hard time explaining to his fellow vets why he agreed to be vice-president to someone who was calling US soldiers "baby-killers" while he was being beaten like a rented mule in Hanoi. Plus, one can't help but think that for McCain, being vice-president to John Kerry would be a step down.

Posted by: Captain Holly at March 11, 2004 10:44 AM