McCain/Whitman 2008?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in McCain, Republicans, Veep

That’s the buzz coming from Denver, via Ambinder.

As I mentioned earlier in the day, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman could do numerous things to help McCain, not the least of which is act as a Hillary surrogate for many of those security moms and independent women who saw Hillary as the true candidate for “change.”

Also, let’s not forget that McCain named Whitman as one of those people whom he admires most at the Saddleback conference recently and who else could talk the talk when it comes to the economy?

Still, there are pretty obvious drawbacks.

For one, few know where Whitman stands on a lot of the hot button issues (she is pro-life), and while that may excite some independents, it’ll still scare McCain’s religious base…a lot. Basically, there’s no legislative record behind Whitman, only private sector work…most of which never sees the light of day.

Ambinder has more negatives…

But eBay’s lost a lot of value in ten years. There’s a lot about Whitman we don’t know. A lot that social conservatives might object to: eBay is very good to its gay employees, for one thing. And Whitman has her heart set on the governors’s mansion in California. Is she ready to lead from day one? When was the last time she went to Iraq? Etc. Etc.

Also, does anybody think Whitman would be ready to lead on day one if something happened to McCain. Dems would have a field day with that one.

Still, a female VP for McCain is extremely intriguing notion and I think it would be a game changer. In fact, it would be the only game changer.

More as it develops…


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5 Responses to “McCain/Whitman 2008?”

  1. Erik Sickinger Says:

    For a second, I thought it was Christie Todd Whitman.
    And considered switching sides to GOP.

    NOOOPPEE.

  2. Doug Mataconis Says:

    Christie Todd Whitman has about as much chance of being McCain running mate as Ron Paul.

  3. Ed in NJ Says:

    Wow, she ain’t too easy on the eyes.

    McCain is really scraping the bottom of the barrel here. I guess no one wants to join this sinking ship of a campaign. I can’t imagine, though, that they would be so stupid to take the former CEO of Ebay. There is so much anger at Ebay right now that plays right into the Dems narrative about Republicans. Small time, everyday users are getting squeezed while the elite Power Sellers are given sweetheart deals, some even having their fees waived. Is that the association the campaign wants to make?

    Add that to the fact that Whitman is totally unqualified, which destroys their inexperience argument vs. Obama. Will anyone want to vote for that old geezer knowing that when he keels, she’d become president?

  4. Divided We Stand - United We Fall Says:

    Back and blogging….

    the choice does leave McCain an opportunity to make a play for disgruntled Clinton supporters by selecting a woman for VP. There are plenty of good choices, Whitman, Fiorina, Hutchison, or my favorite – Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. It would be a smart …

  5. Donklephant » Blog Archive » Schmidt Agonistes – Game Change – Book Review and Blog Backwash Says:

    […] for disgruntled Clinton supporters by selecting a woman for VP. There are plenty of good choices, Whitman, Fiorina, Hutchison, or my favorite – Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. It would be a smart move, […]

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