Dick Morris gets too much attention for his views on politics in general and the ’08 race in particular. He occasionally gets the analysis right, but this time I think he’s giving McCain bad advice on VP choices. His whole premise is that McCain needs a WOW choice, someone who will excite voters into giving his candidacy a second look. So far he’s making sense. Then he suggests three choices: Condi Rice, Colin Powell, and Joe Lieberman. Sorry, I’m not feeling the excitement here. Condi Rice and Colin Powell would be minority candidates with long resumes, and would add diversity to the ticket, but they are also tied to previous administrations and the war in Iraq. McCain needs to make a clean break from the Bush administration, and picking Condi Rice or Colin Powell would not accomplish this objective.
Then there’s the Democrats’ favorite non-Democrat Joe Lieberman. Does Morris really think that independents and moderates will flock to McCain’s side because he picks Joe Lieberman? Joe Lieberman is not even all that popular in his own party. I can’t see him adding much of value to a McCain ticket. Even though Lieberman is reasonably popular with conservatives solely because of his support of the war in Iraq, he is even more moderate than McCain on social issues, and this pick wouldn’t help McCain hold on to the conservatives who have resigned themselves to our Republican nominee.
McCain should keep looking and expand his Republican prospects beyond Pawlenty, Crist, Ridge, Portman and some of the other no-names on his list. Romney’s not the guy, and I can’t see how McCain picks him after their heated primary battle and Romney’s lack of credibility with voters. (Before I get too much flack over this comment, let me just say that this is the way I think the public in general sees Romney. It’s not my personal view of the man, and I would be perfectly happy with him as the Republican nominee for President or VP. Just not in 2008.)