McCain Can Make It Or Break ItThis could potentially be very big news for the John McCain campaign and for the country at-large:
Sen. John McCain is weighing whether to announce his running mate in the
coming weeks before the spotlight shifts to China and the opening of the Olympic
Games next month.
"He's in a position to make [the decision] on short notice
if he wanted to," said Charles R. Black Jr., one of McCain's top political
Aides to the most likely candidates to join McCain on the ticket,
meanwhile, offered terse "no comment" replies when asked whether they have been
asked to provide documents that the campaign can use to vet backgrounds.
The choice of a running mate could make or break John McCain's campaign, especially since conservatives are simply not excited about McCain. We can collectively get excited about his running mate because that person could conceivably become President of the United States.
If John McCain picks the right person, it could mobilize conservatives to work in a strong and effective manner to insure McCain's election-and we know from experience that motivating conservatives will win national elections.
What happens if John McCain chooses the wrong person? It could mean that conservatives stay home in droves on Election Day, and could have a negative impact on downticket races where conservatives are running. The lower the voter turnout in conservative areas, the more likely it is that the next Congress could get a veto-proof majority. The possibility of an Electoral College tie still looms large, and if Barack Obama's vote totals are inflated by big city machines while conservative turnout is depressed, John McCain could be in an untenable position when the time comes to negotiate the winner in the House.
We may learn in a few days just how serious John McCain is about becoming President of the United States.