Newsweek Ruckus asks:"What would be the boldest vice presidential choice John McCain and Barack Obama could make?":Newsweek is asking each of it's blogging members of The Ruckus to give their honest opinion about who would be the best Vice Presidential running mate for the Democratic and Republican nominees. My honest answers may surprise you-at least one of them will.
For Barack Obama: Contrary to the notions of some people, Hillary Clinton is not the best Number Two choice for Obama. Even when one takes into account her most die hard supporters, he unfavorable numbers among the electorate are astoshingly high. A Clinton nomination for Vice President might give Obama a temporary boost, but her baggage and that of her husband may come back to bite Obama.
Instead, it might behoove Barack Obama to reach for the female vote by nominating Senator Claire McCaskill of Missori. McCaskill has not only been a supporter of Obama during the primaries, her public stance on many issues is more moderate than the wing of the Democratic Party that has given the most support to Barack Obama. McCaskill is on record as supporting the partial-birth abortion ban, supports stronger border security, and opposes allowing illegal aliens a driver's licence. She also supports efforts such as coal liquification as an alternative energy source, supports an earmark moratorium, and even favors parental consent before a child can receive an abortion. Her overall record is quite liberal, but these stances mean McCaskill would not be frightning to many in Middle America. She also helps Obama with women voters, which is an obvious plus after the primaries.
For John McCain: The best choice would likely be former Arkansas Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Despite the protestations of some that Huckabee is somehow not conservative, cultural conservatives were and continue to be drawn to Huckabee in droves. Mike Huckabee has the very solid pro-life and pro-Second Amendment "movement" credentials that John McCain now lacks in the wake of many of his Washington escapades. Huckabee also has a base of supporters that will turn up for the ticket on Election Day if Huckabee is on it, and that could really matter in a close election where McCain needs the South to vote as a bloc to have any chance at winning.