June 18, 2004

Hmm, after reading about John Kerry seeking a Veep I realized that I had strong gut feelings about most of the big names currently being floated around.

I will list a few of them here. Read them, come up with your own gut reactions, then click the extended entry to see mine.

John McCain
John Edwards
Richard Gephardt
Joe Biden
Hillary Clinton
Wesley Clarke
Robert Graham
Howard Dean

There are a couple of other front runners that I just don't have an opinion of, Bayh for example.

McCain - should be president now, except for South Carolina. Won't do it. I wonder, if Kerry called him, who he would recommend?

John Edwards - not the psychic, the doctor and populist. Southern, charismatic, knows the politics of class, my preferred choice.

Richard Gephardt - Gephardt reminds me of James Buchanan. And that is NOT a good thing.

Joe Biden - makes me feel slimy. No one is as smart as they think they are, but Biden is not nearly as smart as he pretends to be. I would not buy a used car from this man.

Hillary Clinton - clever idea, big negatives, she won't go for it. Kerry should probably not ask. Again, despite the Clintons having their own agenda, I wonder who she would recommend, and why.

Wesley Clarke - more big negatives here, this time among party operatives. I like him for cabinet, not for veep.

Robert Graham - my second choice. Old, but a polished campaigner and a Florida boy which could mean a LOT. A strong hawk on terrorism, and a strong critic of Iraq as a distraction from Al Qaeda.

Howard Dean - Other than being another northeast liberal, my guess for veep. I can't explain why I don't like him, but he reminds me of Carter in 1975 - a governor with an odd set of credentials, mixed ideological messages, and a so-so track record, who can deploy rhetoric that matches the signs of the times.

Posted by Red Ted at June 18, 2004 11:16 AM | TrackBack

Sticking with the Onion's premise that we're voting against candidates this year, not for them, and being that I'm a Republican, I'd want him to choose Hillary. That will make lots of people vote against him....

Or why not John Edwards the psychic? With the way things are going we may need someone who can channel Washington, Jefferson and both Roosevelts....

Posted by: DFH at June 18, 2004 01:19 AM

Kerry needs to just pick John Edwards and move on to the next stage of the campaign.

Posted by: Ursula at June 18, 2004 12:48 PM
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