Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has adamantly refuted any speculation that he might be John Kerry’s running mate in this year’s presidential election. Well, good on him.
Some have suggested that batting around the idea of this pairing was a way to torment the president. Hmmm, okay. The speculation strikes me as nice way for Democrats to waste their time. George Bush doesn’t strike me as a guy who worries about things he can’t change. As for John McCain, he might be a bit off the wall, but for some Democrats to suggest that he would join forces with Senator Kerry tells me that these Democrats are very short-sighted. No surprise there.
As the co-chair in his home state for the Re-elect Bush Campaign, John McCain isn’t stupid enough to make himself look like a Benedict Arnold, especially for a candidate like John Kerry—one who can’t even capitalize on the lowest approval ratings of President Bush’s term.
If anything, the speculation of a Kerry-McCain ticket makes the Democrats look weak and rudderless: they can’t even find one of their own that qualifies for the admittedly meaningless role of VP. I would assume that there are two main qualifications: 1) strengthen the ticket (someone who’s right-leaning than Senator Kerry, which is just about every Democrat, save Dennis Kucinich), and 2) be willing to run with the senator in this contest. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson would be an excellent candidate--he's a "minority" to boot--but the governor has already declined.
Tick-tock, tick-tock. Time’s a-wasting, Democrats.
(Thanks to Lucianne.com)