Why Is Sen. McCain So Gung-Ho to Name His Running Mate Early?
News reports are indicating that Sen. McCain may name his running mate within the next couple of weeks rather than holding off until the traditional period leading up to the Republican Convention. The question I have is why?
My guess is that it's for 1 of 2 reasons:
- Sen. McCain is set to name a running mate who will not add much lustre to the ticket (and thus not much of a bounce in his poll numbers). The names Gov. Pawlenty and Gov. Romney come to mind. Sen. McCain could be thinking that he should go ahead and get the collective yawn over his dud choice out of the way now (and give the country a little time to get to know his choice better) rather than have it affect whatever momentum he achieves coming out of the GOP convention.
- Sen. McCain is set to name a running mate who will be controversial among key GOP constituents (read: conservatives, especially of the social conservative variety). The names Gov. Ridge and Gov. Crist come to mind. His thinking could be to get the controversy over with now and allow the buffers of the Olympics and the Democrat Convention as a cooling off period for conservatives. The last thing Sen. McCain can afford is for social conservatives to come out of the Convention even less motivated to vote for him. Of course, if McCain goes this route, I wouldn't put it past him to think he can pull out a win without those troublesome and "divisive" social conservatives.