03-06-2008, 05:53 AM
:confused: GWB's endorsement of John McCain - which is it?
03-06-2008, 06:25 AM
Kiss of death.
Getting Bush's endorsement does little to quell the fears of the Bush-supporting neo-cons that McCain is a closet Hillary in an old man suit. It certainly does damage McCain's cred with the true conservative/moderate crowd who are really fed up with the last 7.5 years (like me).
Had he just simply picked Condi Rice as a running mate, he could have stayed away from Bush publically while at the same time be seen has having Bush's tacit endorsement by the folks who really give a poot about that. I cannot think of anyone else that he could pick short of Colin Powell that would give him an in-road into the female and minority vote while remaining acceptable to the entire spectrum of the party.
However, he'll have a tough time either way against an Obama/Richardson, a Clinton/Obama, or a Clinton/Webb ticket. Note I didn't say Obama/Clinton - she's taken back seat for too long that I think she'll choose to stay in the Senate instead and hope for a future Majority Leadership.
Just my humble thoughts....