This upsets me:
Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told 850 KOA Newsradio in Denver that he’s not planning to be on the Republican ticket with John McCain.
In an interview with Dave Logan and Lois Melkonian on The Ride Home, Romney was asked about being number two on the ticket.
He said, “I think there’s some great people he could choose from and I expect he will do that. But I don’t plan on being part of the ticket.”
I know all the bobbleheads are talking about Pawlenty or Crist for McCain as VP, but for some reason I still think he is going to pick Huckabee. I think people are radically underestimating how important it is for McCain to be surrounded by people he likes. Part of the reason his campaign has gone off the rails is because he feels comfortable with a bunch of people who are really leading him astray. For whatever reasons, McCain has become quite comfortable with the fetid bilge that is the right-wing Rove retreads, and that is why his campaign has gone off the rails:
In recent days Senator John McCain has charged that Senator Barack Obama “would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign,” tarred him as “Dr. No” on energy policy and run advertisements calling him responsible for high gas prices.
The old happy warrior side of Mr. McCain has been eclipsed a bit lately by a much more aggressive, and more negative, Mr. McCain who hammers Mr. Obama repeatedly on policy differences, experience and trustworthiness.
By doing so, Mr. McCain is clearly trying to sow doubts about his younger opponent, and bring him down a peg or two. But some Republicans worry that by going negative so early, and initiating so many of the attacks himself rather than leaving them to others, Mr. McCain risks coming across as angry or partisan in a way that could turn off some independents who have been attracted by his calls for respectful campaigning.
The piece goes on to state they “learned” from the Clinton campaign, and are not waiting to drive up (or attempt to) Obama’s negatives. maybe, but I think it is more than that. McCain is now comfortable with Schmidt and the new staff, and is, as always, insular and thickheaded when he is in his comfort zone. He doesn’t realize the damage he is doing to himself because the people he is surrounded with all are telling him this is what needs to be done. You would think at some point he would begin to realize he is damaging his greatest asset, the media subservience he has enjoyed so far, but he has not yet begun to recognize that problem.
So that is why I think he is going to choose Huckabee. He is comfortable with him, and with McCain, that is all that matters.