John McCain’s campaign is divided when it comes to a running mate, and William Kristol speculates in the New York Times about the four strategies being discussed:
- Defeat Obama straight up—If McCain thinks he’s winning, he’ll pick a “do no harm” widely-liked, uncontroversial running mate, like Tim Pawlenty or Rob Portman.
- Accentuate Obama's inexperience—Here McCain would pick a tested governor, like Mitt Romney or Tom Ridge. McCain likes Ridge more, but the ex-Pennsylvania governor is pro-choice.
- Co-opt the public desire for change—This would lead McCain to pick a young or different VP, like Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin, or Eric Cantor.
- Forget politics as usual—McCain could throw a monkey wrench in the works and vow not to seek re-election. Say something like, "Neither I nor my vice president will spend a day, an hour, a minute campaigning or raising money." Pick a non-Republican like Joe Lieberman or Michael Bloomberg, or a non-politician like ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman.
Party insiders greatly prefer the first two options, but McCain, Kristol reports, is lured by the latter two.