Let's talk Vice Presidents. Here are some of my thoughts on how the veepstakes could produce a landslide win for the candidates.
If Barack Obama wants to win in a landslide, there is one man he could choose as his running mate. Ready?
Ret. General and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Seriously.
Here's what Powell would bring to the ticket:
- Much needed gravitas.
- Washington experience.
- Foreign policy experience.
- Military experience.
- Bipartisanship that goes beyond rhetoric.
But ... but ... but ... isn't Powell a Republican? Yes. That's kind of the point.
Would America vote for two black men? The people who wouldn't vote for two black men wouldn't vote for one black man.
Isn't Powell too aligned with the Bush administration? It was one of the worst kept secrets of Bush's first term that Powell was a bad fit with Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Bolton. Pairing with Obama would allow him to reestablish himself as the independent that most Americans think he is.
In the last 20 years, Colin Powell could have been President any time he wanted to be. Few others are as nationally liked as he is.
If John McCain wants to win in a landslide, he could choose Ronald Reagan as his ... oh wait. Nevermind.