Bob Novak is reporting that John McCain may name his vice-presidential nominee this week. It's too soon to do that. The only reason to do it now would be to gain a (very) short-term strategic objective of knocking the official Barack Obama Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show off the front page.
So who will Maverick pick? Novak is speculating that it might be Mitt Romney. I preferred Romney in the primary and still believe he would be a good president because of his executive experience. But I'm not sure he has the skill set for the Vice Presidency. McCain should look at Romney as a potential Secretary of the Treasury if he gets elected, but not as a running mate. I've also heard speculation about a couple of Ohioans, John Kasich and Rob Portman. Both are highly capable men, but both would elicit a yawn from the voting public, I suspect. I personally think that McCain needs someone younger and more exciting, someone who would be an interesting new face on the scene and someone with the ability to take over and run things if needed. He needs a youthful governor.
There are five Republican governors out there who have garnered a lot of attention and speculation. The first is the governor of this fair state, Tim Pawlenty. He probably wouldn't carry Minnesota for McCain and even though he's not a hick, I could see him getting the Quayle treatment anyway. He should bide his time.
An even younger contender is Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana. Jindal is not yet 40 years old and has had an impressive rise. He also has a big mess on his hands in Louisiana and he probably needs time to deal with it. You'll see him on the hustings, but probably not unitl 2016 or maybe even 2020.
Maverick owes Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who seems popular enough in his home state. But it's hard to see what he adds, except even more gray hair. My guess is he won't get it. Another southern governor that McCain owes is Mark Sanford of South Carolina. He's a rock-solid conservative, but he won't excite anyone, either.
The last name is perhaps the most intriguing. That would be Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. She is young and relatively new to the governor's mansion, but her main claim to fame is as a reformer. She took on the big spending Murkowski family dynasty and won and she is wildly popular in her home state. She also has impeccable conservative credentials and could play a key role in what I think is the biggest issue in this campaign, energy. And she would give some of the disgruntled Hillary supporters something to think about.
That's my take on it. What's yours?