August 03, 2008
Cantor as an option for VP? That works.

Word that Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor is on the vetting list for John McCain's VP possibilities should be good news for conservatives.

Cantor, like Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin, is just the kind of person that needs to continue rising to the top in the GOP.

He's young, articulate, conservative, an excellent fundraiser, and has a comfort level reaching out to Republicans and independents alike. Ed Morrissey's coverage of the news mentions some of Cantor's downsides, which include a relative lack of experience and being a House Republican - not exactly the best of circumstances in the wake of 2006.

All that said, Cantor is likable as a potential VP nominee for many reasons - even as I maintain that Jindal, Tim Pawlenty, and Mitt Romney remain good and wise choices. If selected, the "surprise" factor surrounding Cantor could well lead to an excellent round of press and momentum for McCain. If not chosen, given that he's the about the least probable of the names Team McCain appears to be vetting, Cantor's name being heralded in this process is an excellent boost for continued and deserved elevation through the ranks of Congressional Republicans.

Fred Barnes had more last fall on Cantor, an article that remains worth the read.

Posted by Eric Earling at August 03, 2008 05:51 PM | Email This
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1. Confess Cantor hasn't been on my radar screen, but at first glance he certainly sounds like one of the ''good guys''. And suppose he would help McCain in VA; which both Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball and fivethirtyeight.com are still calling a toss-up on their maps (for LS CB map see:
www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/article.php?id=LJS2008071001 )....
Although I wonder how much ''help'' Cantor would be in other states; and if Sen. McCain needs help to carry VA that has me worried.

Pawlenty may be another ''good guy'', but IIRC his was a close election, and I really question whether even with him on the ticket if McCain could carry left-leaning MN. Sabato & Co. only show MN ''leaning'' Obama, but I would think it's ''leaning'' pretty hard in that direction.

Romney has been, is, and IMO will continue to be first-rank contender; as I've said before I can see him as VP, no problem. But for some reason when thinking about a nation-wide race I still keep thinking about Jindal.

Posted by: Methow Ken on August 3, 2008 08:08 PM
2. Cantor would be the best of his potential, realistic pics. Realistically, Jindal and Palin are out. Get past them, and Cantor is his best pick. He's both safe and exciting. All his other choices are one or the other but not both.

Posted by: Cliff on August 4, 2008 06:36 AM
3. This has been a good time for McCain to float out young, good Republicans for future elections. The Rs have taken advantage of that and for me, it has been good the Rs seems to continue to have a good stable of good candidates. It looks good for the future.

Posted by: swatter on August 4, 2008 07:35 AM
4. I beieve it will be Heather Wilson. Not because of location, it will because of her legislative and military experience. She is somewhat more conservative than McCain but not so much as to repel the independent swing vote for the election.
She lost a hotly contested Senate primary 49-51.
Any thoughts?

Posted by: WaFlyGuy on August 4, 2008 07:35 PM
5. GOD ENDORSED ME FOR PRESIDENT!!! Didn't you all see the cross he put in my commercial?? Mitt Romney will burn in Mormon hell with Steve Young, Aaron Eckhart and the dog my son tortured! (we caught Rover reading the Book of Mormon) I used to be fat but I lost weight! What has Romney done!? Vote Mike or burn in hell! Sincerely, ~Mike Huckabee

Posted by: Mike Huckabee on August 7, 2008 12:07 AM
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