Why I call him ‘Crazy Cousin John’

Supporting abortion is a losing position. The numbers of abortion has been declining for several years. The fanatical pro-choice position is most common among a certain segment of Baby Boomer liberals, while the fanatical pro-life position is held by most faithful Catholics.

Any Republican candidate who embraces pro-choice politics will automatically lose support among faithful Catholics, while gaining practically nothing in return, because the liberals who care most about the abortion issue are almost 100% Democrats.

Dismay and astonishment, then, are the only possible reaction to this news from National Review:

NR has learned that the McCain campaign has been calling key state GOP officials around the country the last couple of days and sounding them out about the consequences of a pro-choice VP pick. The campaign is asking about the reaction of conservative grass-roots activists to such a pick and whether a pro-choicer can be sold to them. This is an indication that the McCain campaign is serious about the possibility of a pro-choice VP nominee and that McCain leaving the door open to Tom Ridge last week may not have been merely a friendly nod to a longtime supporter.

Even to suggest that Ridge would be considered for VP is a political blunder by the McCain campaign. What, exactly, does Ridge add to the McCain ticket? Are they afraid of losing the “boring old guy” vote?

McCain brings enough seniority and national-security cred for the ticket. What he needs is a fresh, energetic, popular domestic-policy guy — Pawlenty or Jindal. It’s important for McCain to have a young CONSERVATIVE running mate, to reassure conservatives about the future of the Republican Party in the post-McCain era.

Floating Ridge’s name with state party officials is attempted political suicide.

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