In an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal, Club for Growth President Pat Toomey throws cold water on talk of Mike Huckabee as McCain's running mate:
- Moving forward, Mr. Huckabee on the ticket would be a disaster. The former governor has a record of raising taxes and increasing spending. Picking him would only make it more likely that conservatives will sit on their hands come November.
Toomey offers McCain a number of C4G-approved suggestions. Of these, So. Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is probably best. As a popular Southern governor he will help blunt any advantage the Dems get from an Obama effect. And as a governor he will be able to reassure people concerned about a senator's lack of administrative experience.
I find it most intriguing for another reason. Despite the following the Club's sure-fire prescription for Growth, South Carolina currently plays host to the nation's third-highest unemployment rate. Generally I would love to hear the GrowthClubbers reconcile that. Closer to home, it would be fun to watch, say, Ben Keeler explain how So. Carolina's economic troubles are just reflecting the nation's economy but Ohio's problems are entirely Ted Strickland's fault.
By the way, a new blog in town tracks the race for second chair. Veepstakes!, run by Cleveland-based moderate Paul, is off to an intriguing start. Such a mission has a necessarily short shelf live, so keep track of Paul's work while it lasts.