From the Arizona Republic:
John McCain’s upcoming Memorial Day weekend getaway with three prominent vice-presidential possibilities has rekindled intrigue about his Republican running mate.
McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has invited 10 couples to his family’s rustic cabin near Sedona.
The guest list includes political allies such as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, as well as Mitt Romney, his erstwhile White House rival and former Massachusetts governor.
Those three names reliably appear on various vice-presidential lists compiled by political experts and pundits, but McCain campaign insiders insisted that VP screening isn’t on the menu at this get-together.
“This is a social weekend, like the McCains do occasionally,” said Charlie Black, a senior McCain adviser and strategist who is expected to attend the function. “Among the couples are Charlie Crist, Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney and their wives. But it’s just social and has nothing to do with (the) VP (search) whatsoever, and that’s it.”
‘Scuse me, but Charlie Crist is not married. I think that’s why Lindsey Graham is there. I guess old Charlie Black was too busy lobbying to pay attention to details. Let’s go on….
The McCains’ Friday-through-Sunday gathering also is expected to include Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; and Sam Brownback, R-Kan. Business titans Fred Smith of FedEx and Meg Whitman, formerly of eBay, also are expected to attend. McCain has mentioned from the campaign stump that he would like his presidential Cabinet to tap the business world, saying that government bureaucracies could use a dose of private-sector ingenuity and know-how.
I am wondering about something, kids. Now that Captain Underpants has thrown John Hagee and Rod Parsley under the Straight Talk Express, what is he going to do to hold onto the evangelical voters? I think it is interesting that he is talking to a Mormon (Mittsie), a Methodist (Crist
the gay guy), and a Hindu who converted to Roman Catholicism (Jindal). (Oh, and I am aware that Lindseypoo is a Baptist, but Charlie needed someone to hang out with.) I’m sorta thinkin’ that the Rethugs are floating those names around to make them look like they are inclusive, but they might just pick someone like crazy-a$$ed Sam Brownback when push comes to shove. Just a theory. Oh, I do have one more theory. Mittsie, Crist, and Jindal might be the only ones who will accept the job. Everyone else found out one of their duties as Veep would be to fish Captain Underpants’s teeth out of the glass every morning, and they said no thanks.