Veepstakes: GOP Edition

Much attention has been paid to Obama’s VP nomination, but little has been given to the GOP side of things. There’s all sorts of arguments; McCain needs a conservative, he needs a business man, he needs someone younger, etc., but I think it’s much simpler than that. McCain’s VP process begins and ends with Charlie Crist. McCain simply has too large of a resource gap to be getting cute with his picks. Crist locks down Florida, and lets him take those scarce resources elsewhere. Romney doesn’t do that, Jindal doesn’t do that, Ridge arguably doesn’t even do that. Christianists may hate him, but that’s just the way it is.

I will say it definitively right now; if McCain takes anyone other than Charlie Crist as his VP, he will lose convincingly.