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August 31, 2011

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Dan

I think you are doing a disservice to Bob McDonnell by comparing his work on the Virginia budget with Perry's record in Texas. McDonnell did a good job with the budget. It was unfortunate to have to skip a payment to the state employees pension fund, but a reasonable move given the economic circumstances. Even though that payment must be caught up later I believe McDonnell can legitimately be said to have balanced the Virginia budget.

Chris, you seem to be a Perry fan. I would suggest that you might want to take a closer look at the facts of the Texas budget before you further tarnish McDonnell's image by comparing him to Perry. Perry had Republican super majorities in both houses of the Texas legislature and boy did he make full use of them to do the smoke and mirrors thing. Changing the law in order to make it legal to make a multi-billion dollar payment to the public schools one day later so the payment "disappeared" from the current budget. Strong arming state agencies to produce estimates for expected expenditures based on ZERO population growth in a state that has one of the fastest growing populations in the nation. And there is plenty more. Perry is a fraud. I feel sorry for the guy who follows Perry into the Governor's mansion and has to deal with his Texas "miracle".

You'd do better to promote McDonnell for president rather than Perry. McDonnell has a record that would support national ambitions. Perry doesn't.

Malone_Labe

Yeah Perry would be a good Veep candidate for McDonnell.

Dan

"Yeah Perry would be a good Veep candidate for McDonnell."

I haven't adjusted the snark meter, but I assume you are kidding. Perry doesn't belong anywhere near a national ticket. Period.

Isophorone

Dan,

Neither does Obama, but I am guressing that doesn't bother you. ;)

Dan

Isophorone, since you obviously think Obama should not be re-elected, I would think you would have a strong interest in seeing that the Republican nominee not be a complete fraud whose record will not stand up well to close scrutiny. In other words, I would think you would not be anxious to see Perry as your nominee.

I have many differences with Bob McDonnell, but I give him reasonable marks as governor. I am completely sincere when I say that his record as a governor is far superior to that of Perry. Should the Republicans win the White House in 2012 (a prospect I'd bet good beer against at this point) I would greatly prefer to see Bob McDonnell at the top of the ticket than Rick Perry.

Some folks always hope their opponents will nominate a weak and flawed candidate so that victory is made easier. I've never felt that way. Things can happen and then the country has to live with it.

Suppose, for instance, John Edwards had been the Democratic nominee in 2008 and his tawdry affair with whatsername had come out? John McCain might well have won the election and placed Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. That's a pretty terrifying thought.

While I knew the day McCain announced Bible Spice as his running mate that he had thrown away any chance he had at victory, I took little comfort that someone like that was on the ticket. If he really thought that simply picking a running mate with ovaries would magically garner the votes of Hillary Clinton supporters (one of the most monumentally stupid political calculations I've ever seen) I wish he had picked someone like Sen. Hutchison who would have made a credible vice president.

Knowing that either ticket can win I don't want the opposition to be cringe worthy.

And no, I have no problem with Obama on the ticket.

Isophorone

Dan,

I figure that none of you labor union goons have trouble with Obama on the ticket. Most post-election polls show that for 2008, the presence of Sarah Palin was a net benefit to McCain, despite your Alinskyite attempts at demonization. Remember, the ticket with her on it did better than that other major party ticket that had a female running mate. And anyone who has trouble with Palin being "one heartbeat away" has no business supporting a ticket with Joe Biden "one heartbeat away." 30+ years of gaffes and incompetence in the U.S. Senate combined with his recent pearls of wisdom. I'll take my chance swith "Bible Spice," thank you very much.

Sam Adams

Dan,

How much good beer do you have? (or should I say- how much are you willing to part with?)

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But most importantly, McDonnell's job performance would fold nicely into the narrative Perry is trying to run on and having two governors who have job creation in their states as the GOP ticket bolsters the reason why Republicans want voters to vote for them. Perry mentored McDonnell at the RGA as well (setting him up as his succesor), and in the past has often brought McDonnell's name up when talking about state job creation. It would be a nice balance The only baggage McDonnell would have is that we would probably have to live through the thesis problem again - however they simply need to handle it the exact same way they did in 2009 and they should clear it.

Fairfax conservative

I think Gov. McDonnell has done a good job so I think he would be a fine candidate for vice president. But I think there are several others who should receive strong consideration as well: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, General David Petraeus, etc.

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