I think these two items — here and here — are pretty solid indicators that Bayh is the one. With that in mind, I HEARTILY recommend the McCain start considering Mike Pence, especially considering Pence’s indispensable work (and resultant high profile) with the rump Congress in support of drilling. I noted in an earlier column (see choice Number 5) that Pence should be considered to counter Bayh. Earlier today, I asked Frank Luntz what he thought about Pence as Veep. Luntz said not as Veep, but: “The House Republicans owe Mike Pence not just a debt of gratitude but undying appreciation [for his leadership this month on drilling]. It should elevate him to a congressional leadership position.” Then I asked Luntz if Obama picks Bayh, would Pence THEN be a good choice for Veep. Luntz said yes: “I can accept that.”
I repeat my predilections in favor of John Kasich and Chris Cox, but to quote my earlier column about what McCain should do if Bayh is the Demo choice:
“then Pence should go to the very top of the list.”
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