Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol has been one of the leading voices for a Palin nomination in the past few weeks, so we should definitely pay attention when he writes a column titled "How to Pick a V.P." I won't try to break his analysis down here, but it's definitely good news for our movement if his take on the McCain campaign is accurate. Here is what I thought to be the most important passage:
"Most of the campaign staff strongly prefers a selection from the first two categories — do no harm or reinforce experience. McCain himself, on the other hand, is intrigued by the bolder possibilities of youth or bipartisanship.
And he could be especially intrigued by Sarah Palin and Meg Whitman."
So, if Kristol (who has lots of connections in the McCain camp) is right, we just need to pray that Sen. McCain goes with his gut. And having watched him through the years, he goes with his gut a LOT. Personally, I think that John McCain is acutely aware of the fact that he did not get where he is by playing it safe, and that the best way for him to win this race is to be the sort of shoot-from-the-hip maverick that America first fell in love with in the 2000 campaign.
Listen to your gut, Senator, it has very rarely steered you wrong.