As John McCain continues his march to the Republican nomination -- an amazing turnaround -- it's time to start guessing who might strengthen the GOP ticket as the vice presidential candidate.
As an older white guy from Arizona who is going to be facing either a woman or a black man from an entirely different section of the country, McCain needs to find someone who can add to his luster among people who are not old men from the Southwest.
Surely there are a lot of people who could fit the bill, from former Secretary of State Colin Powell to former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani.
But on at least the long list is Connecticut's own Jodi Rell, a McCain supporter who has managed to win election in normally Democratic New England who had to sweep into office in the wake of a deeply unpopular Republican incumbent.
I don't think Gov. Rell has any presidential ambitions and I don't believe I've ever heard anyone say that she ought to be the leader of the free world.
Yet she's surely at least as qualified as former U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro was when Walter Mondale tapped her to run with him in 1984 in a losing bid to knock out Ronald Reagan. She's got executive experience, which McCain lacks, and she knows when to keep quiet, another virtue in any vice presidential contender.
Plus, as far as I know, she's never shot anyone like Dick Cheney and doesn't have his ties to secretive defense contractors.
I know it sounds a little out there, but there is surely at least a possibility that McCain could cast his eye toward Connecticut and see someone here other than Joe Lieberman to run on a ticket with him.
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