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I can understand the appeal the idea has for Democrats, but I don’t buy it. To set up the ticket, McCain would have had to make a decisive break with the administration by now. As it stands, McCain is co-chairman of Bush’s re-election campaign in Arizona. He has been praising Bush’s leadership of the war on terrorism. And if NOW objected in 2000 to Evan Bayh as a running mate for Gore because Bayh voted to ban partial-birth abortion, how will a senator who says he wants to move toward a ban on all abortions go over? If I were Kerry, I would play down this fantasy–it will only make his eventual pick seem less impressive.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.