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Veep Musings

Romney is so talented. But two very rich guy Republicans do present problems.

Lieberman is a dear man, but would be a disaster. His support for the war in Iraq and for a muscular defense makes him seem moderate. But on everything else he is an orthodox liberal. He has voted against all our good judges, for taxes, and even for partial-birth abortion. That puts him to the left of Joe Biden!

John Kyl would be a great pick – a hero to conservatives — except that he’s from Arizona.

Sarah Palin is appealing but too inexperienced. Vitiates the argument that Obama is unready.

Tim Pawlenty is nice but dull and lacks foreign policy knowledge and experience.

Jim DeMint, see above.

What to do?

Pick Eric Cantor. Very conservative Va congressman. Chief Deputy Whip. Smart. Articulate. Pro-life.  Here’s the bio:

Eric Cantor is a fourth-term Congressman representing Virginia’s seventh district including the Richmond-metro area.  At the beginning of his second term in 2002, Eric was selected to serve as Chief Deputy Majority Whip, the highest appointed position in the House of Representatives.

In the 110th Congress, Eric continues to serve as Chief Deputy Republican Whip where he is an integral part of the House Republican leadership team.  He also serves as Finance Chairman for the National Republican Congressional Committee where he leads the effort to raise money for House Republican in the 2008 election cycle.

In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Eric holds a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has direct jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Social Security, Medicare, prescription drugs for seniors, health care and welfare reform.

Eric also serves as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. The task force is a coalition of Members of Congress studying the threats international terrorism poses to the U.S. and developing policy proposals and legislative recommendations regarding the fight against terrorism.

Eric Cantor grew up in Richmond, Virginia.  He attended George Washington University, and he got his political start interning for the Honorable Tom Bliley and served as his driver on his first re-election campaign. He received his law degree from The College of William and Mary and went on to get his Masters at Columbia University in New York.

While in New York, Eric met his wife Diana and brought her back to Virginia where they are raising their three children: Evan, Jenna and Michael.


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