Republican Bloggers Rank Most/Least Desired VPs

Right Wing News recently emailed more than 200 Republican-leaning bloggers and asked them to rank their top, and bottom, picks for John McCain’s VP. They then ranked the names based on a point system. The final results might surprise more than a few people:

Most Desired Republican VPs – Right Wing News Poll of Right-of-Center Bloggers

15) Mike Pence: Congressman, Indiana (7.0)
14) Phil Gramm: Former Senator, Texas (7.0)
13) Elizabeth Dole: Senator, North Carolina (7.0)
12) Sarah Palin: Governor, Alaska (9.0)
11) David Petraeus: General (10.5)
10) Newt Gingrich: Former Congressman, Georgia (11.0)
9) JC Watts: Former Congressman, Oklahoma (12.0)
8) Haley Barbour: Governor, Mississippi (13.5)
7) Mark Sanford: Governor, South Carolina (16.5)
6) Duncan Hunter: Congressman, California (17.0)
5) Bobby Jindal: Governor, Louisiana (20.0)
4) Condi Rice: Secretary of State (22.0)
3) Fred Thompson: Former Senator, Tennessee (26.5)
2) Michael Steele: Former Lieutenant Governor, Maryland (28.5)
1) Mitt Romney: Former Governor, Massachusetts (29.5)

No real surprises, right? True, I didn’t expect pro-choice Condi Rice to end up so high on the list, but other than that, this list makes a lot of sense – strong Conservatives, quite a few governors, and more than one minority or woman who could help to combat the Democrat’s strong appeal to those groups this cycle (though I personally believe picking either could hurt us if they are not obvious choices from the start). The other list, however, yields a few more surprises:

Least Desired Republican VPs – Right Wing News Poll of Right-of-Center Bloggers

15) Tom Ridge: Former Governor, Pennsylvania (5.0)
14) Tommy Franks: Former General (5.0)
13) Tim Pawlenty: Governor, Minnesota (5.5)
12) Rudy Giuliani: Former Mayor, New York (7.0)
11) Newt Gingrich: Former Congressman, Georgia (7.5)
10) Elizabeth Dole: Senator, North Carolina (7.5)
9) Mel Martinez: Senator, Florida (10.0)
8) Condi Rice: Secretary of State (16.5)
7) Christie Todd Whitman: Former Governor, New Jersey (19.5)
6) Joe Lieberman: Senator, Connecticut (19.5)
5) Charlie Crist: Governor, Florida (20.0)
4) Colin Powell: Former Secretary of State (23.0)
3) Jeb Bush: Former Governor, Florida (23.5)
2) Lindsey Graham: Senator, South Carolina (26.5)
1) Mike Huckabee: Former Governor, Arkansas (42.5)

I’ll be completely honest, I’m no fan of Mike Huckabee, but the fact that he would end of at the top of the “need not apply” list shocks me. Its true that there were many, many people within the GOP establishment who disliked Huck during the campaign season, but as this list shows, he may have far more many problems than previously known.

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