Republicans can engage in it, too. I suppose it’s part of the grieving process. Town Hall has an article up about McCain’s fending off making picks for the Vice President slot. True to the McCain we know and “love” here’s what he has to say about it:
[…]he sees no requirement to pick someone from a different region.
He further expounded by saying that(emphases mine):
Nevertheless, the Arizona senator did offer his view that regionally balanced tickets may be a thing of the past. Since McCain’s chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his campaign Thursday, some party figures and commentators have suggested McCain might select Mike Huckabee as a vice presidential nominee to benefit from the Arkansas governor’s proven appeal in the South, where McCain has less support.
“From a practical standpoint, I think former President Clinton and Vice President Gore showed us you don’t have to be regionally different,” McCain said. “I think America is such that, quote, regional differences don’t play the role that maybe they did in earlier times.” Clinton, who was Arkansas governor, and Sen. Al Gore of Tennessee made the first national ticket entirely from the South.
He fails to point out that though that did happen that way, it didn’t parlay into a presidency for Gore.
The comments to the article indicate a hopefulness for a more conservative running mate, most of whom indicate they could better support a McCain Romney ticket. But, while latching on that statement about regional differences, they missed the true indicator of how McCain will pick his running mate:
“The fundamental principle behind any selection of a running mate would be whether that person is fully prepared to take over and shares your values, your principles, your philosophy and your priorities,” McCain said.
This just the day after he became the likely nominee for the Republican Party after which he stuck to military issues. McCain is not going to choose a VP to mollify conservatives. In fact, I wouldn’t be suprised if the first name on his list is Joe Lieberman. What a ticket that would make, eh?