Thursday, February 14, 2008

Between Iraq and a Hard Place

Senator McCain's likely nomination for the Republican party's nomination will slide Iraq front and center of the agenda debate heading toward November. McCain can and should characterize himself as the strongest candidate to be commander-in-chief. While there has been a ton of discussion surrounding who will be the Republican running mate. There needs to be a discussion over who should be the Democrat running mate. Let me promise you something here and now, there will be no so-call "dream ticket" Obama and Clinton will not be found on the same ballot.

However, once the dust clears and one of them is the definitive nominee the name under theirs on the ticket should be Senator Joe Biden. Senator Biden has demonstrated consistent cogent understanding on the war in Iraq and the history of the conflicts of the middle east. His proposal of a federalized system of governance was right before and it is right now as an effective way of building a future in Iraq that's not "Stay for 100 years" and not "Get out in 60 Days."

This has been the year of moderation. Putting Biden on the ticket would be the perfect way to shore up a candidate's soft spot on Iraq.

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