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April 07, 2008



McCain picking Rice is all about cutting his losses. The people who realize how corrupt and dishonest the administration has been are not voting for McCain anyway - particularly given the way he's increasingly appealing to the Bush faithful.

Rice has a great reputation among the Republican base. And obviously, as a black female intellectual, she takes some of the identity politics off the board. If McCain decides that his best strategy is to run for Bush's third term, then Rice makes a great pick for him. Her biggest drawback in that context is that she doesn't deliver a battleground state.

The other major alternate option for McCain is to re-embrace the maverick image and go for Lieberman. That would bring Lieberman's bizarre political journey of the last eight years to its logical conclusion.

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