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Would John McCain be better off if he had not selected Sarah Palin? Who would have been your choice for VP on that ticket?

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Jeremiah Smith: Even though Palin had a temporary effect, I think everyone would have seen McCain as the puppet he is before the election was over in any case.

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Brandon Burt: Is the question “Could any possible choice of running mate make you consider voting for McCain?” Or is it just “Who would have been more entertaining than Palin?” My answer in either case is “Oberon Zell-Ravenheart”—just because it would freak out the fundies!

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Derek Jones: Yes, he should have picked Mittens, aka Romney. That way, the Trib could have continued its endless headline coverage of the white knight’s ascension.

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Scott Renshaw: Clearly, McCain was playing on the subconscious need of voters to see a 70-something-year-old man as virile, so he had to be seen with not one but two attractive women on a regular basis. Any other choice might have risked the confusing message to voters, “virile, but also possibly bisexual.”

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Bill Frost: He should have gone even more maverick-y and chosen Tyra Banks.

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Nick Clark: No. He had to stare at somebody’s ass this campaign. Who besides Sarah has the ass? Joe Lieberman? Don’t think so.

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Derek Carlisle: Huckabee and Romney could get in there and figure out which one of their gods was not coming in time to save the GOP.

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Christopher Westergard: I think the Democrats are better off with Sarah Palin being on the Republican ticket. I would change nothing. McCain made a genius choice; he must secretly want to lose.

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Bryan Bale: I think Ann Coulter might be slightly less detrimental to McCain’s campaign than Sarah Palin, though (perhaps) for different reasons. How about Paris Hilton on the McCain ticket? Let’s see the conservative pundits try to put a positive spin on that one.

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Eric S. Peterson: With better spin, the GOP could have won with Palin had they prepped her better and not insulted the public’s intelligence in arguing that she had real foreign-relations experience. Of course, they could have just picked a qualified candidate like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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