Matt Towery

There's another bias in this country -- regional bias. Though it's become less fashionable to say so out loud, many Americans still view the South as being knee-jerk racist, not to mention generally backward and unsophisticated. Southern accents still get plenty of good ribbing. After all, they don't call former President Clinton "President Bubba" for nothing.

So given the realities of this campaign, why is it that the Republicans -- having no hope of capturing the African-American vote this go around, and likely to lose the younger vote, and also likely to lose in places where Southerners aren't thought highly of -- why is it that the GOP can't recognize the one way to possibly stay in a contest that, otherwise, Barack Obama may well win?

There's going to be a lot of women aged 45 and older, most of them having been Hillary Clinton supporters, who are ready to view the political maneuverings of the national Democratic Party -- those that edged Clinton out the door -- as the cynical actions of a male-dominated, Northeast-dominated Democratic Party.

So why in the world did John McCain's vice-presidential "beauty contest" parties, such as his Memorial Day soiree, have in attendance only slick-looking white men?

McCain obviously hasn't been advised to find a qualified woman to be his running mate. And that makes his advisors suspect, in my view.

The American people are crying out for something different. There's a reason they have become captivated with a bright African-American senator and a gutsy female former-first-lady-turned-member-of-the-Senate. They want something different.

If the GOP doesn't get the fact that McCain's ticket must feature some diversity, they can hang it up for 2008. Whether it's Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison or even North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole, surely there is someone to fit the bill. Surely.


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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