June 14, 2008

Can we go ahead and mark off JC Watts as a potential VP now?

Some conservatives (especially the radio show call-in type) have been really excited about the possibility of Sen. McCain choosing former Rep. JC Watts as his running mate. One of the many obstacles to that, in my opinion, horrible choice* for vice president has been that he has consistently said that he doesn't want it. Now we know why:

J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma congressman who once was part of the GOP House leadership, said he’s thinking of voting for Obama. Watts said he’s still a Republican, but he criticizes his party for neglecting the black community. Black Republicans, he said, have to concede that while they might not agree with Democrats on issues, at least that party reaches out to them.

“And Obama highlights that even more,” Watts said, adding that he expects Obama to take on issues such as poverty and urban policy. “Republicans often seem indifferent to those things.”

It would be nice for McCain to have a vice president who is planning on voting for his own ticket.  I think that's a minimal requirement. 

*We already tried the "Hey, the GOP has black people, too!!1!!eleventy!!" strategy against Obama once.  How'd that turn out?

Update:  Karol at Alarming News interviewed Watts in 2004.  Let's just say his views on the GOP's outreach to minority groups is a bit more nuanced now that Barack Obama is at the top of the Democratic ticket. 

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