With the presidential campaigns in full swing and many stories drained dry, the media has spent many weeks speculating over who main contenders John McCain and Barack Obama will pick as their running mates.
Though both have remained relatively tight-lipped on specifics, Obama and McCain have both thrown out names here and there, but few are more intriguing than Tom Ridge.
In an interview with The Weekly Standard, Republican McCain discloses that he’d consider the former director of Homeland Security even though Ridge supports abortion rights. While that’s interesting enough – Republican voters are not known to support pro-choice national candidates – we’re particularly intrigued by McCain’s “lesser evil” rationale:
In the interview this morning, McCain suggested that Ridge would be more palatable to social conservatives than [New York Mayor Mike] Bloomberg.
“I think it’s a fundamental tenet of our party to be pro-life, but that does not mean we exclude people from our party that are pro-choice. We just have a – albeit strong – but just it’s a disagreement. And I think Ridge is a great example of that. Far more so than Bloomberg, because Bloomberg is pro-gay rights, pro, you know, a number of other issues.”
This, we think, stands as a prime example of the right-wing’s disdain for true social evolution. Looking at the voters, McCain clearly thinks that less strident abortion policy would be preferable to dolling out equal rights. It’s better, in his mind, to bring on a candidate who – the horror! – won’t try to overturn Roe v. Wade, but will maintain a hard line on the homos. Just pitiful.