From Robert Novak:
A new name, with no national reputation, has entered conversations among Democrats contemplating a running mate for Sen. Hillary Clinton if she is nominated for president: newly elected Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.
Strickland, age 66, took advantage of the Republican implosion in Ohio to easily win election as governor after five terms in Congress, during which he attracted little attention. He evokes interest for a Clinton ticket as a moderate liberal who has a clean record and comes from a closely contested swing state that decided the 2004 presidential election.
Strickland would be the first professional psychologist on a national ticket. A Methodist minister, he earned a Ph.D. in psychology before becoming a prison psychologist and then a psychology college professor. Strickland ran for Congress unsuccessfully in 1976, 1978 and 1980 before winning in 1992.
Talk about balancing the ticket, Hillary could draw the feminist votes and Strickland might, I emphasize might, pull some evangelical voters. That is, evangelical voters who don’t pay much attention to politics and certain candidate’s political records.
Ted Strickland – (D) Ohio
Examining Strickland’s list of interest group endorsements is enlightening. The endorsements range from Lesbian and Gay interests to the National Rifle Association. Also the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and a slew of police and firefighter organizations along with labor interests.
Clearly he would appear to be a wise choice for the Democrats looking to balance Hillary’s raging liberalism with a more moderate Democrat. Plus, add in the fact that he’s a former Methodist minister (liberal Christians) and bingo, you have a perfect running mate!
However, when you dig ever so slightly deeper it’s quite clear he’s pretty liberal himself. He receives an A from the NRA, but on abortion he’s totally in bed with Planned Parenthood and NARAL. Abortion is a strong issue for evangelicals and Strickland lacks those credentials almost entirely, as does Hillary.
Bottom line is that if Hillary chooses him, the media will help in the effort and flaunt his Methodist credentials to draw more religious voters. Never mind the fact that his record doesn’t really coincide with Christian values.