Saturday, July 12, 2008

Veepstakes Profile No. 8: Shane Battier

Pros: Would combine with Obama to form the greatest 2-on-2 basketball team in the history of the White House; his bi-racial background, youth and newness to Washington would reinforce Obama's change mantra. Could bring Barack voters in traditional GOP strongholds of North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, and would help shore up Obama's lead in Michigan. His well-documented strength on defense could assuage worries about Obama's foreign policy deficiencies. He has post-up chops (as seen in this photo, as he prepares to drop a hook shot over Austin Croshere).

Cons: Could face a challenge stepping up to second fiddle status after playing a complementary third-option role in Houston. His youth could highlight Obama's inexperience. Could draw derision and comparison with soccer-mad Europeans from the GOP given Battier's propensity to "emphasize" taking charges. He has higher negatives in many parts of the country given his prior association with Duke basketball.

Ideological Similarity: 8

Added Electability: 5

Risk: 5

Intangibles: 2

Total: 20


Head Dude said...

Hilarious -- especially his strength on defense and difficulty moving up from third fiddle.
The Dude at his finest.

The Dude said...

I thought you would appreciate more the "about to drop a hook over Austin Croshere" comment.

The Franchise said...

The question is, would he accept? I would think a ring is a higher immediate priority for Battier, though look out for him once his playing days are over!

Head Dude said...

A ring may be a higher priority, but Battier's smart enough to realize he's never getting it in his current situation.

The Dude said...

battier's probably more likely than croshere to get a ring - and a VP nod.

Head Dude said...

I take it you're off the Golden State bandwagon then.