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Opening Arguments

No. 2

I don't know if this is a SWAG, speculation based on informed sources or a leak by the Romney camp, but it's interesting:

Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appears to be in the final stages of deciding who to pick as his vice presidential running mate, with speculation growing that he has narrowed his choice down to a short-list of three.

Ohio Senator Rob Portman, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal all offer various strengths to Romney should he decide to pick one of them to join his battle to unseat President Barack Obama and his vice president, Joe Biden, in the November 6 election.

If you care to, go over and take  our News-Sentintel poll on the subject. The voting is very early, but so far Condi Rice and "somebody else" are running neck and neck. At the Drudge Report, his poll has Marco Rubio ahead. I think there's still a strong element in the GOP that yearns for the bold choice. Somewhere in the story, it says that Romney has a "desire for a safe choice who could take over as president if necessary." That's not the first time I've seen it put that way, but it's a strange pairing isn't it? Picking someone who could be president is the "safe" choice. Awww, come on, go out on a limb and choose someone with absolutely no ability to be president.

I know what you're thinking -- Republicans already did that for the No. 2 spot four years ago. Of course, Democrats did it for the top spot.


Thu, 07/19/2012 - 1:14pm

Yeah, I get it. Caribou Barbie is just like Obama.

But I agree with you, Romney should take a chance. I'd love to see Palin on the ticket again, or her twin, Bachmann. And I think Herman Cain is available. Make my day.

Harl Delos
Thu, 07/19/2012 - 1:26pm

I've got $5 riding on his choice.  It'll be Donald Trump, obviously!

Leo Morris
Thu, 07/19/2012 - 2:00pm

No, littlejohn, not quite the same. We can only assume Palin wouldn't have been able to handle the job. We know Obama can't.

Harl Delos
Fri, 07/20/2012 - 12:27pm

Good thing Obama's not our vice-president, then, Leo.

The only Republican VP candidate since WWII that was up to the job of POTUS was GHW Bush.  Not that he was a really good president, but he was adequate.  (Nixon would have been a good president if he hadn't been so criminal.)

Not that the Dems are better at running VPs.  The problem is that nobody votes for a veep, but people will vote against one.  Consequently, candidates tend to be blank ciphers, people who've done nothing anyone can complain about - which means ones who've done nothing at all.

Who knows?  Dan Quayle might have eventually been up to the job. Once he got into the Senate, he actually started to do something.  He was chosen as a running mate because he hadn't yet done much of anything.