Obligatory VP speculation of the day: Rob Portman to join McCain at hastily scheduled Ohio event

posted at 1:47 pm on July 24, 2008 by Allahpundit

If he’s serious about announcing the pick this week to torpedo Obama’s coverage, the day of the big Berlin speech is obviously the day to do it. The event in Ohio wasn’t announced until last night; the fact that Portman will be joining him wasn’t announced until this morning. Cursory appearance before the hometown crowd or something more significant? Probably the former, but he does indeed have the requisite economic expertise and swing-state pedigree Maverick’s looking for. Question: What’s even duller than a “boring, normal, mainstream Republican white guy”? Answer: A boring, normal, mainstream Republican white guy even most conservatives couldn’t pick out of a line up.

Choosing a no-name veep would be the perfect capper to a week of Obama counterprogramming so dismal that McCain’s big event this morning opposite the Berlin coverage is a grab-and-grin at the local Sausage Haus in Columbus. Click the image below to watch how he spent his day yesterday. Remember, one of Bush’s advance men was brought in earlier this month, after the green-screen fiasco, to spice up his event planning. What’s next, boys? A fundraiser at the International House of Pancakes?

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Maybe Team McCain wants the future uber-President of Europa coverage front and center. Narratives and all.

Vizzini on July 24, 2008 at 1:50 PM

What’s next, boys? A fundraiser at the International House of Pancakes?

That’s why I still visit Hot Air.

amerpundit on July 24, 2008 at 1:53 PM

No. Can’t be this man. No offense to anyone but choosing this man would be the end of the GOP this election.

carbon_footprint on July 24, 2008 at 1:54 PM

I would want Obama on TV as much as possible. I agree that he might be intentionally serving up extreme boredom on his end. It also gives him ammo against the media when they devote 95% of the airtime to Obama.

DaveS on July 24, 2008 at 1:54 PM

I read that McCain had to cancel the New Orleans events over the Hurricane. But it does seem he is doing the VP tour and pony show lately

But no Sara palin yet ? Hmmmm

William Amos on July 24, 2008 at 1:54 PM

And no… there is no way he would choose a former member of the Bush administration.

DaveS on July 24, 2008 at 1:55 PM

I believe McCain made it pretty clear he’s not ready to announce too soon.

JetBoy on July 24, 2008 at 1:55 PM

The correct term is “grip-and-grin” Allah.

Vincenzo on July 24, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Remember, one of Bush’s advance men was brought in earlier this month, after the green-screen fiasco, to spice up his event planning. What’s next, boys? A fundraiser at the International House of Pancakes?

The problem is that McCain is who he is – he’s like a shank steak. Sure, you can try to dress it up all you like with spices and sauce, but no matter what you do it’s still the worst cut of meat on the cow.

Slublog on July 24, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Don’t diss IHOP!

lorien1973 on July 24, 2008 at 2:01 PM

I hope when Obama gets back he can tell the rest of all about what its like in Eurpoe and the Middle East. He’s very smart and sure know’s how to talk to large crowds!

Vincenzo on July 24, 2008 at 2:02 PM

What a cheesy picure!

Steve Z on July 24, 2008 at 2:04 PM

after the green-screen fiasco

MSNBC still runs screen caps from that speech. We can’t blame them for shooting us with our own weapons.

The Race Card on July 24, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Are we still convinced that McCain is the only candidate who could beat Obama?

WisCon on July 24, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Rob Who? I smell a distraction.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 24, 2008 at 2:06 PM

This isn’t helping Michelle Obama’s children. Not one bit.

malan89 on July 24, 2008 at 2:11 PM

The problem is that McCain is who he is – he’s like a shank steak. Sure, you can try to dress it up all you like with spices and sauce, but no matter what you do it’s still the worst cut of meat on the cow.

Slublog on July 24, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Heh.

Weight of Glory on July 24, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Here’s an article from the Hill from 2/11/08 about the possibility of Portman as McCain’s VP pick. He supported McCain early.

JiangxiDad on July 24, 2008 at 2:18 PM

UHH! This guy is not going to help McCain one bit with voter enthusiasm.

jencab on July 24, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Someone will come by and say

“It’s the economy, stupid”.

Entelechy on July 24, 2008 at 2:37 PM

EEEEK.

Ah, there’s nothing better than stinky cheese as a backdrop. I am beginning to think McCane may be past his expiration mark.

faraway on July 24, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Finally someone that can cause interest. I didn’t know she could vote.
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Wait you mean the other Portman? U.S. trade representative, Ambassador? A consummate Bush insider?
Oh, noooooo…..
Hey McCain severe the ties with Bush.

right2bright on July 24, 2008 at 2:46 PM

Obama got coverage eating pancackes…it doesn’t matter where McCain goes…he just has to stay away from mistakes and Obama and the media will do the rest.

tomas on July 24, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Forgive my ignorance…. who is Rob Portman?

MNDavenotPC on July 24, 2008 at 3:02 PM

As Vice President to FDR, John Nance Garner said the vice presidency was “not worth a bucket of warm piss.”

Your vote is not for veep but the crippled candidate at the top of the ticket. If Obama picks Fred! would you vote for him?

Valiant on July 24, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Isn’t there some kind of limit to the number of takes for a scene in a movie?

McCain picks a VP, take XV, this time it’s for real, honest.

MB4 on July 24, 2008 at 3:10 PM

Palin isn’t qualified

tomas on July 24, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Portman?

David in ATL on July 24, 2008 at 3:20 PM

And people scoffed when I compared his campaign to that of Bob Dole’s.

The Ugly American on July 24, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Portman?

Well, that’ll work with the “Who the heck is Portman?” vote, as in neutral, “who cares?” and “wha?” (Except that Wikipedia labels him “a friend of Bush” — not exactly crunchy good stuff for that fiercely independent — and proud of it! — Mav image.)

Nichevo on July 24, 2008 at 6:45 PM