Geraghty source: It’s down to Romney and Pawlenty

posted at 5:27 pm on July 29, 2008 by Allahpundit

In which your humble correspondent searches frantically for anything new to say about this increasingly tedious veepstakes soap opera. Two nondescript Republican white guys enter, one nondescript Republican white guy leaves:

I urge readers to take this with the requisite caution. Neither man’s schedule has had any last-minute changes or cancellations, which to me is a leading sign of an announcement being lined up. Pawlenty is still scheduled to speak before the American Legislative Exchange Council tomorrow, and Romney is on vacation in New Hampshire until next week. (Or so the media is told.) He’s also scheduled to attend the Olympics Opening Ceremonies in Beijing.)

I thought of posting an online poll, but why bother? Even conservatives don’t know enough about Pawlenty to make a judgment vis-a-vis Mitt, which is the whole argument against him. If you’re going to gamble on a septuagenarian president, you’d better know what you’re getting if the gamble doesn’t pay off, especially when one of the GOP’s strongest arguments against Obama is that he’s too untested yet to trust with so much power. (Needless to say, that reasoning would also eliminate Palin, although she has compensating qualities.) The question, I guess, is whether voters would rather have an unknown quantity at number two or a known quantity whom they, er, don’t particularly seem to like. And Pawlenty does, after all, have more gubernatorial experience than Romney.

Anyway, easily the second-most fascinating veep tidbit I’ve heard all day. (Okay, third-most.) Exit question: McCain’s looking for a conservative with national name recognition and a reputation for competence, preferably under age 50. Are there any?

Update: For what it’s worth, it’s abundantly clear that the pick who would generate the most excitement among HA readers is Palin.


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why the the one-man-band-CON MAN huckabee, who spent in the hundred-thousand range, get more delegates than romney, who spent in the hundrred-MILLION range, in all 50 states?

battleoflepanto1571 on July 29, 2008 at 11:35 PM

I think you need to check your facts. Romney suspended his campaign on February 7, well ahead of Huckabee, and released his delegates. At the time, he had 286 delegates. Huckabee finished with 271. At the time Romney withdrew, Huckabee had 171. He also had the party machine in full gear helping to destroy Romney’s candidacy.

Mitt still came in second in the vote total, and had the RNC not propped up McCain, Huckabee and Thompson, Mitt would have won easily.

Dirty politics is a fact of life, and Mitt graciously bowed out. But he was savaged by his own party because he was much stronger than they thought he would be.

eaglesdontflock on July 30, 2008 at 4:26 AM

Routing for Romney because I’d like him to be gone, but could be open to Pawlenty if he promises to grow the mullet back.

LevStrauss on July 30, 2008 at 7:38 AM

Indifferent. Romney, Jindal, Palin pick two in ’12!

spmat on July 30, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Mitt still came in second in the vote total, and had the

RNC not propped up McCain, Huckabee and Thompson, Mitt would have won easily.

Dirty politics is a fact of life, and Mitt graciously bowed out. But he was savaged by his own party because he was much stronger than they thought he would be.

eaglesdontflock on July 30, 2008 at 4:26 AM

Well said and accurate

A large part of the triangulation by Rudi and Fred was keeping Romney out and keeping the public from looking at Romney up close by standing in front of the camera.

Meanwhile Palin has a lot of ‘ifs’ to appeal to conservatives on a broadscale for the role of VP/President. The Feminists for Life membership, while ‘for life’ is also for feminism, a choice that does not ring well across all groups. The choice to vote for state benefits for gay partners was not a conservative move but a liberal move, more in line with the feminist side of this politician and the explanation for making that move made McCain look good.

When McCain votes for something, like amnesty, he does not pretend he was forced to vote that way but takes full credit for his actions

entagor on July 30, 2008 at 8:53 AM

These tidbits keep being reposted ad infinitum…do more than two people care?

J_Gocht on July 30, 2008 at 9:03 AM

These tidbits keep being reposted ad infinitum…do more than two people care?
J_Gocht on July 30, 2008 at 9:03 AM

Given the number of responses to each of these “tidbits,” I would say that many involved political junkies do care. That’s why we’re here and not watching The View or Dancing with the Stars. We all know that OhBummer has that bloc locked up.

onlineanalyst on July 30, 2008 at 9:16 AM

My Daddy used to say…”You can’t chew your cabbage twice”.

J_Gocht on July 30, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Say again(and again and again)–a voice in the wilderness. The GOP needs life, it needs spark and it needs to demonstrate that it can move into the 21st century. The Dems have those qualities in spades even though they often support it with candidates they vett more for vote potential than real talent.(fill in your own names please).Sarah or Condi can do just that. They both have what it takes to run the country should that be needed, they have vitality, intelligence, doggedness etc etc etc. They can give the time worn old GOP image the elan it needs to bring in young and independent voters while not scarificing most values it holds dear. Pawlenty and Romney both fine men with good credentials who would make good VP’s but they are both same ole, same ole. Let’s turn a page?

jeanie on July 30, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Because of his age, Senator McCain needs a VP who can step into the Presidency on a moment’s notice.

This will also help defuse the ‘age issue’ that the Democrats constantly raise.

Of all the names bandied about, only one leaves no doubt about his ability to do so: Mitt Romney.

MrLynn on July 30, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Could be a lot worse (coughHuckabeecough, coughCristcough, coughLiebermanncough)

Think_b4_speaking on July 30, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Ok, I’m going on record as a oft-posting McCain-hater. I will say this: If McCain goes full speed ahead with the drilling, and if he picks Romney, I may vote for him.

fossten on July 30, 2008 at 10:19 AM

McCain’s biggest strength v Obama might be competence. Romney just reeks of competence. Let’s not hide our best attributes under a bushel. Anyone will look at McCain-Romney and trust them, because they’ve done it before, even if they don’t agree with them. The contrast with Obama-XXXX will be stark. Attempts to paint them as Bush III will fail except to the moveon.orgers, Kossies, and Huffpoites.

Paul-Cincy on July 30, 2008 at 11:13 AM

I agree with Paul-Cincy, Romney would be a brilliant move.

Snake307 on July 30, 2008 at 11:47 AM

The dems would sure love Romney to be VP candidate.

Then they could have a legitimate way to portray ALL republicans are RACIST, white billionaires via the mormons long history of racism against blacks,that even resides in their scriptures to this very day.

SaintOlaf on July 30, 2008 at 12:06 PM

The dems would sure love Romney to be VP candidate.

Then they could have a legitimate way to portray ALL republicans are RACIST, white billionaires via the mormons long history of racism against blacks,that even resides in their scriptures to this very day.

SaintOlaf on July 30, 2008 at 12:06 PM

You are sick. Never mind the racist, bigoted behavior of people just like you against Catholics. Believe me, I’ve had my fill of people like you. Perhaps if Romney is selected, it will marginalize you to the cesspool where you belong.

eaglesdontflock on July 30, 2008 at 12:12 PM

eaglesdontflock on July 30, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Care to back that up with a quote?

When did I ever say anything bad about catholics?

It’s proof that you have no idea what you’re talking about.

SaintOlaf on July 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Care to back that up with a quote?

When did I ever say anything bad about catholics?

It’s proof that you have no idea what you’re talking about.

SaintOlaf on July 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM

What part of “people just like you” did you not understand. Bigots are bigots, whether they hate Catholics or Mormons. You’re a bigot.

eaglesdontflock on July 30, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Calm down, this post is not about you two.

tgillian on July 30, 2008 at 12:54 PM

Calm down, this post is not about you two.

tgillian on July 30, 2008 at 12:54 PM

Are you advocating the politically correct approach to bigots? Just what was the purpose of your tsk tsk?

His comment deserved more response than it received here.

eaglesdontflock on July 30, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Get a clue man.

Bigot IS the politically correct term of choice for the liberal moral relativist like yourself.

If you say ANYTHING is Absolutely True…you are a bigot according to liberals such as yourself.

Take your liberal moral relativism/PCism back to the dem party where it belongs.

SaintOlaf on July 30, 2008 at 1:20 PM

You want to know what Romney is?

He’s THIS guy:

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/38839

That’s exactly how he’ll play in the general election, and for good reason.

ebrown2 on July 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Oh please no one who reads Hot Air needs to quote anything to you Saint Olaf. You are a bigot.

BTW outside of Romney’s competence as a reason for him being selected VP, I think Saint Olaf and ebrown2 and their Mormon bigotry and class warfare rhetoric would make for an exciting VP choice.

Identity politics is what has been fueling Obama and the Democrats races. Well here is a bigotry that McCain can use to get some free press. I actually think the evangelicals who won’t vote for Romney have given McCain a social issue to address the nation with.

The first time a reporter asks him is he worried about losing some evangelicals with his choice of Romney, he could say something to the effect; I would rather lose an election than have religious bigotry tell me who the best man for the Vice Presidency is. He could say I don’t care if he’s is a Mormon, Muslim, Hindu,Jewish Mitt Romney is the most qualified man for the job.

sheryl on July 30, 2008 at 3:41 PM

“Competent” enough to blow 100 million plus on less than 300 delegates? The man is utterly plastic. It may be necessary to slash jobs and increase business profits, but that doesn’t make one qualified for high office or even electable, especially during an economic downturn.

No one in this round world is owed a living or a loving. The Romney-acs should keep the latter in mind about their loser of a candidate.

ebrown2 on July 30, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Big mistake. Adios, John McCain.

Could have chosen someone different and exciting. But no, not John McCain.

Oh well. I’m packed and ready for the wilderness. See y’all ’round the campfire.

pabarge on July 30, 2008 at 3:57 PM

ebrown2 I don’t think you know what you are talking about. I worked in a management consulting office similar to Romney’s for 8 years. The people that work in this field are some of this countries best and brightest.

They are the most positive “can do” people and spend their days thinking about making the world more efficient, more profitable, creating more jobs, and creating products & technology to help the world.

The fact that Mitt Romney rose to the highest level and became as successful in this arena is reason enough for him to be not only McCain’s VP choice but POTUS someday.

Maybe if you lived with that kind of optimism & competence on a day to day basis you might not spout that old class warfare rhetoric so easily.

sheryl on July 30, 2008 at 4:53 PM

People(like Sheryl) who use liberal catch phrases like bigot flippantly, to describe someone who holds any conviction whatsoever on what is truth or untruth, will undoubtedly find (upon closer examination) that they are in fact, far left liberals themselves and surely belong in the obama camp.

Then again, maybe that is why they like romney so much…the man has no convictions whatsoever(that we know of)..he will say or do anything to get into power!

Who knows what he’ll do after elected?

He’s like the barrack hussein obama of the right!

SaintOlaf on July 30, 2008 at 5:06 PM

big·ot –noun a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

[Origin: 1590–1600; < MF (OF: derogatory name applied by the French to the Normans), perh. < OE bī God by God]

I’m not using in the word flippantly Saint Olaf. You fit the description above. And any logical, reasonable thinking person who reads your screeds against Romney’s Mormonism knows it.

sheryl on July 30, 2008 at 5:24 PM

McCain are you that stupid not to pick a real conservitive as your running mate.Obama wins the country goes left McCain wins the country goes left just not as fast.God help us all

thmcbb on July 30, 2008 at 6:44 PM

If not Mitt Romney, then I’ve another suggestion:

John Boehner of Ohio, Minority Leader in the House of Representatives.

I just heard him on Laura’s show, and while he’s somewhat boring, he’s extremely competent, and a conservative. And might help hold Ohio in November.

MrLynn on July 30, 2008 at 10:56 PM

“ebrown2 I don’t think you know what you are talking about.”

It’s a question of -fact.-

Romney got beaten like a rented mule by the rickety organization of the oldest man ever to run for President, a man absolutely detested by the conservative core of his party.

He barely kept ahead of the even more rickety and underfunded organization of a socially liberal character like the Huckster, despite having the advantages of higher name recognition and a vastly larger war-chest.

Romney hasn’t shown himself to be politically competent in a context that is reasonably favorable and knowledgeable about business, i.e. the Republican primaries. The press will have a field day with him in the general election, since he will not have the time or the media access to explain himself.

“They are the most positive “can do” people and spend their days thinking about making the world more efficient, more profitable, creating more jobs, and creating products & technology to help the world.”

Good on them. I’ll give them credit for knowing better than wasting $100 million on being Steve Forbes II, Electric Boogaloo in the current electoral climate.

You seem to have the insane delusion that I’m a Marxist/Populist. I’m quite the opposite, a pro-capitalist realist who knows what’s going to happen to a down-sizer dealing with an electorate that is NOT literate in economics.

ebrown2 on July 30, 2008 at 11:12 PM

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