Nikki Haley echoes Sarah Palin: Allen West would be a “good” VP candidate

posted at 11:10 am on April 5, 2012 by Tina Korbe

While Paul Ryan’s plausibility as Mitt Romney’s running mate increases, two Mama Grizzlies push an equally attractive alternative — the irrepressible Allen West. Shortly after Sarah Palin issued generic advice to the eventual GOP nominee to “go rogue” in his selection of a vice presidential candidate, she backed that advice up with a specific mention of the Florida congressman. On Fox News Tuesday, Palin talked up West’s military experience and deep understanding of the U.S. Constitution and foreign policy.

Last night, South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley echoed Palin:

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, a top surrogate for GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, suggested Wednesday night that controversial Tea Party freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) could be a “good” choice as the party’s vice presidential nominee.

“You’ve got great ones. You have heard Governor Palin talked about West, and he’s good,” Haley told Fox News. “Of course, Marco Rubio is great and Chris Christie. We know he can be the fighter, and I think there are so many really great ones out there. I think Romney is going to have a hard time picking.”

The vice presidential talent pool really is deep. West, Rubio, Ryan. Republican governors like Virginia’s Bob McDonnell, Nevada’s Brian Sandoval, New Mexico’s Susana Martinez, etc., etc.

Haley has counted herself out, and it’s hard to think Chris Christie or anybody who could have chased the presidential nomination himself would want to take part in a national campaign now anyway — but you never know.

West appeals to me less as a vice presidential candidate than Paul Ryan does, though. His fiery brand of rhetoric works where he is now, but it might not be as effective on the campaign trail, where it would be spliced into sound bites and tossed into attack ads. Conservatives are looking for an impassioned counterpart to Mitt Romney, but passion isn’t reducible to a willingness to speak frankly. Ryan’s deep commitment to bold ideas has been a powerful force in Congress and it would be a powerful force on the campaign trail, too.


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Good.

Bmore on April 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Rmoney™ or Rmoney© or Rmoney® What do you think, which way has the better aesthetic?

Bmore on April 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Romney is too much of a wuss to pick Allen West, but it’s a nice thought.

RBMN on April 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Let’s be honest – would West even be in the running if he wasn’t from Florida. Cough.

inthemiddle on April 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Lets be honest. What real woman wouldn’t want West? Or man for that matter.

I loves me some West! But I would rather see him as POTUS.

upinak on April 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

No we want Rubio!

liberal4life on April 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

West would help with the right. Rmoney needs help with the right, right?

Bmore on April 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Let’s be honest – would West even be in the running if he wasn’t from Florida. Cough.

inthemiddle on April 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Actually he is from Georgia, he retired from the military in Florida.

upinak on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Nope. I love Allen West, but that’s not enough to make me vote for Romney.

And do I really have to point out that we lost the last time we had a squishy moderate RINO f**knut who picked a conservative token candidate?

MadisonConservative on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Even thinking Romney would pick this guy is ridiculous.

rubberneck on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

No we want Rubio!

liberal4life on April 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

You have no say.

upinak on April 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I’m warming to Ryan as a VP contender. And since the absurd attack by the jug-eared dictator over the Ryan Plan, I’m guessing the enemy sees Ryan as a threat too.

That’s right, I echoed Obama’s rhetoric. Democrats are the enemy and will be at least until November 7th.

Happy Nomad on April 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Affirmative action candidate.

social-justice on April 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM

MadisonConservative on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Then shutup and vote for Obama.

rubberneck on April 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM

You have no say.

upinak on April 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Sure is good to see you posting.

Bmore on April 5, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Ask Patrick. I’ve been saying West for months.

vityas on April 5, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Would guarantee Joe Biden’s replacement with Hillary.

michaelo on April 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

And do I really have to point out that we lost the last time we had a legislator squishy moderate RINO f**knut who picked a conservative token nut candidate?

MadisonConservative on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

fixed your typos

hanzblinx on April 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I’m really hoping that the VP choice isn’t turned into some kind of torturous litmus test for the Tea Party like every other damn thing so far.

KingGold on April 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

And do I really have to point out that we lost the last time we had a squishy moderate RINO f**knut who picked a conservative token candidate?

MadisonConservative on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

So you are going to support Obama since you hate Romney? Pretty effing stupid. Democrats and Obama are the enemy but go ahead and be petty. Go ahead and throw a temper tantrum. It isn’t like a conservative in Madison is all that relevant in the first place.

Happy Nomad on April 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

West would be great, we cant go wrong at VP that’s the problem.

We need the top of the ticket to just believe what he is saying.

boogaleesnots on April 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Romney VP candidate will not be a white male.

Thats for sure. There has to be diversity on the ticket

liberal4life on April 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

West would be great if he didn’t vote with the Democrats so damned often.

Crusty on April 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM

She is right.
This year we have a strong bull pen of VP choices.
All those names are strong contenders.

NeoKong on April 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Affirmative action candidate.

social-justice on April 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Go-bama!

VegasRick on April 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Romney VP candidate will not be a white male.

Thats for sure. There has to be diversity on the ticket

liberal4life on April 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

More than likely it will be a woman.

And don’t you have some computer engineering to do? Wasting time on the job when so many are hurting for one, makes your job a commodity.

upinak on April 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM

So you are going to support Obama since you hate Romney? Pretty effing stupid. Democrats and Obama are the enemy but go ahead and be petty. Go ahead and throw a temper tantrum. It isn’t like a conservative in Madison is all that relevant in the first place.

Happy Nomad on April 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Not supporting Romney is not the same as voting for Obama.

Just like posting at HotAir doesn’t make you a Conservative.

portlandon on April 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Anybody but Christie. The last thing we need is a double Blue-State NE RINO ticket.

SAMinVA on April 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Romney VP candidate will not be a white male.

Thats for sure. There has to be diversity on the ticket

liberal4life on April 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Right now, all we have is diversity of crazy. It might be nice to have a diversity of experience instead. That can be any color.

RBMN on April 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

West would be a great VP, but doesn’t the Repub establishment have issues with him? I’d also love to see West debate Obama bcuz he’d talk circles around him before talking Obluster right under his presidential podium.

stukinIL4now on April 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

West would be great, we cant go wrong at VP that’s the problem.

We need the top of the ticket to just believe what he is saying.

boogaleesnots on April 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Good luck with that….

idesign on April 5, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Patrick I see another survey for VP

How bout it?

cmsinaz on April 5, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Romney VP candidate will not be a white male.

Thats for sure. There has to be diversity on the ticket

liberal4life on April 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Who can Obama put on his ticket to offset his big yellow streak?

portlandon on April 5, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Who can Obama put on his ticket to offset his big yellow streak?

portlandon on April 5, 2012 at 11:23 AM

port, that streak ain’t yellow my friend.

upinak on April 5, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I have voted for West from the get go on polls Patrick has done. I think he would be wonderful as VP.
L

letget on April 5, 2012 at 11:24 AM

West appeals to me less as a vice presidential candidate than Paul Ryan does, though. His fiery brand of rhetoric works where he is now, but it might not be as effective on the campaign trail, where it would be spliced into sound bites and tossed into attack ads.

West would be a solid pick, but there are better choices. It smacks of identity politics, much like Rubio, since West has been in Congress just as long(or as little to be exact) and is a minority politician. West does have a military background unlike Rubio, so that does pad his resume, but the GOP will win the military vote regardless. And let’s be frank. West ain’t gonna mean a damn thing in terms of appealing to black voters. They’re gonna go 95+% for Barry regardless. At least with Rubio, there’s a chance you could swing some Latinos to the GOP.

Ryan’s the best choice as he has plenty of experience after serving a decade in the House. He’s been on the frontlines of the budget debate. And he has almost as much Tea Party cred as West or Rubio, so he shores up that part of the base for Mittens. Plus Wisconsin is more of a bluish swing state than Florida), so I’d rather have Ryan on the ticket to help flip that state than waste West or Rubio when theoretically the GOP should already be in a strong position to get Florida in the red column.

Doughboy on April 5, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Nope. I love Allen West, but that’s not enough to make me vote for Romney.

And do I really have to point out that we lost the last time we had a squishy moderate RINO f**knut who picked a conservative token candidate?

MadisonConservative on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Another ABR misfit talking trash and making Team ObaMao happy.

cicerone on April 5, 2012 at 11:24 AM

A big yes to Allen West! He brings a lot to the table in terms of patriotism, integrity, military service, knowledge of the dangers of Islamism, which is biggest threat we face, the ability to speak in an inspiring way and to make people realize it’s not just up to the politicians we elect to fix this country – it’s also up to us.

Cara C on April 5, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Even thinking Romney would pick this guy is ridiculous.

rubberneck on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

You are absolutely right. The Romney plan to put voters in a coma would not work with West.

katy the mean old lady on April 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I won’t vote if this guy is on the ticket. I’ve had enough.

Rusty Allen on April 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

West is a good choice. He understands the threat of Islam against Western culture.

scrubjay on April 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I won’t vote if this guy is on the ticket. I’ve had enough.

Rusty Allen on April 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Which guy?

Bmore on April 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

No we want Rubio!

liberal4life on April 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

….who’s “we”?…you have another turd in your diaper?

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Nope. I love Allen West, but that’s not enough to make me vote for Romney.

And do I really have to point out that we lost the last time we had a squishy moderate RINO f**knut who picked a conservative token candidate?

MadisonConservative on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

You usually make a lot of sense. Not now.

Rush had a caller who said the same thing you said a couple of weeks ago. Rush just groaned, said, “Yeah, that’s smart,” and hung up.

Let’s be honest – would West even be in the running if he wasn’t from Florida. Cough.

inthemiddle on April 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Yeah, Romney would be the first candidate ever to pick a running mate who is a popular figure in a swing state. (rolling eyes).

No we want Rubio!

liberal4life on April 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

You would cr@p your Pullups if Romney picked Rubio. LOL

We have a lot of great prospects for running mate: Christie, Rubio, Ryan, West, and others. Enjoy the depth of our bench.

HeatSeeker2011 on April 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes to West as VP. We need Rubio to be Senate Majority leader, not VP. We need all the good conservative senators in the senate as we claw our way back to freedom.

BroncosRock on April 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Then shutup and vote for Obama.

rubberneck on April 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Oh he will.

Uses the word ‘f***’ constantly to show that he’s serious and all y’all are just pathetic sell-out RINOs.

CorporatePiggy on April 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

And do I really have to point out that we lost the last time we had a legislator squishy moderate RINO f**knut who picked a conservative token nut candidate?

MadisonConservative on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM
fixed your typos

hanzblinx on April 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I find it amazing that some people visit this website, and actually
go to the effort to register.

The above individual is a case in point. I would ask for examples
of this woman being a “nut”, but that would require you to
extract your ideology from your rectum, where it is serving as
a Cork for your Grey Matter.

Carry on…

ToddPA on April 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

You are absolutely right. The Romney plan to put voters in a coma would not work with West.

katy the mean old lady on April 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

If we can’t have an “energizing” and “crowd-drawing” carnival barker as our VP nominee again, what’s the point of even voting Republican?

KingGold on April 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I don’t understand this “balance the ticket” argument. Since Romney has swept all before him, why not pick another Romney for VP? Double the power, double the energy, double the fun.

Let Romney be Romney. Twice.

de rigueur on April 5, 2012 at 11:29 AM

We NEED Ryan RIGHT WHERE HE IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Allen West!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SansJeux on April 5, 2012 at 11:29 AM

West would be the best choice for VP, it’s the only way that the conservative/tea-party base can even think about supporting Romney, some people may vote for him but they won’t do it with any enthusiasm, it will be more of a reflexive ABO argument, at least with West you can bring out enthusiasm to the base that will be completely lacking in a tepid quasi liberal statist wishy/washy flip-flopping Romney ticket

golembythehudson on April 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I doubt Romney will be looking to Governor Palin for advice. Nor Haley.

a capella on April 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Yeah, next time tell what you think MadCon.

West is very strong on his clarity with the intentions of the constitution, liberty and especially Middle East/Muslim issues. He is very intelligent and patriotic. The exact opposite of any dem in leadership today.

DanMan on April 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Of course all the establishment republicans want Mitt to pick Rubio to be VP so they can keep a progressive republican in charge of the republican party in the senate. AKA MITCH the progressive weak knee leader.

BroncosRock on April 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

“Romney is going to have a hard time picking.”

You betcha, because our best people didn’t run for president. The strongest RINO didn’t even get in. Ugh.

forest on April 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Not supporting Romney is not the same as voting for Obama.

portlandon on April 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM

You don’t seriously believe that, do you? If so, then somebody needs to patiently explain to you how general elections work. It’s a zero sum game. I do, however, sympathize with how hard it must be for misfits like yourself to come up with plausible excuses for wanting the GOP nominee to lose to ObaMao. I suggest you give yourself a break and try acting like you’re not a troll. Around here there are still a few of us who are serious about defeating ObaMao in November and if you’d be willing to at least act like you support that it would make things much easier.

cicerone on April 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

port, that streak ain’t yellow my friend.

upinak on April 5, 2012 at 11:23 AM

It ain’t cheese whiz neither. LOL.

portlandon on April 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Hooah!!!eleventy!!!

Dr Evil on April 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

katy the mean old lady on April 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Worked so well with Palin last election.

rubberneck on April 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Nope. I love Allen West, but that’s not enough to make me vote for Romney.
MadisonConservative on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Hey, no worries. Mr. 0bama thanks you for your vote and wonders, while you’re at it, if you could send him a few bucks, too?

princetrumpet on April 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

BroncosRock on April 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

what he said

DanMan on April 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM


West would help with the right. Rmoney needs help with the right, right?

Yes, Rmoney stands in want of heroic intervention to rescue his dispersed right flank, only West cannot provide it. West would only destroy his own career as Palin destroyed hers when she aligned herself with the last GOP suicide moderate, some geriatric named McPain or something.

casuist on April 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Romney/West.

that’s interesting.

I like West. He brings courage, conviction, bravery, experience, and all those things that mitt doesn’t to the ticket.

ted c on April 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

PREDICTION FOR THE TEA PARTY PEOPLE …
Look, Romney’s NOT going to pick a real Conservative as his VEEP. Oh sure, he could pick someone like Nikki Haley, or Kelly Aiout (however you spell her name) … you know, someone who rode to victory on the back of the Tea Party but immediately betrayed them. Sure – he could pick someone like that but those aren’t the kind of people who are “true” to Conservative principles.

People forget … THIS IS ABOUT BURING THE REAGAN LEGACY AND RIPPING IT FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PERMANENTLY.

That’s the whole idea people – behind this Willard candidacy. This is about turning the GOP into the British Conservative Party. It’s about solidifying the principles of DAVID FRUM over the principles of REAGAN. YOUR PARTY – is being stolen from you. And you know what? You’re going to willingly give it to the establishment because you want to beat Obama more. Enjoy that – you might actually beat Obama – but then you’ll see the legacy of Reagan Conservatism ripped out of the party you supported.

Mitt Romney will pick an establishment candidate as his VEEP. Why? Because this is about party transformation and the VP has a very good shot at becoming President one day. The calculation goes this way … Mitt is supposed to spend 8 years in the Oval Office and then his VP gets 8 years. That’s 16 years to turn the party into a moderate party which embraces big government the way that the British Conservative Party does.

David Frum loves two things – Mitt Romney and the British Conservative Party.

And you guys are going to help him get both of those.

But – not me … I will not sacrifice the GOP just to beat Obama. Pyrrhic victories are no victories at all.

HondaV65 on April 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

West will not be the VP nominee for 1 reason.

He wins

lm10001 on April 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Romney VP candidate will not be a white male.

Thats for sure. There has to be diversity on the ticket

liberal4life on April 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

…oh look!… A Bloviating Bigotted Birdbrain Braying BS!

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

It ain’t cheese whiz neither. LOL.

portlandon on April 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

well crap on a cracker!

upinak on April 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Allen West would be a fantastic pick.

Let’s remember, if Rubio were taken out of the Senate, that’d be one less Republican senator that we desperately need.

If Paul Ryan were picked for VP, he’d be taken away from the very crucial role he plays in writing the budget.

Although Allen West would be missed in the House, his movement to VP would not cause strategic problems.

Caiwyn on April 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

And do I really have to point out that we lost the last time we had a squishy moderate RINO f**knut who picked a conservative token candidate?

MadisonConservative on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

+100

I voted for McCain only because he chose Palin.

I am not going to vote for a RINO like Romney regardless of the VP choice.

Norwegian on April 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I am not sure yet who I think would be the best VP choice. Most of the people mentioned have good conservative creds but I do believe in the mix of it all, picking someone who is telegenic with a great personal aura along with a strong background is essential this go around.

I like Ryan a lot. His ability to break down the fiscal crisis we are in, in terms for everyday people, is a plus as this President and administration are continuing the meme that all they have to do is Tax the 1% and a miracle occurs. All of our financial problems disappear.

Doesn’t hurt that he has great eyes! lol

CoffeeLover on April 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

It’s gotten to the point where I cannot tell the difference between the attacks on Romney from the TrueCons and the Marxists. Strange bedfellows.

The Count on April 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

…oh look!… A Bloviating Bigotted Birdbrain Braying BS!

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Two white males will not be on ticket.
It will re-enforce what everyone thinks about the republican party.

liberal4life on April 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Yes, Rmoney stands in want of heroic intervention to rescue his dispersed right flank, only West cannot provide it. West would only destroy his own career as Palin destroyed hers when she aligned herself with the last GOP suicide moderate, some geriatric named McPain or something.

casuist on April 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

So true – but Romney will NEVER pick Allen West and you can bank that.

HondaV65 on April 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM


I don’t understand this “balance the ticket” argument. Since Romney has swept all before him, why not pick another Romney for VP? Double the power, double the energy, double the fun.

Let Romney be Romney. Twice.

Yes, please, so that he can stop pretending to be conservative.

casuist on April 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

If we can’t have an “energizing” and “crowd-drawing” carnival barker as our VP nominee again, what’s the point of even voting Republican?

KingGold on April 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Since your hero has pretty much locked up the nomination, I’d suggest he purchase a few million of these for his supporters. It’s his only chance.

CTSherman on April 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I think it will be Portman. Romney is cautious and very rarely does a VP pick really make a difference in the voters mind.
Ohio is less sure than Florida as a pickup. With Jeb and Rubio supporting Romney they should be able to help deliver Florida.

Bradky on April 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

…it’s hard to think Chris Christie or anybody who could have chased the presidential nomination himself would want to take part in a national campaign now anyway

West appeals to me less as a vice presidential candidate than Paul Ryan does, though.

Wait, huh?

rogaineguy on April 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Bob McDonnell is the best choice. After the VA ultrasound debacle he is the only one who can win the state

social-justice on April 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

He’s been my pick on all the Hot Gas polls so far.

RedNewEnglander on April 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Alan West won’t be vp. I like him BUT

gerrym51 on April 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Ken Blackwell for V.P tAKS AWAY RACE CARD FROM DIMCRATS

gemini on April 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

It’s gotten to the point where I cannot tell the difference between the attacks on Romney from the TrueCons and the Marxists. Strange bedfellows.

The Count on April 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I relish your tears.

HondaV65 on April 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I won’t vote if this guy is on the ticket. I’ve had enough.

Rusty Allen on April 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I feel your pain..:)

That’s exactly how I feel about Romney.

idesign on April 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

If we can’t have an “energizing” and “crowd-drawing” carnival barker as our VP nominee again, what’s the point of even voting Republican?

KingGold on April 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

You’re right. Let’s hope for the most invisible VP candidate evah. Then just continue to demean and ridicule the base. It’ll work.

katy the mean old lady on April 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

HondaV65 on April 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Nobody cares, you astral-plane dwelling Obama voter.

KingGold on April 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I don’t understand this “balance the ticket” argument. Since Romney has swept all before him, why not pick another Romney for VP? Double the power, double the energy, double the fun.

Let Romney be Romney. Twice.

de rigueur on April 5, 2012 at 11:29 AM

So what you want is Obama to be Romney’s VP running mate?

upinak on April 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I am not going to vote for a RINO like Romney regardless of the VP choice.

Norwegian on April 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

That’s the spirit! That’ll learn ‘em.

rogaineguy on April 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM

If we can’t have an “energizing” and “crowd-drawing” carnival barker as our VP nominee again, what’s the point of even voting Republican?

KingGold on April 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Exactly – we need a turd-throwing sour puss.

Are you available?

HondaV65 on April 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I like West. He has a great grasp of history and he can “bring it” from the podium. But if I had to choose between West and Ryan, it would be a tough choice.

crosspatch on April 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Romney Strategy Meeting

OK… we’re being painted as rich old racist white guys. We need a VP that’s going to help us change that. Don’t we have some token sortof non-white guys around here? Yeah … that guy … that Rubio guy … what’s he mexican? Man I love burritos. And he’s handsome so the chicas could really go for him. Yeah that’ll convince people we’re different from the democrats!

lm10001 on April 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM

It’s gotten to the point where I cannot tell the difference between the attacks on Romney from the TrueCons and the Marxists. Strange bedfellows.

The Count on April 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Welcome to Palin’s world..:)

idesign on April 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Nobody cares, you astral-plane dwelling Obama voter.

KingGold on April 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Wow, the Socialist turd-thrower just insulted me … let me go cry now! :P

LOL

HondaV65 on April 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM

3…2…1… Contact palin’s name mentioned, wants Allen West VP. Mittbot’s, obviously want the opposite.

Rombot’s when you close out a large portion of the GOP, conservatives, you will see how much in the general that will mean to your squish Socialist, romneycare!

Danielvito on April 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I am not going to vote for a RINO like Romney regardless of the VP choice.

Norwegian on April 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Go back to DailyKos or Democratic Underground, then. That makes you a Democrat.

crosspatch on April 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Rmoney™ or Rmoney© or Rmoney® What do you think, which way has the better aesthetic?

Bmore on April 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Vote for Mitt Rmoney™ over “Barry Our Money“, 2012 …

ShainS on April 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Allen West would be a fantastic pick.

Let’s remember, if Rubio were taken out of the Senate, that’d be one less Republican senator that we desperately need.

If Paul Ryan were picked for VP, he’d be taken away from the very crucial role he plays in writing the budget.

Although Allen West would be missed in the House, his movement to VP would not cause strategic problems.

Caiwyn on April 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

You do realize that Rubio would be replaced by a Republican if he were to become VP, right? Florida has a Republican governor. Granted, there would eventually be a special election and the GOP does have a habit of screwing those up, but it’s not like this seat would be handed over to the Dems. And I have to assume Rubio wouldn’t be dumb enough to resign from the Senate if he were to join the ticket. He’ll keep his seat(like Lieberman did in 2000) just in case Romney loses, so he’ll have his Senatorial career to fall back on.

There are many reasons to not go with Rubio as VP. His Senate seat being jeopardized is not one of them.

Doughboy on April 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Then just continue to demean and ridicule the base. It’ll work.

katy the mean old lady on April 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

The only people making a mockery of TrueCons are TrueCons.

Vote Conservative this year.

Vote for Bachmann Perry Trump Gingrich Santorum Gingrich OBAMA 2012.

KingGold on April 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Alan West won’t be vp. I like him BUT

gerrym51 on April 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

You have a big but to explain.

VegasRick on April 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Nope. I love Allen West, but that’s not enough to make me vote for Romney.

And do I really have to point out that we lost the last time we had a squishy moderate RINO f**knut who picked a conservative token candidate?

MadisonConservative on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Ditto²

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Karl Magnus on April 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

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