There sure are a lot of pieces out suddenly arguing for VP candidates other than Rubio

posted at 9:32 pm on April 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

I’d bet cash money that it’s all just a coincidence, driven largely by Romney’s comparative chumminess with Paul Ryan on the trail and Rob Portman’s role in helping him win Ohio, but rumors of a whisper campaign against Rubio inside the Beltway have been bubbling for months. Is this another case of the whispers? If so, who’s doing the whispering?

From George Will, who wants Romney to wonk out with either Ryan or health-care whiz Bobby Jindal:

Faux realists will belabor Romney with unhistorical cleverness, urging him to choose a running mate who supposedly will sway this or that demographic cohort or carry a particular state. But are, for example, Hispanics nationwide such a homogeneous cohort that, say, those who came to Colorado from Mexico will identify with a son of Cuban immigrants to Florida (Sen. Marco Rubio)? Do these realists know that, according to exit polls, Nevada’s Hispanic Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, won only about a third of the Hispanic vote in 2010?

Michael Crowley at Time agrees, arguing that Rubio’s appeal to Latinos could be vastly overstated. I’ve wondered before myself whether Rubio might pass on VP even if it’s offered because he doesn’t want his future presidential ambitions to be tainted if Romney ends up underperforming with Latinos and losing. Even if Rubio nets the ticket 10 points with that group, it’s at least possible that other factors unrelated to him will cost them 15 — and he’ll be blamed for that failure, which will haunt him if he runs in 2016. If he’s going to risk his reputation as the GOP’s savior among Latino voters, I would guess the only reward worth it is the presidency itself.

Meanwhile, without mentioning Rubio by name, Major Garrett argues that you can take it to the bank that Portman will, in fact, be Romney’s VP:

Portman is vetted, more so than any other potential pick. He’s been confirmed not once but twice to cabinet posts — U.S. trade representative in 2005 and Office of Management and Budget director in 2006. The files are ready and, by Washington standards, spotless. Romney knows his pick must get off to a good start and any “surprises” after the rollout will deprive his campaign of precious time, energy, and momentum. Portman is a known commodity among Washington reporters and is regarded as both knowledgeable and accessible (and as a dispenser of well-timed leaks). In the frenzied environment that will accompany the prelude to Romney’s pick, the Portman choice may land with a thud on the charisma meter, but it won’t set in motion a wave of “guess what” stories and will allow Romney to focus on the campaign, not thorny revelations that must be ritualistically turned into an us-against-them media meme. In fact, Portman might actually talk Boston out of its hypertensive and allergic reactions to reporters.

Portman is ready for the job and, more importantly, primed for the obligations that will fall upon Romney if he’s elected. In the transition, Romney will need skilled and quicksilver advice and guidance on the magilla lame-duck session that’s coming. In those precious few weeks in November and December the nation will have to decide the fate of the following: the expiring Bush tax cuts, the expiring payroll-tax cut, unfinished spending bills, the expiring Medicare “doc fix” that shielded physicians from a 27 percent premium cut, extended unemployment benefits, the scheduled $1.2 trillion across-the-board discretionary spending cut (sequester), the farm bill, and quite probably, a transportation bill. Oh, and one other thing. A $3 trillion debt-ceiling increase will come up then or right after Inauguration Day. A lame-duck Congress with a president-elect may decide to punt these tough issues to the new administration. If so, no governor or minty-fresh Tea Party senator will suffice. Portman knows the West Wing like few others (he also served in the White House Counsel’s Office and the Office of Legislative Affairs under President Bush the elder). He knows the House and Senate and served on the super committee. He knows what the numbers are, what they mean, and how the politics of budget, taxation, and trade work. Romney will have to govern and govern quick. The headaches will be immediate and the choices difficult. If governing matters, Portman prevails.

Yeah, as impressive as Rubio is, I’d prefer to see him show some chops on policy for a few years. So far in the Senate he’s distinguished himself in my mind chiefly for being hawkish to a McCain-esque degree on foreign policy. I’m no dove, but I want to see how that impulse plays out over time before installing him one heartbeat away.

More media Rubio skepticism? There’s also National Journal’s poll of “insiders” that Tina wrote about earlier showing his odds dropping precipitously since October among Republicans and Democrats — although he’s still the VP frontrunner among both groups. Like I say, I think the Beltway rethink on him is all coincidence driven by the fact that we’re now thinking hard about veeps and that Ryan, in particular, is more of a star than ever thanks to Obama’s hatchet job on him this past Tuesday. But you never know with that whisper campaign. Are Rubio’s VP rivals nudging friendly columnists about his stock being overvalued? Are Democrats doing it to plant seeds of doubt about the guy in case he does, in fact, end up on the ticket? Or are Romney’s people doing it because they don’t want voters — especially some Latino voters — to get their hopes up only to be disappointed later? Further to that last question, read this BuzzFeed piece from a few days ago. Exit quotation from an unnamed GOP strategist close to Rubio: “[I]f Sen. Rubio is passed up, or not even asked, in favor of someone that is uninspiring or ‘safe’ I think there will be a lot of tough questions.”


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Good. He is not vetted enough. He is not even remotely a proven quantity.

astonerii on April 6, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Point #1: Scr#w the insiders. No one cares a whit what that clown parade thinks.

Point #2: Romney should go old and boring and milquetoast and establishment Washington. Seriously. Anyone with the slightest pulse will overshadow him and the Democrat-Media complex is laying in wait to bludgeon whomever he selects to death if that person show any inkling of ability to communicate conservative ideas effectively. Pick someone whom we won’t even know is there. Also pick them early. If more than 50% of Americans go into the voting booth not knowing or caring about Romney’s running mate, the better. Ultimately, Team Romney isn’t savvy enough or gutsy enough to handle a VP with real genuine convictions, personal charisma, or who has outsider instincts. Better for them to play to their strengths — which is caution.

Robert_Paulson on April 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Trying to turn a non-story into media gold? Rubio has already said he’s not interested.

NickDeringer on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Rubio is the obvious choice.
We will not accept an all white ticket

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Let me know when he believes that the US Constitution requires Congress to approve warring outside our borders.

John Kettlewell on April 6, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Rubio is a very good choice for VP, but whomever it is like Rubio they must make the sale like Rubio.

Speakup on April 6, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Rubio is the obvious choice.
We will not accept an all white ticket

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Racist

Roy Rogers on April 6, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I will run with Romney. While I would obviously boost the ticket, it doesn’t matter.

Romney will choose someone who will help run the country way better than it is now.

Mike Pence, Rubio, or me.

Chances are it will be me.

freedomplow on April 6, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Rubio is the obvious choice.
We will not accept an all white ticket

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

We, grasshoppah?
I want a ticket that can defeat Zero. He’s that unqualified, alinskyite, community-organizing hack who asp you have your head up.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 6, 2012 at 9:41 PM

If so, who’s doing the whispering?

GOP insiders who HATE Conservatives with such a passion that they assisted the Democrat Party with attacking Sarah Palin for almost FOUR BLOODY YEARS!

In other words, the same people that selected Sketchy.

For what it is worth, I would hate to see Rubio get flushed along with the GOP’s ‘moderate’ liberal this year.

DannoJyd on April 6, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Rubio is the obvious choice.
We will not accept an all white ticket

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

…go change your diaper you idiot!
You forgot what you drooled on your bib about him being a Mormon.

KOOLAID2 on April 6, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Yeah, as impressive as Rubio is, I’d prefer to see him show some chops on policy for a few years. So far in the Senate he’s distinguished himself in my mind chiefly for being hawkish to a McCain-esque degree on foreign policy. I’m no dove, but I want to see how that impulse plays out over time before installing him one heartbeat away.

Yep, he’s a neocon liberal cut from the cloth of McCain. He favors military intervention with goals of overthrowing rulers; he sponsors anti-free speech legislation (the SERVE Act); he supports anti-free speech SOPA/PIPA; he supports the DREAM Act.

And of course, he does not meet the constitutional requirements for the presidency.

Dante on April 6, 2012 at 9:42 PM

There sure are a lot of pieces out suddenly arguing for VP candidates other than Rubio

That’s only because there are so many other good candidates.

The VP pick must be someone who will help attract people to Romney.

Bobby J. would help Mitt geographically; he’s from the South (Louisiana). (Mitt’s from Massachusetts)

Ethnicity? He’s not White, so that would attract non-Whites & young people. The son of immigrants, he’d attract immigrant votes.

Age? He’s pretty young. A lot of folks are tired of old, White politicians.

Morals? He’s a blameless family man.

Religion? He’s conservative Catholic, which will reassure some folks who are put off by Mitt’s Mormonism.

Intellect? He’s near-genius.

Experience? Vast.

Winsomeness? Plenty.

Determination? He stared down Obama more than once over the Gulf spill. Right now he’s taking on teachers’ unions.

Accomplishments? Simply incredible, in a wide variety of areas.

Tea Party appeal? Indisputable.

Persuasiveness? Eloquent, with a brilliant grasp of facts.

Cross-party appeal? He was elected & re-elected governor of a Democrat state.

Add to the mix a deep knowledge of health care & energy sectors.

itsnotaboutme on April 6, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Sounds like Major Garrett made a case for Rob Portman to be President.

Bitter Clinger on April 6, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I am sure lib4life works at Seaworld…and he’s the seal.
The trained seal that barks out his demand for a sardine.

Doesn’t matter what happens around him, he flaps his flippers, barks on command and gets that sardine.

Hey, what a world, it’s Seaworld!

Typicalwhitewoman on April 6, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Portman would be boring but if he can help Romney win – then pick him.

I don’t care – just beat Obama

ABO!

gophergirl on April 6, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Portman, eh? Meh.

changer1701 on April 6, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Allen West would make them go nuts.

freedomplow on April 6, 2012 at 9:44 PM

itsnotaboutme on April 6, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I ADORE Jindal-but he doesn’t want it.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 6, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Rubio is the obvious choice.
We will not accept an all white ticket

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Who’s “we”, Kemosabe?

Bitter Clinger on April 6, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Let’s put another spin on it…

Poll of “insiders”: Enthusiasm wanes for Rubio as VP pick
The decrease could be attributable to a sense that the senator, while popular among conservative activists, has yet to be vetted or tested nationally.

Those fears are particularly acute among GOP officials after the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate four years ago,

a decision that ultimately politically backfired on the Republican presidential nominee.

Still, Rubio’s promise remains: He’s young, telegenic, from a key state and – most importantly of all – Latino. The likely GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, is none of those things, and has struggled to attract Hispanic support even as the group is poised to play a decisive role in the presidential election.

“[Rubio's] a three-fer: young, Hispanic, and from what may be the most important state – a la 2000,” said one Democratic iInsider.

idesign on April 6, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I think there are all these pieces because people are talking about potential running mates. As a result, they’ll be talking about Rubio. And Paul Ryan. And Rob Portman. And Allen West.

A piece about a candidate increases the chances that someone else will have something to say about that person, so one piece about a Non-Rubio increases the chances for more pieces.

Mister Mets on April 6, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I think it probably has more to do with Rubio’s newfound immigration stance than anything else….Portman is way too similary in demeanor to Romney to be helpful. I vote for Paul Ryan.

cynccook on April 6, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Yep, he’s (Rubio) a neocon liberal cut from the cloth of McCain.

Pure idiocy. Rubio is very conservative in most issues.

And of course, he does not meet the constitutional requirements for the presidency.

Dante on April 6, 2012 at 9:42 PM

*facepalm*

Who let this guy in?

itsnotaboutme on April 6, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I ADORE Jindal-but he doesn’t want it.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 6, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Eh, they all say that.

itsnotaboutme on April 6, 2012 at 9:48 PM

itsnotaboutme on April 6, 2012 at 9:47 PM

What good is a thread w/o our resident Ronbot birther.
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annoyinglittletwerp on April 6, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Rubio is the obvious choice.
We will not accept an all white ticket

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Are you trying to parody liberals? I could see your style as a caricature of the “mainstream” views.

If an all white ticket was unacceptable, the Republicans have several options, in addition to Rubio.
Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice
New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
Louisiana Governor (and former Congressman) Bobby Jindal

Mister Mets on April 6, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Bible thumper Santorum has no business even being considered.

Go run for a church somewhere. Maybe you can join his congregation.

Paul Ryan? Yes.

freedomplow on April 6, 2012 at 9:49 PM

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

You’re ‘wanted’ in the Thomas thread.

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2012 at 9:49 PM

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

…Come here! Wash the poop off your hands, and give me your tongue…I have to lead you to the threads you ignore! …or do I use moms leash? Heel!

KOOLAID2 on April 6, 2012 at 9:49 PM

West for VP, if they have a brain.

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2012 at 9:49 PM

We will not accept an all white ticket

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Clinton/Gore. Not only all-white, but all adulterers, too.

Wethal on April 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Eh, they all say that.

itsnotaboutme on April 6, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I work with someone who knows him personally. Sounds like Jindal means it. He likes being gov. of LA.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Pure idiocy. Rubio is very conservative in most issues.

And of course, he does not meet the constitutional requirements for the presidency.

Dante on April 6, 2012 at 9:42 PM

*facepalm*

Who let this guy in?

itsnotaboutme on April 6, 2012 at 9:47 PM

You should pay attention more and educate yourself (and you could start by reading the Constitution). There is nothing conservative about Rubio.

Dante on April 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

You’re ‘wanted’ in the Thomas thread.

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2012 at 9:49 PM

….I was going to bring it!

KOOLAID2 on April 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Is anyone else getting sick and tired of the paid liberal shill injecting race and religious bigotry into EVERY thread?

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

West as VP …

… Portman as chief of staff, or something.

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I ADORE Jindal-but he doesn’t want it.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 6, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I’m not so sure about that. I think he would take it if he were to be asked.

GOPRanknFile on April 6, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Is anyone else getting sick and tired of the paid liberal shill injecting race and religious bigotry into EVERY thread?

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Yes.

cynccook on April 6, 2012 at 9:52 PM

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Yes.
The quality of the trolls has diminished recently.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 6, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Liz Cheney

freedomplow on April 6, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I like Condi and Jindal.

Philly on April 6, 2012 at 9:54 PM

and Liz Cheney

Philly on April 6, 2012 at 9:54 PM

The more I think about it…

Elizabeth Cheney would be the perfect choice.

freedomplow on April 6, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Rubio is the obvious choice.
We will not accept an all white ticket

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

No thanks! We’ll leave that kind of racist bigotry to Liberal Democrats. You remember them; the party of George Wallace and Orville Faubus and Robert Byrd. Yeah, that bunch.

Anybody dumb enough to slice and dice the electorate by race and ethnicity is sooner or later going to base their whole campaign and everything they do afterward on a set of boneheaded racial stereotypes that have no real differences from the politics of 1950′s rural Mississippi. No thanks! I’ve seen that movie before and it just never ends well.

Lew on April 6, 2012 at 9:55 PM

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I brought up leaving it alone to go play with itself a couple of days ago…

… Apparently, the temptation to respond is too great.

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Rubio is the obvious choice.
We will not accept an all white ticket

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

AHHAAHAHAHAHAHA

As if you were ever going to come close to voting for anybody other than LOLbama anyway.

Swerve22 on April 6, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Is anyone else getting sick and tired of the paid liberal shill injecting race and religious bigotry into EVERY thread?

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Yes.

JPeterman on April 6, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Is anyone else getting sick and tired of the paid liberal shill injecting race and religious bigotry into EVERY thread?

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

YES YES and YES

gophergirl on April 6, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Someone mentioned Condi. At one time, I would have been OK with that. Recently, she’s had a couple of interviews that turned me off.

4Grace on April 6, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Is anyone else getting sick and tired of the paid liberal shill injecting race and religious bigotry into EVERY thread?

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Yes.
The quality of the trolls has diminished recently.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 6, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Indeed.

Drained Brain on April 6, 2012 at 9:58 PM

In the memory of True King- Rubio will betray you.

However, I voted for him over Crist. No-Brrainer

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Liz Cheney

freedomplow on April 6, 2012 at 9:53 PM

and Liz Cheney

Philly on April 6, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Liz Cheney for Secretary of State.

GOPRanknFile on April 6, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Is anyone else getting sick and tired of the paid liberal shill injecting race and religious bigotry into EVERY thread?

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Oh yes..I let Lib4life have it last night. They want to continue the meme. PUSH back. After over 3 years, I have had it!

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:01 PM

I’d like Condi or Liz on the policy side, most definitely.

Philly on April 6, 2012 at 10:02 PM

In the memory of True King- Rubio will betray you.

However, I voted for him over Crist. No-Brrainer

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Hey, bazil! How will Rubio betray? In a Scott Brown sort of way??

4Grace on April 6, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Liz Cheney would make a good Secretary of State as well, I agree.

Philly on April 6, 2012 at 10:03 PM

The more I think about it…

Elizabeth Cheney would be the perfect choice.

freedomplow on April 6, 2012 at 9:54 PM

…I never thought about it…but I like it!
Presents Parrot Press would go nuts!

KOOLAID2 on April 6, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Hey, bazil! How will Rubio betray? In a Scott Brown sort of way??

4Grace on April 6, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Hey Grace! In a Bush sorta way. They were close and still are. Jeb Gov- Rubio St Rep. Connect the dots..Amnesty, Libya. You like the Bush mold..there ya go. I do not.

My Col West did not agree.

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:06 PM

I work with someone who knows him personally. Sounds like Jindal means it. He likes being gov. of LA.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I don’t blame him. It is safe and he is popular and has a lot more things he could get done in a full 2nd term. Nevertheless, if that his how he really feels he needs to be dragged into consideration kicking and screaming because we need him.

To me he’s the best option in a win or lose scenario 2012. If Romney wins, Jindal can be that weight to pull Romney to the right, and be the assumed successor to Romney that Bush never crowned. If Romney loses, Jindal’s name goes to the top of the front runner list for 2016. By being likable to both the establishment and the grassroots, this would prevent the establishment from trying to force feed us another person in the mold and personality of Mitt.

Bluray on April 6, 2012 at 10:06 PM

How about Blackburn from TN?

I like Liz too.

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Rubio is more than the possibility of being appealing to hispanics. He understands over reaching, abusive government. He can argue conservative principals in a clear and convincing manner. He doesn’t take any cr_ _ and can think on his feet. Portman was part of, “read my lips no new taxes Bush the elder’s presidency”? That is an endorsement of Portman??? Somehow, I am not wowed. In fact, snooze is what comes to mind.Yeah, you know, I just haven’t had enough Republican establishment, big spending Bush in my life.

Charm on April 6, 2012 at 10:07 PM

My Col West did not agree.

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Nor did I.

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:08 PM

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Gotcha, thanks.

P.S. I’m jealous of your Col. West.

4Grace on April 6, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Is anyone else getting sick and tired of the paid liberal shill injecting race and religious bigotry into EVERY thread?

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Yep, especially considering the fact that the banhammer has been dropped here plenty of times in the past. So why not do it now?

Bluray on April 6, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Rubio is the obvious choice.
We will not accept an all white ticket

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Hey AllahPundit, just about every post from this fool is racist in nature.

How about the ban hammer for this troll? It’s not even sporting enough to play with and humiliate …

ShainS on April 6, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Is anyone else getting sick and tired of the paid liberal shill injecting race and religious bigotry into EVERY thread?

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

No, not really. It just shows their utter desperation. When your own accomplishments suck or are non-existent, you’ve got to come up with something to attract the dumbasses in the world to your point of view. This is all Obama and his butt boys and girls know how to do.

Let them mole and troll for, in November, we Rock ‘n Roll!

TXUS on April 6, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Choose Portman and the yawns will be deafening. The entire country will say “Who?”

The only Portman that would get any good press would be Natalie, and a conservative she isn’t.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Gotcha, thanks.

P.S. I’m jealous of your Col. West.

4Grace on April 6, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Your welcome. He isn’t in my district unfortunately. I always say..Fl did good for once. :) 2010..we came through. Boooted Grayson too..my insane district.

For a politician, he is alright..hope he doesn’t change.

What state you in Miss Grace?

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Rubio is the obvious choice. We will not accept an all white ticket.

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Really? Color me shocked. You seem to like that “all white” funded federal assistance just fine.

/I know, I know… racist

M240H on April 6, 2012 at 10:16 PM

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Remember how girls like to hang with ugly chicks because they make them look good? The same holds true when having a liberals showing its ugliness in a room full of Conservatives.

DannoJyd on April 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Rubio is the obvious choice.
We will not accept an all white ticket

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Who is “we”? You obviously didn’t read my reply to you last night.

On second thought..Rubio..is he a white Hispanic? We seem to have a lot of those here. Still a white ticket either way.

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

No. Wrong. Yes. West. Better.

Bmore on April 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

What state you in Miss Grace?

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Texas. Were you born & raised in FL, or are you a transplant?

4Grace on April 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Oh what the heck, pick Portman. He’s the only one who has nothing to lose if Obama wins.

Connie on April 6, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Really??

On April 18, 2006, President Bush nominated Portman to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Portman was confirmed on May 26, 2006. Portman replaced Joshua Bolten, who had been appointed White House Chief of Staff. On June 19, 2007, Portman resigned his position of OMB director, citing a desire to spend more time with his family and three children. During his tenure, the US public debt increased by 469 billion dollars.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Portman

takeamericabackin10 on April 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Hey Allah – what about the chance Rubio is doing it to himself as a way to really make sure he’s not an option?

I keep saying that the first Latino in the White House doesn’t also want to be known as the factor that turned the first black President into a one-termer.

budfox on April 6, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Texas. Were you born & raised in FL, or are you a transplant?

4Grace on April 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Texas and your jealous..thought you would say NY, NJ or CA.

Almost everyone here is a transplant…even me :)

Although, it was because of the Military ..in my case. My Family from one side is actually Native Floridians from 1920 ish…

I am from…*ugh..hate to say it…California. But here since 12.

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Starve the beast.
; )
Oh and no to Rubio. He ain’t ready. Hasn’t accomplished enough. Besides Rmoney™ is still not officially the nom.

Bmore on April 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

If everyone keeps pointing out what kind of bigoted troll L4L is, Ed or Allah is going to have to do something.

The other choice is to play the “what will L4L say” game, and we just flood the threads with L4L “quotes”

budfox on April 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

To me he’s the best option in a win or lose scenario 2012. If Romney wins, Jindal can be that weight to pull Romney to the right, and be the assumed successor to Romney that Bush never crowned. If Romney loses, Jindal’s name goes to the top of the front runner list for 2016. By being likable to both the establishment and the grassroots, this would prevent the establishment from trying to force feed us another person in the mold and personality of Mitt.

Bluray on April 6, 2012 at 10:06 PM

If Mitt wins, Jindal must be given (if he wants it) a high profile health policy position. If he’s VP, he could chair a task force for health care reform, which should include Medicaid and Medicare reform. If he’s not VP, I’d love to see him at HHS undoing all of the damage that Sebelius (sp?) has done.

Just Sayin on April 6, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Mike Pence.

redwhiteblue on April 6, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Romney has to take Rubio because it’s the fastest way to convert latinos Catholics into Mormon missionaries.

Liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 10:26 PM

budfox on April 6, 2012 at 10:28 PM

If everyone keeps pointing out what kind of bigoted troll L4L is, Ed or Allah is going to have to do something.

Well now budfox..learn the rules here.

Bigot/Race baiter = good (traffic)

Canopor- News linking guy=bad and moderated.

Good luck on that.

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Bmore on April 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Thx B- love TH. Been a while.

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I am from…*ugh..hate to say it…California. But here since 12.

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Ha! My jealousy was not the state, but West in particular.

I actually spent time in Cali after I graduated college. Couldn’t wait to run from my little town to the big city. After 9 years, couldn’t wait to return to TX.

4Grace on April 6, 2012 at 10:30 PM

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:28 PM

And he hasn’t come back yet :(

JPeterman on April 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

4Grace on April 6, 2012 at 10:30 PM

There are wonderful things about Cali..people destroyed it. I miss the mountains. Back off chica, West is ours. ;)

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Just Sayin on April 6, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Jindal is really the perfect choice…except everyone is terrified that his debate ability is equal to his oratory skills, and that would give Biden a pass as everyone’s harmless, flaky grandpa from The Villages.

Though I would love to see Jindal mention Biden’s 7-Eleven comment. That would be cringe-worthy.

budfox on April 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

And he hasn’t come back yet :(

JPeterman on April 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

I hope he’s lurking so he can see how much he is missed! Come on back, Canopfor!

4Grace on April 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

And he hasn’t come back yet :(

JPeterman on April 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

That really ticks me off. I may protest.

Here is the best from last night..had to save it:

Yep. I am ready for it. You can help. Make a donation to:
C.A.N.O.P.F.O.R
Citzens Against Neo Oppressive Practices From Online Regimes.
We need to free our comrade.
SparkPlug on April 6, 2012 at 12:49 AM

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Hat tip to Sparkplug.

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Back off chica, West is ours. ;)

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Oh, so I can’t swap you a Kay Bailey Hutchison? I know, I know! Even swap: your Colonel for our Sheila Jackson Lee?

4Grace on April 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Oh, so I can’t swap you a Kay Bailey Hutchison? I know, I know! Even swap: your Colonel for our Sheila Jackson Lee?

4Grace on April 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

I will swap you Alcee Hastings, Debbie WS, and Corrine Brown.

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/matt-dixon/2012-04-06/corrine-brown-one-houses-biggest-office-spenders

And my personal fave: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2008/09/florida-congres/

Deal? LOL

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Is anyone else getting sick and tired of the paid liberal shill injecting race and religious bigotry into EVERY thread?

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Not sure she’s paid. There’s something very familiar about the robotic, passionless repetition of liberal platitudes. There’s certainly no critical thinking skills involved. Aspergers or high functioning autism is a good guess.

obladioblada on April 6, 2012 at 10:41 PM

She is to stupid to be paid. My other guess is a sock.

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:45 PM

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:28 PM

I’m not good at remembering most posters here…but what happened to the good Canadian gentleman? His timely news links rock…he’s like our own private Drudge.
I try to ignore the trolls, but agree that this Lib4life is a toxic one. It’s only purpose is to be rude. Sad.

redwhiteblue on April 6, 2012 at 10:46 PM

And of course, he does not meet the constitutional requirements for the presidency.

Dante on April 6, 2012 at 9:42 PM

*facepalm*

Who let this guy in?

itsnotaboutme on April 6, 2012 at 9:47 PM

He’s one of Dr. Paul’s acolytes, natch.

ebrown2 on April 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I will swap you Alcee Hastings, Debbie WS, and Corrine Brown.

Deal? LOL

bazil9 on April 6, 2012 at 10:41 PM

LOL, oh man. I forgot about the honorable Mr. Hastings. Actually, DWS and SJL would be the closest thing to an even swap.

4Grace on April 6, 2012 at 10:49 PM

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