Former RNC chair Ed Gillespie heading running-mate search for Romney?

posted at 1:56 pm on April 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

With the nomination for President all but clinched, the next order of business for Republicans is to find a running mate.  That’s the first big test for any nominee, although Mitt Romney has publicly stated that he hasn’t yet begun to build a list of potential partners for the general election.  According to BuzzFeed, that’s only because he’s delegated that task to former RNC chair and Bush adviser Ed Gillespie:

Just hours after Rick Santorum left the race, voters at a rally here Monday were already clamoring to find out who would join Mitt Romney on the presidential ticket.

“I’m here to announce today that I do not even have a list!” Romney replied to a supporter’s question.

But Romney does have a plan: One long-time GOP operative said Romney staffers are quietly circulating that former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie, who joined the campaign as a “volunteer” advisor last week, will “take the lead” on the search for a Vice President.

The search, and the vetting that accompanies it, are likely to be conducted with particular intensity because senior party operatives are still reeling from their inability to defend vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008. Party leaders expect the Romney camp better take the process seriously this time around, and everything about Romney’s own methods suggest a careful, deliberate process. But Romney’s team itself is extremely light on general election experience, and they’re turning to a cohort of old-time GOP hands in developing a strategy to win in November.

Some had apparently expected Charlie Black to run this operation, according to the article, although I’m not sure why.  Black did some work on John McCain’s campaign, and caused a stir when he asserted that a terrorist attack on the US would benefit McCain’s election chances, although to be fair, he only answered a direct question on that point from Fortune.  BuzzFeed reports that Black didn’t expect to be involved, either, saying that task usually falls to lawyers.

Gillespie would be a better choice, but one that could generate some concern among grassroots activists leery of the GOP establishment.  Gillespie certainly falls into that category, with a term as RNC chair and a few years as a key adviser to George W. Bush.  However, Gillespie ran the RNC during Bush’s 2004 re-election effort, which successfully held the White House and picked up four seats in the Senate and three in the House, retaining control of Congress.  He knows a few things about winning elections, and that’s the kind of expertise that should boost Romney’s chances in the fall.

That depends, of course, on the eventual choice for running mate.  Those who have been reluctant to get behind Romney will watch this process carefully.  They will want to see someone who excites them, while Romney will want to make sure that the eventual running mate doesn’t end up overwhelming the narrative.  Given Romney’s private-sector background, I’d expect to see him choose someone with an executive background and experience, with enough Tea Party credibility to help pull the party together at the convention.  That leaves a lot of possibilities, and it will probably take almost all summer to make the choice.  We’ll see if Romney can pass this first crucial test as nominee.

Update, 4/15/12: Gillespie told Fox News Sunday that “it was news to me” that he was heading up the VP search effort:

Veteran Republican strategist Ed Gillespie, who recently joined Mitt Romney’s campaign as a senior advisor, shot down reports that he will run Romney’s search for a running mate.

“It was news to me,” he said on Fox News Sunday, adding that “as far as I know, it is not accurate.”


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OT:

Holder with Sharpton at his side…”Trayvon Martin, a young man whose future has been lost to the ages.”

Brutal…

PatriotRider on April 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Former RNC chair Ed Gillespie heading running-mate search for Romney?

So Ed Gillespie is in charge of measuring the RINO Horns?

portlandon on April 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Great. Just great.

Of course “senior party operatives” couldn’t defend Palin. To most of them, “conservatism” is a foreign language.

tbrosz on April 11, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I hear Mike Castle’s available.

Lost in Jersey on April 11, 2012 at 2:02 PM

They will want to see someone who excites them, while Romney will want to make sure that the eventual running mate doesn’t end up overwhelming the narrative him.

Schadenfreude on April 11, 2012 at 2:02 PM

LOL!!!!!

There is no reasonable person anywhere able to conclude that the Republicans even want to win.

Suspecting RINO’s want to really win is like suspecting Obama wants America to prosper.

lm10001 on April 11, 2012 at 2:03 PM

SOSO. We knew from the beginning.

Kissmygrits on April 11, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Sorry Don- We don’t need no stinking old timey crap now –
MITTEN S IS NOT OLD TIMEY ! and thats a good thing.

Time for a Reeform canidate !!!!

FlaMurph on April 11, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Where is KingGold? He needs to be here to scold anyone who dares question the GOP hierarchy or their motives.

portlandon on April 11, 2012 at 2:04 PM

ed gillespie: hmmmmm, which conservative can i pick, that will be easiest to blame after we lose in november

renalin on April 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Romney throws Scott Walker off the cliff. Endorses federal equal pay act for women.

We can safely assume Scott Walker is no longer in contention.

social-justice on April 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

That’s why I haven’t donated to the RNC in years. Too many RINO progressive Repubs.

kirkill on April 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

“I’m here to announce today that I do not even have a list!” Romney replied to a supporter’s question.

That’s spin. A guy like Mitt Romney had his VP short list ready four years ago. To admit that would risk the appearance of presumption, so they are going through the motions now. I suspect the choice has already been made; Gillespie is just ironing out the details and doing the final vetting.

Mr. Arkadin on April 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

OT:

Holder with Sharpton at his side…”Trayvon Martin, a young man whose future has been lost to the ages.”

Brutal…

PatriotRider on April 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I saw that. They’re going all in on this. They have to get out the black vote in order to have a prayer in this election. I do hope the new media keeps throwing these black-on-white assaults(not to mention the ongoing flash mobs) back in the face of Holder, Sharpton, the CBC, and the drive-by media and force them to defend that barbarism. That incident in Baltimore was absolutely sickening, made even worse by the police deeming that it was not a hate crime.

Doughboy on April 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

These things are not alike:

I’d expect to see him choose someone with an executive background and experience, with enough Tea Party credibility to help pull the party together at the convention

vs.

The search, and the vetting that accompanies it, are likely to be conducted with particular intensity because senior party operatives are still reeling from their inability to defend vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008.

The signals are being sent out here that we’re not going to get a Tea Partier. We’ve seen this in other articles as well. Rubio/Jindal/West is not going to happen. I remain fairly confident they will pick McDonnell, who has never been particularly tainted with the “Tea Party” label, plus he may be able to deliver Virginia to Romney, something Romney is going to need badly if he’s serious about winning.

If Romney picks Portman, he’s not serious about winning and it will be a major signal of what is going to happen in November.

Doomberg on April 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

If Mitt’s style of management is what I think it is, he will likely have two (or more) competing teams on a running mate search. Mitt doesn’t much go for “groupthink” in his management style from what I can tell so far. He would want at least two different groups doing such a thing, if the report is even accurate. If their choices vary, he is going to want to hear their pro/con arguments. If they are the same, he is going to want to get yet a third opinion. He is suspicious of unanimity when it comes to staff recommendations.

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Mitt is boring and aristocratic. Only an unrelentingly in-your-face-Obama will help this ticket. This is the year of ‘bloody’ war, the last chance to save the land. She is sitting on a big pivot and one more Obama term and she slides into the abyss.

Alas,…if Mitt picks a Portman or Daniels type, you can say good night U.S. America. It was nice knowing thee.

Mitt will be afraid to be overshadowed, thus Christie and West are out. Yet, their kind are the only ones who’d save him, for different reasons, each.

Schadenfreude on April 11, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Gee, who will the GOP establishment pick to round out the progressive Romney ticket? Now, remember, it has to be somebody who will ‘play nice’ and not say nasty things about obama, or Romney will have to spend an inordinate amount of time silencing them as McCain did with Palin. The goal here is to recreate that fabulously successful McCain 2008 campaign, but without any rogue warriors.

Pork-Chop on April 11, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Only is Rmoney™ wants to guarantee a loss against 0.

Bmore on April 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Gillespie would be a better choice, but one that could generate some concern among grassroots activists leery of the GOP establishment.

True.

I wonder how much of a player Karl Rove is behind the scenes?

portlandon on April 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Just say NO to Jeb!!!!!

Romney/Ryan 2012

Sparty on April 11, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Gillespie would be a better choice, but one that could generate some concern among grassroots activists leery of the GOP establishment.

I don’t see why that would be the case.

It’s not as if he would put Amy Kremer or Erick Erickson in charge of the search committee. Besides, Gillespie is one of the more conservative and competent luminaries who have been in charge of the RNC – a far cry from Ken Mehlman and Michael Steele.

KingGold on April 11, 2012 at 2:09 PM

However, Gillespie ran the RNC during Bush’s 2004 re-election effort, which successfully held the White House and picked up four seats in the Senate and three in the House, retaining control of Congress.

So according to the establishment …

2004: +4 Senate, +3 House = great strategery
2010: +3 Senate, +63 = Tea Party who?

Lost in Jersey on April 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM

o/t: Zimmerman to be charged.

Kataklysmic on April 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I hear Mike Castle’s available.

Lost in Jersey on April 11, 2012 at 2:02 PM

LOL. So is Arlen Spector …

ShainS on April 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Marvelous. So it’s Harriet Myers for Veep then?

Western_Civ on April 11, 2012 at 2:11 PM

party operatives are still reeling from their inability to defend vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008.

Inability?

No, it was unwillingness.

CurtZHP on April 11, 2012 at 2:11 PM

I wonder how much of a player Karl Rove is behind the scenes?

portlandon on April 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I’m not sure Rove would be too involved in this. I don’t think we’ll see him really re-enter the picture until Jeb’s 2016 run. If Rove is involved, a Romney defeat would damage his credibility as a super-genius.

Doomberg on April 11, 2012 at 2:11 PM

PatriotRider on April 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

They’re charging him per Fox.

JPeterman on April 11, 2012 at 2:12 PM

They’re back…..

The Restoration of the Bush Dynasty

james23 on April 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

JPeterman on April 11, 2012 at 2:12 PM

The inmates are in charge…

PatriotRider on April 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM

My list for VP:
Paul Ryan
Bobby Jindal
Luis Fortuno

I do not think anyone else will be picked based on criteria of experience, region, and persona paired with Romney.

ArkyDore on April 11, 2012 at 2:22 PM

It will be a conservative pick. It will be Paul Ryan or Jindal.

Oil Can on April 11, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Yeah, that’s the future!
More Beltway establishment dinosaurs.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 11, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Good. He’s a professional, smart guy and a conservative. We should get a good VP pick.

therightwinger on April 11, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Picking McDonnell will feed the War on Women meme. Don’t do it Mitt.

Romney/Ryan 2012

magicbeans on April 11, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Of course, let’s disparage a guy that actually knows how to win elections. Does Establishment now mean successful?

Say what you will about Bush, but the 2004 campaign was masterful despite having a candidate that could barely string a sentence together.

Had Gillespie been in charge instead of the disastrous Michael Steele in 2010, we probably would have won 3-4 additional Senate seats.

I’m glad he’s on Team Romney.

BradTank on April 11, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Romney throws Scott Walker off the cliff. Endorses federal equal pay act for women.
We can safely assume Scott Walker is no longer in contention.
social-justice on April 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Do you read Ms Magazine?

Buy Danish on April 11, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Romney/Quayle 2012!!!

Akzed on April 11, 2012 at 2:28 PM

If Mitt’s style of management is what I think it is, he will likely have two (or more) competing teams on a running mate search. Mitt doesn’t much go for “groupthink” in his management style from what I can tell so far.

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 2:06 PM

At the risk getting labeled a Romney-hater, I have to ask. On what are you basing this assessment of Willard’s management style? I really genuinely want to know if there’s some evidence out there to support this.

Lost in Jersey on April 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM

That leaves a lot of possibilities, and it will probably take almost all summer to make the choice.

Maybe he can steal yet another page from the failed McCain ’08 campaign handbook, and float a “secret” VP offer to fellow Massachusetts pol, John Kerry.

Don’t laugh.

Kent18 on April 11, 2012 at 2:36 PM

The search, and the vetting that accompanies it, are likely to be conducted with particular intensity because senior party operatives are still reeling from their inability to defend vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008. Party leaders expect the Romney camp better take the process seriously this time around, and everything about Romney’s own methods suggest a careful, deliberate process. But Romney’s team itself is extremely light on general election experience, and they’re turning to a cohort of old-time GOP hands in developing a strategy to win in November.

Like they really wanted to defend her. Conservatism doesn’t compute for them. This just pi$$es me off. Still clinging to the meme that it was Sarah’s fault the GOP lost in ’08. This probably means that an even remotely conservative candidate won’t be the pick.

Bitter Clinger on April 11, 2012 at 2:40 PM

The search, and the vetting that accompanies it, are likely to be conducted with particular intensity because senior party operatives are still reeling from their inability to defend their attacks against vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008

FIFY

Here is the real Ed Gillespie:

Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee, told reporters at a Monitor Breakfast Thursday that DNC efforts to link the GOP to Tea Party positions ahead of midterm elections was a ‘sign of their desperation.’

Hey Eddie! We TEA Party Patriots put the GOP BACK on the political map, and we certainly can take clowns like you down quite easily.

Typical Sketchy FAIL in 5, …

DannoJyd on April 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

It won’t really matter- without major and rapid change this country will be insolvent before 2016. In some ways the republicans would be better off losing and letting the dems take the inevitable hit. More of the same won’t work this time.

Scotsman on April 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

On what are you basing this assessment of Willard’s management style? I really genuinely want to know if there’s some evidence out there to support this.

Well, for the most recent example, did you watch the speech he gave to the Newspaper Editors Assoc.? If so, recall the question about “anonymous sources” where Romney speaks to that very issue directly.

Go here:

http://www.c-span.org/Events/Romney-Speaks-at-at-News-Editors-Annual-Conference/10737429620/

On the right you will see the “Video Playlist”. Select the video. The specific portion is in the Q and A after the speech.

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Bob Dole has flexibility.

KOOLAID2 on April 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Basically what Romney said (and this absolutely has to come from his experience in business) is that when he was Governor, if his staff were studying an issue and if they came back to him and they all agreed that they had studied every option and had all come to the conclusion that a certain course of action was the best path, he would tell them that he wasn’t doing anything until they could find someone vehemently opposed to that course of action so he could hear the opposing argument. He needs to weigh both the pros and the cons and he doesn’t put much stock in a gaggle of “yes men” telling him what they think he wants to hear. He values an honest opposing argument.

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 2:48 PM

They have been fishing out Nikki Haley so much I was getting Jindal flashbacks. I feel sorry for her in this sense, she is being shilled by folk who are not well liked in some parts of flyover

HEard the local state GOP voice Sol on talk radio a few hours ago ,asked how they are going to get Tea Party to vote for Romney, explain they will have to

So here we go again….

Meanwhile, the Club while licking cream off its whiskers, has to build a TEa Party base off of whomever they want for VP

This is a very difficult task, because to lure the Tea Party, they have to produce a VP candidate they despise. Waiting to see what they do.

If you substitute ‘dissident’ for Tea Party. the real task becomes apparent.

If Romney had not resorted to breaking kneecaps, the whole process would be much easier. As it is he has to shake the big cats off his back to appeal to the underdogs. Does he want to?

entagor on April 11, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Is this the guy many years back on Rush’s show that was defending all the spending the GOP was doing? And angrily said that conservatives needed to realize the Reagan Revolution was dead or something? I remember it was some RNC Chairman back around 2006 or so. Maybe longer.

JellyToast on April 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Romney is psychologically in many ways the polar opposite of a politician. Politicians are generally full of themselves and love to be fawned over and have people tell them “yes” all the time. Romney came up through a very difficult field of business where the best decision was not always the popular decision and where one’s success depended on how well their solutions actually worked in practice, not in how well they sounded on a podium.

A politician can “spin” night into day, black into white, rain into sunshine. In Romney’s line of work, the job either succeeded and the company turned around, or it failed. He was very good at succeeding, not in making people BELIEVE he was succeeding, but in actually succeeding. I don’t care how much spin one puts on a company, it either has value or it doesn’t (as Enron learned).

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I also like this line in this article over at AOSHQ:

Let me tell you something I like about Romney: His bite is worse than his bark.

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/328328.php

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM

OT:

Holder with Sharpton at his side…”Trayvon Martin, a young man whose future has been lost to the ages.”

Brutal…

PatriotRider on April 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I saw that. They’re going all in on this. They have to get out the black vote in order to have a prayer in this election. I do hope the new media keeps throwing these black-on-white assaults(not to mention the ongoing flash mobs) back in the face of Holder, Sharpton, the CBC, and the drive-by media and force them to defend that barbarism. That incident in Baltimore was absolutely sickening, made even worse by the police deeming that it was not a hate crime.

Doughboy on April 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
– Booker T. Washington, emancipated slave, My Larger Education, 1910, p. 50

VorDaj on April 11, 2012 at 2:59 PM

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Would you like to watch 0bama DESTROY Mittens on the Individual Mandate issue? Well, here is the video.

DannoJyd on April 11, 2012 at 2:59 PM

OT:

Holder with Sharpton at his side…”Trayvon Martin, a young man whose future has been lost to the ages.”

Brutal…

PatriotRider on April 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I saw that. They’re going all in on this. They have to get out the black vote in order to have a prayer in this election. I do hope the new media keeps throwing these black-on-white assaults(not to mention the ongoing flash mobs) back in the face of Holder, Sharpton, the CBC, and the drive-by media and force them to defend that barbarism. That incident in Baltimore was absolutely sickening, made even worse by the police deeming that it was not a hate crime.

Doughboy on April 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

There is another class of c-oloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the N-egro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the N-egro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
– Booker T. Washington, emancipated slave, My Larger Education, 1910, p. 50

VorDaj on April 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Train wreck.

I think Steve Schmidt is available to work on the search team. That way, when Mitt loses in a landslide in Nov, he’ll have someone on the payroll who can coordinate the throwing of the VP pick under the bus.

davek70 on April 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Romney is not picking McDonnell. The narrative of the campaign would turn away from the economy and toward social issues and v@ginal probes. IOW, picking McDonnell distracts from the narrative.

I expect him to make an offer to Rubio. We’ll see how serious he is about his assertions that he’s not interested.

DRayRaven on April 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM

One other thing – Nikki Haley brings nothing to the ticket. SC will be in Romney’s column no matter who he picks, and she has baggage. The MSM will dredge up those affair allegations, and we’ll be talking about that for two months instead of the economy. She’s another pick who would distract from the narrative, so I don’t see it happening.

DRayRaven on April 11, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Yup. Ed Gillespie. Bob McDonnell’s Washington consultant.

Sounds like Romney will pick McDonnell. Also sounds like the Establishment still despises the Base.

What idiots. Makes me wish Nixon were still around. He’d have settled Romney’s hash in a New York minute, and he’d have won the conservatives, too.

victor82 on April 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I’ve seen this movie before…

… It does not end well for us.

Seven Percent Solution on April 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I’m ok with Paul Ryan eclipsing Romney. Give us that proxy war and Obama loses.

The Count on April 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Yup. Ed Gillespie. Bob McDonnell’s Washington consultant.

Sounds like Romney will pick McDonnell. Also sounds like the Establishment still despises the Base.

What idiots. Makes me wish Nixon were still around. He’d have settled Romney’s hash in a New York minute, and he’d have won the conservatives, too.

victor82 on April 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

And just who would you prefer? Mark Block?

Seriously, do you guys want to win or lose this election? We’re up against a desperate cut-throat Chicago political machine, and you want to futz around with amateurs?

The Count on April 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Every conservative activist who has endorsed or had kind words for Romney has immediately been labeled RINO SELLOUT NOT TO BE TRUSTED by the TrueConservatives(TM), so that doesn’t really leave Mitt a lot of wiggle room to find somebody they will accept. Since they’re not going to be happy no matter what, why should he even try to cater to them?

Swerve22 on April 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Can’t watch at work, but I’ll check it out.

Lost in Jersey on April 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

has immediately been labeled RINO SELLOUT NOT TO BE TRUSTED by the TrueConservatives(TM)

Which carries how much weight across the entire population of the US?

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I think Steve Schmidt is available to work on the search team. That way, when Mitt loses in a landslide in Nov, he’ll have someone on the payroll who can coordinate the throwing of the VP pick under the bus.

davek70 on April 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM

A proud (*kaff*kaff*)”moderate” Republican tradition! ;)

Kent18 on April 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I think the running mate could be Rand Paul or Mike Huckabee.

bluegill on April 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Four top possible Romney VP picks?

Bob McDonnell
Rand Paul
Mike Huckabee
Marco Rubio

bluegill on April 11, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I like the idea of Rand. Suckabee can flush himself down a community toilet as far as I’m concerned. I’d like to see Ryan or Bachmann on the short list also.

I’d also love to see Palin get the VP spot again, just to watch the liberals worst nightmare come true.

Swerve22 on April 11, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Former RNC chair Ed Gillespie heading running-mate search for Romney?

Head, meet desk. If this is true, and you were wondering whether Romney is going to take a Rubio, a Ryan, or even a Daniels, this ought to disabuse you of that notion.

Steve Eggleston on April 11, 2012 at 3:41 PM

I’d also love to see Palin get the VP spot again, just to watch the liberals worst nightmare come true.

Swerve22 on April 11, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Palin getting the VP spot again is liberals’ greatest wish. It would be like Barack Obama selecting Dennis Kucinich or Al Sharpton to be his VP running mate… Republicans would love it.

bluegill on April 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

bluegill on April 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Wow! You liberal Mittbots sure do hate Conservatives and everything they stand for, eh? Well, you go right ahead and provide your support for Sketchys Individual Mandate which 90% of registered Republicans despise.

DannoJyd on April 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

If we have learned anything, we have learned not to pick someone for VP with little or no executive experience. That rules out Rubio or Rand Paul. I think it will be another Governor to help Romney frame the campaign as States vs. Washington.

Jindal
McDonnell
Martinez
Daniels

My own personal favorite would be Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. Nobody is talking about her at all. She served two terms in the House (elected in the Democratic wave year if 2006, no less), had a solid private sector career before entering politics, is a solid conservative and mother of 6.

rockmom on April 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

McDonnell, who has never been particularly tainted with the “Tea Party” label, plus he may be able to deliver Virginia to Romney, something Romney is going to need badly if he’s serious about winning.

Doomberg on April 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

That would be a disaster. It would totally feed into the false war on women narative given the recent transvaginal debacle in Virginia.

talkingpoints on April 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Would you like to watch 0bama DESTROY Mittens on the Individual Mandate issue? Well, here is the video.

DannoJyd on April 11, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Obama’s going to destroy Mitt by arguing against the same individual mandate which Obama imposed on an unwilling nation? He must be a magician.

Basilsbest on April 11, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Obama’s going to destroy Mitt by arguing against the same individual mandate which Obama imposed on an unwilling nation? He must be a magician.

Basilsbest on April 11, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Ignore the hater trolls. Most of them are probably just paid liberal bloggers posing as the Trueconservetive Defence Force(TM) anyway.

Swerve22 on April 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

If we have learned anything, we have learned not to pick someone for VP with little or no executive experience. That rules out Rubio or Rand Paul. I think it will be another Governor to help Romney frame the campaign as States vs. Washington.

Jindal
McDonnell
Martinez
Daniels

My own personal favorite would be Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. Nobody is talking about her at all. She served two terms in the House (elected in the Democratic wave year if 2006, no less), had a solid private sector career before entering politics, is a solid conservative and mother of 6.

rockmom on April 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Fallin has a science degree and is a strong supporter of higher education. She’s much too credentialled for the anti-Mitt haters on this site.

Basilsbest on April 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

If we have learned anything, we have learned not to pick someone for VP with little or no executive experience. That rules out Rubio or Rand Paul. I think it will be another Governor to help Romney frame the campaign as States vs. Washington.

Jindal
McDonnell
Martinez
Daniels

My own personal favorite would be Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. Nobody is talking about her at all. She served two terms in the House (elected in the Democratic wave year if 2006, no less), had a solid private sector career before entering politics, is a solid conservative and mother of 6.

rockmom on April 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Fallin has a science degree and is a strong supporter of higher education. She’s much too credentialled for the anti-Mitt haters on this site.

Basilsbest on April 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Swerve22 on April 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

The FACT remains that you cannot afford to ignore we Conservatives and the TEA Party because your beloved Liberal doesn’t stand a chance of winning without us.

Mittens can ill afford to depend on the nonexistant effort you liberal supporters will provide this year, and he doesn’t have enough money to buy the grass roots supporters he needs.

GAME OVER, MAN! [snicker]

DannoJyd on April 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Again, if I have Romney pegged correctly, he is going to base his choice mainly on talent and not on gimmickry.

Heck, I hadn’t heard of Rob Portman before but once I started doing some research on the guy, he looks really good. Solid conservative voting record, fiscal conservative, federalist mindset, hasn’t alienated everybody else on the planet. What’s not to like?

There are probably a dozen or more such people buried in there, too, that we haven’t heard of because they haven’t been in the national spotlight.

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Good. He’s a professional, smart guy and a conservative. We should get a good VP pick.

therightwinger on April 11, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Ever notice how people who have the words “right wing” or “conservative” in their screen names usually aren’t?

bw222 on April 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Again, if I have Romney pegged correctly, he is going to base his choice mainly on talent and not on gimmickry.

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Yep! That certainly does explain why Sketchy selected the RINO who worked to destroy the GOP before we TEA Party Patriots brought it back from the grave to select his VP for him.

Honestly, doesn’t mittens have a clue? Any clue at all?

DannoJyd on April 11, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Four top possible Romney VP picks?

Bob McDonnell
Rand Paul
Mike Huckabee
Marco Rubio

bluegill on April 11, 2012 at 3:37 PM

You talking about the Mike Huckabee who opened his radio show with a staged call in?

http://www.mediaite.com/online/mike-huckabee-starts-new-radio-call-in-show-first-caller-revealed-to-be-staged/

The Mike Huckabee that pardoned the cop-killer?

That Mike Huckabee?

bw222 on April 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I’d also love to see Palin get the VP spot again, just to watch the liberals worst nightmare come true.

Swerve22 on April 11, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Nope. She has to stay away from this political suicide known as Romney.

Palin has suffered enough especially from the GOP-E.

TheAlamos on April 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Those who hate Romney will never listen to his speeches or read his positions.

bluealice on April 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Holder with Sharpton at his side…”Trayvon Martin, a young man whose future has been lost to the ages.”

PatriotRider on April 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Sickening.

I know it is still OT, but let’s insert another name. I simply refuse to let this warrior be forgotten.

Brian Terry, a young man whose future has been lost to the ages.

A great lose for America

jazzuscounty on April 11, 2012 at 4:47 PM

That’s why I haven’t donated to the RNC in years. Too many RINO progressive Repubs.

kirkill on April 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

We got another call from them yesterday. We are donating to our local conservative candidates directly.

My two cents opinion–Ryan, West, (Liz) Cheney or Jindal (who I fear will leave Lousiana just now)

jazzuscounty on April 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Jindal (who I fear will not leave Louisiana just now)
Trying to catch up on too many thread

jazzuscounty on April 11, 2012 at 4:58 PM

threads- ugh, maybe I will take a break

jazzuscounty on April 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM

will never listen to his speeches or read his positions.

bluealice on April 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Words are cheap, and frequently misleading.

The actual historical record, on the other hand — cobbling up (and still defending) the precursor to Obamacare; proudly supporting Planned Parenthood; judicial appointments; etc. — significantly less so.

Children, most commonly, are gulled by pretty phrase-making and empty promises. Adults, on the other hand, are old enough to know better.

Or should be, at any rate.

Kent18 on April 11, 2012 at 8:07 PM

This is a dangerous man who’s looking for a VP pick for Romney. Gillespie comes from the school of thought “illegal aliens first, American citizens, forget about them”. The constant pandering to the illegal alien crowd, and ignorantly those in the Hispanic community who support a DREAM Act and amnesty, is a major part of the reason that the GOP is losing relevancy.

madmonkphotog on April 11, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Those who hate Romney will never listen to his speeches or read his positions.

bluealice on April 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Those who despise Romneys’ liberal bent HAVE listened to his empty promises and read his empty rhetoric and we know how he will govern since his time in Mass. is a perfect blueprint of what we can expect. Google Mass. Governor Romney to see the real man in action.

I love how his supporters keep striving to use the liberal playbook against we Americans. They cannot so much as fathom how much that says about them AND THEIR LIBERAL CANDIDATE.

DannoJyd on April 12, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Again, if I have Romney pegged correctly, he is going to base his choice mainly on talent and not on gimmickry.

Heck, I hadn’t heard of Rob Portman before but once I started doing some research on the guy, he looks really good. Solid conservative voting record, fiscal conservative, federalist mindset, hasn’t alienated everybody else on the planet. What’s not to like?

There are probably a dozen or more such people buried in there, too, that we haven’t heard of because they haven’t been in the national spotlight.

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Rob Portman also has the advantage of being from Ohio, and was easily elected to the Senate there in 2010.

The fact that Santorum dropped out in April essentially handed the nomination to Romney, and Romney and his team will have much more TIME than McCain did in 2008 to “vet” possible VP candidates, check for possible “baggage”, and also find a candidate who can effectively parry the inevitable vicious attacks from the media, for which Sarah Palin was unprepared in 2008.

Steve Z on April 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM