Romney appoints long-time aide to head VP search committee

posted at 11:36 am on April 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

No, it’s not Ed Gillespie, who on Sunday denied the story that floated in the media last week.  Gillespie has joined the soon-to-rapidly-expand Team Romney inner circle, but the job of picking a running mate goes to an old hand instead:

Mitt Romney has tapped a longtime adviser to begin his search for a vice presidential candidate.

Romney said Monday that Beth Myers is in charge of “selection and vetting and analysis.”

“I have selected someone who has been a counselor of mine for a number of years, Beth Myers. She was my chief of staff when I was governor,” Romney said during an interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC News outside Fenway Park in Boston.

Myers has been with Romney for years, serving as his chief of staff during his entire term as governor in Massachusetts, so Myers certainly has his confidence.  An undated Washington Post profile notes that Myers’ consulting firm The Shawmut Group assisted Scott Brown in his surprise victory for the US Senate in January 2010.  She began working in politics in 1980 on Ronald Reagan’s campaign in Texas, along with Karl Rove, but by 1984 had shifted to Massachusetts, working with Republican candidates.

Perhaps her best asset to the VP search is her approach to consulting:

As consultants, Myers told the Belmont Citizen-Herald, “We have a philosophy that our clients come first and we stay in the background.”

To some extent, though, this assignment puts her in the foreground, and at an opportune moment.  The Obama campaign has picked a fight for several weeks over womens’ issues, hoping to exploit a gender gap between Democrats and Republicans, an effort that blew up in their faces last week.  Myers’ high-profile assignment puts her in charge of the single biggest decision Romney has to make between now and the Republican convention, a choice of running mate that could make or break his candidacy.  Given her history and closeness to Romney, this appointment would have made sense under any circumstances, but in the current environment also sends a perhaps-not-so-subtle message that Romney has no problem putting women in charge of the most critical aspects of his campaign and organization.

It may also send a more-subtle message to his core staff at a moment when Romney will need to rapidly expand the organization, as the Boston Globe reports:

Often secretive and always loyal, the advisers now face their ultimate test: transitioning from a relatively small circle that guided Romney through bruising primaries to a group that is expected to grow far larger in just a matter of weeks in order to reset the campaign for a general election fight against President Obama.

A number of those in the inner core have not previously worked in a presidential general election campaign, and new players with national experience recently have begun joining the campaign, potentially challenging the hierarchy with which Romney feels so comfortable. But some of Romney’s top advisers, speaking in interviews in which they discussed the candidate’s general election plans and decision-making process, said the core group will remain even as they welcome newcomers and new views. …

The expansion, and the potential change that comes with it, will be swift. Romney’s campaign is preparing a dramatic increase in manpower, with the current full-time staff of about 80 expected to reach 400 in the coming weeks, according to a Romney aide.

That necessary broadening of a primary campaign to a general-election effort could create a sense of marginalization among long-time loyalists.  Picking Myers for this assignment, when Romney might have been tempted to go with a GOP eminence grise, sends a message of continuity and reciprocated loyalty.  The ultimate test of this decision will be in the choice of running mate, and even that is really Romney’s responsibility, but this seems like both smart politics and good people management.


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I know. She called me. I’m not interested.

cartooner on April 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

She seems and looks like a progressive!

KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

As consultants, Myers told the Belmont Citizen-Herald, “We have a philosophy that our clients come first and we stay in the background.”

So Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt are not on the team, right?

SouthernGent on April 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM

While I was a strong ABR conservative I have to admit he is making good decisions and continues to show a strengthening/intelligent campaign.

Skwor on April 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

We should have a poll… (Paging Patrick) …. on who, and what gender. My money is on a woman.

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I suspect Mitt’s experience and CEO approach will stand him in good stead in avoiding the backstabbing and rumor mongering by inner circle advisors, so prevelant in the McCain campaign. McCain didn’t have a clue.

a capella on April 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

She’s not gonna select herself in the end like Cheney did, I hope.

Doughboy on April 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

She’s going to pick Harriet Miers. /

Logus on April 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I’m hearing that Harriet Miers is on the short list

gatorboy on April 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

We should have a poll… (Paging Patrick) …. on who, and what gender. My money is on a woman.

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Like who? I like Jindal and Ryan as potential running mates…Rubio would be OK, too, though he’s a little green. As is Susannah Martinez of New Mexico. Portman wouldn’t do anything for anyone.

changer1701 on April 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Pick Bobby!

Jindal that is.

Logus on April 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

She kinda looks like a toad, and I hope she’s not related to Harriet Myers. That said, Romney’s personnel skills appear solid enough to support some level of separation between him and the Beltway circle jerk. The guy begins growing on me.

Archivarix on April 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Portman wouldn’t do anything for anyone.

changer1701 on April 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Maybe that’s why he’s the pick… if the rumor mill is true. Though I wonder if that was an intentional deflection.

Logus on April 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Those who can, do.
Those who can’t, teach.
Those who can’t teach, CONsult.

Everyone fits into one of those categories.

wildcat72 on April 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Well she can’t stray too far afield.

He should do well with someone under close supervision…

ajacksonian on April 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

According to the left, Mitt is a “woman hater” … if that’s the case, why would he give the job of heading up the VP search to one of them?

SheVee on April 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Portman wouldn’t do anything for anyone.

changer1701 on April 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

He’d be an awful choice, a RINO.

Let’s face it ANYONE he picks will be demonized by Obama and his LSM sycophants as the spawn of satan, so we might as well have someone good.

wildcat72 on April 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Governor Sanchez of New Mexico is looking like a very smart decision.
1. Conservative
2. Hispanic
3. Female
4. Smart (according to rumor).

Mitt needs the Hispanic and female vote. Kill two birds with one Veep.

The Rock on April 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

She seems and looks like a progressive!
KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

From Massachusetts? Nah, couldn’t be.

Cleombrotus on April 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

changer1701 on April 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I said a woman, did I mention who?

I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a black male.

But two white guys, even if one of them was the Stache? I see Romney losing on the spot.

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

bet it will be an M&M ticket…

Mitt/Mike Huckabee
Mitt/Marco
Mitt/McDonnell
Mitt/Meg …. lol … maybe “Bain” is thicker than water…

gatorboy on April 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

what we need is someone who sends a clear message of what it means to be a Republican.

someone unafraid of criticism of past actions.
someone with a history of oral gymnastics.
someone who embodies ‘Establishment Republican’
and a woman

and the candidates are

Marylin Chambers,
Anna Nichole Smith,
Traci Lords,
Hyapatia Lee

Dead or Dying old used up flesh.
Yep that’s the ticket!

lm10001 on April 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Governor Sanchez of New Mexico is looking like a very smart decision.
1. Conservative
2. Hispanic
3. Female
4. Smart (according to rumor).

Mitt needs the Hispanic and female vote. Kill two birds with one Veep.

The Rock on April 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Well, her last name is Martinez… ;-)

SouthernGent on April 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

gatorboy on April 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I wouldn’t doubt that the sound/pronounciation is being considered as a factor as to whether or not someone is being considered by Team Romney.

Does the name roll off the tongue? How does it sound when said in the same sentence, phrase or grouping with Mitt, Romney or Mitt Romney?

Campaigns aren’t pure politics. There is marketing involved, especially when every election cycle we’re told that picking the veep matters in an effort to garner particular votes – so you don’t have to hold your nose too much from the stink.

Biden and Palin were pragmatic picks and I seriously doubt either Obama or McCain really wanted them. But that’s been the game for quite a while.

Logus on April 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

If you want a woman, take Michele Bachman.

This will further illustrate that it’s the liberals who are fighting a war on women: A war on MOTHERHOOD.

wildcat72 on April 16, 2012 at 12:02 PM

After the fiasco in 08 with Palin pick. I hope the choice is vetted.

The VP pick will be crucified by the media…they need to be thick skinned and well versed on the important issues facing our nation.

No time for ‘on the job training’

Redford on April 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Two Words:

Paul Ryan

Sparty on April 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Myers’ bio on WaPo shows her as Mitt’s 2008 campaign manager:

http://washingtonpostlive.com/conferences/speakers/beth-myers-0

English Springer on April 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Heard him on Levin on Friday: An articulate dynamic attack dog who will wipe the floor with Biden and can claim some foreign policy experience: Go West!

melle1228 on April 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I said a woman, did I mention who?

I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a black male.

But two white guys, even if one of them was the Stache? I see Romney losing on the spot.

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

No, you didn’t, which is why I asked who you had in mind.

Two white guys on the ticket is fine. That sort of thing shouldn’t play so prominent a role in the selection…ideological and geographic balance are far more important.

changer1701 on April 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

How about this lady? Associate Justice Janice Rogers Brown.

Bmore on April 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I said a woman, did I mention who?

I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a black male.

But two white guys, even if one of them was the Stache? I see Romney losing on the spot.

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Yeppers we have already seen that O will use the meme that Romney et. al. are out of touch rich white guys. Romney is going to need someone to offset that not highlight it.

melle1228 on April 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Romney is going to need someone to offset that not highlight it.

melle1228 on April 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Romney is also not going to need someone who hogs the spotlight and has a tendency to run his mouth off. That would eliminate West.

KingGold on April 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Mitt needs the Hispanic and female vote. Kill two birds with one Veep.

The Rock on April 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

NM needs her more.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Mitt needs someone who can unrelentingly jump in the faces of the impertinent thugs who ruin the land now, someone who is not interested in overshadoing Mitt.

West

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Romney is going to need someone to offset that not highlight it.

melle1228 on April 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Romney is also not going to need someone who hogs the spotlight and has a tendency to run his mouth off. That would eliminate West.

KingGold on April 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Romney is going to need someone with charisma and someone who rallies the base. Both weaknesses of his. Let’s face it, most Repub politicians worth their salt would overshadow Mitt. And if you and his other ardent supporters don’t get that, then you really don’t want to win!

melle1228 on April 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

“but in the current environment also sends a perhaps-not-so-subtle message that Romney has no problem putting women in charge of the most critical aspects of his campaign and organization.”

He may flub a line or two. But Romney knows what he is doing.

Zaggs on April 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Since some have mentioned, I don’t think Romney cares if his running mate over shadows him. Unlike Obama Romney does not need to have the entire campaign be all about him. I also think the running mate is going to have to do more then just rile up the base. The pick will actually have to bring new people in.

Zaggs on April 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

The guy begins growing on me.

Archivarix on April 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

That process started for me back in February or so. Intellectually the man is brilliant, probably the smartest candidate we have fielded. He has a ton of (successful!) executive experience. He hasn’t spent his whole life in government. He knows how to organize and delegate. The deeper I dig, the more I listen to what he has to say, the more I come to like him and I believe he will beat Barack Obama in November.

crosspatch on April 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Myers, oen of the architects of Romney’s progressive regime as MA governor. The label RINO puts her to far to the Right.

wraithby on April 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

“Romney is going to need someone with charisma and someone who rallies the base. ”

That speech to the NRA was pretty good. He got several STANDING ovations from them. You should look at it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tinph1gbU0

crosspatch on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Since some have mentioned, I don’t think Romney cares if his running mate over shadows him. Unlike Obama Romney does not need to have the entire campaign be all about him. I also think the running mate is going to have to do more then just rile up the base. The pick will actually have to bring new people in.

Zaggs on April 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I thought that was the whole reaason for Romney? Wasn’t it because he will be so “attractive” to independents and moderates? So now you are saying Romney doesn’t rally the base and he doesn’t bring new people in. UGH!

melle1228 on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

“But some of Romney’s top advisers, speaking in interviews in which they discussed the candidate’s general election plans and decision-making process, said the core group will remain even as they welcome newcomers and new views. … “

Sure.
If you believe that, I’ll throw my hat in the ring.
Vet this Vet, Willard.
(boy would he get an education: “People actually DO that?”)

*snicker*
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

More “big tent” stories, please.

kringeesmom on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Mitt needs the Hispanic and female vote. Kill two birds with one Veep.

The Rock on April 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

.
Only if…Super Mitt can’t persuade Condi Rice to take the job- and she may have to if Queen Hillary joins Obie One for Novemver ticket and brings massive Foreign Relations cred Slo Joe Biden was supposed to. Maybe by then, foreign relations becomes more important, as well as with the economy also.

Only Condi can neutralize a Hillary jump in. And I say that’s even money right now that she does, and saves Liberaldum for all.

FlaMurph on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

“Romney is going to need someone with charisma and someone who rallies the base. ”

That speech to the NRA was pretty good. He got several STANDING ovations from them. You should look at it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tinph1gbU0

crosspatch on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Yeah wonderful.. One speech to offset his whole governing record. Nope, color me not sold. If I could ACTUALLY vote for anybody but Obama that would be my right in vote. Alas I can’t…

melle1228 on April 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Ryan, Jindal, Martinez and Rubio have all indicated that they are not interested, so the pick will have to be someone who can attract independents, has experience, and has a heretofore low profile as far as being a gaffe master. That makes the pickins slim since the best candidates have already opted themselves out.

College Prof on April 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Dr. Rand Paul for Vice President

virtualjohn on April 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

right in vote. Alas I can’t…

*write in vote.. Freudian slip

melle1228 on April 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

If you want a woman, take Michele Bachman.

wildcat72 on April 16, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Or Marcus.

Go RBNY on April 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Please, no black people on the ticket! The identity politics train is long gone for that particular group, and the GOP’s electoral interest will be better served by concentrating on other sectors. Allen West – of all people! – proved beyond a shade of doubt where the group’s loyalties lie by voting for the Pigford sham.

Archivarix on April 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Polling results from PJ media. http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/04/10/veepstakes-poll-who-will-mitt-romney-select-as-his-running-mate/

VeepStakes Poll: Who Will Mitt Romney Select as His Running Mate?
Now that the GOP presidential race is winding down, it’s time to guess at who will get Mitt Romney’s nod to be his vice presidential running mate. Take the Tatler poll and make your best guess. It’s not so much about who you want Romney to select, but who you think he will select.

Update: I’ve added Sen. Rob Portman to the possible answers.

Update: Rep. Allen West also added.

Who Will Mitt Romney Select as His Running Mate?

VA Gov Bob McDonnell (6%, 155 Votes)
TX Gov Rick Perry (1%, 39 Votes)
Sen Rob Portman (5%, 137 Votes)
SC Gov Nikki Haley (3%, 88 Votes)
Sarah Palin (1%, 34 Votes)
Rick Santorum (1%, 39 Votes)
Rep Paul Ryan (15%, 404 Votes)
Rep Allen West (13%, 361 Votes)
None of the candidates listed (9%, 242 Votes)
NM Gov Susana Martinez (5%, 133 Votes)
NJ Gov Chris Christie (6%, 175 Votes)
Newt Gingrich (2%, 43 Votes)
IN Gov Mitch Daniels (3%, 92 Votes)
FL Sen Marco Rubio (23%, 630 Votes)
Condoleezza Rice (5%, 122 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,694

FLconservative on April 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Love me some Condi Rice, BUT let’s face it, she lacks the sharp elbows and broad shoulders for foreign affairs.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

After the fiasco in 08 with Palin pick. I hope the choice is vetted.

The VP pick will be crucified by the media…they need to be thick skinned and well versed on the important issues facing our nation.

No time for ‘on the job training’

Redford on April 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Yeah, damn those “unvetted picks”!!

Now that you have your idiotic media talking points down, what say
you extract your cranium from your rectum, and realize Palin
was everything a Presidential candidate would be looking for.
I know, I know Highest rated Governor in the nation aint what
it used to be….soooooo, this is ALL Palin’s fault??

ToddPA on April 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Pick the etch-a-sketch!

Deafdog on April 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

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Only if…Super Mitt can’t persuade Condi Rice to take the job- and she may have to if Queen Hillary joins Obie One for Novemver ticket

FlaMurph on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Nothing is impossible with this gang, but that be a sign of hopeless desperation by O.

Go RBNY on April 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

One speech to offset his whole governing record. Nope, color me not sold. If I could ACTUALLY vote for anybody but Obama that would be my right in vote. Alas I can’t…

melle1228 on April 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Exactly which part of his “governing record” are you talking about? I have seen a lot of stuff posted here that people pin on Romney that was actually not his doing. For example, portions of the Mass health insurance law that Romney never proposed, that was added by the legislature, that Romney vetoed, and that the legislature overrode his veto and put back in.

crosspatch on April 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Please, no black people on the ticket! The identity politics train is long gone for that particular group, and the GOP’s electoral interest will be better served by concentrating on other sectors. Allen West – of all people! – proved beyond a shade of doubt where the group’s loyalties lie by voting for the Pigford sham.

Archivarix on April 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Obvious moby is obvious.

Go RBNY on April 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

This will help them decide.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Only Condi can neutralize a Hillary jump in. And I say that’s even money right now that she does, and saves Liberaldum for all.

FlaMurph on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I called a Hillary run several months ago. But between taking snits in Afghanistan and partying like its 1999 in Cartegena with a case of Carta Blanca last week she may have tarnished her image. If that’s even possible.

DanMan on April 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Obvious moby is obvious.

Go RBNY on April 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Huh? Is that an implication, or you just felt like running your mouth?

Archivarix on April 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

She’s not gonna select herself in the end like Cheney did, I hope.

Doughboy on April 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

lol …. but at least Cheney was good …
I guess it depends on what he is looking for and what standards
he gave the committee ….

conservative tarheel on April 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM

That process started for me back in February or so. Intellectually the man is brilliant, probably the smartest candidate we have fielded. He has a ton of (successful!) executive experience. He hasn’t spent his whole life in government. He knows how to organize and delegate. The deeper I dig, the more I listen to what he has to say, the more I come to like him and I believe he will beat Barack Obama in November.

crosspatch on April 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Ditto that. Ever since it became obvious that my preferred ABR picks weren’t going to make it, I’ve been watching Romney far more closely. And I like what I’m seeing. Especially over the past week, where Ann Romney has made her mark, and the Romney Rapid Response Team has astutely capitalized on Teh Downgrade’s campaign flubs – I’m thinking he could easily stomp Obama in November.

And if we do our jobs, take the senate back and get another wave of Tea Party conservatives elected down-ticket along with Romney, we can hold him to his conservative campaign promises and watch him sign all the conservative legislation sent to his desk.

Harbingeing on April 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

She began working in politics in 1980 on Ronald Reagan’s campaign in Texas

Good start

msupertas on April 16, 2012 at 1:01 PM

He made some questionable personnel choices as Governor. I hope he’s learned a thing or two since then.

Just Sayin on April 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Suggestions that Romney should pick Zombie Reagan to be his running mate are silly. Zombie Reagan would never run on a ticket with a progressive!

Crusty on April 16, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Who Will Mitt Romney Select as His Running Mate?

VA Gov Bob McDonnell (6%, 155 Votes)
TX Gov Rick Perry (1%, 39 Votes)
Sen Rob Portman (5%, 137 Votes)
SC Gov Nikki Haley (3%, 88 Votes)
Sarah Palin (1%, 34 Votes)
Rick Santorum (1%, 39 Votes)
Rep Paul Ryan (15%, 404 Votes)
Rep Allen West (13%, 361 Votes)
NM Gov Susana Martinez (5%, 133 Votes)
NJ Gov Chris Christie (6%, 175 Votes)
Newt Gingrich (2%, 43 Votes)
IN Gov Mitch Daniels (3%, 92 Votes)
FL Sen Marco Rubio (23%, 630 Votes)
Condoleezza Rice (5%, 122 Votes)

I’m willing to bet money it won’t be any of these. Jindal’s not on the list, but it won’t be him, either.

Mr. Arkadin on April 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM

For example, portions of the Mass health insurance law that Romney never proposed, that was added by the legislature, that Romney vetoed, and that the legislature overrode his veto and put back in.

crosspatch on April 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Poor little Mittens. Those big bad mean old Democrats forced him to sign Romneycare. But yet the same coward who wouldn’t stand up to STATE democrats will stand up to Harry Reid and Chuck Shumer? Sure thing.

angryed on April 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Granted, Biden was already well known, and certainly every candidate is known in their region or sphere of influence, but it seems that most v.p. candidates come out from the “outfield” so to speak. That is, the options that the voters like or that the pundits throw around rarely seem to be the final pick.

I don’t recall Sarah Palin’s name prior to 08 nor do I recall hearing much about her during the primaries. Similarly, was Biden seriously talked about as a veep option for Obama before he finally chose Biden?

Same thing for Bush with Cheney. I don’t recall at all because I wasn’t paying attention at that time, but was Cheney ever in the mix of serious choices and options thrown out there during the 00 primary… or Lieberman for Gore?

What about GH Bush with Quayle or Clinton with Gore?

Serious question, which again, makes me wonder that Romney’s probably going to have a veep candidate who has been off the public radar while still “known”.

Perhaps people need to start casting their nets of prognostications a bit further.

Logus on April 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I’d take the job except I’m the Anti-Romney
.
Never went to Harvard, I had to earn my grades
Haven’t changed my mind on abortion, gun control, or Govt Healthcare
Wife has a job (besides putting up with me)
Actual military experience
.
So yea, I’d make the poor guy look bad in comparison, and you can’t have a VP that’s better than the Pres.

LincolntheHun on April 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM

The ultimate test of this decision will be in the choice of running mate, and even that is really Romney’s responsibility, but this seems like both smart politics and good people management.

We will see and the test is simple. Does Romney keep both long time loyalists happy without snubbing the national folks who think that they are entitled to take over key positions as the campaign transitions to the general election. The litmus test will be a campaign that stays on message. Disunity will be easily enough seen if the MSM suddenly starts getting snarky attacks from “unnamed campaign insiders” the way McCain’s people openly attacked Palin while the bastard just sat there and let them do it.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

But yet the same coward who wouldn’t stand up to STATE democrats will stand up to Harry Reid and Chuck Shumer? Sure thing.

angryed on April 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I am starting to believe that you are “intellectually disabled”. There was NO POSSIBLE WAY for him to “stand up” to state Democrats. You have an impossible expectation. They had 85% to 90% of the legislature. They could do WHATEVER THEY WANTED and Romney could not stop them. There is simply no legal means by which he could stop them. He could veto, but they could override their veto. He could not block. The best he could do, and what he did do, is attempt to engage and nudge the result to a little to the right.

I really am getting the feeling that you just don’t understand how our system of government works. Maybe that’s why you are so angry all the time. Unreasonable expectations, or in this case, impossible expectations, can lead to frustration which often leads to people becoming angry.

crosspatch on April 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

He made some questionable personnel choices as Governor. I hope he’s learned a thing or two since then.

Just Sayin on April 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Romney left office in January 2007. Just how long are the Romney-haters going to pretend that the last five years never occurred. That given the circumstances and details of decisions made half a decade ago are the same choices and same positions Romney holds now? It is not a betrayal of principles to change one’s mind on various issues after five years.

Be happy that Romney has a record and is not another Obama-type that voted present on anything controversal so he wouldn’t have to defend his record when running for the next office.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Logus on April 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM

That is as good an analysis as I’ve seen on the VP issue, including analysis from the so-called pundit class.

Romney’s choice of Myer’s to head his VP selection group says tons about who the VP pick will be. She is, by all accounts, a hugely competent member of Romney’s inner circle whom few have ever heard of. I suspect Romney’s VP choice will exhibit similar traits. While I doubt the choice will be Portman, the idea of Portman is a good one: a Romney loyalist, low-key, competent, accomplished, ready to assume the Presidency should the need arise, and someone Romney has worked with comfortably for years.

I’ve been saying for a while that Romney’s VP will be attached to the military or the defense/intelligence bureaucracy. Romney doesn’t need a technocratic governor, he is one. Foreign policy is his weak point; his ticket needs someone who can articulate the world’s challenges and dangers in a focused, intelligent manner. Cheney is the obvious model: older, spent time in Congress, White House Chief of Staff, Sec of Defense, knows how to move around corridors of power in DC. A VP with strong, hawkish defense credentials should help assuage the base; if he or she, as is likely, has ties to the South/VA/NC, all the better. At the same time, such a choice will not be seen as an affirmative action pick for any demo (female, black, Hispanic, etc.), which is cheap theatrics and unworthy of the GOP and conservatism.

I think we will all be very surprised at Romney’s pick, and then say, oh yeah, that makes perfect sense.

Mr. Arkadin on April 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I am starting to believe that you are “intellectually disabled”.

crosspatch on April 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Nah, he/she just does that to get a primo parking spot. :0

Seriously, Romney has not done the best of jobs defending his record as Governor and (in particular) Romneycare. It is absolutely true that a Republican in MA is not going to be conservative enough for many Republicans in other parts of the country. It is also absolutely true that the state legislature is so liberal that conservates are few and far between and often likely to be called RINOS. There is a balance here.

Romney, as a Republican, still had to get a balanced budget. He had to work with these people and that comes down to a leadership style. Would confrontation really have worked? I do not think it would but it seems to some at HA if Romney is to be supported he should have been angry and in-your-face over every single political battle waged during his tenure as Governor. Romney comes from a business background and one does not get ahead in business by being constantly confrontational.

Finally, let’s not forget that Romney was lauded for Romneycare by many in the GOP four years ago. That the results were not as intended or expected is not Romney’s fault as he was out of office for much of the execution phase.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 1:43 PM

crosspatch on April 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The guy is unhinged at the cerebral cortex.

SauerKraut537 on April 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

That necessary broadening of a primary campaign to a general-election effort could create a sense of marginalization among long-time loyalists. Picking Myers for this assignment, when Romney might have been tempted to go with a GOP eminence grise, sends a message of continuity and reciprocated loyalty. The ultimate test of this decision will be in the choice of running mate, and even that is really Romney’s responsibility, but this seems like both smart politics and good people management.

I see Ed has resigned himself to an all-RINO ticket.

Steve Eggleston on April 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM

The only VP pick that could make me pause a consider possibly maybe voting for Romney would be Allen West (even though Allen West would be better at the top of the ticket and by agreeing to be Romney’s VP, West sullies his reputation by agreeing to be a VP to a Democrat in Republican clothing (i.e., Mittens that is).

Pragmatic on April 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Pragmatic on April 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

LOL! No amount of repeating of that tired old canard is going to make it true Pragmatic.

SauerKraut537 on April 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Romney left office in January 2007. Just how long are the Romney-haters going to pretend that the last five years never occurred. That given the circumstances and details of decisions made half a decade ago are the same choices and same positions Romney holds now? It is not a betrayal of principles to change one’s mind on various issues after five years.

Be happy that Romney has a record and is not another Obama-type that voted present on anything controversal so he wouldn’t have to defend his record when running for the next office.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2012 at 1:33 PM

I didn’t say anything about ideology, did I?

Romney and his supporters point to his governorship as one of his qualification for the office of President. So we should be able to look to his record, even 5 years later. And the fact is, that he wasn’t a very good governor in terms of actually governing. The process of governing. He was weak in a couple of different respects, and the quality of some of his appointments is among them.

Sorry, but some of his appointments simply weren’t very good, and I am not talking about their ideology either. He had some very weak managers, some with personalities and experiences that were ill-suited to their jobs, some who were clearly selected on the basis of something other than merit. Don’t misunderstand me: he did have a couple of terrific people in key positions, but overall his team was mediocre.

You know, I get the whole “He’s a changed man!” argument. Fine. But can you really argue that he has learned more about what it takes to actually govern in the past 5 years? If so, on what basis? His campaign?

Just Sayin on April 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

If he wants to highlight foreign affairs experience, Liz Cheney would not only be a great competent choice, but she would cause an absolutely hilarious explosion of hysteria among all the lefties.

And a Biden/Cheney debate would be awesome.

Lily on April 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Quick, someone send Beth a copy of the Constitution, with Article II Section 1 highlighted.

Dexter_Alarius on April 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I betting the VP candidate will be a woman with savy business/executive experience. We are about to see the first woman VP in 2012. Hillary Clinton is going to flip-out over it, too.

Cherokee on April 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Pragmatic on April 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM
LOL! No amount of repeating of that tired old canard is going to make it true Pragmatic.

SauerKraut537 on April 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I know the truth hurts. . . but you and all the other obots/Romneybots are living and will be living with it for a long, long time (whether or not Romney wins the nomination and then the presdiency).

Pragmatic on April 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM

JOHN BOLTON!!! The heads of every liberal progressive in the country would explode!

Steven Den Beste on April 16, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Romney had set up his search team and there is pretty of time to vet and choose a good VP nominee. If he chose a woman, she will be chosen because she has the proper qualification and quality and not for pandering. Romney’s Lt Gov in MA was a woman.

A hint that might surface, keep an eye on who will be appearing in the national scene in the next couple of months speaking as part of the audition.

galtani on April 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

This bears repeating (typo corrections, too):
The only VP pick that could make me pause and consider possibly maybe voting for Romney would be Allen West (even though Allen West would be better at the top of the ticket … and by agreeing to be Romney’s VP, West sullies his reputation ….agreeing to be a VP to a Democrat in Republican clothing (i.e., Mittens that is).

Pragmatic on April 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Romney had set up his search team and there is pretty of time to vet and choose a good VP nominee. If he chose a woman, she will be chosen because she has the proper qualification and quality and not for pandering. Romney’s Lt Gov in MA was a woman.

A hint that might surface, keep an eye on who will be appearing in the national scene in the next couple of months speaking as part of the audition.

galtani on April 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Are you implying that all men who are chosen for any role by Romney are not necessarily always qualified and that only women must be qualified? Are you saying that men are never chosen for jobs/positions for the purpose of pandering or for favoritism reasons or for ‘old boy network’ reasons? Are you saying/implying that Romney selects people on merit only (whether male or female)? Where is your evidence of this very novel behavior?

Pragmatic on April 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Pragmatic on April 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM

LOL! Nothing you’ve said hurts by any stretch of the imagination and your truth isn’t the truth that most others know my friend.

You’re clearly having a hard time seeing reality. JUST because Romney was the Governor of the most liberal state in the union doesn’t mean, by extension, that he was the most liberal Governor.

He CLEARLY had differences with the legislature of the state of Massachusetts my friend, else why did he wield ~800 vetoes against the bills they sent his way to be signed? Else why did they override him on ~700 of them?

You and angryed and the other stalwart holdouts need to realize that he’s not NEARLY as bad as you have made him out to be; because nobody is perfect, but he’s a damn sight better than Obama has been and ever will be.

Quit with the hyperbole and conjecture would you?

He’s going to be, and do, just fine as POTUS, and will likely surprise you with how well he will handle it (the presidency).

I guess we, commenters here on HA, just need to leave people like you alone for a while until you wake up and smell the smelling salts of reality?

Arguing with you/angryed/et al about it is like arguing with my son who keeps asking me why, why, why when I tell him water is wet…

SauerKraut537 on April 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

John Thune

Rapskins on April 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I know the truth hurts. . . but you and all the other obots/Romneybots are living and will be living with it for a long, long time (whether or not Romney wins the nomination and then the presdiency).

Pragmatic on April 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I am more of a Palinista than a Romneybot, but if we from the right don’t support/energize/pull right the candidate we have now chosen, we can only hope to be able to live with this decision for a long, long time.

Unlike Mr Pragmatic, who apparently wants to watch the country go to he!! while having no personal regrets.

While I wanted the process to play out, I have always thought Mitt would make an awesome one-on-one candidate vs. Obama.

An actual Romney Presidency? I could see it going either way. While he’s starting to give me hope, our support may be essential to ensure his success.

But not yours, Mr Pragmatic. We expect you to sulk in the corner mumbling. I wouldn’t dream of asking for your help.

rwenger43 on April 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

OMG – Romney taps a WOMAN to search out possible veeps! A WOMAN who was his Chief of Staff while governing MA? OMG – wonder what Hilary Rosen thinks of her?

BabysCatz on April 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM

It’s a crying shame that Condi has never held elective office. I wish this woman would run for something afterall she is a class act and with elective office experience, dare I say, would make a great President herself. It is very helpful that her ultimate dream was to be head of the NFL – the men would love that!

BabysCatz on April 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM

That process started for me back in February or so. Intellectually the man is brilliant, probably the smartest candidate we have fielded. He has a ton of (successful!) executive experience. He hasn’t spent his whole life in government. He knows how to organize and delegate. The deeper I dig, the more I listen to what he has to say, the more I come to like him and I believe he will beat Barack Obama in November.

crosspatch on April 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I agree with you, crosspatch.

When it became clear that Mitt Romney was most likely going to be the Republican Nominee, I started reading Romney’s 2010 book: “No Apology: Believe in America.”

It is an impressive book that goes into the issues much more deeply than most other books by politicians. Reading this book is a good way to get a better understanding of Mitt Romney’s thought process.

I have the book flagged in all sorts of colors for things like 1) New ideas/perspectives I have learned from the book, 2) Questions I would like to ask 3) Info to send to friends and 4) Areas to be cautious about. By far, my most numerous color flag is the one for the “New ideas/perspectives I have learned from the book.”

I am becoming more and more comfortable with the idea of Mitt Romney being our next President.

Now let’s hope Romney defeats Obama and then makes us proud!

wren on April 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM