Supporters push Cathy McMorris Rodgers for vice president

posted at 12:46 pm on April 16, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In an article headlined “Republicans Find Fresh Voice on Gender Issue,” Roll Call’s Jonathan Strong reveals the purported vice presidential aspirations of Washington Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the only female member of Republican House leadership.

While McMorris Rodgers herself reportedly told Roll Call that the vice presidency is not even on her radar, a handful of supporters think she could be Mitt Romney’s ticket to the White House. Strong writes:

A common sentiment communicated to Roll Call in background and off-the-record conversations is that McMorris Rodgers offers appeal to female voters, and, because of her background, to blue-collar voters. …

McMorris Rodgers is one of at least three top female candidates Romney’s team could consider, with the others being New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

Neither Martinez nor Ayotte have spent much time in front of the public eye, which a GOP leadership aide said could lead to problems: “Exhibit A: Sarah Palin.”

The aide described McMorris Rodgers as “Republican woman version 3.0.” Palin was charismatic and conservative but wilted under the spotlight. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann was charismatic and conservative but highly polarizing. McMorris Rodgers strikes a balance of conservatism, experience and effective messaging, the thinking goes.

Other GOP operatives are less enthusiastic, putting McMorris Rodgers’ chances at actually securing the VP nod at one in 1,000. Still others posit that whatever buzz surrounds McMorris Rodgers at this point is as much about raising her national profile to facilitate her ascent in the House than about truly competing for the vice presidency.

Personally, I’m resistant to the idea that Romney should pick a female vice presidential nominee for the sake of appealing to female voters. As has been oft-remarked over the past week, female voters are not monolithic and individual female voters are not necessarily looking to elect a mirror image of themselves. We just want the best possible president and the best possible vice president. If the best possible VP selection is a woman, great. If not, that’s OK, too. Furthermore, the arbitrary selection of a woman as VP might just keep the gender issue front and center when other issues should be.

The Roll Call piece, though, serves as a reminder that the Republican Party is large, with many of its key players relatively unknown to the nation. Romney’s search for a vice presidential running mate not only serves as an opportunity for him to select an electoral partner who will improve his chances at winning the presidency but also as an opportunity for the GOP electorate to better get to know our representatives in Congress and in governor’s mansions across the country.


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There is no other woman that comes close to being Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is a Superstar. There are no other superstars in the GOP. I have seen them all. Palin is better than anybody Romney will pick. He will pick Natalie Portman from Ohio to please the Bushies.

CoolChange80 on April 17, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Palin was charismatic and conservative but wilted under the spotlight.

More like wilted from loss of blood. Being stabbed in the back by “friends” will do that, right Caesar?…

Gohawgs on April 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Rodgers

Never heard of her. Unfortunately…

Gohawgs on April 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

BigSven’s sage opinion:

Any woman the has two last names is, by definition, a feminist and a liberal

McMorris-Rodgers is therefore a non-starter..

BigSven on April 17, 2012 at 5:44 AM

I don’t understand why anybody cares about VP picks. Does Biden really matter? Does he influence policy? No and no. This is a distraction from the nightmare that is Romney.

swinia sutki on April 17, 2012 at 7:39 AM

The aide described McMorris Rodgers as “Republican woman version 3.0.” Palin was charismatic and conservative but wilted under the spotlight. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann was charismatic and conservative but highly polarizing. McMorris Rodgers strikes a balance of conservatism, experience and effective messaging, the thinking goes.

Obviously, a Ruling Class operative wrote that crap, but thanks, if possessing a shred of truth, run away from this option.

And pass on anymore New Englanders unless you want to get trounced.

Martinez is a relative newcomer who needs to be looked at, perhaps someone at HotAir can look into that.

insidiator on April 17, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Mitt won’t pick a woman or a Hispanic. Haven’t you heard, he’s not driving this train, the House repubs are in charge.

Kissmygrits on April 17, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Q: Would you walk across to the street to see and hear Cathy McMorris Rodgers?

A: No. Who? Still no.

J Baustian on April 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

More like wilted from loss of blood. Being stabbed in the back by “friends” will do that, right Caesar?…

Gohawgs on April 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Spot on. And draining it was for SP to repeat “et tu?” to each successive backstabber.

AH_C on April 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Guess they had to toss another pander name up on the wall to see if it sticks.

McMorris Rodgers strikes a balance of conservatism, experience and effective messaging, the thinking goes.

A conservative from Washington… Would that be more like a moderate from NY rather than a conservative from AK or TX?

AH_C on April 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Logus on April 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Fellow cajun…I expected to get some hits on that comment. I don’t know any conservative women who use two last names and I’ve never heard of any. I guess that I just don’t get out enough! LOL

cajunpatriot on April 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I really don’t want him to pick a woman for V.P.

SueM on April 17, 2012 at 2:03 PM

A conservative from Washington… Would that be more like a moderate from NY rather than a conservative from AK or TX?

AH_C on April 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM

She represents my District (5th, eastern half of the eastern half of the state) and we do have real true conservatives here on the dry side. There’s even a few on the wet side but those are almost as rare as the sunshine. :-)

Lammo on April 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Well, I checked out her Wikipedia page and saw that she’s a grad from Pensacola Christian College. (Think Bob Jones University, only in Florida.) As much as I’d love (not really) the extremely conservative Christian college movement being a part of the 2012 election, Mitt doesn’t need that distraction.

michjoe86 on April 17, 2012 at 7:25 PM

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