Will Jan Brewer make the veepstakes short list?

posted at 5:21 pm on April 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Which direction will Mitt Romney go in selecting his running mate?  The Hill suggests that Romney will look for a “mini-me,” someone much like himself, as his track record as an executive in the private sector indicates:

Mitt Romney is on the hunt for a vice presidential candidate, and if his years running Bain Capital are any indication, he might be looking for a version of himself.

In his roughly 25 years at Bain, Romney tended to hire mini-Mitts — smart, ambitious, clean-cut and a little awkward, according to those who dealt closely with the men.

Romney built the private equity firm, a spinoff of the consulting firm Bain & Co., from the ground up in the mid-1980s, bringing on several people who would help him turn it into an investment giant.

“First-rate brain power, first-rate analytical power. These were sometimes kind of geeky people,” said Howard Anderson, a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s school of business who invested with Bain as an entrepreneur. “They were not often people who would be elected class president.”

That would tend to favor people with extensive executive experience, which leaves out the legislators on the short lists of the commentariat.  However, that would tend to strengthen the hand of some of the governors on the GOP bench, including Tim Pawlenty, whose name has gotten more mention as of late.  Allahpundit gave a good rundown of Pawlenty’s appeal to Romney last night, but the strongest argument for Pawlenty is that no one would doubt his readiness to assume the Presidency if disaster struck.  He’s been a pretty good campaigner who had one bad moment in a debate last year, and Pawlenty also signed onto Team Romney quickly after getting out and has been working hard (if quietly) since for Romney’s nomination.  Bobby Jindal also fits the profile suggested by The Hill, and has a little more connection to the conservative base, and Bob McDonnell in Virginia as well.

If Romney wanted to roll the dice a bit, perhaps he needs to look further west.  In my column today for The Week, I present a case for Jan Brewer that would entail more risk, but perhaps more reward as well:

Brewer has a record of fighting the federal government and the media. After Brewer signed a bill from the state legislature requiring law-enforcement officers to check residency status when arresting or detaining criminal suspects, Obama’s Department of Justice filed suit against the state. To the cheers of conservatives, Brewer fought back, later writing a book to bolster her case, and squared off against open-borders advocates in the media.

Nor is that the only fight Brewer has picked with the Obama administration and the media. She called a special session of the legislature to get authorization to hire outside counsel to join the lawsuit against ObamaCare, after Goddard refused to do so. Brewer also pushed for gun-rights legislation that eventually removed the permit requirement to carry guns, making Arizona one of only three states in the nation to do so. Brewer also oversaw deep cuts in social programs in order to resolve a $4 billion budget deficit, although that also included increases in some taxes.

Given Romney’s vulnerabilities with the base on immigration, health-insurance mandates, and gun rights, Brewer might be just the kind of candidate that could get the Tea Party back on board. A Brewer nomination might also force the Obama campaign to retire the “war on women” attack line. It would also firm up Romney’s standing in Arizona, as one poll this week suggested that the Republican nominee wasn’t garnering much enthusiasm in this transitioning interior-West state.

There is some downside to Brewer, too.  She has had to retract a couple of her arguments on border security in the past two years, but that’s probably not enough to make her a liability in and of itself.  Brewer is a hardliner on immigration, though, and that could complicate Romney’s efforts to woo the Latino vote away from Obama.  It might also provide him some cover to back Marco Rubio’s upcoming efforts on immigration reform by solidifying his credentials as a borders-first candidate.

The choice depends on whether Romney feels the need for a game-changer in late summer.  If the winds are already blowing favorably, Romney’s not likely to take a risk in selecting a running mate, and will go with a candidate who matches up well with himself.  If Romney needs more unity from the base, though, he may consider an outside-the-box choice of a candidate who has already been battle-tested against the administration — and that could put Brewer and Rick Perry in play.


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Yes, that’s true. What are you getting at?

cjw79 on April 25, 2012 at 6:07 PM

It’s a career ending position.

RickB on April 25, 2012 at 6:09 PM

The War Planner on April 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I Jindal or Ryan. Less so West or Rubio.
I don’t know enough about any of the ladies-other than Condi-to make a judgement.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

hey’re good peeps but take it from someone from KA, we can do better. Both had their heads handed to them out here in 2010 and the stench of defeat is upon them.

The War Planner on April 25, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Of COURSE they did, they were REPUBLICANS running in California. If they had WON, you would find fault with that, too, because in order to win they would have to run as liberals, they didn’t run as liberals.

crosspatch on April 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Bush was the last one that went from VEEP to being elcted President without taking office due to the death of his boss.

RickB on April 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM

The only one since then (aside from cardiac Cheney) was Algore. What’s your point?

MJBrutus on April 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

She’s not going to be on the shortlist.

She’s a comically bad debater and has made some outrageously stupid statements. Also one of her sons was in an asylum ever since he sexually assaulted a woman back in 1989.

http://azstarnet.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/article_a127dd24-4d2d-51d8-99ee-0fc16ece3d97.html

Mister Mets on April 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I consider Jan Brewer the female version of Chris Christie.

Seriously, other then immigration issues, can anybody name one other conservative thing about her? She is hard nosed like Christie, but mostly on one issue.

I remember some conservative-liberal ranking of Governors on economic issues about two years ago and Brewer ranked near or at the bottom of the Republican Governors. I think second worst. I remember people saying she was not popular with Republicans and conservatives in her state and that she was going to have a hard time getting re-elected. Then………she sprang the immigration issue. Cha-ching.

I do not trust Jan Brewer any more then I trust Chris Christie. She is a one trick mare.

KMav on April 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Have you forgotten the months and months leading up to the Iraq war? The way Chirac (and de Villepin) along with El Baredei and Blicks took Saddam’s side and ran circles around us in the UN? Do you remember when we needed it, she blew the deal with the Turks to let us use their air space? Diplomatically, it was a clown show.

MJBrutus on April 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM

And how did the Turks come out in the end?

Key West Reader on April 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

how would it look if Romney picks someone who’s never even served in political office as his VP?

I believe that is *EXACTLY* what he is going to do!

Political office doesn’t mean jack squat to Romney. He doesn’t WANT a politician.

crosspatch on April 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Key West Reader on April 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

What do you mean? They denied us their air space because they hate the Kurds. They failed to get in the EU (lucky them). Since then, they’ve drifted further to to the Islamic dark side.

MJBrutus on April 25, 2012 at 6:13 PM

MJBrutus on April 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM

And how did the Turks come out in the end?

Key West Reader on April 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Let me clarify my remark:

How well did Condi/Bush do vs. Obama and how is our relationship better now with the Turks than it was then?

Are they more anti-USA? Yes.

/More Obama fail

Key West Reader on April 25, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Ed, Ed, Ed… Really?

Jan is my governor, and I respect some of the decisions that she’s made – but she’d be in waaaay over her head.

Hill60 on April 25, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Key West Reader on April 25, 2012 at 6:14 PM

OK. She doesn’t suck as bad as Obama/Shrillery. Talk about faint praise :-)

MJBrutus on April 25, 2012 at 6:15 PM

MJBrutus on April 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM

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Condi has more experience and knowledge than the empty suit who currently fills the #2 spot. Team Ocommie will relentlessly hammer a Veep choice that has NO experience to offer. Think Rubio.

If Hillary is the September surprise Democrites need to get the Obamunist over the line- Mittens needs a strong foreign policy choice to match up.
If not, uh oh.
There is no person with the right experience for this job at this time. But it should be a woman to try to offset dream Act Hispanics who will never vote R- even with Rubio there.

FlaMurph on April 25, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Key West Reader on April 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

What do you mean? They denied us their air space because they hate the Kurds. They failed to get in the EU (lucky them). Since then, they’ve drifted further to to the Islamic dark side.

MJBrutus on April 25, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Yes, initially they did not give us access. And access was eventually granted. Under Bush and under Rice.

Where are the Turks now? Islamicized? Yes.

Obama. Fail.

Key West Reader on April 25, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I believe that is *EXACTLY* what he is going to do!

Political office doesn’t mean jack squat to Romney. He doesn’t WANT a politician.

I think Mitt is too smart to do something like that. For all this time, he’s been saying that he wants someone that can step in immediately into the Presidency. Whitman and Fiorina just don’t do that, considering they’ve never even served in elected office. Perhaps they should try getting elected somewhere first. He would be better served picking someone who’s served in politics who also just happens to be competent. He has plenty to choose from. If Palin got annihilated for being being too inexperienced, he sure as heck isn’t going to pick someone who’s even less experienced.

GOPRanknFile on April 25, 2012 at 6:18 PM

FlaMurph on April 25, 2012 at 6:17 PM

If it matters that the Veep wear a skirt, I would advise him to go with Marsha Blackburn if I had the chance.

MJBrutus on April 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM

congresswomen kristi noem has appeal. romeny needs a female vp to win this so-called war on women

gemini on April 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Jan Brewer: Because we want to lose the Latino vote from here on out.

It's Vintage, Duh on April 25, 2012 at 6:22 PM

MJBrutus on April 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM

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Theres no sense in trying to capture hispanics. They want their dream. They want obie ti give it to them.

Going to the House of Reps for a Veep would seem to B-teamish.
(with apologies to Gerry Ford)

FlaMurph on April 25, 2012 at 6:22 PM

What Jindal has going for him is that Romney wants someone who is ready to step in immediately if something were to happen to him. A couple of years back, when he was asked who he thought would be a good candidate for the presidency, the first name he mentioned was Jindal’s. Jindal has a real shot at this. He’s definitely on the short list.

GOPRanknFile on April 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM

*fingers crossed.*

I think Mitt is too smart to do something like that. For all this time, he’s been saying that he wants someone that can step in immediately into the Presidency. Whitman and Fiorina just don’t do that, considering they’ve never even served in elected office. Perhaps they should try getting elected somewhere first. He would be better served picking someone who’s served in politics who also just happens to be competent. He has plenty to choose from. If Palin got annihilated for being being too inexperienced, he sure as heck isn’t going to pick someone who’s even less experienced.

GOPRanknFile on April 25, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I hope you are right. It would be a disaster to have someone with even less public-sector experience than he has on the ticket. He needs someone with either a good solid record as Governor or a record in Congress. Or lengthy Cabinet-level experience.

Just Sayin on April 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM

all white male ticket wont see with the demograhics. think!

gemini on April 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM

It’s a career ending position.

RickB on April 25, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Oh I don’t agree with that at all. Gore came pretty darn close (and he won the popular vote). In the years prior to Bush, there are many instances of Veeps later becoming President.

cjw79 on April 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Personally, I think Pawlenty, Jindal and McDonnell would be good choices. I’m crazy about Jindal, but he’d need to work on pepping up his speech delivery a bit. Jan Brewer may be a good administrator and has excellent behind-the-scenes moxie, but her public speaking skills are atrocious. Despite her message being infinitely better, Joe hair-plugs may end up sounding more cogent in a debate.

Slainte on April 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM

She’s Simple Sarah in another 30 years and 1000 boxes of no filter Camels.

MJBrutus on April 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM

You just know she has about five ashtrays on her desk overflowing with pink lipstick stained butts. And lets not talk about the car.

Mr. Arkadin on April 25, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I like them both, but this is just flat-out funny!

Just Sayin on April 25, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Hillary?

slickwillie2001 on April 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM

There ya go. Mitt can finally get those indies and crossover Dems.

katy the mean old lady on April 25, 2012 at 6:26 PM

never even served in elected office.

That is not a qualification. In fact, if someone has been more than one elected to office, I believe it would be more of a disqualification.

They have both served as CEOs of major corporations. Carly orchestrated a major turn around at HP that gored every sacred cow in the company and she took a huge amount of heat for that, too. But that took amazing leadership to do that. And as a result of the restructuring she undertook, HP surpassed IBM as the largest computer manufacturer on the planet shortly after she left.

Meg Whitman grew eBay from practically nothing into a major corporation and is currently running HP and is ALSO restructuring the company yet again to be more competitive.

She has *exactly* the right skill set. Having been elected to public office is more of a detriment than an asset, in my opinion. The last person Romney is going to pick is a career politician, I think. But we will see in August.

crosspatch on April 25, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Has anyone mentioned Tom Ridge?

cjw79 on April 25, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Hillary?

slickwillie2001 on April 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM

There ya go. Mitt can finally get those indies and crossover Dems.

katy the mean old lady on April 25, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Lol!

I proposed that on another thread but no one bit. :-)

Just Sayin on April 25, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Romney is going to pick someone who has shown skill in the private sector, particularly in turn-around situations. He is going to want someone who “thinks outside the box” and isn’t afraid to go after “sacred cows”.

Political office isn’t going to be a particularly strong selection criterion but if the person has been in public office, I also think he would be looking for turnaround cases and for someone who isn’t afraid to go against popular opinion when it is the right thing to do (Like a Gov. Walker, of Wisconsin, for example).

crosspatch on April 25, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Do you really think so? Everytime, I hear someone’s name floated there comes a quick, “don’t want it.” Except for Newt… lol

Fallon on April 25, 2012 at 5:53 PM

There DOES seem to be a lot of “Gee, I’d love to, no really really love to, but my haii will need washing those years.”

katy the mean old lady on April 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Put it in perspective: Although RINO TRAITOR brewer’s actions on SB1070 are commendable, they don’t make up for the fact that she is otherwise a despicable disgrace to conservatism, who raises taxes to gain support for her re-election from leftist unionist groups and who repeatedly vetoes outstanding legislation passed by the Republican legislature. She is fundamentally a self-serving political hack simpleton (she’s known as Arizona’s version of alvin greene) for whom fate has provided an issue that she has exploited for her advantage. I, for one, would have preferred an Arizona Governor who defends SB1070 for the right reasons. Maybe the next Arizona Governor will be somebody conservatives can respect and admire.

TeaPartyNation on April 25, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Due to the DemoCOMMIES sexist/misogynistic/hatred of women with good moral values attacks(Satan takes a self centered bow here), and Mormon’s Patriarchal history, there will be women’s names on the list but the choice will be a male. Pick an unknown and the treasonous MSM lying group think propaganda dedicated to making those who work and succeed have give an equal share to those who don’t work and fail, will treat the pick as unqualified.(Just like they did to Palin, who has a cra* load of accomplishments in her public service). So, all males considered Christie, even though he has his occasional middle of the road policies conservatives shudder at, when it comes to the economy, jobs, budgets, deficits, UNIONS (FRIGGIN COMMUNISTS!!!)in the face of an opponent on a suicidal tax and spend spree for America like The Great Odogma and his blithering idiot sidekick then Chris Christie like no other can verbally chastise and humiliate his opponent and their horrific behavior.

wtng2fish on April 25, 2012 at 6:35 PM

DEAR GOD NO! BREWER IS NOT A CONSERVATIVE!!!!!!!!!

PLEASE GOD NO!

ConservativeLaw on April 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

What does Martinez have to offer? I mean aside from being a Latina?

MJBrutus on April 25, 2012 at 5:50 PM

She is busting chops on the good ol’ boy network ala Nicki Haley but the press is afraid of giving her coverage. They don’t want word of a conservative latina having success to get out because it goes against their narrative. The public employee unions are having a fit over her policies in NM.

DanMan on April 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I proposed that on another thread but no one bit. :-)

Just Sayin on April 25, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Hey, think about it. WZe could have a really, really big tent. Maybe striped. And calliope music.

katy the mean old lady on April 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

this is stupid. Paul Ryan is the no brainer choice for VP

sbvft contributor on April 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

wtng2fish on April 25, 2012 at 6:35 PM

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2 white guys not giving a sincere for the people White African American Prez a chance to get his policies working, will seem pretty racist to the MSM and their followers.

FlaMurph on April 25, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Hey, think about it. WZe could have a really, really big tent. Maybe striped. And calliope music.

katy the mean old lady on April 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Of course… it would be simply fabulous! And for Bill and Hill it would represent the ultimate payback for being screwed by The One in 2008. That’s what I call a WIN-WIN!

Just Sayin on April 25, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Oh I don’t agree with that at all. Gore came pretty darn close (and he won the popular vote). In the years prior to Bush, there are many instances of Veeps later becoming President.

cjw79 on April 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM

After the adoption of the 12th Amendment only Van Buren and before that Adams and Jefferson.

RickB on April 25, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Answer: Hell no.

Philly on April 25, 2012 at 7:03 PM

this is stupid. Paul Ryan is the no brainer choice for VP

sbvft contributor on April 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I’ve been pretty adamant thus far that Ryan will not be chosen. I tend to agree with crosspatch’s analysis, with the caveat that Romney’s pick will likely be a Southern hawk who has spent a lot of time in the defense/intelligence bureaucracy, which would help balance out Romney’s weakness in that area and help assuage the base. But I can’t come up with a name, and Ryan is looking better every day. He certainly fits the “mini-me- geek” meme discussed in the Hill article.

My outside the box pick is Liz Cheney.

Mr. Arkadin on April 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM

never even served in elected office.

That is not a qualification. In fact, if someone has been more than one elected to office, I believe it would be more of a disqualification.

Of course it’s not a qualification. The only qualifications are that you be at least 35 years old, be a U.S. resident for at least 14 years, and that you are a natural-born citizen. Just because those are the only requirements, it doesn’t mean nothing else matters. Romney is too smart to pick someone who’s never served in office. It may not matter to you, but to most Americans it will. That’s why Romney is an attractive choice. He’s served in the private sector and served in government. He’s going to pick someone who’s been in the national spotlight before and is polished, not risky picks like Whitman or Fiorina.

GOPRanknFile on April 25, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Romney’s pick will likely be a Southern hawk who has spent a lot of time in the defense/intelligence bureaucracy

Well, he already has Bolton for foreign policy. Someone with an engineering background might work, though, particularly considering that NASA is often seen as the VPs bailiwick (which I why I suggested Burt Rutan, if he would take the job).

crosspatch on April 25, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Gore came pretty darn close (and he won the popular vote).

cjw79 on April 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Just barely. He “won” the popular vote nationwide by only 1/2 of 1%. If the nationwide popular vote standard was in fact used to determine who became President (instead of the Electoral College), that margin would be so narrow as to trigger an automatic recount, using the Florida standard.

Gore’s real problem in 2000 was that he was rejected by the voters of his own home State. Had he won Tennessee (and historically-Democrat West Virginia, and also his Boss’ state of Arkansas) he’d have never needed to win Florida to become President.

Del Dolemonte on April 25, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Brewer would be a terrible vp candidate. She was only elected as governor because she signed the 1070 bill. She was completing Napolitano’s term when she signed the bill. Without that, she probably would not have survived the republican primary.

I second an idea that has only been put forward by Ann Coulter, that Jon Kyl should be considered. He is an experienced conservative, which would a better choice than a first term senator or governor.

Jasper61 on April 25, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Very stupid column.

Chudi on April 25, 2012 at 7:36 PM

burrata on April 25, 2012 at 5:28 PM

AGREED!

RedLizard64 on April 25, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Kyl is 70 years old and has is a career politician and lobbyist with no real private sector experience. Romney is going to want someone with extensive private sector experience; someone for whom “the economy” and government largess are REAL issues, not a hypothetical like it is for career politicians.

crosspatch on April 25, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Of COURSE they did, they were REPUBLICANS running in California. If they had WON, you would find fault with that, too, because in order to win they would have to run as liberals, they didn’t run as liberals.

crosspatch on April 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

..easy, CP. I was not bagging on either of them. I happened to like them both and worked my asss of for Carly. I was bitterly disappointed when Carly lost because I wanted to dump “Box-o-Rocks” Boxer in the worst way. Babs is as dumb as a stump and deserved the old heave-ho in the worst way.

Fiorina and Whitman may have been libs by a lot of peoples’ standards but much better for the state as a lot of the liberal asssholes are finding out here now with MoonBeam v2.0.

The War Planner on April 25, 2012 at 7:47 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on April 25, 2012 at 5:51 PM

SHe is still an idiot. And I probably thought more about that comment than she has all year.

damian1967 on April 25, 2012 at 7:48 PM

What about Robert Gates?

Mr. Arkadin on April 25, 2012 at 7:53 PM

A version nobody seems to suggest is that Romney may pick a VP from the business area, completely outside the political circuits. If Kamrad Obamov is going to ride his class warfare pony anyway, at least we’ll have someone with clean political slate and proven economic experience. A true Etch-a-Sketch, heh.

Archivarix on April 25, 2012 at 7:54 PM

A version nobody seems to suggest is that Romney may pick a VP from the business area, completely outside the political circuits.

Wow, yeah, nobody seems to have even considered that angle. /

crosspatch on April 25, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Never happen. Romney won’t let someone upstage him like McCain did.

Also, Jan’s appeal is to conservatives — and Romney has made it very clear he is not interested in conservatives. Look for someone as bland, flavorless and uninteresting as Mitt, only more so.

Citizen-003528 on April 25, 2012 at 7:58 PM

What about Robert Gates?

Mr. Arkadin on April 25, 2012 at 7:53 PM

It’s funny that you mention him. Condi, Hadley, and he have just started a consulting group. I doubt Gates would ever want to be part of a ticket, but he would actually be a pretty good pick. He’s widely respected and he would definitely be a smarter pick than someone who has never been tested on the national stage.

GOPRanknFile on April 25, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Fiorina and Whitman may have been libs by a lot of peoples’ standards but much better for the state as a lot of the liberal asssholes are finding out here now with MoonBeam v2.0.

The War Planner on April 25, 2012 at 7:47 PM

If Fiorina’s health is good now, I would pick her over Whitman but either one would be acceptable to me. They were mentioned in the context of “If Romney were to pick a woman …”

TJ Rodgers would be, in my opinion, a great choice, too. I worked as a consultant to Cypress about 10 years ago, he’s a straight shooter. He can be a hardass at times, but he’s fair and you know exactly where you stand with the man.

crosspatch on April 25, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Also, Jan’s appeal is to conservatives

My how times have changed. I remember “the conservatives” absolutely RAILING on her first budget, calling her a RINO, etc. It was worse than the conservatives who were in Reagan’s case for most of his first term.

Then all of a sudden, Arizona turns a budget surplus, and “the conservatives” pretend they were in her corner all along.

A bit funny, actually.

crosspatch on April 25, 2012 at 8:02 PM

How about just a real solid, principled conservative like Jim DeMint or Jeff Sessions? That would gain Romney the trust of conservatives. It might also make the difference in some close southern states.

Buddahpundit on April 25, 2012 at 8:14 PM

My outside the box pick is Liz Cheney.

Mr. Arkadin on April 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Key West Reader

……………mentioned Condi Rice…(can’t find the post)…so there are two more good ones! I want a woman…they seem to have more testosterone than our men!

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Very stupid column.

Chudi on April 25, 2012 at 7:36 PM

….chances are…it’s the reader!

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2012 at 8:26 PM

The public employee unions are having a fit over her policies in NM.

DanMan on April 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

That’s good to hear. Reason enough to look at her a little more seriously.

MJBrutus on April 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

What part of ‘it will not be a woman’ don’t people understand? You’re also not going to see two governors on the same ticket.

jan3 on April 25, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Scott Walker for VP. The unions are already gone. The dude rocks.

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/full-text-gov-scott-walkers-remarks-cpac/370011“>

NoPain on April 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Heck no – they are talking up Pawlenty for heaven’s sakes.

Fuquay Steve on April 26, 2012 at 5:01 AM

He won’t take a big risk. The stakes are too high.

OT: Please take down the Jon Tester ads. Can’t stand to see his face this early in the am.

Kissmygrits on April 26, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Aunt Jan? Nooooooooooo; too many clutches with cameras present. And much better alternatives such as the congresswoman from Washington state.

FerdtheMoonCat on April 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Hate to burst anyone’s bubble with something that must be said and, for most conservatives in Arizona, has been our experience.

The Arizona governor is a lightweight, fair-weather patriot. As governor she is expected to defend legislation; it’s part of the job and she should be credited for doing it.

However, to heap praise on Ms. Brewer for opportunistically riding SB 1070′s coat tails into prominence is to confuse cause and effect.

Brewer resisted SB 1070 while it was in the legislature and waited the maximum time after it passed before – and only because it was an election year and her moistened finger told her which way the wind was blowing – she signed it into law.

Had she actually championed and supported the bill it would have had her signature before the legislature’s ink was dry.

As far as clear communications are concerned, Jan Brewer is Joe Biden in a dress. At least Joe has a college education.

TenRing on April 26, 2012 at 10:43 AM

The Hill speaks and the parts are assembled ?

democratsarefools on April 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Governor Perry would be my pick!!

Marco on April 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM

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