Romney: You’d better believe Marco Rubio’s being vetted for VP; Update: ABC stands by story

posted at 7:21 pm on June 19, 2012 by Allahpundit

Can’t go wrong bashing the media for an unhelpful story, but remember that it wasn’t just ABC’s sources who claimed that Rubio wasn’t being vetted. WaPo heard the same thing from an “outside advisor” to the campaign. Three possibilities. One: Rubio was being vetted but there are multiple people inside Romneyworld with enough of an axe to grind against him that they’ll happily lie to the media about it, even at the risk of damaging Romney. Two: The ABC/WaPo sources were honestly mistaken about whether he was being vetted, in which case I’d sure like to know what led them to get the impression that he wasn’t. Three: They were right. Rubio wasn’t being vetted, but thanks to the uproar today, he will be now. Which raises the possibility that the ABC/WaPo sources are actually fans of Rubio and wanted to force him onto Team Mitt’s radar by creating a public spectacle over this.

Actually, there’s a fourth possibility. As WaPo noted earlier, many candidates are being “vetted” in the sense that the campaign’s conducting a preliminary review of their background based on public information. Only the select few on the short list, however, have to fill out a lengthy questionnaire and provide financial documents. When Mitt says “thoroughly vetted,” does he mean the first sort of vetting or the second?

Mitt Romney makes it official: “Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process,” he said today, hours after an ABC report said he was not being considered as Romney’s running-mate.

“There was a story that originated today apparently at ABC based upon reports of supposedly outside unnamed advisers of mine,” Romney said in Holland, Michigan. “I can’t imagine who such people are. But I can tell you this: they know nothing about the vice presidential selection or evaluation process. There are only two people in this country who know who are being vetted and who are not: And that’s Beth Myers and myself. And I know Beth well. She doesn’t talk to anybody. The story was entirely false. Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process.”

There are at least three people who know whether Rubio’s really being vetted — Romney, Myers, and Rubio himself. Has he confirmed that he’s been asked to fill out the questionnaire and provide financial statements apropos of a shortlister? All I’ve seen from him lately is the standard disclaimer that he doesn’t expect to be VP and a few polite demurrals about not wanting to comment on the process. If Romney gave him the green light to speak up, he could settle this in an instant.

Update: Jonathan Karl, who broke the Rubio news this morning for ABC, says Romney’s spinning after the fact.

First, I stand by my reporting. As of 9 a.m. this morning, Marco Rubio had not been asked by the Romney campaign to turn over any documents related to the vice presidential search. He had not been asked to fill out any questionnaires. If Romney was “thoroughly vetting” Rubio, he was doing it without Rubio’s knowledge…

It’s possible that Romney simply had not gotten around to asking Rubio for vetting materials, but his search process has been under way for more than two months…

I am told by several Republican sources that Romney came under intense pressure today from top Republicans who argued it was crazy to take Rubio out of consideration so early. Some argued for Rubio’s appeal as the party’s most effective and charismatic conservative voice. Some argued it is dumb politics to not consider the party’s top Hispanic conservative. It seems Romney, at least now, agrees.


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I’m a PA resident and PA is always in play in every election until it isnt.

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I’m a PA resident, too, and I say that PA is in play. So there.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Right, Romney is already within striking distance in WI and MI

You do realize at this point, it’s a honeymoon period for Presidential challengers. Kerry was doing leagues better than Romney at this point in 2012. If you think in the heat of an election season against a bigger stronger candidate, that Romney will win MI and WI then I got magic beans to sell. The guy barely wins in his supposed “home” state by 3 points by heavily outspending barely funded opponents. But you think he’ll win

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Aside from being a great gov, he has NJ, CT and PA going for him along with a nationwide base of admirers.

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Yeah he’s a great gov if obamacare, the 2nd Amendment, stopping the global warming agenda, and being soft on terrorists doesn’t matter to you.

Other than those few minor thinks, he’s fantastic!!

LevinFan on June 19, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I’m a PA resident, too, and I say that PA is in play. So there.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Ok. PA was in play in 2008. And in 2004 too.

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:27 PM

watching hannity shill for oromney. makes me want to shove that all american football down his esophagus.

a hispanic called in his show yesterday, questioning rmoneys support. hannity cut him faster than you can say “conservative revolution”

what a putz he turned out to be. all in for the benjamins.

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Right, Romney is already within striking distance in WI and MI, and instead of trying to shore up traditionally blue states, Obama is going to focus on expanding his map to AZ. uh-huh

The Count on June 19, 2012 at 9:21 PM

If you really wanted throw flapjack’s head for a whirl, you would also point out that Obama’s up a meager 4 points in Oregon polling.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I hate to break it to you, but there’s no way Romney loses Arizona.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I doubt he will too. But the argument is Obama is going to force him to spend money there. And romney is unpopular among hispanics for obvious reasons

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Right, Romney is already within striking distance in WI and MI…

The Count on June 19, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Romney will lose both states and you know it. And these are the very states that s Romney nomination was supposed to win, along with NH and maybe even a couple more northeastern states, remember?

I’m a PA resident and PA is always in play in every election until it isnt. Call me a kos kiddie if you want but Mitt Romney is a terrible politician. It’s a fact

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Yep to both. It’s always going to boggle my mind how a guy who won one election in his entire career, and that with less than 50% of the vote, and who left that one office after one term with an approval rating in the 30s was sold as Mr Ultra Electable.

ddrintn on June 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM

And another thing MJBrutus:

The largest voting block out there is conservatives at 40%. If ROmney wants to try to motivate and shore up their vote, picking a moderate squish like Krispy Kreme ain’t the way to do it.

LevinFan on June 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Nonsense. The honeymoon doesn’t begin until the convention. And Mitt is already on par with PBHO in the national polls. The convention is when the playing field finally becomes level and the nominee is viewed as being on the same stage as the sitting POTUS. Until then, PBHO has every advantage in terms of setting the news cycle. Obama’s been trying his hardest with sellouts for student loans, pot smokers, women and now illegals. He’s squandering his advantage and he won’t be able to get this time back.

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Ok. PA was in play in 2008. And in 2004 too.

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:27 PM

You act as if 2010 never happened (Corbett, Toomey, flipping the State House, retaining the Senate, carrying all statewide offices, occupying 12 of 19 U.S. House seats).

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM

LevinFan on June 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM

The “largest voting block” already made their wishes known. They selected Romney as our party’s nominee!

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 9:31 PM

You do realize at this point, it’s a honeymoon period for Presidential challengers. Kerry was doing leagues better than Romney at this point in 2012. If you think in the heat of an election season against a bigger stronger candidate, that Romney will win MI and WI then I got magic beans to sell. The guy barely wins in his supposed “home” state by 3 points by heavily outspending barely funded opponents. But you think he’ll win

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Kerry went down because the economy was on the uptick by November of 2004 and Kerry based his entire campaign around his service in Vietnam, the Swift Boat Vets kicked that in the nuts and he had no answer for it. When Bain Capital Employees for Truth launches and the economy defies Democrat policies and starts to get noticeably better then I will start to panic. In the meantime I’ll feel okay about our chances in November.

alchemist19 on June 19, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I’m a PA resident, too, and I say that PA is in play. So there.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I’m a PA Tea Partier – from the very, very beginning – who Mittens is ticking off more than words can express with his dancing around with that piece of sh!t Marxist Rubio. I never trusted Mittens to begin with, but it’s going beyond ridiculous. Mittens is trying to make it clear that he won’t fix anything and will continue a lot of the same America-killing policies and it’s having an impact. He’s finally being effective in something, unfortunately.

I’m only going to be held hostage to voting for Mittens if I think that he will actually try to save America. That feeling is dissipating very rapidly. It’s not gone yet, but it’s close.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM

You do realize at this point, it’s a honeymoon period for Presidential challengers. Kerry was doing leagues better than Romney at this point in 2012.

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Yep. I remember Dubya was a dead man walking in the opinion of many at this point in 2004. These idiots really seem to believe is that all you have to do is hate the incumbent enough and presto change-o, your candidate will win. Incumbents are hard to unseat.

ddrintn on June 19, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Nonsense. The honeymoon doesn’t begin until the convention.

No it doesnt. That’s when the shit flinging begins

And Mitt is already on par with PBHO in the national polls.

Yeah. He should be pulling out a lot more ahead. Like Kerry, McCain. Instead, the guy has the worst favorables of any recent nominee before going into the convention.

You act as if 2010 never happened (Corbett, Toomey, flipping the State House, retaining the Senate, carrying all statewide offices, occupying 12 of 19 U.S. House seats).

Sure I do. But Corbett, Toomey =/= Romney. This is a different election. We’ve always been a state that switches Repub/Dem on a state level.

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Call me a kos kiddie if you want but Mitt Romney is a terrible politician. It’s a fact

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Considering our options were either a terrible politician or a bunch of guys who couldn’t beat a terrible politician, we’re doing the best we can with what we had. Stop whining. You sound like a child.

alchemist19 on June 19, 2012 at 9:34 PM

“The guy barely wins in his supposed “home” state by 3 points by heavily outspending barely funded opponents. But you think he’ll win”

I’m from Michigan and Romney seems to have an excellent chance of winning in this state.

Varchild on June 19, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Kerry went down because the economy was on the uptick by November of 2004 and Kerry based his entire campaign around his service in Vietnam…

alchemist19 on June 19, 2012 at 9:32 PM

And Romney’s basing his entire campaign on “I’m not Obama”. It’s not going to be enough. You’ve been warned.

ddrintn on June 19, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Kerry went down because the economy was on the uptick by November of 2004 and Kerry based his entire campaign around his service in Vietnam, the Swift Boat Vets kicked that in the nuts and he had no answer for it.

Bush was the better campaigner but Kerry was still seen as more popular to the general populace at this time in 2004 than Romney. Romney has NOTHING in his campaign quiver except he might do something about the economy.

He has no political executive or legislative experience he can brag about. He is not a military man. He is a gaffe machine who has won a single election. And he got scared and high tailed it out because he was hated

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Believe me, for someone like Rubio, you don’t need any personal submissions to do a very good vetting. He is, if you know where to look, a totally open book. The only reason you need a signed SPH (statement of personal history) is to have a legal option to take ac tion after the investigation.

PaCadle on June 19, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I’m from Michigan and Romney seems to have an excellent chance of winning in this state.

Varchild on June 19, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Cool story bro. It’ll look like that until the poll results in November come in I bet as well

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Kerry went down because the economy was on the uptick by November of 2004 and Kerry based his entire campaign around his service in Vietnam…

alchemist19 on June 19, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Kerry went down because America wanted to win in Iraq and Bush was holding strong on that – though Bush turned around and veered leftwards right after the election and dragged Iraq out with insane ROE until most people got sick of it – along with Bush and McShame’s destruction of the GOP with their INSANE amnesty pushes that no one wanted.

Kerry’s desire to run away from Iraq in defeat is what cost him the election. That’s it. America doesn’t like cowards.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I’m only going to be held hostage to voting for Mittens if I think that he will actually try to save America. That feeling is dissipating very rapidly. It’s not gone yet, but it’s close.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Maybe you should decide on your ultimate vote after giving it much thought and reflection, rather than “feeling.”

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 9:40 PM

As of 9 a.m. this morning, Marco Rubio had not been asked by the Romney campaign to turn over any documents related to the vice presidential search. He had not been asked to fill out any questionnaires. If Romney was “thoroughly vetting” Rubio, he was doing it without Rubio’s knowledge…

What this means is that the source of the leak is Rubio’s office. Either with Rubio’s knowledge or without. Which signifies either extreme desperation or incompetence. Romney who must have realized this by now will never again give an iota of consideration to Rubio again

CoolAir on June 19, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I’m a PA Tea Partier – from the very, very beginning – who Mittens is ticking off more than words can express with his dancing around with that piece of sh!t Marxist Rubio. I never trusted Mittens to begin with, but it’s going beyond ridiculous. Mittens is trying to make it clear that he won’t fix anything and will continue a lot of the same America-killing policies and it’s having an impact. He’s finally being effective in something, unfortunately.

I’m only going to be held hostage to voting for Mittens if I think that he will actually try to save America. That feeling is dissipating very rapidly. It’s not gone yet, but it’s close.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM

You’re not alone. I’ve gotten emails from several local tea party groups and no one is pleased with Romney or Rubio. You’ll never see that reflected in bias polls or the MSM. We see what happened with McCain when he tried to hispander. And it was just a few months ago when he said he wouldn’t vote for a Dream Act. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…..

TxAnn56 on June 19, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Maybe you should decide on your ultimate vote after giving it much thought and reflection, rather than “feeling.”

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 9:40 PM

LOL. I’m happy to go into any details you want and I can assure you I’ve given this whole situation much more time in rational consideration than you ever could. Pull that sh!t with some leftist.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Bush was the better campaigner but Kerry was still seen as more popular to the general populace at this time in 2004 than Romney. Romney has NOTHING in his campaign quiver except he might do something about the economy.

He has no political executive or legislative experience he can brag about. He is not a military man. He is a gaffe machine who has won a single election. And he got scared and high tailed it out because he was hated

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Considering that since 1840 the American people have been throwing out sitting presidents who can’t fix bad economies, there is nothing wrong with having a candidate whose biggest qualification plays to the #1 issue for most Americans. Maybe you see it differently.

On a personal note, a guy who can make the Massachusetts electorate hate him probably isn’t all that bad.

alchemist19 on June 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Oh goodie. We have the spokesman for all of the Tea Party in our very midst. My, but aren’t we the lucky ones.

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 9:44 PM

TxAnn56 on June 19, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Yep. This all reaminds me of McShame’s amnesty pushes in the Senate when we had to light up the switchboards time after time as they tried to sneak the shamnesty in five different ways with secret votes and all the other underhanded sh!t.

This will end very badly. I can see where it looks like it’s going. And they’re trying to claim that Rubio is the “Tea Party Favorite”. He lost that distinction long, long ago and it’s nothing but total BS now.

Deja vu all over again with the amnesty mongers. It’s insane. As if they don’t remember what happened less than a decade ago … or even that Shrillary’s pathetic primary was stopped cold (on the left!) by her embrace of Spitzer’s licenses for illegals. These people are just insane.

The Constitutional Union of American States

It’s coming soon. There don’t seem to be any alternatives left.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 9:46 PM

“presumptive nominee” LOL

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Considering that since 1840 the American people have been throwing out sitting presidents who can’t fix bad economies,

FDR.

there is nothing wrong with having a candidate whose biggest qualification plays to the #1 issue for most Americans. Maybe you see it differently.

But Romney doesnt have those qualifications. He has to fix an economy first

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I’m a PA Tea Partier – from the very, very beginning

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Me, too. I was there on the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg on April 15, 2009.

LOL. I’m happy to go into any details you want and I can assure you I’ve given this whole situation much more time in rational consideration than you ever could. Pull that sh!t with some leftist.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 9:41 PM

You’re awfully convinced of your own rationality for someone who’s about to throw his vote away to prove a point that will never actually get made.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Yep. This all reaminds me of McShame’s amnesty pushes in the Senate when we had to light up the switchboards time after time as they tried to sneak the shamnesty in five different ways with secret votes and all the other underhanded sh!t.

Romney =/= Rubio, genius.

This will end very badly. I can see where it looks like it’s going. And they’re trying to claim that Rubio is the “Tea Party Favorite”. He lost that distinction long, long ago and it’s nothing but total BS now.

“They,” “they,” they.”

Deja vu all over again with the amnesty mongers. It’s insane. As if they don’t remember what happened less than a decade ago … or even that Shrillary’s pathetic primary was stopped cold (on the left!) by her embrace of Spitzer’s licenses for illegals. These people are just insane.

I really don’t think that’s what lost Clinton the Dem nomination in 2008.

The Constitutional Union of American States

It’s coming soon. There don’t seem to be any alternatives left.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Brought to you by the Tin Foil Hat Brigade. Why don’t you go on to tell me how horrible NAFTA is and how all free trade agreements suck.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 9:51 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair

Gawd help us if you are representative of the Tea Party.

Buy Danish on June 19, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Gawd help us if you are representative of the Tea Party.

Buy Danish on June 19, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Thankfully he’s not.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Romney has NOTHING in his campaign quiver except he might do something about the economy.

He has no political executive or legislative experience he can brag about. He is not a military man. He is a gaffe machine who has won a single election. And he got scared and high tailed it out because he was hated

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:37 PM

what a great post! like lemmings they expect everyone to fall over a cliff with them. who am i? who are you? grains of sand. but in reality we represent a mountain of sand.

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 9:53 PM

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 9:53 PM

And a hill of beans.

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Gawd help us if you are representative of the Tea Party.

Buy Danish on June 19, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Everybody knows TPers are good little Rombots like you, aren’t they? Of course. Just as everyone knows that “real conservatives” are those like yourself who can rationalize away every half-baked squishy notion that Romney might utter, such as indexing the minimum wage to inflation. Those who object to such stuff are TruCons and not really conservatives at all. Right?

ddrintn on June 19, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 9:48 PM

FDR didn’t fix anything but he had the good fortune to come into office a couple months after the forgiveness of the German debt from World War I helped world markets find the bottom and finally start to improve so that by 1936 things were noticeably better despite Roosevelt’s misguided policies. He also got lucky that the crash of 1937 didn’t hit a few months earlier or he’d have been a one-termer.

alchemist19 on June 19, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Trying to smoke out the choice, and trying to disrupt the message.

All part of the game.

PappyD61 on June 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Everybody knows TPers are good little Rombots like you, aren’t they? Of course. Just as everyone knows that “real conservatives” are those like yourself who can rationalize away every half-baked squishy notion that Romney might utter, such as indexing the minimum wage to inflation. Those who object to such stuff are TruCons and not really conservatives at all. Right?

ddrintn on June 19, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I don’t agree with everything Romney has stood for or said, but aren’t you letting the perfect be the enemy of good? Isn’t your 80% friend better than you 0% friend?

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM

FDR didn’t fix anything but he had the good fortune to come into office a couple months after the forgiveness of the German debt from World War I helped world markets find the bottom and finally start to improve so that by 1936 things were noticeably better despite Roosevelt’s misguided policies

Wow. You can make the same argument for Obama. “Things are better than when they bottomed out”

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM

whew! heard the whole interview. thank goodness Sarah didn’t endorse mittens.

no one with half a brain wants their name attached to a loser.

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Sorry no no no to Marco Bushio!!!!!

Stay in the Senate from Florida and prove you’re capable of doing something.

PappyD61 on June 19, 2012 at 10:02 PM

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Well, that accounts for you Sarah love.

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Gawd help us if you are representative of the Tea Party.

Buy Danish on June 19, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Yeah .. right. You must have missed how Perry was run out of the primary for his idiotic “heartless” smear to push the same cr@p Marxist Rubio is pushing. Rubio went even further and pulled the race card in addition to the “heartless”. It’s going to tick off A LOT of people, Tea Partiers and others, who will have no stomach for that or anyone who associates with it.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Can anybody explain, in rational terms, the difference between a quote from “an anonymous source,” and a quote from “my imaginary friend.”

Seriously. From every possible objective standard, those two phrases are exact synonyms.

logis on June 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Wow. You can make the same argument for Obama. “Things are better than when they bottomed out”

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM

It’s a matter of scale. Even though things weren’t back to their pre-crash levels by 1936, from 1932 to 1936 US GDP increased by over 40% and the unemployment rate dropped by 30% over that same time period. If Obama had a record of improvement like that he would be running on his record and not running from it. But he doesn’t. That’s why I said the American people throw out presidents who can’t fix bad economies. It wasn’t too hard to make the argument to your average voter that FDR’s policies were working (I’m NOT saying they were, just that you could convince voters that was the case). With Obama, not so much.

alchemist19 on June 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM

logis on June 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM

It’s like this. The “anonymous source” and the “imaginary friend” are the prettier sisters of Obama’s “some people say.”

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Can you imagine…….the arteries that would come out of the Libs in all directions if Mitt picked PALIN?

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

PappyD61 on June 19, 2012 at 10:09 PM

whew! heard the whole interview. thank goodness Sarah didn’t endorse mittens.

no one with half a brain wants their name attached to a loser.

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM

She said she “absolutely” supports him.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM

PappyD61 on June 19, 2012 at 10:09 PM

They would party like it’s 2008, and who could blame them?

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM

PappyD61 on June 19, 2012 at 10:09 PM

mitts not smart enough. he wants to lose the election. his vp choice will be a boring white guy.

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 10:12 PM

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM

“preumptive nominee”

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Well, that accounts for you Sarah love.

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Most of her erstwhile supporters know it is in everyone’s interest to vote for Romney. They just aren’t setting themselves on fire hoping for attention.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM

“preumptive nominee”

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM

“Governor Mitt Romney”

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 10:12 PM

You’re unseen‘s science fair project, aren’t you?

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 10:15 PM

fat lady hasn’t sung yet. buenas noches.

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 10:16 PM

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Is this what you do when you want your $7.25 an hour but there’s no Romney rally to stand in front of?

alchemist19 on June 19, 2012 at 10:16 PM

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Sure, I get that. I’m just having a little fun with the one’s who can’t abide anything but 100% percent fealty to their ideology.

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Sure, I get that. I’m just having a little fun with the one’s who can’t abide anything but 100% percent fealty to their ideology.


Funny thing. Romney cant even stick to 50% of his ideology.

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM

And that is because he puts country ahead of ideology. He is a pragmatic problem solver. Not a theoretical dreamer.

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

And that is because he puts country ahead of ideology. He is a pragmatic problem solver. Not a theoretical dreamer.

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I’m spitting my coke all over the screen. You just wont accept the guy is a flip flopper who has dreamed about becoming President for decades and will do anything it takes.

You love the pale pastels friend.

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Yeah .. right. You must have missed how Perry was run out of the primary for his idiotic “heartless” smear to push the same cr@p Marxist Rubio is pushing. Rubio went even further and pulled the race card in addition to the “heartless”. It’s going to tick off A LOT of people, Tea Partiers and others, who will have no stomach for that or anyone who associates with it.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Exactly, that’s what sunk Perry. Newt’s amnesty plan didn’t do him any good either. And here we are absolutely ignoring the fact that Rubio is going way beyond Perry’s instate tuition. His words alone about Obama’s tyrannical move speaks volumes: The deportation leniency was “welcome news”. Since when should we be glad that criminals won’t be deported? And enough with the sob stories. Alot of these kids crossed illegally by themselves when they were teenagers. But that’s fine and dandy with Rubio.

TxAnn56 on June 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM

White, Blue-Collar Canaries in the Democrats’ Electoral Coalmines

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/canaries-in-coal-mine.html

M2RB: John Mellencamp

Resist We Much on June 19, 2012 at 10:28 PM

renalin on June 19, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Romney will be the nominee of the GOP in 2012!..:)

Dire Straits on June 19, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM

So did Reagan. Romney is much more like Reagan or even Clinton (if Clinton had a sense of decency) than Obama or Obama’s right wing twin, Amabo. Reagan/Bush and Clinton gave us 20 years of prosperity. The ideological Obama gave us 4 years of misery and Amabo would be just as bad. Give me the pragmatist!

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM

And that is because he puts country ahead of ideology. He is a pragmatic problem solver. Not a theoretical dreamer.

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

No, he’s not. And if Mittens were smart, at all, he’d realize that the US is perched on the precipice right now. But, he’d rather act as if Barky the Dog-Eater is just another White House occupant who has some poor policis instead of the Constitution-rending America-hater the guy is. Mittens doesn’t have the brains or the guts to defend America and his embrace of Rubio and Rubio’s asinine amnesty is a perfect illustration of that.

As i said, many people understand they are held hostage to voting for Mittens, but when they feel that he won’t fix anything (and we are going to experience some very bad economic times before things get better, as we discussed with the Fed’s balance sheet, their untwisting, the feral government’s need to turn over and lengthen existing debt, …) having a squishy sh!thead who will do nothing to repair this nation (which will be difficult, no doubt about it) will just make America fall in four more years to something even worse than the Indonesian Dog-Eater, as the precedents set by the ineligible idiot will be long in the past and more aggressive moves will be the call of the day for the next America-hating leftist to slime into the White House.

This is not a time for playing defense and being cowardly – which is what Mittens is doing. That will do serious damage to, perhaps, the last chance this nation has to get back on course. Otherwise, dissolution will be the call of the day. Many may come to the rational conclusion that it is the call of today, if no defenders of our Constitution are willing to stand up – and there seem to be very few out there, with Mittens definitely not falling in that group and Marxist Rubio being antagonistic to this nation in order to defend the poor illegals he so empathizes with and calls us name for not giving into.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Yeah, yeah we get it. Rubio’s the Dark Prince and Romney hasn’t foresaken him. Yawn.

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Romney is much more like Reagan

Alright Friend. Reagan switched his positions every day I’m sure he did. Now I think it’s time for you to go off to bed. Hope I dont need a sarc mark

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Hope I dont need a sarc mark

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Now worries. I can’t possibly take a word you say with anything but a generous grain of salt.

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Give me the pragmatist!

Sorry I wanted to laugh again. You think Romney is a pragmatist! Ha.
I wish hotair was an imageboard, I have a good image for this

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Flapjackmaka on June 19, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Well I’m glad I was able to amuse you. Spreading mirth is what I do :-)

MJBrutus on June 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM

This is not a time for playing defense and being cowardly – which is what Mittens is doing. That will do serious damage to, perhaps, the last chance this nation has to get back on course. Otherwise, dissolution will be the call of the day. Many may come to the rational conclusion that it is the call of today, if no defenders of our Constitution are willing to stand up – and there seem to be very few out there, with Mittens definitely not falling in that group and Marxist Rubio being antagonistic to this nation in order to defend the poor illegals he so empathizes with and calls us name for not giving into.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Whoa, what a convoluted , stylistically tortured last sentence (or wrere there more :) you have crafted there…bit stream of consciousness, James Joyce would be envious :)…

jimver on June 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM

A weak candidate like Rmoney™, cannot afford to pick someone as weak as himself. His being weak however precludes him from picking anyone stronger than himself. Hence these two names are floated as potentials. It is what it is, we will beat 0 either way, not necessarily because of Rmoney™’s strengths . More because of 0′s serious weaknesses.

Bmore on June 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM

My apologies for posting the above comment on this thread it was intended for another. From the looks of this thread however. I’d say it still works fine. Rubio is a worse idea than Rmoney™, so there is that to think about.

Bmore on June 19, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Rubio is turning out to not be who many thought he was.

Bmore on June 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Rubio is turning out to not be who many thought he was.

Bmore on June 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Once I heard what a good friend/mentor that Jeb Bush was that was it for me. And then he gave that speech on the Senate floor about political philosophy with John Kerry and that sealed the deal.

He’s a tanned, younger version of the Bushes. If the Bush brand is so damaged personally they’ll still take access to power as the next best thing.

And don’t think Political power is not what these career “public servants” crave.


No more Bushes, or their apprentices.

PappyD61 on June 20, 2012 at 12:06 AM

No more Bushes, or their apprentices.

PappyD61 on June 20, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Agreed.

Bmore on June 20, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Did you misread what I said? I do not believe Sen. Rubio to be ready, he has the same qualifications as The Won did in 2008. And I had no problem with the Sarah Palin choice.

Cindy Munford on June 19, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I am so sorry if I misread your statement :-) I may have made a mistake and replied to someone else..sorry.

American Dream 246 on June 20, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Everybody knows TPers are good little Rombots like you, aren’t they? Of course.
ddrintn on June 19, 2012 at 9:56 P

Good grief, what a tedious bore you are. My problem with the PrimordialPair has to do with his unhinged, hyperbolic language. Why does it not surprise me that you have leaped to his defense? As for the minimum wage, as I stated at the time, I don’t believe in it, but it’s here to stay and indexing it makes more sense than relying on the whims of Democrats in Congress. Like this:

Jul 24, 2007 -$5.85
Jul 24, 2008 – $6.55
Jul 24, 2009 – $7.25

Buy Danish on June 20, 2012 at 1:32 AM

On a personal note, a guy who can make the Massachusetts electorate hate him probably isn’t all that bad.

alchemist19 on June 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM

You know I don’t have a dog in this hunt, but your statement is ridiculous right? Illinois hates Blago, but that doesn’t mean I would EVAH vote for Blago.. Just because Illinois hates him doesn’t mean he suddenly becomes a palatable politician.. Sometimes even stupid is right..

melle1228 on June 20, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Of course ABC stands by their story. Remember, their is absolutely no positive relationship between the left wing media and truth, good sense, honesty and good judgement. ABC will say anything that puts a positive spin on the Obama regime.

rplat on June 20, 2012 at 6:42 AM

Neither Romney nor Rubio is under any obligation to say more than they have.

Either you believe Romney or you don’t.

This is a stupid story, so of course AllahP has his panties in a twist.

mockmook on June 20, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Oh good, Mr. Nightmare Act is still being considered along with boring (Portman) and more boring (Pawlenty).

Yeah, that’ll fire up conservatives!

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insidiator on June 20, 2012 at 7:55 AM

I’m a PA resident, too, and I say that PA is in play. So there.

steebo77

The only play in PA is the final margin of victory for Obama. Believing any more than that is wishful thinking. Romney is not going to win PA.

It’s always going to boggle my mind how a guy who won one election in his entire career, and that with less than 50% of the vote, and who left that one office after one term with an approval rating in the 30s was sold as Mr Ultra Electable.

ddrintn

Revisionist history much? I don’t recall him being sold as mr. ultra electable, well, except for Palin fans making straw man argumentes. what I remember is him being sold as the most electable of the weak field of candidates we had to choose from. Guess what? He IS the most electable of those candidates….doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed to win, it just means he has the best shot. Frankly, it sucks that we had such a pathetic field to choose from, but it is what it is at this point.

Did you misread what I said? I do not believe Sen. Rubio to be ready, he has the same qualifications as The Won did in 2008. And I had no problem with the Sarah Palin choice.

Cindy Munford

Obama’s qualifications weren’t/aren’t the problem, his ideology is. Liberalism doesn’t work simply because you’ve had a lot of experience pushing it.

Meanwhile, why is this even a story? Is there some requirement that Rubio be vetted and considered for the VP spot? The Romney campaign was stupid for even responding, and even stupider for responding the way they did. Sack up, Mittens.

xblade on June 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Did you misread what I said? I do not believe Sen. Rubio to be ready, he has the same qualifications as The Won did in 2008. And I had no problem with the Sarah Palin choice.

Cindy Munford

Obama’s qualifications weren’t/aren’t the problem, his ideology is. Liberalism doesn’t work simply because you’ve had a lot of experience pushing it.

xblade on June 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

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