So, is the VP race down to Portman and Pawlenty? Update: Fewer women considered due to media’s Palin scrutiny?

posted at 4:02 pm on June 19, 2012 by Allahpundit

WaPo follows up on this morning’s bombshell about the non-vetting of Rubio by confirming that (a) indeed, he’s not being vetted at the moment and (b) the two safest picks in the field are.

Other vice presidential candidates, including Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, are undergoing a more intensive review, according to two Republicans close to the campaign…

“By the time you apply the gravitas test, which is really 95 percent of what Governor Romney’s looking at — people when introduced to America nobody would think twice about their ability to be president if necessary — that wipes out 90 percent of the field,” said one outside adviser close to the Romney operation who requested anonymity to speak candidly about the selection process.

The adviser said other Republicans once presumed to be contenders, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, fall under this same category. More-experienced candidates said to be under consideration include Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, as well as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

If Rubio’s too young and too unseasoned, does that mean Christie is too? He’s nine years older than Rubio and holds an executive position but has spent less time in political office than even Rubio has if you include the latter’s tenure in the state legislature. Mitch Daniels is presumably also out since he’s reportedly set to be named the next president of Purdue. So, it seems, is Bob McDonnell, who wasn’t being vetted either as of three weeks ago. What about Paul Ryan? He was coy when asked about this in May and he’s part of Romney’s bus tour featuring a cavalcade of would-be VPs, but he’s also just a year older than Rubio and has no executive experience. What’s the logic at this point for picking him and embracing an all-out “Mediscare” campaign from Democrats when he could go with the far safer/blander Portman or Pawlenty instead? It would excite the base, but Romney’s not worried about the base anymore. If he was, he wouldn’t be dodging questions over whether he’ll rescind Obama’s new DREAM order if elected. In fact, I think the people who see skittishness over immigration in Romney’s decision to pass on Rubio are right: If he picks him or Ryan as VP, then to some extent the election will be about something other than the economy. That’s precisely what Romney’s trying to avoid; it’s Obama who wants a “choice” election, not the GOP.

That leaves Portman, Pawlenty, and maybe Jindal, who does have executive experience, would add diversity to the ticket, and would certainly fire up the base. But Jindal endorsed Perry in the primaries and he’s the same age as Rubio. He’d be an inspired choice but not as safe as Portman or Pawlenty, and if there’s one thing we know about Mitt, he prefers safe to inspired. So that leaves two: The Bush alum from the key swing state or the guy who was vetted four years ago from the unwinnable blue state. I thought Portman was a prohibitive favorite and I still think there’s probably a 75 percent chance that he gets it, but as more polls come out showing how many voters still blame Bush for the economy, Team Mitt must be wondering whether Portman’s record as Bush’s budget chief will become a major liability on their key issue. If it’s true that Romney’s VP credo is “first do no harm,” then Pawlenty really should have the edge. The most damaging soundbite he’s had in the last few years is the one about “ObamneyCare” and I doubt you’ll see Team O want to focus on that.

Exit question: Why would any Republican want to leak the fact that Rubio’s not even being seriously considered for VP, especially at a moment when Obama’s just made a splash with Latino voters via his new DREAM policy? It’s one thing not to choose the guy, it’s another thing to signal that he’s not even worthy of consideration. And no, this isn’t about Romney trying to completely distance himself from Rubio because of the politics of DREAM: Remember, after O made his announcement on Friday, Romney specifically mentioned Rubio in his response. He’s a bona fide conservative rock star with a national future. Why not pay him the minimum respect of vetting him? Or are Ana Navarro and Ben Domenech right in thinking that this is really about the Charlie Crist alums in Romney’s campaign wanting a little payback for what Rubio did to their guy in 2010?


Update: Depressing.

In particular, few women except for New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte – a freshman lawmaker from New England with only scant federal experience – are thought to be under consideration by Romney.

“I think unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that,” said one informal Romney adviser, fretting that any woman selected as VP would draw inevitable comparisons to the former Alaska governor. “I would guess if I were inside the Romney mind that they’re worried that any woman chosen will be subjected to a higher level of scrutiny.”

Update: Note that that last quote comes from an “informal advisor” to the campaign, not any of the inner circle, so who knows how much of it is pure speculation versus informed speculation derived from chatting with key players. In fairness to Mitt, there aren’t many woman officeholders who fit his criteria this time around. Ayotte and Martinez are both promising but both new to their current offices. They’d be stronger picks in 2016 than they are now.


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Who and who?

UltimateBob on June 19, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Nooooooooo!

talkingpoints on June 19, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Portman for VP? She was kind of dull in Star Wars….but ok, whatever.

Bishop on June 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Should be down to Ryan, Rubio, West, or Jindall if you ask me.

Great thing about the GOP is we have plenty of talent on our bench. By 2016 or 2020 we could be looking at nominating any of those three plus Niki Haley or Scott Walker.

That’d be one strong primary field, unlike the weak thing we had this year.

wildcat72 on June 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Please let it be Romney-Jindal 2012! It’s just got a nice ring to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiAtSEQGcd8

joncoltonis on June 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Portman for VP? She was kind of dull in Star Wars….but ok, whatever.

Bishop on June 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Heh. Not to mention that the weird hair and lipstick did not do it for me at all.

UltimateBob on June 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Pawlenty grew up on the Mean streets of St. Paul…….

portlandon on June 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Michelle Malkin for Vice President!

Warner Todd Huston on June 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM

But Jindal endorsed Perry in the primaries, and he’s the same age as Rubio. He’d be an inspired choice but not as safe as Portman or Pawlenty, and if there’s one thing we know about Mitt, he prefers safe to inspired.

Age means less when applied to Jindal than Rubio, IMHO.

Jindal got his first major executive experience in his 20s, when he was a whiz kid named as head of Louisiana’s Dept. of Health and Hospitals by Gov. Mike Foster and has been in politics ever since then, as a W appointee at Health and Human Services, a House member, and Governor of Louisiana.

teke184 on June 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM

After Rob Portman stabbed Rand Paul in the back over mandatory minimums, if Romney nominates him, there will be hell to pay in Tampa.

I have no problems with Pawlenty.

JohnGalt23 on June 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Jindal !!!

bitsy on June 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM

T-Paw Fee-Vah!

I’ll have some white bread, torsk with mashed potatoes and oleomargarine; milk to drink please.

Yum!

Bruno Strozek on June 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Ryan or Jindal or Romney goes back to underdog. His VP not being a up and comer signals to conservatives their suspicions

cpaulus on June 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Why would any Republican want to leak the fact that Rubio’s not even being seriously considered for VP, especially at a moment when Obama’s just made a splash with Latino voters via his new DREAM policy?

Maybe it’s someone of the Steve Schmidt variety who thinks there are worse things than losing.

Kataklysmic on June 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Michelle Malkin for Vice President!

Warner Todd Huston on June 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Press secretary, maybe.

UltimateBob on June 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Just can’t see Tpaw in that slot

cmsinaz on June 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Really? Portman or Pawlenty? We don’t need the VP pick to excite the base the way Palin did 4 years ago, but do they have to be THAT bland and uninspired? Jindal is a fine choice. The hell with his youth. That’s a good thing. It’s a passing of the torch. Kinda like what Bush 41 was trying to do with Quayle back in 1988.

Doughboy on June 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Why does the search have to be limited to the stable that is responsible for our massive deficit spending? I’m not saying they’re all bad but c’mon.

DanMan on June 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Susanna Martinez!!!

Speaking of which, Hot Air – please update with Mitt Romney’s response regarding Rubio.

Mangofish26 on June 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

So, is the VP race down to Portman and Pawlenty?
…YAWN.

TeaPartyNation on June 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

T-Paw Fee-Vah!

I’ll have some white bread, torsk with mashed potatoes and oleomargarine; milk to drink please.

Yum!

Bruno Strozek on June 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Followed by some weak tea for dessert.

UltimateBob on June 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

When was the last time that neither the Presidential nor the Vice Presidential candidate was able to carry their home state? I would be stunned if he picked Pawlenty.

Romney/Jindal 2012

GOPRanknFile on June 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I’d like to see Romney pick Jindal. He’s smart, he’s conservative, and he has experience governing.

AZCoyote on June 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I initially supported Pawlenty as the not-romney candidate. I’d be ok with him but still like Jindal. He is young, but one interview would put to rest the fear of independents that he isnt ready for the job

Donald Draper on June 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM

White/Whiter 2012

inthemiddle on June 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I hope all the people tearing their hair out in anguish on this thread know exactly why Sarah Palin was a risk in 2008, and why McCain had to take the risk.

As much as we’d love to have this or that conservative rock star on the ticket, all the ones who have records can be attacked on their records, and all the ones who don’t have records are too green to do the job.

And for all those who say, “Who needs experienced people, look at Obama!” I am looking at him. As well as all the devastation he’s wrought.

KingGold on June 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM

There is only one choice…

… Col. Allen West.

Seven Percent Solution on June 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM

“I would guess if I were inside the Romney mind that they’re worried that any woman chosen will be subjected to a higher level of scrutiny.”

So media sexism is Palin’s fault?

Donald Draper on June 19, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Messrs Boring and Boring, yack.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Pawlenty grew up on the Mean streets of St. Paul…….

portlandon on June 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM

About the meanest thing on the streets of St Paul is not leaving Shirley a tip at Mickey’s Diner…

DanMan on June 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I think unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that,” said one informal Romney adviser

Yeah, it was Palin that poisoned the well.

*facepalm*

Kataklysmic on June 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Eunuchs the world over, rjoice!

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

If they’re looking for someone with governing experience, here are a few seldom discussed but theoretically possible candidates:

* Haley Barbour (former governor of MS)
* Terry Branstad (former/current governor of IA)
* Norm Coleman (former governor of MN)
* Luis Fortuño (current governor of PR)
* Rudy Giuliani (former mayor of NYC)
* Jane Hull (former governor of AZ)
* Frank Keating (former governor of OK)
* Jim Martin (former governor of NC)
* Bill Owens (former governor of CO)
* George Pataki (former governor of NY)
* John Peyton (former mayor of Jacksonville)
* Tom Ridge (former governor of PA)
* Jerry Sanders (current mayor of San Diego)
* Don Sundquist (former governor of TN)

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

White/Whiter 2012

inthemiddle on June 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Agreed. We can’t have leaders who are chosen for experience or skill, rather they should be chosen for their skin color or ethnicity.

TFHP is proof of just how well such a criteria has worked for us.

Bishop on June 19, 2012 at 4:15 PM

said one informal Romney adviser, fretting that any woman selected as VP would draw inevitable comparisons to the former Alaska governor.

Really? Quoting an “informal advisor” and extrapolating that to the campaign?

aquaviva on June 19, 2012 at 4:15 PM

White/Whiter 2012

inthemiddle on June 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Raceobsessed/raceobsesseder 2012

Kataklysmic on June 19, 2012 at 4:16 PM

OMG, that up-date by AP is really nasty as to what was said, IMO. So a lady, someone who does have more smarts than gobs of men like Sarah, would not ever be considered as vp? SAD! It is really really sad!

“I think unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that,” said one informal Romney adviser, fretting that any woman selected as VP
L

letget on June 19, 2012 at 4:16 PM

If Romney chooses Portman or Pawlenty this is a 1996 redux.

He’s a bona fide conservative rock star with a national future.

Not after Rubio’s meltdown on illegal immigration, race, and class warfare.

“I think unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that,” said one informal Romney adviser, fretting that any woman selected as VP would draw inevitable comparisons to the former Alaska governor. “I would guess if I were inside the Romney mind that they’re worried that any woman chosen will be subjected to a higher level of scrutiny.”

One step forward, two steps back. Are they trying to tick off a major segment of the base? Could the Republican know-it-alls appear more misogynist? And do they really think the Dem/Obama machine will use kid gloves if the Veep nominee is a male? Clueless.

conservative pilgrim on June 19, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Well, rejoice, eunuchs…and lose.

How stupid can this party be?

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2012 at 4:16 PM

2008: McCain chooses a woman as his running mate, media piles on.
2012: Romney chooses a man as his running mate due to previous media pile on, media calls him a sexist.

The LSM is pretty predictable.

Red Cloud on June 19, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Obama/Biden vs Vanilla 1/Vanilla 2

ButterflyDragon on June 19, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Portman is an establishment hack with zero charisma and no conservative street cred. Nominating him to VP would be an insult to any self-respecting conservative.

That being said, Pawlenty is a not much better. A bland political whore willing to sell his endorsment to whomever offers to pay off his campaign debts.

Norwegian on June 19, 2012 at 4:16 PM

What’s the logic at this point for picking him and embracing an all-out “Mediscare” campaign from Democrats when he could go with the far safer/blander Portman or Pawlenty instead?

Because the Ryan plan is the answer to the budget crisis, which in turn will improve the economy if implemented!

We do want a “choice” election…. Personal responsibility and government fiscal responsibility vs. nanny state and national bankruptcy.

Romney/Ryan 2012

lan astaslem on June 19, 2012 at 4:16 PM

He should have picked McDonnell; would have made his work in VA a lot easier. He’s missing an opportunity by picking Portman or Pawlenty.

I’m starting to get the feeling that Mitt would rather not have to have a VP at all.

Doomberg on June 19, 2012 at 4:17 PM

So media sexism is Palin’s fault?

Donald Draper on June 19, 2012 at 4:13 PM

No, media sexism is the media’s fault. And it’s a headache that Romney doesn’t need.

And if you think that was bad, if by chance Romney goes with Martinez or Rubio after all, expect the same treatment. A Hispanic exodus is an existential threat to the liberal hierarchy just as an exodus of women was. Palin did herself no favors with her handling of 2008, but then again I wonder how well I’d hold up being carpet-bombed on a daily basis by a press spinning “scandals” out of whole cloth.

KingGold on June 19, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Romney is already taking the base for granted? Squishy fool!

redware on June 19, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Jindal.

Rational Thought on June 19, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I may finally be able to kick my reliance on Ambian to fall asleep.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

uncalheels on June 19, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Rubio lost them the Latinos.

These two, either, will lose them the women.

Not thinking of West will not even consider the TEA partiers, not to speak of blacks…yeppers, this is the “rational and smart party”. God, how much Schadenfreude will you allow me to endure or to rejoice in?

If this continues, I’ll split my nom with some of you, gratis, really.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2012 at 4:18 PM

If Rubio’s too young and too unseasoned,

Rubio’s a “world citizen” who thinks America is the property of the world and that people have the right to break laws and invade sovereign nations on their whims and then must be catered to.

He’s not too young and he’s not too unseasoned. He’s too stupid and anti-American – and he loves him some nice Marxism – “spread the wealth, America!!”

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 4:19 PM

T-Paw. Yawn. Yuck!

Carnac on June 19, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Per that update either bring back Palin or consider Michelle Malkin, we know what they do to liberal hacks and its fun stuff

DanMan on June 19, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Pawlenty brings zero to the ticket. Minnesota is not possibly in reach, and Pawlenty couldn’t even deliver Minnesota to Romney in the caucuses.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Jindal would rev up the base, and will be smokin’ Joe Biden in the debate. Hey hey, pick Bobby J. ! Portman too much Bush baggage; don’t think he will make a difference in Ohio, where I live. Pawlenty, meh…

mactoid on June 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

There is only one choice…

… Col. Allen West.

Seven Percent Solution on June 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Still waiting on that list of the 80 Communists in the Congress.

JohnGalt23 on June 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Don’t blame cuda….that totally falls on the lsm’s shoulders

cmsinaz on June 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Portman is an establishment hack with zero charisma and no conservative street cred. Nominating him to VP would be an insult to any self-respecting conservative.

Norwegian on June 19, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Not that it would matter for much, but Portman is a debate Jedi and would probably deliver a verbal gangrape to Vice President Clownshoes in the one and only VP debate.

Red Cloud on June 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I’m worried that Rombo will pick someone who the leftist whore media can’t invent scandals against, someone like….uh….like….hmmm….uhhhh…..let’s see here….

Bishop on June 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Palin didn’t poison the well. Sheesh. MSNBC, NYTimes, et al, poisoned the well, and threw her in it.

Like her or hate her, that wasn’t on her.

Romney is right. What the MSM media did was set women back in a different way but with a similar outcome that Obama has set his race back IMO.

Ca97 on June 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

For pete’s sake, pick Allen West. Best possible running mate.

The Rogue Tomato on June 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

aquaviva on June 19, 2012 at 4:15 PM

If you really don’t think and/or believe that, that is an actual quote from etch A. sketch advisers, then you’re a moron.

This is team etch A. sketch m.o. when it comes to Palin.

HerneTheHunter on June 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Is that a Steve Schmidt quote?

cmsinaz on June 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Palin didn’t poison the well. Sheesh. MSNBC, NYTimes, et al, poisoned the well, and threw her in it.

Like her or hate her, that wasn’t on her.

Ca97 on June 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

The (unscientific, self-selecting) results of a washington examiner poll show that more people favor Sarah Palin than Mitt Romney.

The Rogue Tomato on June 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Seriously? Portman and Douchelenty?

Pawlenty is a gutless turd. The worst kind of wannabe. Every single ounce of enthusiasm and every single possible donation dollar i have will disappear if Romney picks that pathetic back bencher.

Portman is just boring and not the kind of leader i want on this battlefield. This election is too important to pick someone who is considered a “safe” pick because he means nothing. We want the VP to mean something.

Every time i start to come around on Romney, something like this news, leaks. I guess, until the pick is announced, nothing is certain.

Just no Pawlenty. In fact, i predict. Choosing Pawlenty would exemplify a mindset by the Romney campaign that will lose in November.

You hear me Mitt. You choose Pawlenty, you lose the election. I guarantee it.

Its time for bold colors, not pale pastels.

alecj on June 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Still waiting on that list of the 80 Communists in the Congress.

JohnGalt23 on June 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

He was obviously referring to the 75 or so members who belong to the Democratic Socialists of America. Duh.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Rubio:

1) Not a Natural Born American.
2) For shamnesty.
3) For “Arab Spring”

= Totally unqualified to the point of being a joke.

VorDaj on June 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Palin didn’t poison the well. Sheesh. MSNBC, NYTimes, et al, poisoned the well, and threw her in it.

Like her or hate her, that wasn’t on her.

Ca97 on June 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Totally agree. It’s a crappy reality but it’s the one we unfortunately live in.

That makes it all the more important that we play by their garbage rules of engagement. Obama’s mouth wants to whine about hecklers at their events? She ain’t seen nothing yet.

It’s time for an Army of Breitbarts to fight back.

War.

Red Cloud on June 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Lsm wants the dems to have the first vp or president

cmsinaz on June 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

With Pawlenty on the ticket they could campaign as Rom Paw and maybe pick up some of the really stoned Ron Paul voters.

Flange on June 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Regarding a woman for VP, the only candidates I’ve heard mentioned are first term Governors and Senators. Aside from Palin, who won’t be nominated, are there any with more experience than being a first-termer?

If the answer is no, and if Mitt is looking for a VP candidate with executive experience, then that’s that. No reason to place any nefarious reasons to it.

Uncledave on June 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Portman would be a better pick than Pawlenty, since Pawlenty already bombed out in the GOP primary debates.

If Rubio is out of the running, Romney is better off with Bobby Jindal, who has much more experience than Rubio despite his youth. Jindal already has 3 terms in the U.S. House, and is in his second term as Governor of Louisiana, and gained a well-earned reputation for competence (74% job approval!) during his handling of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, as compared to Captain Kick@$$ Obama.

Although this election probably will be about the economy (not stupid), energy issues could also play a major role in this election, and Jindal is very strong on such issues, as Governor of a major oil-drilling state.

Steve Z on June 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

You hear me Mitt. You choose Pawlenty, you lose the election. I guarantee it.

alecj on June 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Show me the last VP selection that won or lost an election for the nominee. Please.

Red Cloud on June 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

About the meanest thing on the streets of St Paul is not leaving Shirley a tip at Mickey’s Diner…

I beg to differ. I was mugged near Mounds Blvd in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.

Hat Trick on June 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Don’t blame cuda….that totally falls on the lsm’s shoulders

cmsinaz on June 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

And rino backstabbers.

Mitt needs to choke some of his “advisers”, or at least put them on a kennel on the bus roof.

the_nile on June 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Is that a Steve Schmidt quote?

cmsinaz on June 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I don’t think Schmidt is so much an “informal Romney advisor” as he is an informal Plouffe pluffer.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

With Pawlenty on the ticket they could campaign as Rom Paw and maybe pick up some of the really stoned Ron Paul voters.

Flange on June 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Well done, sir.

Red Cloud on June 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Pawlenty would be disastrous. If Mitt thinks he can beat without offering an alternative if Obamacare is overturned he’s toast. It has to be Ryan or Jindal.

cpaulus on June 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

1) Not a Natural Born American.

VorDaj on June 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

You can pretty much stop reading right there and identify just who the “joke” is.

When people tar the border-security movement with accusations of xenophobia and nativist sentiment, they’ve got you in mind, champ.

KingGold on June 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

So media sexism is Palin’s fault?

Donald Draper on June 19, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Not at all. But we have to deal with the Democrat-media complex and the fact of the matter is when it comes to conservative women(and minorities for that matter), they don’t hold anything back. As corrupt and partisan as I knew they were 4 years ago, even I was taken aback by the depths they sank to in order to destroy her. I mean, a Down Syndrome newborn is now considered fair game?!

So as much as it pains me to say, a woman simply cannot be tapped as VP. Not now. I don’t think Romney has to be so afraid of rocking the boat that he settles for Portman or T-Paw, but he can’t nominate a woman either. Even Allen West or Marco Rubio would bring considerable risk given the threat they pose to the American left. Jindal is a minority, but as an Indian-American, he’d be tougher to go after(and less threatening since he doesn’t represent a huge voting bloc anyway).

Doughboy on June 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Still waiting on that list of the 80 Communists in the Congress.

JohnGalt23 on June 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

He was obviously referring to the 75 or so members who belong to the Democratic Socialists of America. Duh.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Those are the proud commies. I would say it’s pretty clear that just about all the dems in Congress are commies at heart. Otherwise, they would have left that disgusting, far-left, America-hating party years ago as it was busy taking America apart by breaking every law and rule in the book.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

If we lose this election that is ripe for the taking it will be because of the Establishment.

They cannot get out of there own way, but if we do lose look on the bright side, there will be no more Establishment they’ll be run out of town faster then they already are.

boogaleesnots on June 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Anyone of them Portman, Pawlenty or Jindal would be fine. However to not select Rubio is a big mistake. Romney would easily carry Florida and cut into O’s advantage with Hispanics. It would help Romney in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia and even NJ.

Natebo on June 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

So, is the VP race down to Portman and Pawlenty?

Boring and more boring.

“I think unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that,” said one informal Romney adviser

Never cared for that unnamed informal Republican advisor with knowledge of the situation.

Jindal would be a great pic. Anything else is *yawn*.

Paul-Cincy on June 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Rubio’s a “world citizen” who thinks America is the property of the world and that people have the right to break laws and invade sovereign nations on their whims and then must be catered to.

He’s not too young and he’s not too unseasoned. He’s too stupid and anti-American – and he loves him some nice Marxism – “spread the wealth, America!!”

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Bullseye.

VorDaj on June 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I don’t think Schmidt is so much an “informal Romney advisor” as he is an informal Plouffe pluffer.

steebo77 on June 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I think he’s an informal turd burglar.

Red Cloud on June 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM

WaPo follows up on this morning’s bombshell about the non-vetting of Rubio

Bombshell? LOL …Zzzzzz.

Much as I like Rubio he’s too inexperienced.

Dusty on June 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM

= Totally unqualified to the point of being a joke.

VorDaj on June 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Indeed. Plus, he was the catalyst for Obama’s unconstitutional DREAM fiasco.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Agree nile

My bad steebo

cmsinaz on June 19, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Cue Palin jihadists driving ancient toyota pickups loaded with tnt into this thread…NOW.

CorporatePiggy on June 19, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Jindal would be inspired, but I have no problems with Pawlenty – behind that bland “Uff-Da” facade, he managed to bend a hostile DFL legislature to his will.

JeffWeimer on June 19, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Rubio said today that “he’d enter the U.S. illegally”.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Cue Palin jihadists driving ancient toyota pickups loaded with tnt into this thread…NOW.

CorporatePiggy on June 19, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Don’t the ancient Toyota pickups usually come equipped with a 50 cal?

Red Cloud on June 19, 2012 at 4:28 PM

“I think unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that,” said one informal Romney adviser

Mitt’s “informal” advisers have been trashing Palin since 2008. Sad…

idesign on June 19, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Palin created her own mess by not standing up for McCain when he really needed her support; she was too Snowbillyish to take seriously.

Bishop on June 19, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Col. Allen West.

Seven Percent Solution on June 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I’d like to see that. There is a guy who really seems like a straight-shooter (no pun intended). I can’t understand why he isn’t being more serisouly considered. He has both the rock star thing going on, plus he has enough age not to be demolished for his relative political inexperience. He is ex-military, and a Colonel at that, which brings with it the C-in-C cache and DoD experience to toughen the Romney camp’s foreign policy/defense chops. And being career military indicates executive experience with government, giving him the experience thing without it being politician type lobbyist-pocket campaigning experience (which is a big plus in my book).

The guy seems like a top choice in my book. I can’t figure out why he hasn’t even been mentioned. That said, maybe the lack of mention of him is a good thing indicating that he is actually at the top of the list… Romney head fake? Pawlenty and Portman just red herrings?

gravityman on June 19, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Just when one thinks that Mitt is not McCain…

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Keep it bland and do no harm.

Let the economy shne through and dnt give the media any handles to obscure the economy as the main focus.

Give me the blandest bowl of oatmeal possible this-year.

rickyricardo on June 19, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I’m going to throw out a different pick: I think Mitt will pick Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wa). She’s solid, Conservative, and influential. She’s not a firebrand like some others, and she would bring west coast influence to the ticket. She’s kept a low profile, there are no skeletons in the closet, and she won’t say anything silly like Palin did (at least, silly according to the media and squishy Republicans.) It would look good as a way to stop the Dems talking points about the “GOP war on women”. But, would still keep the election about the guy running for POTUS.

William Teach on June 19, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Jeb Bush has been shooting his mouth off a lot lately which makes me think it’s less likley to be Bushite Portman. I think Mitt is going to pick T-Paw. He won’t bring MN to the table, but it will be very tough for the MSM to paint a two term governor of a blue state as a fringe kook. Plus he’s one of the few people out there that make Mitt look exciting by comparison.

Kataklysmic on June 19, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Pawlenty. he even looks similiar to Mitt.

gerrym51 on June 19, 2012 at 4:31 PM

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