Reuters: Romney could name VP as early as next week

posted at 9:32 pm on July 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Emphasis on “could.” They have no inside information that he will, but the circumstances of this campaign are such that it might make sense to do it sooner rather than later.

As they work from a short list of leading Republicans, Romney and his advisers say they are weighing whether he should announce his choice some weeks earlier than the traditional time of around the Republican National Convention, which is to be held in Tampa in late August.

The reasoning, advisers say, is that two candidates would be able to raise more money and engage Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in battle with polls showing Americans closely divided on whether to pick the Republican challenger or Democratic incumbent in the November 6 election…

Romney is to attend the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London in two weeks in a trip that will also take him to Jerusalem. Should he choose to name his choice early, then he would have next week as an option for a proper rollout, or he could wait until he returns from abroad and announce his pick in early August.

It makes sense to wait and do it right before the convention if you’re leaning towards a charismatic VP whose effect on the ticket will be seen as something of a gamechanger. Christie would be worth waiting for, as would Ryan or Rubio. The announcement would make a splash and those shockwaves would carry over to the convention to make it more of an event. If you’re leaning towards Portman or Pawlenty, though, as Romney almost certainly is, then why wait? Name them now, enjoy a few days of nice buzz during the summer doldrums, and then send them out on the trail to raise money. These campaigns are waging the fundraising equivalent of nuclear war; no sense holding any missiles back if you’re not going to get a dramatic media payoff by waiting until August. And if Romney is thinking of naming someone early, why not name them next week rather than wait until he gets back from vacation? That’s a few weeks wasted where the VP nominee could have held down the fort while Mitt’s abroad. If you’re going to wait until early August, you might as well wait until late August and the convention.

The one wrinkle in all of that: With someone like Ryan, who’ll be attacked viciously by Democrats for his budget if he lands on the ticket, there’s an argument either way as to timing. Would you rather have the Dems pile on now, in hopes that people’s memories will be short and the Mediscaring will fade in their minds by November, or would you rather wait to name Ryan and deny Democrats a target for as long as possible? Ah well: Probably doesn’t matter. From the looks of this ABC article, Portman’s probably a likelier pick.

Exit question: Shouldn’t Mitt think about balancing his stiff persona with a jolt of magic and whimsy? There’s a candidate out there who could provide it, you know.


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Romney/West 2012…!

Seven Percent Solution on July 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Is SMOD being vetted?

Stoic Patriot on July 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM

SARAHHHHH !!!!

(just kidding)

aunursa on July 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Oh good Lord, please let it be Mary Katharine Ham!

the new aesthetic on July 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Romney/Brewer 2012!

McBaine on July 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

No one’s going to win this for Romney but Romney (with a big– or bigger– neg assist from The Won).

So why give Obama another shiny thing to distract everyone with until Romney himself is out there defining himself and taking it to Obama “in earnest,” and spending that big war chest he’s been building while Obama was blowing through his?

de rigueur on July 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Either of the Pauls. Ryan would clobber Biden.

newportmike on July 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Ain’t holdin’ by breath..

Besides..

There is a fine for not breathing…inactivity…
Then there is a penalty for spewing CO2..

Electrongod on July 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Pawlenty – No, too dull and uninspiring
Portman – Ditto, but I fear this is his choice
Rubio – No management experience… otherwise the perfect candidate
Ryan – Need him in the House

….and my pick is…

Bobby Jindal… on 2nd term as governor… was in House for 4 years… not an old white guy… respected by both grassroots and establishment… can explain the complex easily, in command of the issues like few others in congress

dforston on July 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Oh good Lord, please let it be Mary Katharine Ham!

the new aesthetic on July 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

No! We just got her, I want to keep her for a while, besides she would outshine Romney. ; )

Bmore on July 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Crikey! Now, I know yall have a better picture of Mitt Romney than that!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 10, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I guess my last post got moderated.

I’m starting to think it’s going to be a complete surprise.

gophergirl on July 10, 2012 at 9:40 PM

The sooner the better, regardless of who he picks.

I hope he does announce next week.

cat_owner on July 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Bobby Jindal… on 2nd term as governor… was in House for 4 years… not an old white guy… respected by both grassroots and establishment… can explain the complex easily, in command of the issues like few others in congress

dforston on July 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I would like Jindal to be picked also for the same reasons.

cat_owner on July 10, 2012 at 9:43 PM

This is sort of off topic, but anybody have any thoughts on the PPP poll that came out today that had Obama up EIGHT in Virginia? I know it is a Dem orientated poll and only asks registered voters instead of likely voters, but the crosstabs are very reasonable (unlike NC where they had Dems up TWELVE). Any thoughts???

AllahPundit-you’re an eeeyore, or I would have thoughts you would have commented on this. :)

Indy82 on July 10, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Does anyone think Reuter has ever had anything right?

OT: Reuter had published a clown poll today.

bayview on July 10, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Jindal, please.

4Grace on July 10, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Gary Johnson
Floating Rock/

OmahaConservative on July 10, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Portman zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

TxAnn56 on July 10, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Oh good Lord, please let it be Mary Katharine Ham!

the new aesthetic on July 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I’m in!

KCB on July 10, 2012 at 9:46 PM

The NeverEnding VP Drama Story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bring it!!!

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Actually, I say Jindal.

KCB on July 10, 2012 at 9:47 PM

It’s going to be powell or Giuliani :(

Conservative4ev on July 10, 2012 at 9:48 PM

No! We just got her, I want to keep her for a while, besides she would outshine Romney. ; )

Bmore on July 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Sadly, this!

the new aesthetic on July 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

It’s going to be powell or Giuliani :(

Conservative4ev on July 10, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Why on Earth would it be Powell – he’s a self proclaimed Obama supporter.

gophergirl on July 10, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I’m thinking it’ll be Portman. Romney is the ultimate pragmatist. Conventional political wisdom says VP candidates can’t make a ticket, but risky ones can break it. It also says VP candidates are usually good for a couple point positive swing in their home state. If this is a tight race, Ohio is probably going to decide it, in which case Romney would likely be very glad to have those extra two points.

Yeah, he’s boring, but as far as I’ve heard (very little) he’s reasonably conservative, competent, experienced and utterly uncontroversial. I could be surprised, but that sounds like traits a guy like Romney would want on his ticket.

LukeinNE on July 10, 2012 at 9:50 PM

If Romney picks a RINO it won’t matter when he announces. The base will sour on him.

Of all the choices you listed AP, is there a reason you left off Jindal? He has been a surrogate for Romney lately.

conservative pilgrim on July 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Romney/Hillary

;)

RedNewEnglander on July 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM

DeShawn Huntsman?

the new aesthetic on July 10, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Romney/Jindal 2012.

GOPRanknFile on July 10, 2012 at 9:52 PM

LTC West says he hasn’t heard from the Romney people.
Mr. Portman says he has been on 3 interviews with them.

I wonder who…

:\

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 10, 2012 at 9:52 PM

In other words, Romney’s such a weak candidate that he’s going to have to have the VP hullabaloo about a month early. He can’t really dominate the news cycle on his own.

ddrintn on July 10, 2012 at 9:52 PM

If Romney picks a RINO it won’t matter when he announces. The base will sour on him.

conservative pilgrim on July 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Not me…

My daughter has lost all her specialists (doctors)

And I am on the hook for 4 grand more a year for the Bronze plan in 2014..

I could care less who he announces…
As long as he repeals this bullshit law…

Electrongod on July 10, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Huntsman daughter? You know who she looks like.

davidk on July 10, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Does anyone think Reuter has ever had anything right?

OT: Reuter had published a clown poll today.

bayview on July 10, 2012 at 9:43 PM

bayview:Would that be this one!!
=================================

WASHINGTON | Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:02pm EDT

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama expanded his lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to 6 percentage points in the White House race this month as voters became slightly more optimistic about the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.
**********

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/11/us-usa-campaign-poll-idUSBRE8691DP20120711

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 9:54 PM

My short list:
Jindal
Walker (though it seems a shame for WI to part with such a great Governor)
West
Rand Paul (Ron has kind of set him up for it)

nobar on July 10, 2012 at 9:55 PM

If this is a tight race, Ohio is probably going to decide it, in which case Romney would likely be very glad to have those extra two points.

LukeinNE on July 10, 2012 at 9:50 PM

IIRC, polls showed that Portman would have zero effect on voting in Ohio.

ddrintn on July 10, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I could care less who he announces…
As long as he repeals this bullshit law…

Electrongod on July 10, 2012 at 9:54 PM

He was the forefather of it. Don’t get your hopes up.

Stoic Patriot on July 10, 2012 at 9:55 PM

An hour after the naming, the MSM will have all kinds of ‘probing questions’ to ask–

“Did you ever cut a gay’s hair for a prank?”

“Did you ever, in high school, denigrate a gay by using the term, ‘f*g?’”

While it’s perfectly okay to eat a dog, culturally speaking, did you ever so much as think it might be somehow okay to put a dog on the roof of a moving car without considering it’s racist against Obama to condemn him?”

“Why do you think it’s somehow wrong to be teaching 6-year-olds about homosexuality when Obama favors same-sex marriage?”

“If you weren’t a racist homophobic baptized Christian, would you vote for Obama?”

“Do you hang a rainbow flag at your house, or the Stars and Stripes?”

“It’s clearly okay to burn the American flag as a matter of free expression. Would you burn a rainbow flag and, if so, why do you hate gays so much? What did they ever do to you?”

So on, and so on.

Love and with all fairness,
The MSM

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM

One other thing on the PPP poll…

While it might show Obama in a clear lead, it is obviously an outlier considering the fact that Obama beat McCain by 6%. I somehow doubt that Obama will have GAINED 2 extra percentage points in the last 4 years to lead Romney by 8. I am thinking the real result is somewhere between a 3 to 4 point advantage.

Indy82 on July 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Jindal brings a lot to the ticket – health care expert, education reformer, Indian descent, Catholic, Tea Party cred, brilliant guy

matthew8787 on July 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 10, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I’d rather have Pawlenty than Portman.

gophergirl on July 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM

JINDAL.

WILD CARDS:

RIDGE.

PETRAEUS.

reliapundit on July 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM

i ainta even gonna touch that video, allah!!!

ted c on July 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Christie would be worth waiting for, as would Ryan or Rubio.

All would be really good choices.

nicktjacob on July 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

*Nikki Haley (she endorsed Romney early on, and my guess is she wants to move up in the party rank).

nobar on July 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

He was the forefather of it. Don’t get your hopes up.

Stoic Patriot on July 10, 2012 at 9:55 PM

He was not my Governor in Idaho..

State rights..
you know..

Electrongod on July 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I meant 6% in VA in 2008.

Indy82 on July 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

It’s going to be powell or Giuliani :(

Conservative4ev on July 10, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Why on Earth would it be Powell – he’s a self proclaimed Obama supporter.

gophergirl on July 10, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Because Powell can say he was wrong and Obama is in over his head

If not Powell then Pataki :).

/ sarc

Conservative4ev on July 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

nobar on July 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I like her, but there’s no chance she’s going to be chosen. She confirmed as much when she said today that she’s not being vetted.

GOPRanknFile on July 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Twist ending: Romney ends up picking Gary Johnson for VP

theoddmanout on July 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

OT: what’s with the black & white and close up pix on Drudge? Is there a back story or just because?

conservative pilgrim on July 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

“… Portman’s probably a likelier pick.”

Romeny is going to need a warrior, a pit bull, someone that has no fear of the media, a “Can Do!” attitude, a proven leader forged by fire, who loves America, has fought for it, will viciously attack Obowma and the Democrats, and doesn’t give a flying leap about the color of his skin…

… That’s not Portman.

That’s Lt. Colonel Allen West!!!

Seven Percent Solution on July 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM

My stab for VP: Joe the Plumber.

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Romney has said he wants a VP who could take over immediately if something happens to him. If he holds to that a number mentioned here are out as this would imply someone who had been a governor or someone with extensive broad experience.

VorDaj on July 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM

I’d rather have Pawlenty than Portman.

gophergirl on July 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I’ve always been a (closet) T-Paw fan!

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM

ddrintn on July 10, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Yeah I think we read the same Columbus Dispatch article about how no one in the state has even heard of the man. The poll they cited in there says it goes from 45-44 Obama to 45-45 if Portman is added to the ticket. My guess is that would change a bit after Portman became more widely known.

LukeinNE on July 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Oh Gawd,the Onion……’What If’……Lol,
I needed a good laugh!!

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Who hasn’t been asked if they are being vetted and is a good candidate?

I’m still thinking a surprise.

gophergirl on July 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Wasn’t expecting this so soon. I’m thinking I’ll need to keep my calendar clear next week.

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Maximus Decimus Huntsman

pedestrian on July 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM

He was a good Governor – sure wish he still was ours.

gophergirl on July 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM

OT: what’s with the black & white and close up pix on Drudge? Is there a back story or just because?

conservative pilgrim on July 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

conservative pilgrim:Orwellian……..

…..********************* 1984 ************************!

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM

…J i n d a l

or

…W e s t

KOOLAID2 on July 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Oh good Lord, please let it be Mary Katharine Ham!

the new aesthetic on July 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

She is over 35 years old?!!

Archivarix on July 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM

I believe Portman was Bush’s “sparing partner” in 2000 in prep for Bush’s debate with Gore. I think Portman was also the one who tipped Bush off, so he could be ready for it, to a possible “get in your face” by Gore as Gore had tried that earlier with Bradley in the Dem primary.

VorDaj on July 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

He was a good Governor – sure wish he still was ours.

gophergirl on July 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Milquetoast, but amiable. His charm is honest Midwest. Mr. Portman may have the same qualities–guess we’ll all have to “meet” him.

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Twist ending: Romney ends up picking Gary Johnson for VP

theoddmanout on July 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

shhhhhh!…he’s sleeping!

KOOLAID2 on July 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM

PS from Drudge Cano and just slightly OT:

Why are liberals so mean and violent sounding? Evidently, you’re not to express your opinion in an Obama America.

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

That’s Lt. Colonel Allen West!!!

Seven Percent Solution on July 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM

West, whom the Perfumed Prince Generals in the Army basically kicked out of the Army for protecting his men, needs to be Secretary of the Army or better yet SecDef.

VorDaj on July 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Ahhh, and again OT. Ernest Borgnine died. Another old Hollywood Conservative.

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

ROMNEY/Candace S. Miller 2012

Varchild on July 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Evidently, you’re not to express your opinion in an Obama America.

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Remember, remember, come this November
The festering heat he has brought
‘Tis no reason why his assault on Americans
Should ever be forgiven, or forgot

This tyrant most foul who lords over us
He who gives us the smack of his rod
Soon now we will rend him to bits
We will give him the Judgment of God!

If each man and woman does what they must
The overreaching tyrant will be turned into dust
Soon now our Lady of Justice will possess him in her breathtaking, hair raising bed
She will tingle his spine as she captures his heart and his head!

He will gaze up at our Lady of Justice
With her shimmering, glimmering electoral blade
As it kisses this sick tyrant
It will sing him a last serenade

PercyB on July 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Woops…Misspelled it above.

ROMNEY/CANDICE S. MILLER 2012

Perfect ticket to take Michigan by storm!

Varchild on July 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Jindal > Martinez > Pawlenty > Ryan > Portman

Chris Christie is probably not even on the cards. Two Nor’eastern RINOs is too much even for an ABO ticket.

Allen West is a bomb thrower, not a VP material. I’d rather see him as Majority Whip.

Condi Rice is plain unacceptable. Her meddling left Middle East a much less safe place, and her loyalty is questionable.

Marco Rubio is ineligible, period. And even if he were, SOPA sponsorship is a death mark in my book. I’ll be voting for Gary Johnson if he’s chosen.

Archivarix on July 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

t makes sense to wait and do it right before the convention if you’re leaning towards a charismatic VP whose effect on the ticket will be seen as something of a gamechanger. Christie would be worth waiting for, as would Ryan or Rubio. The announcement would make a splash and those shockwaves would carry over to the convention to make it more of an event.

You’re right…if Romney’s looking to win the WWE Championship.

WTF are you talking about Allah? Mitt is trying to raise cash and also needs a surrogate who can demand the attention of the MSM.

That’s the problem with TPaw, Jindal, etc…running around on behalf of Mitt. They don’t have the stamp, so they get scant coverage.

Look at Biden, just today. He spoke to LaRaza and went F’ING nuts. And got coverage.

If someone spoke on Mitt’s behalf today, I dunno who it was.

The MSM cannot deny following his Veep pick, so choosing now makes more sense. And if he picks a heat magnet – Rubio, Christie, Ryan, Jindal, Rand – they’ll actually be pleased to cover them because they’re not vanilla. Hell, I’d love AquaBuddha on front-and-center.

If it’s Portman or TPaw, he’d be better off with TPaw. Portman is all sorts of W baggage and to most people in Ohio, he’s the “not Sherrod Brown” Senator.

Jindal would be great, but I’m hoping for Rubio. The dude is just an unbeatable speaker. He Pwnd Stewart and got Charlie Rose to buy into him.

That’s a nightmare for Barry, because along with Jindal, a lot of tepid, urban whiteys will vote for a ticket with Rubio or Jindal as a way to assuage their guilt for not affirming the actions of the black guy for a second term. Ugly, but true.

budfox on July 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Marco Rubio is ineligible, period. And even if he were, SOPA sponsorship is a death mark in my book. I’ll be voting for Gary Johnson if he’s chosen.

Archivarix on July 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

He admitted it was a mistake, the bill was a mess, and bailed on it.

I’m with you on SOPA, but Marco got the message. He was carrying McCain’s water.

budfox on July 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM

PercyB on July 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Awesome.

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM

I like Jindal, but I think he is going to choose Portman or Rubio.

Portman zzzzzz is right. But Mitt needs Ohio.

Philly on July 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Jindal would be a good choice!..But I really have no clue who it will be!..:)

Dire Straits on July 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM

As long as he repeals this bullshit law…

Electrongod on July 10, 2012 at 9:54 PM

That’s the rub isn’t it?
1. he has to win (better than even odds)
2. we have to hold onto the house (very high probability)
3. we have to take the senate (odds favor pubs)
4. house and senate have repeal (even odds)
5. Romney signs it (To sign or not to sign that is the question)

chemman on July 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM

HAH ….

A cadre of singing cats!!!

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM

A cadre of singing cats!!!

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM

ROMNEY/Cadre of Singing Cats!!! 2012?

Not sure that announcement would make any lick of sense.

Varchild on July 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Evidently, you’re not to express your opinion in an Obama America.

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

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Cheshire Cat on July 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Varchild on July 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

It’s from the Ron Paul Onion video up top.

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Ahhh, and again OT. Ernest Borgnine died. Another old Hollywood Conservative.

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

hawkdriver:Yup,I was teared up,when the news broke.Hey Hawk
check this out!!:)
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Lack of immigration law enforcement worries region’s officers
Posted: July 6, 2012 – 11:04pm

U.S. Border Patrol stations in Amarillo and Lubbock will close in six months, and the agents who work there will be shipped off to border areas, officials said Friday.

Border Patrol officials ordered nine stations to be shuttered nationwide, six of them in Texas, said Bill Brooks, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, or CBP. Stations in Dallas, San Angelo, Abilene and San Antonio also will close, he said.
(more….)

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canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

chemman on July 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM </blockquote

Like the way you think.

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Good God NO to Pawlenty. He brings NOTHING to the ticket, and no one in Iowa or Wisconsin even knows who he is.

Portman could at least deliver Ohio, or make it easier to carry, at minimum. Portman carried something like 82 of 88 Ohio counties in 2010.

Still increasingly prefer Jindal.

matthew8787 on July 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

HAH ….

A cadre of singing cats!!!

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM

hawkdriver:We have a Lab,and three cats…I nearly died laughing!:)

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Christie would be worth waiting for, as would Ryan or Rubio. The announcement would make a splash and those shockwaves would carry over to the convention to make it more of an event.

Christie would be an abysmal choice. Love his brass knuckles approach, but too much of a wild card even if Romney was double digits ahead right now. Plus, he’s a conservative only on fiscal issues, not bad, but when you start effing with the 2nd Amendment, as Christie would do, get off my lawn, NOW!

Ryan needs to stay in the House where he can help so much on the repeal of ObamaTax and on passing a solid budget going forward when Romney’s elected.

Rubio, an exciting concept, and could bring a win, perhaps, in Florida, and is certainly more capable of articulating conservatism than anyone out there now, including Romney himself. But if you’re picking someone for VP right now, in the current environment, it would be far better to have Rubio on the stump in a number of states, unfettered by being part of the team. Why? Rubio, in this independent role, won’t be seen in the Latino communities and others as a “sell-out”, which Team Obama certainly would paint him to be were he on the ticket.

Which leads me to the only logical choice, and a woman to boot, Mary Katharine Ham. Seriously, Romney should choose as VP someone who could take over in the case of his death or disablement, someone who could right the ship in the coming storms, regardless of ballot impact or other stuff too many of us pay far too much attention to. This is not a time to play games, not any more.

TXUS on July 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Romney/Huntsman

Because that’s what RINO Squishtards do to suppress Base turnout.

victor82 on July 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM </blockquote

Saw that Cano. BTW, I'm getting ready to infiltrate your border. I missed Canada Day but me and some of the guys on contract here in Ft. Drum are going to ride to your fair country. We were thinking Montreal or Ottawa.

Recommendations?

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Now if Romney were a REAL MAN he would choose Palin and be done with it, but since he isn’t, he should choose…

…wait for it…

Elizabeth Cheney.

That woman has more guts in her left pinky toe than all of Official Washington.

She’s her Dad in a skirt.

If we can’t have the Old Man, and we can’t have Palin, then let’s go for Liz.

victor82 on July 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

funny: 6 months ago i was alone in promoting a romney-jindal ticket, perhaps because jindal was a perry supporter.

now, everyone seems to like it.

and also, now, nobody thinks it could be/should be petraeus.

hmmm…

having a contrarian streak this makes me think it might be petreus.

the general would be a game-changer.

of course, president romeny could always move him over to run the dod.

reliapundit on July 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM

…but when you start effing with the 2nd Amendment, as Christie would do, get off my lawn, NOW!

TXUS on July 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM

You wouldn’t have enough ammo to get Christie off your lawn. =P

Stoic Patriot on July 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

victor82 on July 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Interesting thought. I like the whole Cheney Clan.

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM </blockquote

Saw that Cano. BTW, I'm getting ready to infiltrate your border. I missed Canada Day but me and some of the guys on contract here in Ft. Drum are going to ride to your fair country. We were thinking Montreal or Ottawa.

Recommendations?

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

hawkdriver:

Sounds good,Niagra Falls,and Montreal is supposed to be like
old France,in certain areas,from what I hear,I hope you enjoy
our country Hawk:)

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

The most important poll out today was the bomb from Virginia showing Romney getting blown out by 8 pts.

This is a state that seems to love Obama and hate Romney and Mitt absolutely needs to win there to have a chance in the general election.

Tomorrow a new Marquette University poll (they nailed the WI recall) will be out and Mitt better be close in WI or else he is sucking wind in the swing states.

gumbyandpokey on July 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM

gumbyandpokey on July 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I thought you were busting on other folks for jumping on a single poll.

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM

“I thought you were busting on other folks for jumping on a single poll.”

The majority of polls out of VA have been horrifically bad for Romney. And with it being a “must win” state, a ton of attention must be paid there.

gumbyandpokey on July 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM

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