Obligatory “Romney may have already picked his running mate” post of the week

posted at 12:01 pm on July 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

True, Mitt Romney may have already picked his running mate — or he may not have made his decision yet, either.  The closer we get to the convention, the more chance this line from the New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny has of being correct:

Mr. Romney has reached a decision, his friends believe, and he may disclose it as soon as this week.

The media has been very anxious indeed to get Romney to make an early pick.  Last week, Condi Rice was the pick.  This week it’s Tim Pawlenty, which at least seems more realistic:

While Mr. Romney has kept more distance from the rest of his primary challengers, he has embraced Mr. Pawlenty, seeking his advice about running against President Obama and sending him to Republican events on his behalf. They began forging a closer relationship last year on a visit to the Romney family’s lakeside home in New Hampshire, aides said, and during debates this year when Mr. Pawlenty often traveled with the Romney campaign after dropping out of the race himself.

He has emerged as one of the most energetic cheerleaders and forceful defenders of Mr. Romney, firing back against Republican skeptics and Democratic critics alike. All but forgotten are the days when Mr. Pawlenty coined the troublemaking term “Obamneycare,” suggesting that few differences existed between the health care plans of Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama.

The conservative National Review now describes Mr. Pawlenty as “Romney’s traveling salesman.” While other potential vice-presidential candidates like Senator Rob Portman of Ohio and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana have day jobs that limit their availability, Mr. Pawlenty, who has no other full-time position, is the political equivalent of an empty nester, available to do whatever Mr. Romney asks.

Pawlenty has received a lot of attention in the Veepstakes, and for good reason.  The former Minnesota governor connects well with working-class voters, has excellent message discipline, is unquestionably prepared to be President should the need arise, and can play well in the Midwest and probably the Rust Belt, a quality Romney will need in November.  Pawlenty gets a lot of criticism for not being exciting enough on the stump, but he improved his game considerably over the last two years, and delivers impressively in speeches.

ABC, on the other hand, hears that if Romney has made his decision, it may be Bobby Jindal who gets the nod:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will appear at a fundraiser with Mitt Romney today in Baton Rouge, fueling speculation about his vice presidential chances, the Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson reported in a profile of the Louisiana governor. “Three years ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal got his first big chance in the national spotlight and bombed. His response to President Obama’s first State of the Union address was uniformly panned. ‘Not ready for prime time’ was a common critique. But Jindal (R), who is often mentioned as a vice-presidential contender on Mitt Romney’s short­list, is proof that there are second acts in American politics,” Henderson wrote. “On Monday, Jindal, who backed Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the primary contest, is set to join Romney for a high-dollar fundraising luncheon with supporters in Baton Rouge, probably fueling more debate about his chances of becoming the running mate. Romney announced in a note to supporters last week that he will name his pick before the Republican National Convention in August, dubbing the ticket ‘America’s Comeback Team.’ Asked recently about his vice-presidential prospects, Jindal offered the classic non-response. ‘We’re not going to speculate. I’ve said this for the last several weeks. We’re not speculating. We’re not commenting on that,’ he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” referring questions to the Romney campaign. ‘No disrespect to Joe Biden, nobody’s going to the voting booth and voting based on who’s vice president.’ Yet social conservatives are looking closely at Romney’s choice for signs that he wants to assuage their concerns about issues that are important to them, such as their opposition to abortion and gay rights. Jindal would fit that bill.”

And so on, and so on, and so on.  Either Pawlenty or Jindal would make a good choice, and there are plenty of others who would, too.  Romney may or may not have made a decision already, but given the options, it wouldn’t be too surprising if he’s still mulling over those choices.  You can bet on one thing: the more the media keeps reporting that Romney may be on the verge of announcing his choice, the better off Romney will be in waiting until just before the convention.  He wants to build buzz, not end it.  The only reasons to pull the trigger early is either to counter a bad media environment, which so far Romney has been content to fight himself, or to help fundraising, which is going gangbusters for Team Romney at the moment.

I’d expect an announcement on Friday, August 17th, or Monday, August 20th to drive attention all the way through the convention.  Until then, I’d expect the “he’s ready to announce” hype to be a weekly media meme.


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Oh Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Will Palin accept?

/ I thought I would do my part to kick this off

faraway on July 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Mike Castle.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

…I DON’T WANT NO WHITE MAN!…guess I’m racist!

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

While other potential vice-presidential candidates like Senator Rob Portman of Ohio and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana have day jobs that limit their availability, Mr. Pawlenty, who has no other full-time position, is the political equivalent of an empty nester, available to do whatever Mr. Romney asks.

You never expect these things to matter, but I guess they do. Certainly a fair point for Gov Pawlenty.

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I’d be delighted with Tim Pawlenty He was my first choice this election cycle. Gov. Jindal is also a good choice, but I’d rather he finished his second term and run for the top spot later on.

Jill1066 on July 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I don’t know another topic that could create a bigger yawn?

Dr Evil on July 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

…J I N D A L …!!!

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

GOP bench: TPaw, Jindal, Rice, etc.

Dem bench: John Edwards, Weiner, Spitzer, etc.

faraway on July 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Ok ok I’m lying, Rombo picked me.

My first act as VP will be to require Kate Upton to be my nude pool cleaner.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I bet it was the advice from the New York Times that pushed him over the edge.

The Rogue Tomato on July 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

another “safe” boring pick to really excite the independents. I guess these independent’s get excited over the littlest of things.

Elchasebo on July 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Anybody but Portman. Can’t stand that Bush hack.

Norwegian on July 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

If Romney truly believes he can win he won’t pick a loser or a junior varsity player for VP.

meci on July 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Tim’s a nice guy. Good Governor.

The perfect Attack Dog. Like…a warm pair of Hush Puppies.

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I hope it’s Jindal.

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

“Palin quitter” redux, male version from the LSM…

Anyone But Biden.

hillsoftx on July 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

(…doesn’t ED even get a lunch?…we need to talk to Bishop about a new union contract!)

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Romney/Pawlenty? That ticket would put a cup of coffee to sleep.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on July 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The kind of pick that will have King Gold and annoyinglittletwerp literally crawling over broken glass to get to the polls for THEIR TIMMY!

This is like picking one of the Sons from…wait for it…My Three Sons.

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Mitt/ Paw ?

faraway on July 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Why not go outside the box…

Rush Limbaugh!

*snicker*

admit it…it’s fun to think about

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

WEAK

Good grief, man- the Veep is supposed to be an attack-dog, especially when the guy on the top of the ticket comes across like
C3PO in a Clark Kent wig!

OH NO, Say It Ain’t So:
T-Paw’s Got the Personality of a Broken Parking Meter!

Reaganite Republican on July 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I am FROM Ohio, and I could not pick Portman out of a line-up. If you speak his name to most Ohioans, they won’t know who he is. He would be a useless pick. Jindal is the guy; VERY accomplished (a nice contrast with Obama), smart (ditto), assertive (a nice contrast with Romney), dragging a long trail of success behind him (a nice contrast with both, quite frankly), and he will appeal to swing voters steeped in the Left’s racial obsessions. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, pick Jindal, for the love of God!

unclejack on July 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

In the end it will be Rubio.

VegasRick on July 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

The only smart conservative pick for Mitsey is Alan West!

Vntnrse on July 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

God help us. If it’s true, then the election is lost.

Old eagle on July 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

i bet on Olympia Snowe

nathor on July 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

OH NO, Say It Ain’t So:
T-Paw’s Got the Personality of a Broken Parking Meter!

Reaganite Republican on July 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

LOL.. I just read that over at Free Republic.

kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Mitt/ Paw ?

faraway on July 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Glove and hand.

bayview on July 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

What does the New York Slimes know about Republican politics?

Between the two canididates mentioned above, Jindal would be a much better choice. Despite the bad press over the SOTU response, Jindal has gained a reputation as a can-do competent Governor after his response to the BP oil spill. He is also extremely knowledgeable about energy issues, and can help Romney with this issue, which could be a surprise issue in this campaign, if it can be tied to the economy.

Steve Z on July 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Romney/Pawlenty? That ticket would put a cup of coffee to sleep.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on July 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

T-Paw’s Got the Personality of a Broken Parking Meter!

Reaganite Republican on July 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I’ve had about all the excitement I can handle for the last few years.

CurtZHP on July 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Keep the LSM hacks like Mika and Morning Joe on the edge of their futons…

Take your time, Mitt… no worry, no hurry…

Khun Joe on July 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

In the end it will be Rubio.

VegasRick on July 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Yeah

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Why not go outside the box…

Rush Limbaugh!

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

But seriously, Steve Forbes would be a great pick.

Romney would never pick him though. He’ll stick with some establishment RINO.

UltimateBob on July 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM


T-Paw’s Got the Personality of a Broken Parking Meter!

Yes, and he won’t outshine Romney, which is always the problem when you’re Romney. Were Romney to stand next to a broken parking meter to announce his bold new 647 point plan complete with poorly organized powerpoint slides to save the dental coverage of soon-to-be cashiered postal carriers the broken parking meter would be the headline.

casuist on July 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

T-Paw was my first choice in the primaries, and I still believe he had a solid chance if his fundraising skills were better. His joining the ticket will deal a blow to the “Republicans are rich elitists” meme, give Romney some flyover-country appeal, and may put Minnesota into play. That said, other notable candidates – Jindal, Christie, Ryan, Rand Paul, or Portman – will leave a gaping hole in GOP’s ranks by joining the ticket, whereas Pawlenty is fully available.

Oh, and those who expect “excitement” from a veep candidate would take Joe “Plugs” Biden over Darth Chaney. Right?

Archivarix on July 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Associates of Mr. Romney say he believes Mr. Pawlenty has gotten a bad rap, and the comfort level between the men outweighs any concerns of a potential ticket being seen as dull.

(from the NYT link)

I like Pawlenty as a person, and he seems solid. However, a Romney/Pawlenty ticket would not be a very inspiring/energizing pairing, IMHO. Could be hard to drive grassroots fundraising, energize voters to turn out, etc.

cs89 on July 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Yeah

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Or West, either one would be a grandslam.

VegasRick on July 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I am FROM Ohio, and I could not pick Portman out of a line-up. If you speak his name to most Ohioans, they won’t know who he is. He would be a useless pick. Jindal is the guy; VERY accomplished (a nice contrast with Obama), smart (ditto), assertive (a nice contrast with Romney), dragging a long trail of success behind him (a nice contrast with both, quite frankly), and he will appeal to swing voters steeped in the Left’s racial obsessions. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, pick Jindal, for the love of God!

unclejack on July 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

That’s what I don’t understand about the Portman buzz…he’s not exactly a household name in his own state, so is he really putting OH in Mitt’s column? Beyond that, and his supposed readiness on Day 1, what is the justification for selecting him over Jindal?

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

In the end it will be Rubio.

VegasRick on July 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

It makes sense to pick someone with at least a little charisma and from a swing state.

Pawlenty may be the cure for insomnia.

Dr Evil on July 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Mitt/jindal
mitt/Ryan.
not a Mittbot.
Nice try anyway.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Romney should wait until Obama makes another lame-ass attack, and then spring the news. Always control the conversation.

The Rogue Tomato on July 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

ABC, on the other hand, hears that if Romney has made his decision, it may be Bobby Jindal who gets the nod:

Please please please.

gophergirl on July 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

..another Drudge “leak”. One wonders if perhaps this ploy yet again sucks the oxygen out of The Pantload’s rantloads and renders the $100 millions he blew on non-needle-moving “Bain of our existence” palaver?

Figure Romney’s got two more of these up his sleeve.

The War Planner on July 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Well, with Pawlenty, Romney need not worry about being upstaged or out-charisma’d by his VP.

So, there’s that.



Jeddite on July 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Remember folks, the VP slot is like insurance against a cap in yo buttocks.

Robert Jensen on July 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Romney should wait until Obama makes another lame-ass attack, and then spring the news. Always control the conversation.

The Rogue Tomato on July 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

..sorry, didn’t see this. I think that’s what he’s doing.

The War Planner on July 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

What a great team.

Napper and Comatose.

Yeah, buddy. That’ll win the Heartland./

kingsjester on July 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Remember folks, the VP slot is like insurance against a cap in yo buttocks.

Robert Jensen on July 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

No, that insurance policy is called the Secret Service.

UltimateBob on July 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM


Yeah, buddy. That’ll win the Heartland./

Jup. Why, we’ll vote for anyone the GOP feeds us who is not Obama, and the failed progressive north-east establishment governor from MA who gave us ‘romneycare’ is the perfect test of that very hypothesis.

casuist on July 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

What does the New York Slimes know about Republican politics?

Steve Z on July 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

..nothing except that the NYT helped us pick our candidate — McClame — in 2008 by declaring there were vital signs in his previously moribund campaign.

The War Planner on July 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

T-Paw’s Got the Personality of a Broken Parking Meter!

Reaganite Republican on July 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Actually, I disagree. A broking parking meter can awake some reacation to whomever encounters it.

More like wet napkin.

Norwegian on July 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

So again we get a Clinton styled trial balloon? woohoo

DannoJyd on July 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Unless it’s Rand Paul, Marco Rubio or Alan West, the base will give one giant collective YAWN…
Good Lord…

katy on July 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

What makes everyone think Independent’s are so wise??
I’ve registered Independent for 2 decades, and boy, have I been wrong at times!

BTW, Pawlenty works for me only if Romney steps up his game.
If he doesn’t, we lose…

Fartnokker on July 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

katy on July 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Jindal won’t excite the base?
Only in your fantasy world.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

What a great team.

Napper and Comatose.

Yeah, buddy. That’ll win the Heartland./

kingsjester on July 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

It’s gonna have to be Romney/Jindal.

DarkCurrent on July 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

jindal

rob verdi on July 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

“Romney may have already picked his running mate”

The suspense is killing me I tellya!/

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Sure, Paw isn’t super exciting but the man was a governor for eight years and isn’t a firebrand. I could use a little soberness and clear thinking over the American Idol phenomenon we’ve had lately; there are worse choices out there.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

It’s Lieberman.

Ducks and covers.

kingsjester on July 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Pat Caddel Varney and Comany FBN this morning starting at 3:27 Video this morning, the Romney campaign is terrible at messaging. He ranks Romney’s campaign at #4 for messaging, from a 1 to 10 scale. Pat said he compares Romney’s messaging to Bob Dole’s campaign back in 1996. Right now this article in the NYT above shows the LEFT is busy shaping Romney’s campaign- into Bob Dole redux. Mitt Romney’s campaign stated they needed more of an Attack Dog. That’s hardly TPaw being reported in the NYT.

Dr Evil on July 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Ok ok I’m lying, Rombo picked me.

My first act as VP will be to require Kate Upton to be my nude pool cleaner.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

POOL?!?!?

AHA!!!! One percenter!!!

I knew it!!!

BigWyo on July 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM


So again we get a Clinton styled trial balloon? woohoo

Oh, I wish this lame ploy were something that tragically naive. This is a frantic and ill-considered attempt by Team Stupid Romney to deflect attention from the line developing in earned and paid media about Romney’s activities at Bain that we were told over and over would be ineffective for some reason.

Wow. Who could have predicted that post-2008 a figure who made ker-zillions in the financial services industry would get caught flat-footed in a national electoral contest? … duh …

casuist on July 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Newsflash!
It may rain tomorrow or it may not.

a capella on July 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Mike Castle.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Lincoln Chafee

eyedoc on July 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Sure, Paw isn’t super exciting but the man was a governor for eight years and isn’t a firebrand. I could use a little soberness and clear thinking over the American Idol phenomenon we’ve had lately; there are worse choices out there.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Do you think Bob Dole is available to be Romney’s running mate?

I guess it just Depends lol.

Dr Evil on July 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

This just in:

Romney to choose running mate.

Sources tell us that Romney will be choosing a running mate sometime before the Republican convention. “One thing is for certain: it won’t be after the convention … I think”, said one unnamed, high-level source within the Romney camp. Asked if Romeny would be picking Pawlenty, he said, “Well, he’s got plenty to choose from but no, he can only pick one.”

Rod on July 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

DO NOT let the NY Slimes form any opinion of Team Super Mitt for you or anyone – They are hell bent on getting Ocommie re-elected- and are working overtime creating the dialogue.

They can’t raise Pawlenty’s stock even a bit – and even if he wasn’t from MINN. – he is a quayle.

This looks like a Sports Illustrated ” cover curse ” wannabe story.

FlaMurph on July 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Unless it’s Rand Paul, Marco Rubio or Alan West, the base will give one giant collective YAWN…
Good Lord…

katy on July 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Really? Scott Walker would make them yawn?

Fickle, thy name is GOP base…

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

What is your name? Willard Mitt Romney.

What is your quest? To be President of the United States.

Who is your VP pick? Rubio…no, Pawle…aaaaaaarrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhh!!!

Left Coast Right Mind on July 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM


He ranks Romney’s campaign at #4 for messaging, from a 1 to 10 scale. Pat said he compares Romney’s messaging to Bob Dole’s campaign back in 1996.

Perhaps it is Romney’s historical task to redeem the ’96 Dole campaign by way of comparison.

Hey, but Romney don’t need no “messaging.” Romney’s goodness and alleged business savvy is the message, right? Besides, didn’t he “save” the Olympics or something a million years ago?

casuist on July 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Mike Castle.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Lincoln Chafee

eyedoc on July 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Arlen Specter?

UltimateBob on July 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM

If he picks Pawlenty it will be a giant disappointment.

exceller on July 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM

This is all just speculation but I still wouldn’t be disappointed in Paw being the VP. If ever the American people needed someone to tell them that it’s time to pay the fiddler and the fiddler wants his money, it would be now. Dumbass Biden would show the world again just how stupid and clownish he really is while Paw would lay down the straight dope and present an intelligent comparison.

I know I know, we need Rubio.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Have a hard time believing Team Mitt isn’t looking at these Drudge polls, no matter how informal they might be.

550k responses last week about whether Rice would be a good VP pick. Just over 65% said yes.

Now 152k (and counting) responses about Rice, Rubio, Ryan, Jindal and Pawlenty. Rubio with a big lead, Rice in second. Pawlenty dead last.

Only downside I see in picking Rubio is that a Republican-controlled Senate seat would then be up for grabs.

nicktjacob on July 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Mike White Castle.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

VegasRick on July 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

casuist on July 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Hey, you forgot to mention that Rombo is a Mormon and those people just can’t be trusted.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM


If he picks Pawlenty it will be a giant disappointment.

Yes, only nothing the Romney campaign ever does is “giant”. Romney doesn’t do “giant.” You can’t “prevent defence” you’re way to an outcome that produces “giants”. And who uses a prevent defence when they’re behind? Well, Romney, that’s who.

casuist on July 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Mr. Gasohol Mandates, just as crop prices are soaring again.

Tippecanoejetski and 15% too!

MNHawk on July 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Dumbass Biden would show the world again just how stupid and clownish he really is …

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Yes, he would. And you know what? The Democratic faithful will vote for him anyway, just like they do for Marion Barry, Anthony Weiner, John Edwards, and every other slimy democrat. Because those voters are every bit as stupid as Biden.

UltimateBob on July 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Sure, Paw isn’t super exciting but the man was a governor for eight years and isn’t a firebrand. I could use a little soberness and clear thinking over the American Idol phenomenon we’ve had lately; there are worse choices out there.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

What I wouldn’t give to have him back in St. Paul. Can you imagine would have been done this last session with him in charge?

gophergirl on July 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Robert Costa suggested Pawlenty’s interview with Ed was one that caught Boston’s attention.

msmveritas on July 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Y.A.W.N.

Mitt grow up. You are just as much a punk as Obama. You deserve each other.

Frat-Boy-Animal-House-Punks-are us!

Jayrae on July 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I keep hearing Lieberman.

EddieC on July 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM


Hey, you forgot to mention that Rombo is a Mormon and those people just can’t be trusted.

Oh, yes, I forgot that it is a standard trope among Romney true believers that you cannot oppose Romney without somehow opposing all Mormons or something. I’ve never understood why though. Why is it that only Romney is synecdochic with his entire faith tradition. Why not Harry Reid? Why when people criticize Harry Reid are they not accused of cherishing prejudice in their hearts against our Mormon brothers and sisters. Such a mystery.

casuist on July 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

What I wouldn’t give to have him back in St. Paul. Can you imagine would have been done this last session with him in charge?

gophergirl on July 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Dayton has become invisible. Maybe that’s a good thing, but still I can’t help but think that he’s shuffling around the mansion muttering to himself and irritatedly waving away imaginary people.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Want Jindal, or West, or Rand Paul. Pawlenty though dull would be acceptable (better than Plugs!) Rice sez NO. Guess we’ll see when it happens.

rtsidedragon on July 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

casuist on July 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I’m just trying to help you out with all the lines that can be used against Rombo such as being a “zillionaire” and allegedly having good business acumen. I wouldn’t want you to miss anything and fail to turn a few more people toward Howard Johnson.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Forgot about Walker. yah…Walker would cause a serious invigoration. But then again that assert there was an initial vigorate with Mittens….;)

katy on July 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM

TPaw is so awesomely awesome…..

….he couldn’t beat MICHELLE BACHMANN.

The former Minnesota governor connects well with working-class voters, has excellent message discipline, is unquestionably prepared to be President should the need arise, and can play well in the Midwest and probably the Rust Belt, a quality Romney will need in November.

PappyD61 on July 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM

One problem, Tim Pawlenty is BOOOORRRINNGGG.

Corporal Tunnel on July 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM

“Mr. Romney has reached a decision, his friends believe, and he may disclose it as soon as this week.”

Hint, hint, Friday is gg’s birthday. Would be a good time, if its a Conservative, otherwise flowers would be just fine.

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Mitt/Paw – We could all use a nap here and a nap there.

antisocial on July 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM


I’m just trying to help you out with all the lines that can be used against Rombo such as being a “zillionaire” and allegedly having good business acumen.

Yes, well, I think Romney is doing a good enough job sabotaging his own “campaign” with his appalling management skills without your help. Ironically, what the Romney people need is a good turnaround manager. But where to find one. Where?

casuist on July 16, 2012 at 1:03 PM

……and why not Governor Scott of Florida?

oh, yeah I forgotted. It’s all about the Rust Belt states (Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, etc.) and not someone that will set their hair on fire (per Mitt).

Sounds like Mitch Daniels or Portman……..boring, white, RINO approved and both former Bushies.

Wonderful.

Not the Communist 2012!!
someone let me know if they find a bumper sticker like this.

PappyD61 on July 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM

The media wants the running mate announcement now so they can bury it with British Open and pre-Olympic coverage. If the pick is awesome, they’ll ignore him. If it is somebody less than stellar, then they’ll be destroyed while Romney is abroad.

I’m guessing that Romney announces no earlier than Monday August 13. 2 weeks before the convention is even a little early by historical standards, but it would be a good setup to get the minds of the public brought back to the campaign on a favorable narrative, post-Olympics.

Gingotts on July 16, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Scott Walker is acceptable, very much so, but I’d rather see him controlling Wisconsin rather then letting it slip BACK into demoncrat hands again!

Vntnrse on July 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM

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