CNN: Hey, how about noted nanny-state independent for Romney’s VP?

posted at 1:21 pm on July 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The veepstakes story has already brought out a lot of silly speculation and advice for Mitt Romney, but LZ Granderson’s column at CNN might take the blue ribbon.  With Romney trying to close the deal with the GOP grassroots he’ll need in November and fighting an attack from Barack Obama of being an out-of-touch rich elitist, what better choice might there be than … New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg?

We’re gonna need a lot more than a 16-ounce serving of a liquid libation to wash this down:

It seems he hasn’t figured out that as long as Barack Obama is president, his base will be fired up in spite of his dull personality, so what he doesn’t need to do is waste this pick on a running mate Republicans will like.

What he needs is someone who can attract voters on the fence.

A media darling with a successful track record to point to and someone whose social politics won’t immediately get them labeled by independents as “crazy.”

Enter Michael Bloomberg: that union-fighting/gay-couple-loving renegade who would make things complicated for Democrats because he’s managed to get elected three times in the most diverse region in the country while being a rich, old white guy.

And why would this work?

Four years ago, Sen. John McCain selected a game changer who turned out to be better in theory than in practice. Like Sarah Palin, Bloomberg would be a curve ball. But while she got people talking, the New York mayor would get people talking and thinking.

How?

By being something many of the other VP options are not: a real Republican. An old school Republican.

Er, did “old school Republicans” renounce their party and run as independents in order to curry favor back in the day?  Rudy Giuliani won two terms as mayor before Bloomberg and didn’t feel the need to bail out of the GOP to do so.  Bloomberg switched to independent in 2007 and remains one to this day.  Memo to CNN: Real Republicans are at least, you know, Republicans.

Last I checked, real Republicans didn’t feel the need to impose nanny-state restrictions on personal choices, either.  At the same time that this “real Republican” was boosting National Donut Day, he was imposing a top-down edict that forbade restaurants and other establishments from serving anything more than sixteen ounces of sugary cola at a time.  Bloomberg has also barred New York restaurants from using trans-fats in their cooking, and all but criminalized smoking outside the home.  How exactly will picking the Nanny in Chief of the Big Apple help sell Romney as an alternative to Barack Obama?

Heck, at least there would be a little upside.  Compared to Bloomberg, Romney looks positively middle-class.  And it’s not as if adding a multi-billionaire to the ticket would help Obama’s efforts to conduct a class-warfare campaign against Romney, is it?  Naaaaaah.


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I think I get it. The media want to raise speculation about various RINOs and liberals being likely choices, then when Romney actually chooses a conservative the lamestreams will portray the selection to be extreme right in comparison.

Reggie1971 on July 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

That is sounding more and more likely Reggie. My guess is within the next few days the memo will be out, and the MSM will be staying on message.

JusDreamin on July 18, 2012 at 8:52 PM

go tell me to stick it. I DARE YOU!!!

DannoJyd on July 18, 2012 at 7:03 PM

OK Go Stick It!

Been a grass rooter for 50 years. Voted for Goldwater. They told me that if I voted for Goldwater, we would be bombing North Vietnam. They were right. I did and they did.

Old Country Boy on July 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM

When you say “look at the facts” clearly you mean “drink Romneys koolaid”. Just because two so-called “conservative” Republicans from the crappy Bush administration supported Romneycare doesn’t make it right and proper. Your argument isn’t based on the merits of Romneycare whatsoever, but on pure,

Are you truly incapable of seeing facts in a rational manner?

cynccook on July 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Well, if 61% of the people wanted it, that totally justifies forcing the other 39% to buy products they didn’t want at a higher rate than they had to pay to subsidize the ones who wanted insurance they couldn’t afford.

Starts sounding a lot like socialism…

tom on July 18, 2012 at 8:35 PM

You’re on crack, itS democracy, The rule of majority…socialism doesn’t work like this, for most part there’s no voting involved, ‘or consulting the public, ‘enlightened’ leaders decide what’s best for the hoi polloi…so don’t even try to compare, there’s no comparison…I,for instance don’t have kids, yet I pay (my property taxes that is) for a high school that’s in my neighborhood…is this socialism too?

jimver on July 18, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Well, if 61% of the people wanted it, that totally justifies forcing the other 39% to buy products they didn’t want at a higher rate than they had to pay to subsidize the ones who wanted insurance they couldn’t afford.

Starts sounding a lot like socialism…

tom on July 18, 2012 at 8:35 PM

You’re on crack, itS democracy, The rule of majority…socialism doesn’t work like this, for most part there’s no voting involved, ‘or consulting the public, ‘enlightened’ leaders decide what’s best for the hoi polloi…so don’t even try to compare, there’s no comparison…I,for instance don’t have kids, yet I pay (my property taxes that is) for a high school that’s in my neighborhood…is this socialism too?

jimver on July 18, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Sure, it’s democracy. In the same sense as two wolves and a lamb voting on supper is a democracy.

The high school analogy is lame. Having a literate society is a benefit to everyone in the society, like having roads. Buying an expensive insurance policy you don’t really need rather than a cheap policy that fits your budget helps … who? The people who get cheaper health insurance because the government mandates you buy something you don’t want.

And yes, socialism goes on in many democracies that “get a vote.” All it takes is to promise the majority of people something that appears to be free because it’s at someone else’s expense. Democracies don’t protect the minority from the majority.

That’s why we have a Constitutional Republic.

In fact, it may well be that nearly all democracies degenerate into socialism. It’s certainly been the pattern in this county. The more the protections built into our Constitutional Republic get weakened, the closer we come.

tom on July 18, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Sure, it’s democracy. In the same sense as two wolves and a lamb voting on supper is a democracy.

The high school analogy is lame. Having a literate society is a benefit to everyone in the society, like having roads. Buying an expensive insurance policy you don’t really need rather than a cheap policy that fits your budget helps … who? The people who get cheaper health insurance because the government mandates you buy something you don’t want.

And yes, socialism goes on in many democracies that “get a vote.” All it takes is to promise the majority of people something that appears to be free because it’s at someone else’s expense. Democracies don’t protect the minority from the majority.

That’s why we have a Constitutional Republic.

In fact, it may well be that nearly all democracies degenerate into socialism. It’s certainly been the pattern in this county. The more the protections built into our Constitutional Republic get weakened, the closer we come.

tom on July 18, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Well, I dunno, let’s recap, so having a literate society is a good thing (though judging bu the idiocy of the young voters in this country it’s hard to argue that ‘literacy’ worked well for them), but having a healthy one is not…first off, the people of Ma without health insurance were not required to buy expensive policies, but basic ones, or pay a penalty….and it’s right to ask them to contribute to their own health expenses…what I see it as a worse form of socialism is us picking up the tab for people who use and abuse the ER…nobody has consulted with me when the used my money to cover the holes in the hospitals budget coz of the ER hordes…at least the people of MA were publicly consulted (polls, surveys, elections, etc) and a majority favored the mandate…

As for your last paragraph, that democracies degenerate into socialism, this may as well be true and possible, but there’s not much you or I can do about it, now, is it…if this is what a majority of people want, including those ‘literate’ people :) educated in public schools and colleges/universities that you mentioned above, you can’t do anyting really, but keep voting against said policies and politicians and hope they will go away (if ever)….or buy your own island, or emmigrate…not a lot of options there, really…

jimver on July 18, 2012 at 9:57 PM

As governor are you saying that he should have gone directly against the wishes of his citizens? Is that what a democracy means to you?

cynccook

If those citizens want to legalize rape, should a governor just go along with it? How about if they say the government should pay every resident $10 million dollars tax free every year?

By the way, did they ask every citizen what they think sbout Romneycare, or did they take a poll of 500 or so people? Are we for governing via polls now? Seems like we gave Clinton a lot of grief for doing that. If so, why do we even need governors, or presidents either for that matter? Just let the legislators write a law and then conduct a phone poll of a few hundred people to see if it passes.

xblade on July 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Well, I dunno, let’s recap, so having a literate society is a good thing (though judging bu the idiocy of the young voters in this country it’s hard to argue that ‘literacy’ worked well for them), but having a healthy one is not…

Let’s not confuse having a healthy society with having a society that is forced to buy the same health insurance. Two totally different things.

first off, the people of Ma without health insurance were not required to buy expensive policies, but basic ones,

Those “basic” policies were mandated by the state to cover things that a poor person might well have chosen to do without, which eliminated their ability to buy a less expensive policy. Instead of buying a minimum catastrophic insurance policy that would have been just enough to pay for their expenses in case of catastrophe, they were forced to buy a comprehensive policy.

So “basic” is not really the right word.

or pay a penalty….and it’s right to ask them to contribute to their own health expenses

“Contribute to their own health expenses” is just a focus-group tested phrase to make it sound vaguely conservative. If all you want is for them to contribute to their own health expenses, then let them pay for the provider.

But the truth is, it has nothing to do with making them pay for their own expenses, and everything to do with making them pay for other people’s expenses. That’s the whole reason for the mandate.

…what I see it as a worse form of socialism is us picking up the tab for people who use and abuse the ER…nobody has consulted with me when the used my money to cover the holes in the hospitals budget coz of the ER hordes…at least the people of MA were publicly consulted (polls, surveys, elections, etc) and a majority favored the mandate…

Amazing how every government “solution” requires another and more extensive government “solution.” I wonder where it all ends? When we start confiscating people’s 401Ks to fund Social Security, maybe?

So we’ll fix the socialism with more socialism. Great. There’s a fix.

This is not exactly building confidence in Mitt Romney as a conservative.

As for your last paragraph, that democracies degenerate into socialism, this may as well be true and possible, but there’s not much you or I can do about it, now, is it

jimver on July 18, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I think you’re missing the point. Saying, “but it was voted democratically” does not by any stretch mean it was decided wisely, or that it was not socialism. It’s perfectly possible — even normal — to have socialism in a democracy.

You say, “But they wanted it.” I say, “It’s still socialism.”

tom on July 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Bloomberg! Barf me with a spoon!

BoxHead1 on July 18, 2012 at 11:10 PM

They told me that if I voted for Goldwater, we would be bombing North Vietnam. They were right. I did and they did.

Old Country Boy on July 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Fair trade, don’t you think? :o)

BlaxPac on July 18, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Reminds me of the rumors of McCain wanting to pick Lieberman as his VP. McCainwould have been praised by the MSM for a few days and he would have picked up a few moderates. However, the base would have revolted.

If Romney picked Bloomberg the liberal media would be howling about 1% this and that. NRA members who already should be skeptical about Mitt would have even more reason to stay home, same with pro life voters.

We should be skeptical about Mitt. Will he govern as he did in MA, or the way he talks now? The person he picks as VP is important both as an indication of who he thinks he needs as voters and that person will likely be the party’s nominee in the future. If Bloomberg is to be the next nominee, the Republican party is and should be doomed.

jpmn on July 19, 2012 at 6:26 AM

The helpfulness of Leftists is remarkable.

For such a bunch of geniuses, they sure come up with a lot of really really stupid ideas.

ConservativeLA on July 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

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Please buy early and often.

roy_batty on July 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

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