Petraeus for VP — Obama’s nightmare?

posted at 12:36 pm on August 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This one’s getting the siren treatment from Drudge.  Is Barack Obama worried that Mitt Romney may ask General David Petraeus — the hero of the Iraq surge strategy — to be his running mate? One of Obama’s donors says that’s what he heard — from the President himself:

President Obama whispered to a top fundraiser this week that he believes GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wants to name Gen. David Petraeus to the VP slot!

“The president wasn’t joking,” the insider explains to the DRUDGE REPORT. …

Romney is believed to have secretly met with the four-star general in New Hampshire.

The pick could be a shrewd Romney choice. A cross-party pull. The Obama administration hailed Petraeus as one of history’s greatest military strategists. Petraeus was unanimously confirmed as the Director of the CIA by the US Senate 94-0.

Petraeus has steadfastly insisted for years that he has no political ambitions — and so far, he’s acted that way, too.  When his time came to come home, Petraeus could have opted to retire to the speaking circuit, building money and credibility for a run at political office.  Instead, he chose to accept an appointment to run the CIA, replacing Leon Panetta’s largely successful tenure when Panetta went to Defense.

Even if Petraeus had an interest in pursuing the post, he’d have to resign as CIA director to do so.  That’s not a two-week notice kind of job.  It would take months to get someone with Petraeus’ expertise in place, and also confirmed by the Senate.  If Romney had an interest in Petraeus, and Petraeus had an interest in the job, he would have had to resign in May or June at the latest to resolve the practical difficulties of changing leadership in a time of war.  I doubt that a man like Petraeus would leave his post without being properly relieved, especially in a time of low-grade war against terrorist networks, and even more especially to run against the man who appointed him to the slot.

This seems like battleground-shaping to me, a way that Team Obama can make the eventual Veepstakes winner — whomever he/she might be — look a little less serious in comparison.  Still, it’s an intriguing thought, although I think Jon Gabriel sums up the significance pretty well:

I’m not blaming Drudge for running with this story.  If I got that kind of a tip from a major Obama donor (or Romney donor, too), you can bet I’d share it.  I would be just as skeptical as I am now, though.


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Americans respect military officers far more than they do any politician. Any attacks Democrats make on the General will backfire on them.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Not going to happen – only 3 edits to his Wikipedia profile since August 1.

peski on August 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Squirrel!

chimney sweep on August 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Do we even know Petraeus’s politics?

John the Libertarian on August 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Not really, no … which I find commendable.

Ed Morrissey on August 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

For an adult public figure in a democratic republic
to NOT have their political views well-known is curious, at the very least.

NO NO NO NO NO Petraeus!

profitsbeard on August 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

You really are insane.

wargamer6 on August 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Your leftist level debating skills are underwhelming.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

BTW, what is “wargamer6″? A video game?

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

The left loves him now as he also blames Israel for all the ‘troubles’ in the middle east.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Thou protesth too much…

What a strange little man/woman you are, quite obsessed aren’t you?

right2bright on August 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Do we even know Petraeus’s politics?

John the Libertarian on August 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Not really, no … which I find commendable.

Ed Morrissey on August 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Unbelievable. Isn’t this how we got into this mess in the first place?

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

What do we know about the General’s politics?

Speakup on August 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

We need a leader more than we need a politician. We’ve given the helm to talkers and politicians and they continue to fail. He’s succesfully completed missions, he is a proven leader of successful operations the world over and he has been vetted numerous times as far as promotions and accomplishments.

What I like about Romney is that he has proven success outside the realm of politics and personal promotion. The military is a meritocracy, Petraeus rose to the top on the basis of leadership and by accomplishing his mission. We need a real change.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

This “fire up the base” talk only makes sense when we’re discussing people with no resumes of distinction.

When those are the choices, it makes sense to go hard at your base, because the options provided are not going to grab attention and change minds.

Rubio changes some minds, as would Jindal and eventually Christie. They each have something unique. Petraeus is to foreign policy what Ryan is to domestic, except minus the baggage.

If Romney can get him to go for it, it’s a signal that things would not be business as usual. That the Veep wouldn’t be a joke job like Biden has made it. The Veep would be COO to Romney’s CEO; a guy with direct responsibilities.

It would be a co-Presidency and give Petraeus free reign to shape the Defense and Intel sector as he sees it would need to move. Most importantly, it would gut the power of the State Department. He has no interest in domestic, and wouldn’t need any.

And consider the current state of the campaign.

How does Obama continue to run “Romney killed my wife” ads and not appear even more small and desperate?

Petraeus is the underline to Romney’s argument, that Obama is in over his head. It turns Bill’s nomination of Barry from an anointment to a plea.

budfox on August 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

NO

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

BTW, what is “wargamer6″? A video game?

What is VorDaj? A paranoid conspiracy douche?

wargamer6 on August 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Unbelievable. Isn’t this how we got into this mess in the first place?

VorDaj

What you mean ‘we,’ kemosabe?

chimney sweep on August 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Thou protesth too much…

What a strange little man/woman you are, quite obsessed aren’t you?

right2bright on August 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Your leftist level debating skills are also underwhelming. You must try to do better.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

“The president wasn’t joking,” the insider explains to the DRUDGE REPORT. …

If it’s true, then that insider just officially became an outsider.

KS Rex on August 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Every Presidential ticket needs business experience and military experience.

(The Democrat ticket, of course, has neither.)

logis on August 7, 2012 at 1:46 PM

What is VorDaj? A paranoid conspiracy douche?

wargamer6 on August 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

With each of your comments, you should more and more like a leftist.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I’m surprised nobody is talking about why Petraeus was appointed to CIA in the first place, to avoid this exact scenario.

booter on August 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Every Presidential ticket needs business experience and military experience.

(The Democrat ticket, of course, has neither.)

logis on August 7, 2012 at 1:46 PM

The problem with Petraeus is that his military experience is at wasting Lives, Limbs and Huge sums of Money for nothing, except dhimmitude.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

With each of your comments, you should more and more like a leftist.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I should what more? Ignore you? I think I’ll do that since you can’t even type in English.

wargamer6 on August 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I’m surprised nobody is talking about why Petraeus was appointed to CIA in the first place, to avoid this exact scenario.

booter

First, Squirrel!

Second, in what possible world does being the head of CIA prevent one from becoming a nominee? Does GW Bush ring a bell?

Third, Squirrel!

chimney sweep on August 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM

When asked about this, Carney told the reporter to be ‘mindful of his sources’.

This Administration is full of arrogant snobs, isn’t it?

http://washingtonexaminer.com/white-house-disses-drudge-report-be-mindful-of-your-sources/article/2504233

Liam on August 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

What a crock….top of drudge WH tells drudge to be mindful of sources…. go talk to your folks there bub….Harry

Do what i say not what o do

cmsinaz on August 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Second, in what possible world does being the head of CIA prevent one from becoming a nominee? Does GW Bush ring a bell?

Third, Squirrel!

chimney sweep on August 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM

You’re thinking of GHWB.

wargamer6 on August 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Alt. headline:

Romney Seeks BUSH General for Second-In-Command During Recession.

profitsbeard on August 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Jinx liam

cmsinaz on August 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

You sound more like a leftist which each of your comments. And you do. Understand now? All you do is call names without addressing any substance – just like a leftist. Petraeus needs another lawyer.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM

The problem with Petraeus is that his military experience is at wasting Lives, Limbs and Huge sums of Money for nothing, except dhimmitude.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Really? That’s how you would sum up Petraeus’ or any officer’s military career? Wasting lives, limbs and huge somes of money? I hope you make the same comment in public somewhere and somebody cleans your clock for saying it!

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Romney Seeks BUSH General for Second-In-Command During Recession.

profitsbeard on August 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Obama would dance a jig.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Alt. headline:

Romney Seeks BUSH General for Second-In-Command During Recession.

profitsbeard on August 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Just about. Can you imagine if Donald Rumsfeld was under consideration?

Jurisprudence on August 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Really? That’s how you would sum up Petraeus’ or any officer’s military career? Wasting lives, limbs and huge somes of money? I hope you make the same comment in public somewhere and somebody cleans your clock for saying it!

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Maybe you can dye your hair red and find me at a movie theater.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Are you goofy every day?

Or are you just having a bad day today?

Petraeus is the plague of which Cicero spoke.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Would you be kind enough to elaborate?

Do we even know Petraeus’s politics?

John the Libertarian on August 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

They are a cross between Obama’s and Ahmadinejad’s.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:03 PM

A credible source would help.

cozmo on August 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

You’re thinking of GHWB.

wargamer6

Typo, ty-poto.

chimney sweep on August 7, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Are you goofy every day?

Or are you just having a bad day today?

cozmo on August 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

More generic and vacuous leftist drivel. You can’t even defend Petraeus, and refute what I say, or you would.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Won’t be Petraeus. But it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s been a tentative feeler of some kind.

J.E. Dyer on August 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Romney is believed to have secretly met with the four-star general in New Hampshire.

Petraeus and his family have a summer place in New Hampshire, about an hour west of Romney’s. In fact, they live just a few towns south from where Mark Steyn lives.

Del Dolemonte on August 7, 2012 at 2:09 PM

If Obama leaked, it was a ‘please don’t throw me in the briar patch’ way, but, have you seeeeen Petraeus’ entry in Wikipedia??? It’s oodles of stuff. Hmmm….

Minorcan Maven on August 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Won’t be Petraeus. But it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s been a tentative feeler of some kind.

J.E. Dyer on August 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I’m sure, given the logic of properly allowing Petraeus the proper time to resign honorably, if he would have said yes, that this “news” is old news that has just been “unearthed”, probably in the effort to make the final choice that Romney makes less stellar by comparison.

Jurisprudence on August 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Maybe you can dye your hair red and find me at a movie theater.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Way, way, way out of line. You might want to walk that back and keep your eye out for a swinging hammer.

Trafalgar on August 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

You can’t even defend Petraeus, and refute what I say, or you would.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Well, as I wrote in my questions, it was a request for sources other than your unhinged pap. I went to the single source you provided and found it wanting.

Other than his accomplishments, all I know about Patraeus is what has been in the news. Mostly good, and some bad.

You seem to have knowledge on him that the rest of us lack.

Instead of backing up your claims you attack. The same thing 0bama is doing, with about as much class. if any body here is a bat crap crazy shrilling lefty loon…it is you. And your actions prove it.

cozmo on August 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Americans respect military officers far more than they do any politician. Any attacks Democrats make on the General will backfire on them.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Heh!

The Dems will just reconfirm that GOP is the Party of Killing Machines!

And “VP” Petraus will just increase the Military Budget to the detriment of all economic “dole-outs” that the Indies love so much.

TheAlamos on August 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

VorDaj, you do know that Ron Paul will never be President don’t you?

D-fusit on August 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

mittens is the nightmare…not Petraeus! The GOP/Mittens are complete and utter disasters!

Pragmatic on August 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Way, way, way out of line. You might want to walk that back and keep your eye out for a swinging hammer.

Trafalgar on August 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I wasn’t the one wanting to have another commenter someone assaulted.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Pragmatic on August 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

You ought to be happy today.

It seems there is a nutball here that is more of a parasite living in the rectum of a bottom feeding hagfish than you.

cozmo on August 7, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I wasn’t the one wanting to have another commenter someone assaulted.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I expect this is a calculated leak by Team Obama. They are hoping for a story along the lines of “Romney courts Petraeus to compensate for lack of foreign policy cred, as evidenced on his gaffe-plagued failure of a foreign trip in July.” Very useful in helping to build a “not ready for prime time” narrative about Romney.

Or, the White House is looking for a reason to fire Petraeus so they either made up the story about Romney meeting with him, or the story is true and they leaked it on purpose to justify firing him.

After they fire him, he will be fingered as the leaker of all the national security secrets.

rockmom on August 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I wasn’t the one wanting to have another commenter someone assaulted.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Doesn’t matter. Your comment was crass, vulgar, and vile.

Trafalgar on August 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

It seems there is a nutball here that is more of a parasite living in the rectum of a bottom feeding hagfish than you.

cozmo on August 7, 2012 at 2:14 PM

There you go again. – Ronald Reagan

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Doesn’t matter. Your comment was crass, vulgar, and vile.

Trafalgar on August 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

So how would you respond if someone called for you to be assaulted? Send them a dozen red roses?

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Rasmussen tracking had an anomaly yesterday and a 4 points swing resulting in Barry by +2, today it is Barry +1. One day’s abnormal noise may takes a few days to reverse.

bayview on August 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Weekend polling, especially on a summer weekend, will invariably favor Democrats. Republicans are spending time outdoors, with their families, away from home, etc., somewhere where they won’t be taking time to answer phones and participate on polls at 2 p.m. on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Right Mover on August 7, 2012 at 2:18 PM

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Completely out of line.

John the Libertarian on August 7, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Completely out of line.

John the Libertarian on August 7, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Calling for me, or any other commenter here, to be assaulted was what was out of line. You are much like Eric Holder.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM

There you go again. – Ronald Reagan

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Yeah, you stick with that.

ALL RIGHT! Who left the door open.

A crap spewing rabid looney tunes tansmanian devil got in and is tryin’ to mate with the birther nutball that got in earlier.

cozmo on August 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I’m not sure as to whether we know enough about this man to confidently say he would make a good President should something happen to Romney. Yes we know his Military service record, which by most accounts seems fine. What I don’t know is, is he a R or a D? Please inform me if you have knowledge of this.

Bmore on August 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

The argument that Gen. Petraeus was/is an anti-Semite was skillfully refuted in Commentary Magazine over 2 years ago.

Mr. VorDaj seems to rapidly be approaching the line that separates free expression from violation of terms of service re: comments that are offensive.

Mr. VorDaj seems to be incapable of posting anything except ad hominem and/or vacuous attacks against Gen. Petraeus or those who disagree with him.

This is not the level of discourse I’ve come to expect on HotAir.

rduke305 on August 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

So how would you respond if someone called for you to be assaulted? Send them a dozen red roses?

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 2:17 PM

If someone in a blog comment called for me to be assaulted I’d laugh at them and not get my panties in a bunch about it. My point was not about defending your “honor”, it was about your crass and uncalled for response.

Trafalgar on August 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM

This is not the level of discourse I’ve come to expect on HotAir.

rduke305 on August 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

It will only get worse the closer we get to November.

Lots of 0bama plants pretending to be ABR’s.

cozmo on August 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Just what we need: a stealth VP. It worked so well with Souter and Roberts, didn’t it?

bw222 on August 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I said a few days ago that Romney should pick a retired Navy SEAL as VP. I don’t think the VP necessarily needs a long track record in electoral politics. Extensive military experience would be more than enough, especially compared to Joe freaking Biden.

Patreus would be a major win for Romney, but I don’t think it will happen. Why would he agree to be VP when he could easily top the ticket in ’16 or ’20?

bitsy on August 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Drudge is playing Reid’s game. Nothing more. Calm down.

faraway on August 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I don’t think this would be a good move for Romney.

Immediately It makes him seem very hawkish a la Bush.

We need a more economically centered VP in my opinion.

KMC1 on August 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Do we even know Petraeus’s politics?

John the Libertarian on August 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM
Not really, no … which I find commendable.

Ed Morrissey on August 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Spoken like a true “Establishment Republican,” Ed.

It doesn’t matter if he’s the second coming of Nelson Rockefeller or the second coming of Ronald Reagan. Just check the box with the “R.” Sarc.

bw222 on August 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Sheesh, first Condi, now Paetreus, I like these Drudge diversions, keeps the LSM guessin’ :)….but seriously, one can see from a mile that none of the two are interested in the limelight and do not have the right personality for the insanity that campaigning at that level has become lately….besides Paetreus is a thinker, a rather reserved, introverted type, he wouldn’t make a good campaigner and attack dog for Romney, and if he needs something badly at this point, at the VP level, it is an attack dog, Sununu or Rince Priebus-style…not saying Sununu or Priebus should be his VP, but someone comfortable and versed in the attack dog role…PAetreus is just not that, he’s a brilliant general, and probably the perfect choice for heading CIA, but VP, nooooope….

jimver on August 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Oups, mispelled Petraeus name twice…

jimver on August 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I initially ignored and dismissed this story/rumor, but Drudge is not backing down.

So maybe I should start taking it seriously and give it some thought.

My first thought is this would be a kick in President Rambo’s crotch.

farsighted on August 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

The problem with Petraeus is that his military experience is at wasting Lives, Limbs and Huge sums of Money for nothing, except dhimmitude.

VorDaj on August 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

You are a pathetic excuse for a human being and a humongous idiot!!!! At this point HR would be better off without you…you should plant a tree every time you open your mouth, the only thing you put out tnere is CO2, while making 0 contribution….

jimver on August 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I initially ignored and dismissed this story/rumor, but Drudge is not backing down.

So maybe I should start taking it seriously and give it some thought.

My first thought is this would be a kick in President Rambo’s crotch.

farsighted on August 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

He didn’t back down on Condi’s VP story for days, either and got all the LSM in a frenzy…which is a good thing, the more they keep them guessin’ and confused, the less time will have to dig the dirt and make up stuff on the VP…like this, they are all over the place withthekr gessing’ and I’m likin’ it…

jimver on August 7, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Barack is losing it, man. He is going full on Captain Queeg.

Rational Thought on August 7, 2012 at 12:40 PM

And it is most evident when he abandons TOTUS.

“They think they are so smart… they think it’s because they worked hard… well you didn’t build that” is on par with “Ahh, but the strawberries that’s… that’s where I had them.”

farsighted on August 7, 2012 at 2:59 PM

…to resolve the practical difficulties of changing leadership in a time of war.

Did I miss something? We’re at “war”? With whom? I heard about some overseas contingency operations and a couple kinetic military actions…but I was specifically told that there is no “war” on terror. This seems very odd.

CycloneCDB on August 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

HA that is…

jimver on August 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Petraeus works for obama (this is what we call a RED FLAG). NO ONE who worked/works for obama can be trusted. Period.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

…to resolve the practical difficulties of changing leadership in a time of war.

Did I miss something? We’re at “war”? With whom? I heard about some overseas contingency operations and a couple kinetic military actions…but I was specifically told that there is no “war” on terror. This seems very odd.

CycloneCDB on August 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

PC lingo for ‘war’ :)…same like in the UK media the ‘Muslims’ have been now replaced with the PC correct term (and more generic) ‘Asians’ :), especially when some negative news on the former group are covered….

jimver on August 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Petraeus works for obama (this is what we call a RED FLAG). NO ONE who worked/works for obama can be trusted. Period.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I would tend to agree. This pick is too clever by half.

CycloneCDB on August 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

What I like about Romney is that he has proven success outside the realm of politics and personal promotion. The military is a meritocracy, Petraeus rose to the top on the basis of leadership and by accomplishing his mission. We need a real change.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Past the rank of captain, the military has just as much politics as it does merit when it comes to promotion.

Rational Thought on August 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Petraeus, a politically correct bureaucrat general. No thanks.

wraithby on August 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

The CIA isn’t part of the military leadership, and Petraeus is already the FIFTH DCI since Afghanistan war began, so changing the position isn’t exactly a deal-breaker, is it?

Petraeus would also make the LP & Paulbots go nuts nuttier. They deserve to be tweaked with it, at least, for the audacity of suggest Rand.

Adjoran on August 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Obama was REEALLY scared of Huntsman for what I remember.

Greek Fire on August 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Don’t start with the Garey Hunstman nonsense because you know which posters will show up.

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

It doesn’t matter if he’s the second coming of Nelson Rockefeller or the second coming of Ronald Reagan. Just check the box with the “R.” Sarc.

bw222 on August 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Ummm…

Petraeus is registered to vote as a Republican in New Hampshire—he once described himself to a friend as a northeastern Republican, in the tradition of Nelson Rockefeller

sharrukin on August 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

This seems like battleground-shaping to me, a way that Team Obama can make the eventual Veepstakes winner — whomever he/she might be — look a little less serious in comparison.

In other words, Barky’s doubling down on the standard that Harry Reid introduced. Repeating unconfirmed second hand gossip is acceptable, even encouraged, by the highest levels of the Democrat party. The truth is irrelevant and they can say anything as long as it helps the cause.

Mayday on August 7, 2012 at 3:26 PM

…That said, the thought of Biden at the helm is as frightening as it gets, but his mistakes are out of sheer stupidity, rather than a deliberate course set by our Leftist In Chief.

Roc on August 7, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Biden would be miles better than little Bammie. They are both as dumb as a sack of rocks, but Biden is not a malicious Marxist. Biden honestly loves America as much as we do.

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2012 at 3:27 PM

No…IMHO, he is not a “politically correct bureaucrat general.” He is/was a general of the United States Army. He took the United States Uniformed Oath of Office. He took a similar oath upon becoming CIA director. Nothing in those oaths talk about being politically correct. I see nothing in his life history to indicate he is anything other than a man dedicated to his job and his country and protecting the lives of those that serve under him. He strikes me as being far more noble than many other “public servants.”

rduke305 on August 7, 2012 at 3:31 PM

For all you conservative slaves who are singing the praises of Petro as a VP nominee – it just seriously proves what a bunch of idiots you are.

First of all – you know NOTHING of the man’s politics.

He’s never even really SAID he’s a Republican. All I can find is this … from the New Republic …

Petraeus is registered to vote as a Republican in New Hampshire—he once described himself to a friend as a northeastern Republican, in the tradition of Nelson Rockefeller—but he said that around 2002, after he became a two-star general, he stopped voting.

Oh okay – so a guy who hasn’t voted since 2002 would make a great candidate? WTF Dudes? Didn’t we beat the sh8T out of Caroline Kennedy when we found that out about her?

Oh yeah – and check that out … he’s “Northeastern Republican” in the tradition of “Rockefeller” … oh well then, he’ll fit in good with the Ayatollah’s in the GOP establishment then – since they love guys like say … SCOTT BROWN! LMFAO!!

How desperately insane do you have to be to go “all in” for a guy to be on the ticket that you …

A. Barely know is a Republican in the first place.

B. Know nothing of his politics but, since he’s “Northeastern Republican” let’s say that Pro-Choice, Anti-Gun, Pro-Big Government … all that sh8t is definitely on the table with him!

In fact – the only thing that Petro could do is make a sad sack guy at the top of the ticket look attractive. Kind of the same way Sarah Palin made McRage an attractive option. But this says more about the desperation of Conservative Slaves to win (at any cost) … even if it means putting a big government Republican on the ticket!

LMFAO!!

HondaV65 on August 7, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Petraeus would also make the LP & Paulbots go nuts nuttier. They deserve to be tweaked with it, at least, for the audacity of suggest Rand.

Adjoran on August 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Right because – that’s the overarching goal here isn’t it? Pi$$ the Paulbots off. I mean – we’re 15 Trillion in debt here – who gives a Sh8t about saving the nation when we can play some grabass with the ticket and pi$$ off some Paulbots – maybe enough to even get them voting for Obama!

LMFAO! With strategerists like you – who needs Tokyo Rove?

HondaV65 on August 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Just what we need: a stealth VP. It worked so well with Souter and Roberts, didn’t it?

bw222 on August 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Boy, where have I heard that before… Oh yea, it was 20 years ago when people thought George H.W. Bush was going to dump Quayle and replace him with Powell. The conspiracy nuts were convinced that the N.W.O. was Bush’s secret plan for world domination though the military-industrial complex. (It’s funny that JFK was in theaters the prior year, and was re-igniting the worst fears of tin-foil hat wearing nutcases.)

Jurisprudence on August 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Wow…too many trolls here today. I’m bailing on this thread. Sad.

rduke305 on August 7, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Sure, I can see Romney picking Petraeus for VP…

Unfortunately, he is politically ‘squishy’ enough that I could see 0bama dumping Biden and replacing him with Petraeus too.

If Romney wants to add someone with military chops to the ticket, I’d recommend Allen West.

But he is too conservative and plainspoken for Romney and the other elites, so that ain’t gonna happen.

LegendHasIt on August 7, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Politico: ” His wife, Holly is the assistant director for Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency founded as a part of the Dodd-Frank act.”

Not good.

faraway on August 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Squirrel!

chimney sweep on August 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

BIG FREAKIN SQUIRREL !!!

FlaMurph on August 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Yeah, I want someone who actually has political experience, known political views, and is good at the game of politics. A political record in office would also be helpful.

Punchenko on August 7, 2012 at 3:54 PM

LegendHasIt on August 7, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Not to be, unfortunately. Losing with silky gloves is still losing.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2012 at 4:12 PM

you mean BETRAYUS?

Pragmatic on August 7, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Do we even know Petraeus’s politics?

John the Libertarian on August 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Like, do we know what Obama’s college transcripts are, or know how he could afford to go to top flight colleges being the descendant of the first American black slave and the offspring of divorced parents and a broken home?

timberline on August 7, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Politico: ” His wife, Holly is the assistant director for Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency founded as a part of the Dodd-Frank act.”

Not good.

faraway on August 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Mittens wouldn’t have a problem with it…..THAT’s the problem with Mitt.

Pragmatic on August 7, 2012 at 4:38 PM

you mean BETRAYUS?

Pragmatic on August 7, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Where did you pick that expression up from? One of your OWS gatherings? Fool.

timberline on August 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Do we even know Petraeus’s politics?

John the Libertarian on August 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM
Like, do we know what Obama’s college transcripts are, or know how he could afford to go to top flight colleges being the descendant of the first American black slave and the offspring of divorced parents and a broken home?

timberline on August 7, 2012 at 4:35 PM

what’s your point? I know a few folks who have become successful by working hard and earning their way….maybe obama isn’t one of them but you argument is a bit suspect

Pragmatic on August 7, 2012 at 4:40 PM

What do we know about the General’s politics?

Speakup on August 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

We need a leader more than we need a politician. We’ve given the helm to talkers and politicians and they continue to fail.

The military is a meritocracy, Petraeus rose to the top on the basis of leadership and by accomplishing his mission. We need a real change.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Past the rank of captain, the military has just as much politics as it does merit when it comes to promotion.

Rational Thought on August 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Thanks for pointing that out. There is a reason we used to ‘joke’ about the O-4 Lobotomy.

And we do need a leader, but I want to know something about that leader’s foundational principles so I have some idea where he/she is going to lead me. There have been some ‘great’ leaders who have led their people into horrors.

pannw on August 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM

you mean BETRAYUS?

Pragmatic on August 7, 2012 at 4:35 PM
Where did you pick that expression up from? One of your OWS gatherings? Fool.

timberline on August 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM

obviously, you have no sense of humor….why so touchy?

beside, YOU’RE the fool if you think Petraeus would be a good VP pick!

Pragmatic on August 7, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Looks like Patraeus has brought out the trolls……

sheesh. you’d think Palin was being considered and considering the troll activity here…..Patraeus sounds like a good pick.

RealMc on August 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

beside, YOU’RE the fool if you think Petraeus would be a good VP pick!

Pragmatic on August 7, 2012 at 4:42 PM

I didn’t think, nor did I suggest, that Petraeus be selected VP. My joust with you is your dimwitted distortion of the integrity and dignity of a person who gave of his life to serve his country with honor and distinction. Again, your outburst was just a parroting of something you learned from one of your OWS meetings. Try educating yourself instead of letting your left wing socialist nitwits do your thinking for you.

timberline on August 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

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