Axelrod on Romney’s VP search: Hey, if it were me, I’d pick Pawlenty

posted at 4:04 pm on August 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Three possibilities. One: He’s telling the truth. What does he have to lose by being honest? Romney’s not going to make his pick based on what the other team’s quarterback thinks, so he might as well let it rip. Two: Reverse psychology. Ax hates the idea of a veep like Pawlenty whom it’d be hard to demagogue, so he calculates that by cheering publicly for him, he can taint T-Paw’s image on the right by branding him “the guy Obama was hoping for.” Maybe that’ll give Romney second thoughts. Three: Reverse reverse psychology. Ax secretly wants Pawlenty on the ticket because he’s the least dangerous option. Unlike Portman, he’s not a threat to deliver a key swing state, and unlike Rubio, Christie, and Ryan, he’s not a particularly stellar communicator. But Ax also knows, per his reputation as a master Machiavellian strategist, that righties will assume his strategy is more cunning than a crude reverse psychology play. So he names the guy he’s truly hoping for, anticipating that his opponents will conclude that he’s deviously trying to throw them off Pawlenty’s trail — and therefore Pawlenty really should be the pick.

I’ll spare you the reverse reverse reverse psychology theory and say merely that I cherish the idiotic veepstakes news cycle every four years like few other things in life. Easy content all day long; the only limit is one’s own willingness and ability to navel-gaze. Magical.

“If I were picking, I’d pick Pawlenty,” Axelrod told National Journal. “You shouldn’t write that, because everybody will think I’m trying to bait [Romney] into picking Pawlenty.”

Virtually everyone in Obama’s high command is girding for a Pawlenty pick. Numerous interviews revealed that no one expects Romney to pick the other veep finalists, such as Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (a former budget director and trade representative for President George W. Bush) or Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. Portman and Pawlenty have long been on Romney’s short list. Ryan is experiencing a late surge of supportive conservative clamor. There are also, however, some conservative Ryan doubters…

“That’s my influence,” Axelrod told NJ. “I’ve been saying Pawlenty for four months. The reasoning, as a strategist, would be: He is acceptable to the Right and the evangelicals, but he’s not scary to moderates. He’s good on television. He’s been through this.”…

“Even though it was an abortive attempt [at the presidency], he has some sense of what this national thing is like. He’s got a good working-class story, which is probably a good complement to Romney, and he’s been out there defending him. He’s proven his commitment and loyalty. So, for those reasons I expect Pawlenty. He’s not a Washington guy. He doesn’t have the Bush taint that Portman does.”

Whether it was intentional or not, one of the effects of the Obama attack ad blitz over the past six weeks has been to make it less likely that Pawlenty gets the nod. If Romney were up three or four points right now, T-Paw would be a no-brainer: He’s the safest possible pick, and when you’re on track to victory, that’s all you want. Now that Obama’s out to what looks like a small but steady lead, Romney may be more inclined to gamble — which, potentially, works out well for Axelrod, if in fact a “bold” pick like Ryan ends up being as toxic to undecideds as Democrats suspect. This’ll end up being a sterling test of Romney’s remaining confidence in his battle plan, then. If he goes with T-Paw or Portman, then he’s bet the farm that the “it’s the economy, stupid” pitch is enough to erase O’s lead down the stretch and win the election. His advisors are playing it cool right at the moment, all but laughing at the recent polls as summer noise. But for what it’s worth, none other than Paul Ryan is now the plurality favorite on InTrade. Dude?

Here’s Scarborough and crew this morning joining the Christie bandwagon. I’ll say this for the big guy: He’s the only VP pick I can think of who might move votes towards the GOP purely by dint of his performance on the trail. Ryan would do an expert job of defending his budget and making the case for entitlement reform, but realistically I think the best-case scenario there is simply neutralizing the Democratic Mediscare attacks. Rubio and Jindal would be flawless, but the chief effect of that, I suspect, would be to make voters comfortable with them as number two despite their youth rather than make them more enthusiastic to vote for Romney. Christie is more of a salesman; his plainspoken Jersey persona is such that he could get through to low-information undecideds on Romney’s behalf in a way that more polished pols simply can’t. That alone isn’t reason enough to pick him, but if he does end up being picked, that’ll be why.

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Axelrod is giving us pure Brer Rabbit realness.

libfreeordie on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Axel Rod.

Ain’t that a porn name?

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Yawn

Conservative4ev on August 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Guess that is who bho/team have the most dirt on?
L

letget on August 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

They must have some really juicy stuff on old TPaw.

portlandon on August 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

One: He’s telling the truth. What does he have to lose by being honest?

His entire history as a Goebbel wannabe?

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Good, maybe now he WON’T pick him.

B Man on August 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Never trust a man with a pedo mustache.

nitzsche on August 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Axelrod, If I were you, I’d pick parents that weren’t Communists.

Rixon on August 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Thanks for not showing us Axelgrease’s ugly mug again.

KS Rex on August 10, 2012 at 4:12 PM

One: He’s telling the truth. What does he have to lose by being honest?

Honesty and Axelrod: Oil and water

Bitter Clinger on August 10, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Axel Rod. Axel Foley and Rodney Farva. Car-axelrod.

Rusty Allen on August 10, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Two: Reverse psychology. Ax hates the idea of a veep like Pawlenty whom it’d be hard to demagogue, so he calculates that by cheering publicly for him, he can taint T-Paw’s image on the right by branding him “the guy Obama was hoping for.”

Didn’t stop them from demagoguing McCain in 2008 or Romney now.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Other possiblilites: A) Axelrod may know or strongly suspect that it is Pawlenty and wants to make it look like they have Romney’s gameplan all figured out from here to eternity as an intimidation tactic and/or B) as it relates to A, may want to force Romney into a last minute desperation switch specifically to avoid allowing the appearance that Axelrod et all know what he’s thinking before he even thinks it.

Kataklysmic on August 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Never trust a man with a pedo mustache.

nitzsche on August 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Harry Reid molested him when he was a kid.

Rixon on August 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Four: Axelrod is just lying because he doesn’t know how to do anything else.

forest on August 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Christie!

IR-MN on August 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Count this another vote for Ryan then.

Gingotts on August 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I am so glad to know this bit of information. I hang on Axelrod’s every word. So many adjectives describing him and so few I can use without getting banned.

bopbottle on August 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Four: Axelrod is just lying because he doesn’t know how to do anything else.

forest on August 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

When his lips are moving, you know he’s lying.

wargamer6 on August 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

I vote for reverse-reverse.

Axelrod is incapable of telling the truth, and a simple reverse psychology strategy is too easily foiled.

Of course Axelrod would salivate at having Romney select T-Paw as VP. Pawlenty is a complete loser, couldn’t even deliver Republican voters in Minnesota to Romney. Besides, plenty of good material from the primary season will be readily cut and pasted in ads.

Norwegian on August 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Harry Reid molested him when he was a kid.

Rixon on August 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

It wouldn’t take him more than 10 seconds to prove otherwise.

- Debbie The Carp Wasserman-Schultz

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Romney should pick Sarah Palin. That way the lefties won’t try to destroy the Romney presidency or impeach him, because then they’d get Sarah Palin as president, which would make their heads asplode.

The Rogue Tomato on August 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Axelrod is just screwing with Romney. T-Paw is the worst possible pick. He’s boring. He’ll do nothing to improve Mittens’ chances in Minnesota(although to be fair, it’s not a key state and even Reagan lost it in 1984). And it’s debatable that he’ll be much of an attack dog considering he couldn’t even go after Romney at one of the debates when presented with a perfect opportunity.

If we’re gonna analyze the appeal of each remaining choice, they’re as follows:

Ryan – Brilliant mind and the best possible choice to make the case for entitlement reform. He’d also energize the conservative base.

Rubio – He’d win over at least some Hispanic voters which could swing a few key states. And he’d also energize the conservative base.

Portman – Could mean an extra point or two in Ohio(although I remain skeptical) which could itself determine the election. Would do almost nothing to energize conservatives though.

Christie – Would offer up more red meat than a butcher shop. He’s the best attack dog and base energizer I can imagine, but there is the potential for backlash if he’s perceived as too mean or abrasive.

Doughboy on August 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

For once, I actually agree with this slimeball. Pawlenty would actually be a decent president, and that is a key consideration.

Although, if Romney wants to win Florida, he might need to pick Rubio.

In the end, it doesn’t matter, I am voting against the Marxist no matter who Romney picks..

UltimateBob on August 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

What does he have to lose by being honest?

His perfect record of being dishonest?

kim roy on August 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Romney should pick Sarah Palin. That way the lefties won’t try to destroy the Romney presidency or impeach him, because then they’d get Sarah Palin as president, which would make their heads asplode.

The Rogue Tomato on August 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

In the vast vacuum of the Commie noggin’, they’d be much more likely to implode.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Honesty and Axelrod: Oil and water

Axelrod’s hair: Oil and water

bopbottle on August 10, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Lol,

Now we KNOW Romney shouldn’t pick Pawlenty :)

No, it’s gonna be either McDonnell (young, articulate, delivers VA), or Christie (successful in blue state ball breaker).

I could argue for either but McDonnell probably delivers more of what Romney needs (VA and women).

mitchellvii on August 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Tim Pawlenty on discounting possibility #1 and buying all that reverse psychology mumbo jumbo:

“I wouldn’t do it.”

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

In the vast vacuum of the Commie noggin’, they’d be much more likely to implode.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Good point. Either way, it would be fun to watch.

The Rogue Tomato on August 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Doughboy on August 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

good analysis

IR-MN on August 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Well, Ax was dead certain McCain was going to pick Mitt Romney in 2008. FWIW.

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I’ll spare you the reverse reverse reverse psychology theory

Just when I was really looking forward to the old triple reverse psychology analysis.

Bitter Clinger on August 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I’m still thinking Bob McDonnell. Axelrod’s worst nightmare. All they have on him is his wacky thesis from 25 years ago and that didn’t hurt him a bit in Virginia.

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Hey, if it were me, go f$%@ yourself Axelrod.

catmman on August 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Axelturd and his axel-rods, the little Eichmanns, can all go to hell.

Mitt Romney will pick someone who is not a politician.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I’m going with child psychology… he just needs to poop.

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Well, Ax was dead certain McCain was going to pick Mitt Romney in 2008. FWIW.

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I think almost everyone was predicting T-Paw or Romney in 2008. I actually wanted him to pick Palin(I’d been rooting for her ever since she was floated as a dark horse pick earlier in the summer), but I was stunned when McCain actually went through with it.

Doughboy on August 10, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Lol,

Now we KNOW Romney shouldn’t pick Pawlenty :)

No, it’s gonna be either McDonnell (young, articulate, delivers VA), or Christie (successful in blue state ball breaker).

I could argue for either but McDonnell probably delivers more of what Romney needs (VA and women).

mitchellvii on August 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Oh my! So it’s either the “Ken Dolls”

or “Jake and the Fat Man”??

In all seriousness the ONLY person on this Earth who the
Demslimes would not be able to slime is Sarah Heath Palin.
The woman had 24,000 of her official emails released so the
media could bury her once and for all….funny how that didn’t
work out. As the saying goes about her “they got nuthin”

ToddPA on August 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I’m still thinking Bob McDonnell. Axelrod’s worst nightmare. All they have on him is his wacky thesis from 25 years ago and that didn’t hurt him a bit in Virginia.

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Two guys who look and talk like game show hosts? No thanks.

UltimateBob on August 10, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I like T-Paw…there will be a place for him somewhere in the administration.

monalisa on August 10, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Therefore, Mitt must pick a Conservative. Period.

kingsjester on August 10, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Good point. Either way, it would be fun to watch.

The Rogue Tomato on August 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Let’s compromise and call it an assplode.

That’d be somethin’ to watch, especially for those good lookin’ Commie wimmins.

/

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 4:31 PM

First paragraph made me think of this, AP:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8knJCbZAwU4

Beo on August 10, 2012 at 4:31 PM

T-Paw is weaksauce if he couldn’t bring himself to use the whole Romneycare argument during the debates. Plus… he’s boring, do we really want two boring people on the ticket? I’d say Jindal but I don’t know how much a possibility that’d be.

Ukiah on August 10, 2012 at 4:31 PM

This is irrelevant.

beatcanvas on August 10, 2012 at 4:32 PM

In all seriousness the ONLY person on this Earth who the
Demslimes would not be able to slime is…

ToddPA on August 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM

We need to stop with the assumption there is anyone out there they won’t or can’t slime.

Hasn’t stopped them of accusing Romney of murder now, has it.

catmman on August 10, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Must useful flashy pick would be Christie. Picking Ryan would just highlight his plan which unfortunately low information voters don’t get.

TimeTraveler on August 10, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Jindal is becoming such a dark horse at this point, he’s probably going to be the pick.

Bitter Clinger on August 10, 2012 at 4:34 PM

We need to stop with the assumption there is anyone out there they won’t or can’t slime.

Hasn’t stopped them of accusing Romney of murder now, has it.

catmman on August 10, 2012 at 4:33 PM

yes, this is true.

ToddPA on August 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Good grief they have Biden on their side, that answered the question of what difference could it possibly make?

DanMan on August 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Obama

- David Axelrod @ davidaxelrod

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Tim Pawlenty on gaining 200 lbs., spending 24 hrs. in a tanning bed and filming an R-rated townhall:

“I’ll do it!”

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM

This is blatantly quadruple reverse psychology with a half-pike triple somersault reverse dismount.

That is to say Axelrod’s opinions are low grade hot gas.

CorporatePiggy on August 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM

In all seriousness the ONLY person on this Earth who the
Demslimes would not be able to slime is Sarah Heath Palin.
The woman had 24,000 of her official emails released so the
media could bury her once and for all….funny how that didn’t
work out. As the saying goes about her “they got nuthin”

ToddPA on August 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Just because they can’t slime her doesn’t mean that people will vote for her.

Trust me, I definitely would. But the left is still convinced that she is a gold digger, an idiot and a joke. That incorrect perception remains, even though the left and the mainstream press (redundant, I know) haven’t been able to find any poop on her.

UltimateBob on August 10, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Because we’re all so anxious to know what Axelgrease thinks. Sheesh! It’s kind of like George Soros; whatever he says to do, do the opposite.

College Prof on August 10, 2012 at 4:37 PM

If Axelrod wants Romney to pick Pawlenty, that’s a good reason NOT to pick Pawlenty.

Pawlenty doesn’t add anything to the Romney ticket–he’s not from a swing state, he’s not a good campaigner (he lost the primary to Bachmann), he’s no longer in office, and with Obama’s focus on “infrastructure”, he would probably blame the bridge collapse on Pawlenty!

Romney needs a VP pick who is not a “boring old white guy”, who could not be criticized for lacking experience. Portman is boring, and reminds people of the Bush Administration. Chris Christie is never boring, but he could be a loose cannon at times, and might turn off the conservative base. Paul Ryan is sharp on economic issues, and could bring Wisconsin into Romney’s column, but he reinforces Romney’s strengths without shoring up his weakness.

Marco Rubio is a great speaker, and young and Hispanic, from the biggest of the swing states, but people might question his lack of experience–he has less experience than Obama did when he ran.

Then there’s Bobby Jindal–about the same age as Rubio, not a boring white guy, but in his second term as Governor and plenty of experience in difficult circumstances, rebuilding after Katrina and the BP oil spill, and lots of knowledge on energy and health-care issues. IMHO, Jindal’s strengths are where Romney is weak, so they could complement one another, so he’s probably Romney’s best choice.

Can Jindal bring out the conservative base? If he’s got all the Cajuns behind him, why not?

Steve Z on August 10, 2012 at 4:37 PM

What does he have to lose by being honest?

Allah’s comment bait of the day. Do writers here get paid by the comment?

Marcola on August 10, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Great. That’s all we need after a 4 year nightmare…a 4 year nap.

kingsjester on August 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Thanks for the tip, AxelDouche.
Kindly F-OFF!

St Gaudens on August 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

It’s the pawlenty, stupid!

Mr. Sun on August 10, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I love that Axel-rod looks like Adolph.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Never trust a man with a pedo mustache.
nitzsche on August 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I know that was meant as mostly a joke, but it points at something, and I can actually turn it in to something significant about O. Axelrod is very weird looking, and I’ve been trying to put a finger on what it is. Whatever, it’s odd. And some say he is the one running O’s policy decisions. This oddity is running our country. Scary.

anotherJoe on August 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Sarah Palin should be the pick to push romney across the finish line.

Mr. Sun on August 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Kiss of death, T-Paw. You’re out.

bloghooligan on August 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Can Jindal bring out the conservative base? If he’s got all the Cajuns behind him, why not?

Steve Z on August 10, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Jindal’s my #1 pick.

Bitter Clinger on August 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

If Axelrod said Romney should pick Rand Paul, would hotair have the same reaction? “If Axelrod likes him, Rand Paul is last person to choose. Anybody but Rand.”

RBMN on August 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Sarah Palin should be the pick to push romney across the finish line.

Mr. Sun on August 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Would Palin finally endorse Romney if he picked her as his VP? I keed, I keed(I think).

Doughboy on August 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Axlerod would base any decision on the Chicago way ..namely who will give us the biggest kickbacks, bribes, and opportunity to steal. Whatever Squirrel brains Scarborough suggests do the opposite.

bluesdoc70 on August 10, 2012 at 4:47 PM

A point about Bobby Jindal. Indians are some of the most loyal and connected people in the country. They normally vote about 75% Democratic. Mitt’s personality and style is very Indian like. I think Bobby Jindal could theoretically drop the vote percentage to 50-50 among Indians, with an increase in Indian voter turnout aswell.

A drop to 50% for Obama would mean atleast a half a point in any state with a population of atleast 1% Indians. Virginia is such a State. Even in states with only about .5-1.0% Indians, which most states are, a .25 increase in the vote could easily swing a State. Normally, atleast 1 state an election is decided by such a small margin. A real flip of just a few thousand votes in New Hampshire, Iowa, or Nevada could end up being crucial. Portman, Pawlenty, and Ryan swing ZERO votes in any states other then their own and there is serious question how much they even swing in their own states.

Other then Rubio, Jindal would likely have the biggest impact on a state not their own. Its just not possible to figure out which state that is however, because Jindal helps in EVERY state.

Helping by .6 in Virginia, .4 in Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and .3 in Nevada and New Hampshire would probably help the Republicans win one of those states in a dead heat election. Thats my prediction anyway.

KMav on August 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Sununu should come out and say that Obama should pick Hillary as his running mate.

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

They must have some really juicy stuff on old TPaw.

portlandon on August 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

My thoughts too…Romney isn’t stupid by not revealing his tax returns. He knows that Obama’s twerps will try to twist these into a some perverted ad portraying Romney as an out of touch rich boy who never broke a sweat for his wages. What Romney needs to do before directing a full broadside at Obama’s failure to help grow the economy is to push hard to make Obama reveal his college transcripts and where he got the money to be able to afford going to all those Ivy League colleges. I find that difficult knowing Obama was the descendant of the first black slave in America and the product of divorced parents and a broken home and all that.

timberline on August 10, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Hey Axelrod douche bag, Romney isn’t you, and if he has one single functional braincell in his head, you are among the last people on earth whose advice he would take or even listen to. Only a complete fool takes the advice of his enemies.

SWalker on August 10, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Sarah Palin should be the pick to push romney across the finish line.

Mr. Sun on August 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

You’re missing the sarc tag.

CW on August 10, 2012 at 4:57 PM

The day we start taking advice from the lefties is the day we are guaranteed to lose.

I really kinda hope that Romney doesn’t pick the ones the Obama-lap-dog media keep saying, nor the ones the D’s say would be a “smart choice”… but someone entirely different. Just as Palin was a lightning strike, I hope Romney picks someone like her: conservative, not pre-picked by the media, and someone to fire up his conservative base.

PackerFan4Life on August 10, 2012 at 4:57 PM

he can taint T-Paw’s image on the right by branding him “the guy Obama was hoping for”

That probably has something to do with it. But if Jimmy Carter’s endorsement of Romney was ignored by primary voters then Axelrod’s opinion for VP is that much less relevant in the general.

Go RBNY on August 10, 2012 at 4:58 PM

A point about Bobby Jindal. Indians are some of the most loyal and connected people in the country.

KMav on August 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

..your keen observations notwithstanding, almost worth the price of admission alone would be seeing the debate between Biden and Jindal.

“..Governor Jindal, may I have an Orange Slurpee please?”

The War Planner on August 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM

In all seriousness the ONLY person on this Earth who the
Demslimes would not be able to slime is Sarah Heath Palin.
The woman had 24,000 of her official emails released so the
media could bury her once and for all….funny how that didn’t
work out. As the saying goes about her “they got nuthin”

ToddPA on August 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Ummmm…ahhhhh…ummmm…Nope. I got nothin.

timberline on August 10, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Axelrod’s just too cute by half. I’m sure he thinks he’s got some sneaky mind game going on here, but the truth is NOTHING he has to say about anything is going to make an impact on who Romney picks.

BettyRuth on August 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I still think Romney should throw everyone a curveball and pick someone totally outside the box.

Like John Bolton. Or Steve Forbes.

But he won’t.

UltimateBob on August 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM

As we speak yahoo.news is running a story that the rise of Christie and Ryan as VP picks signals the Romney campaign is in trouble…

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I *heart* T-Paw, but…Dang it! Couldn’t Mr. Axelrod have recommended H. Alouisious Huntsman instead???!!1!?

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM

As we speak yahoo.news is running a story that the rise of Christie and Ryan as VP picks signals the Romney campaign is in trouble…

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM

This is actually important because it shows that no matter who Romney picks — and I mean, seriously, if Jesus Christ descended from Heaven to run as Romney’s VP — the MSM will declare how the pick shows the Romney campaign is in trouble — Pawlenty shows he’s playing it “too safe” and “doesn’t want to win;” Ryan & Christie shows he’s “desperate,” etc. Literally, pick any name & the MSM will come up with why that was a TERRIBLE pick.

And, of course, the ABR’s on the right will like vultures to agree with the left & the MSM so that they can retread all their anti-Romney cr*p from the primaries because they can’t help themselves.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: It doesn’t matter who Romney picks! Whoever it is will be smarter than Biden & more qualified than Obama to be POTUS.

Once the the pick is actually announced, I’m going on a one-week internet embargo — I’m not going to be able to take the stupid.

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 5:13 PM

When a VP is chosen, generally speaking, the bump in their home state for the ticket is only about 2-3% at best.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

As we speak yahoo.news is running a story that the rise of Christie and Ryan as VP picks signals the Romney campaign is in trouble…

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Its not them, they are worried about Rubio, They know If Rubio is picked Romney wins

Conservative4ev on August 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Isn’t it interesting that Axelrod wants Pawlenty, but complained when Rubio was being mentioned earlier during the campaign. I guess we see who they are afraid of.

RonDelDon on August 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Well Axelrod couldn’t say that Romney should pick Huntsman since he is supposedly speaking at the Democratic Convention.

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Isn’t it interesting that Axelrod wants Pawlenty, but complained when Rubio was being mentioned earlier during the campaign. I guess we see who they are afraid of.

RonDelDon on August 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Ding ding ding winnah!

Conservative4ev on August 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM

As we speak yahoo.news is running a story that the rise of Christie and Ryan as VP picks signals the Romney campaign is in trouble…

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM

How nice of them to be concerned.

Go RBNY on August 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Well Axelrod couldn’t say that Romney should pick Huntsman since he is supposedly speaking at the Democratic Convention.

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I read that.. Surprised…? Not…

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Well, Allah, since you didn’t post it, I guess I have too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-ibcEJj_KI

thedudesblog on August 10, 2012 at 5:24 PM

How nice of them to be concerned.

Go RBNY on August 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM
In the article, which was pretty much as stupid as you would think, they said that it was clear that Romney was trailing Obama by looking at all the polling….Right…..

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I just watched the Joe and his idiot pinhead sidekick, Mika, clip on Christie.
Now back when Gabby Giffords was in the hospital, Mika was brought to tears over the shooting… and the calls for “civility” became the drum beat for the next month- all the while these phonies attacked Palin.
NOW pinhead Mika wants Romney to go with Christie so they can have an all out brawl and burn down the house fighting each other – as if both sides are somehow running equally dirty campaigns, that is.

From that enlightened load of BS form these MSNBS morons- I guess civility is a selective virtue with these TV clowns.

and BTW- watch the clip and endure Joemo keep trying to put the ‘country club” label on Super Mitt and how Christie represents one of the unwashed masses to the Romney family….(Guess that only works if your a Kennedy- eh) all the while this creep Scarborough is knocking down $3-4 Million a year – just for sitting around a table chatting with a bunch of even more idiotic liberal pinheads – but Romney is the “evil” rich guy here.

EFF these liberal propagandists.

FlaMurph on August 10, 2012 at 5:33 PM

David Astroturf’s opinion is of no value to me. He lies.

Philly on August 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Pawlenty is not a bad pick, although he’s not my first choice. His blue collar background and modest upbringing would play well in states like Ohio, Iowa, PA, and Michigan. It would also mean Obama would have to at least spend some significant dough in Minnesota if they want to keep it.

Rubio still looks like the home run, that is if there’s no skeletons in his closet. His only real weakness is he’s a bit young, but I don’t see that swaying very many voters for someone in the VP slot, especially since you could make the case Rubio is as experienced as Obama was when he ran for the top of the ticket. Also, we’ve seen Rubio has been in the national spotlight for two years now, it’s not going to be like Palin when she sat down with Katie Couric.

BradTank on August 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Pawlenty is in New Hampshire today and Romney is off the campaign trail. Significance?

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

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