The Republican frontrunner for VP: Kelly Ayotte?

posted at 6:01 pm on February 27, 2014 by Allahpundit

Josh Rogin makes the case. And yeah, I realize it’s goofy to be thinking about this now, but it’s less goofy than it was in other recent election cycles for two reasons. One: Identity politics may dictate the VP slot in 2016 in a way that it hasn’t in other recent election cycles. I argued recently that Cory Booker’s the frontrunner for veep across the aisle despite his lack of federal experience, simply because Democrats fear that Hillary won’t be able to preserve Obama’s coalition on her own. They need to keep turnout among black voters as high for her as it was for the first black president. Booker, the would-be first black vice president, could help. On the flip side, between the incessant “war on women” attacks and the likelihood of Hillary being nominated, Republicans will be desperate to counter with a woman on the ticket themselves. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, who delivered the SOTU rebuttal, is probably too low profile. Susana Martinez, who might also help with Latino voters, will be on the shortlist but maybe she’s too exposed on ObamaCare to satisfy the base. Obvious solution: Ayotte.

But is Ayotte too hawkish? That’s the other reason it’s worth thinking about this now.

“Her prospects are good. Why not Pence-Ayotte or Walker-Ayotte?” said Weekly Standard Editor and conservative power-broker Bill Kristol. “Defense and foreign policy will be a big issue, and she’s a leader on that. And since she’s already on the vice presidential short list, she might want to look at running for the top job.”…

Ayotte’s conservative credentials were challenged late last year during the debate over the government shutdown, when she ultimately cast a key procedural vote that could have stopped the closure before it began. That lead to a confrontation between her and Cruz behind closed doors. Ayotte demanded that Cruz disavow attacks on her by the Senate Conservatives Fund a group tied to Cruz and founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint.

Palin, who once called Ayotte the “Granite Grizzly” also has turned against her. Last summer, Palin publicly called for a primary challenger for Ayotte after Ayotte supported the immigration reform legislation that was working its way through the senate…

“Her positioning as the female amigo in the McCain-Graham foreign policy triumvirate is a weakness in the GOP primary because that’s not where the Republican party grassroots are any more on this issue,” one senior GOP strategist said.

I don’t think her vote for the Gang of Eight bill will disqualify her. Rubio had a much bigger role in it and he’s still in the presidential mix, and Rand Paul, who voted against it, nonetheless has called repeatedly for immigration reform. Scott Walker and Chris Christie are both pro-reform too. Ayotte can hide in the crowd on that issue. Plus, she earned some goodwill from righties in voting no on the Toomey/Manchin background checks bill, for which she took all sorts of heat from big-name gun-grabbers like Mike Bloomberg. Our last VP nominee voted for TARP and was forgiven. Ayotte can be forgiven for voting for amnesty, especially if reform ends up going nowhere in the House. (Which, admittedly, is unlikely.)

What makes this an interesting topic is the defense angle. Obvious question: With grassroots conservatives less hawkish than they used to be, although maybe not quite as “non-interventionist” as Rand Paul, what kind of ticket does the GOP need to field in 2016 with respect to foreign policy? Can they get away with putting Ayotte, the “third amigo” in the McCain/Graham superhawk alliance, in the number two slot? I’m tempted to say that they’ll have to balance the ticket with a hawk in one slot and a less hawkish nominee in the other, but I can’t think of any nationally prominent GOPer who qualifies for the latter role except Rand Paul. Which means, if Ayotte really is the VP frontrunner, either a Paul/Ayotte ticket is in the offing or else the conservative base is going to have to tolerate two hawkish candidates on the ballot. Watching Rand lose would be hard for his admirers under any circumstances, but asking them to then turn around and pull the lever for a pair of interventionists would be much harder. What exactly is the tolerance threshold on the right for an all-hawk ticket this time around?

But maybe I’m underestimating Ayotte. While Maverick and Graham were beating the war drums over Syria last year, she issued a statement opposing military action. She came out strong in support of the NSA last summer after the first Snowden leaks were published but later sided with Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in calling for a comprehensive review of the agency. Maybe she’s in the process of shifting her brand from superhawk to hawkish-leaner — just in time for the veepstakes! — and we just haven’t noticed yet.


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Um. No.

Ms. Lindsey McCain need not apply.

BKeyser on February 27, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Perfect VEEP for a joke party. Boehner-Ayotte dream RINO ticket.

wraithby on February 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Uhhhh… No. Not a chance, backstabbers need not apply

Brock Robamney on February 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM

What? Are you idiots crazy?

An AMNESTY proponent?

I will NEVER-EVER vote for anyone who did not 100% vote and campaign against this treasonous act.

TX-96 on February 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM

The Republican frontrunner for VP: Kelly Ayotte?

Unlikely. She’s not a powerful speaker or stage presence.

Stoic Patriot on February 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

LOL.

Kelly Ayotte is one of the most vile and ridiculous AMNESTY pushers in the Republican Party. Only a radical pro-AMNESTY nominee ever consider her, and such a “nominee” would never win – especially with Ayotte in tow.

Ayotte is an anti-America pig – she LIED to her supporters and voters about her position on AMNESTY, in order to get elected, just as Rubio did, and, just like Rubio, Ayotte cannot be trusted on ANY issue.

Pork-Chop on February 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Enough with the RINOs!!!

dentarthurdent on February 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM

I argued recently that Cory Booker’s the frontrunner for veep across the aisle despite his lack of federal experience, simply because Democrats fear that Hillary won’t be able to preserve Obama’s coalition on her own.

No, he’ll be the pick because he’s as corrupt as Cankles.

RickB on February 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Is this a joke

Hell no, She is an idiot

As trustworthy as McCain

This website must be a test to see if conservatism is has died yet

Conservatism has not yet perished, but trust is dwindling on other fronts

entagor on February 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Doesn’t the Presidential nominee get the privilege of making the choice?

cbenoistd on February 27, 2014 at 6:11 PM

maybe she should be the dems’ vp.

Sachiko on February 27, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Doesn’t the Presidential nominee get the privilege of making the choice?

cbenoistd on February 27, 2014 at 6:11 PM

No. It’s decided 2 years in advance by AP. Where have you been?

Stoic Patriot on February 27, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Has anyone seen a picture of Ayotte without either McCain or Graham (usually both) by her side? Odd alignment.

kevinkristy on February 27, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Hmmm … am I persuaded by AllahPundit and Bill Kristol — or Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin?

/Tough call …

ShainS on February 27, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Pro amnesty conservatives need not apply.

aniptofar on February 27, 2014 at 6:16 PM

The beatings must continue.

FrankT on February 27, 2014 at 6:16 PM

I don’t think her vote for the Gang of Eight bill will disqualify her.

It did for me.

davidk on February 27, 2014 at 6:16 PM

no at, no how, not ever…

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Has anyone seen a picture of Ayotte without either McCain or Graham (usually both) by her side? Odd alignment.

kevinkristy on February 27, 2014 at 6:13 PM

You’re right.

Graham/Ayotte 2016!

Pork-Chop on February 27, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I don’t think her vote for the Gang of Eight bill will disqualify her.

Yes it will. I will never vote for her again. EVER.

dogsoldier on February 27, 2014 at 6:18 PM

HELL NO!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 27, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Ayotte? Isn’t she, like Graham, a toady of Insane-McCain’s?

VorDaj on February 27, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Paul Ryan in a skirt, high heels and a wig.

portlandon on February 27, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Condi Rice

gerrym51 on February 27, 2014 at 6:21 PM

She lost me once she sided with McCain & Graham. She ran as a TPer and acts like a RINO. She won’t get my vote.

RWRFAN on February 27, 2014 at 6:22 PM

From Michelle Malkin to this! Some things, like some people, just do not age well.

VorDaj on February 27, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Willard in drag. Should “the Model” and carpetbagger Scott brown win the other NH Senate seatyou’ll have the most lightweight, one-two
love tap in the Senate.

kingsmill on February 27, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Condi Rice

gerrym51 on February 27, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Even worse. Much worse. Condi Rice’s “foreign policy philosophy” is to see the whole world through the prism of her childhood through her adolescence in Jim Crow Birmingham. That’s about it. She is a classic case of arrested development. She sees muslims as the blacks of the world and hence is totally deaf, dumb and blind to islam.

VorDaj on February 27, 2014 at 6:24 PM

She’s hot though.

antisense on February 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Martinez has executive experience but not foreign policy cred. I doubt she could swing NM to the GOP ticket but stranger things have happened. Would Ayotte swing NH? Maybe but she lacks the executive experience. I do not see game changers here. Could a Kasich VP swing Ohio? Could a Jeb Bush VP swing Florida? Could a Christie VP swing NJ? (I doubt it.) Those might be game changers.

KW64 on February 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Palin 2016

oldmans on February 27, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Condi Rice: “I believe that there could be no greater legacy for America than to help to bring into being a Palestinian (terror) state for a people who have suffered too long, who have been humiliated (by the nasty Jews and for no reason at all) too long, who have not reached their potential for too long, and who have so much to give to the international community and to all of us (Give what? More suicide bomber kids? The extermination of Israel?).”

And no greater legacy for America? This woman, who pressured Israel into holding elections in Gaza that gave Hamas power, is either mind numbingly stupid or a very dangerous psycho.

VorDaj on February 27, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Ayotte is a McCain/Schumer sock puppet . She for national security except when it comes to those coming into our country illegally? She is amnesty Barbie.

TAARP on February 27, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Pence-Ayotte or Walker-Ayotte

Go!

jake-the-goose on February 27, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Kelly who?

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Condi Rice: “We should note that unlike in our Constitutional Convention, the Iraqis have not made a compromise as bad as the one that made my ancestors three-fifths of a man”

She is either too ignorant to know that the pro-slavery states wanted to count slaves fully (to raise their number of seats in the house), which would have likely prolonged slavery, and the anti-slavery states wanted slaves to count zero, to help oppose slavery, or she lies to make some kind of false case.

VorDaj on February 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

I wish the GOP could come up with an ALL FEMALE ticket.

And an ALL FEMALE Congress for that matter.

We men have done enough damage.

jake-the-goose on February 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

jake-the-goose on February 27, 2014 at 6:27 PM

jake, I’m not very familiar with Kelly. What is it about her that you like?

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Playing devil’s advocate here, if the candidate on the top of the ticket is limited-government conservative, would the VP slot be important enough to put up a fight over? If the GOP-e wants a bone, maybe we should toss them a bone. With the exception of Cheney, the VP slot historically hasn’t been used to promote policy, it’s been used to complete the ticket and attract votes. I don’t think President McCain had any intentions of Vice-President Palin playing a major role in driving his administration’s policy, but he knew selecting her would quell some of the conservative concerns about him.

midgeorgian on February 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM

nothing like picking a women to take the stench of rino off the debate.

If we were to pick women and not saying we shouldn’t (but agree it will cost us some, but maybe make more in gains to compensate, but at least acknowledge the choice) we pick non rino winners?

If we want to go this route why not Martinez/Haley

smitty41 on February 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM

They really want people to stay at home again, don’t they?

SteveInRTP on February 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The Republican frontrunner for VP: Kelly Ayotte?

We need to beat this drum! Come up with a ticket that the left can focus their opposition research on. A ticket that the MSM can endorse in the primaries as the “right choice” only to dump them in the general election quicker than one dumps Sandra Fluke early on a Sunday morning after she’s done doing the one service that seems to be in her toolbox. In short, the left keeps wanting to pick Republican candidates “because they want the GOP to succeed.”

Well may I be the first to demand Christie/Ayotte for 2016?

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Martinez has executive experience but not foreign policy cred.

KW64 on February 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Ayotte, like Insane-McCain, has spent more time on foreign policy, but also like Insane-McCain, pretty much all of it is wrong. Better to have someone who didn’t know anything.

VorDaj on February 27, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Ayotte is another fraud who lied to get elected then lurched to the left. It’s SOP now for the establishment. Flake is the latest example. They’ll be liberal for 5 years then leadership will set them up with a few meaningless show votes before the primary.

Wigglesworth on February 27, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Wow, lotsa Ayotte Love here!

/

Hang with me on this.

As one of her constituents who remembers her state-level accomplishments, there’s no doubt that she’s qualified for the job.

But picking her for VP would open the Republicans to criticism that the only reason she was chosen was due to her sex. And that would be a very legitimate claim by opponents.

It’s also important to remember that the VP job is basically just a cartoon character, as the current 5-time draft dodger proves. Why would she want to waste her time there?

On the other hand, she would be an excellent choice for Attorney General, as she already has prior experience as such in NH. And she was absolutely fearless in going after some very unsavory characters up here including a cop killer.

Ayotte is an anti-America pig –

Pork-Chop on February 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Civility is Good.

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Let’s not overlook female Republican governors. There are currently four of ‘em, all with executive experience. This business of ‘promoting’ legislators to the executive branch risks invoking the Peter Principle.

PersonFromPorlock on February 27, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Willard in drag. Should “the Model” (and carpetbagger) Scott Brown win the other NH Senate seat-you are looking at the most impotent, one-two love tap in the US Senate.

kingsmill on February 27, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Isnt her Senate seat up for reelection in 2016? Just like Rubios and Pauls btw. I think that it is a pretty big assumption that any of these people risk their save seats for a risky White House run.

Valkyriepundit on February 27, 2014 at 6:35 PM

I wish the GOP could come up with an ALL FEMALE ticket.

And an ALL FEMALE Congress for that matter.

We men have done enough damage.

jake-the-goose on February 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Great idea. We should be ruled by Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Susan Rice, Debbie Wasserman-Shult, Maxine Walters and Valery Jarrett.

VorDaj on February 27, 2014 at 6:35 PM

How about Colon Powell? He can reform the Republican Party and defuse the race issue

Brock Robamney on February 27, 2014 at 6:35 PM

She’s hot though.

antisense on February 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

She has the voice of an 80 year old woman.

Wigglesworth on February 27, 2014 at 6:35 PM

No Allahpundit, we don ‘t need Kelly Ayotte. I would rather have Gov. Suzanne Martinez. She has executive experience and is not McCain-Graham groupie!

shubalstearns on February 27, 2014 at 6:36 PM

We men have done enough damage.

jake-the-goose on February 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

I wanna introduce you to a friend of mine. Jake, meet Kathleen Sebelius!

Valkyriepundit on February 27, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Del, do you like her, most of what she has done at Senate? I’m just not that familiar with her. I asked jake upthread. Missed him. Maybe he will swing back by. I looked her up and read a page or two on her. Got the basics. But yeah folks here don’t seem to smitten.

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 6:39 PM

…NO!///he11 NO!

KOOLAID2 on February 27, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Guess my Martinez/Haley proposition is not rino enough

smitty41 on February 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

midgeorgian on February 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM

IMHO, selecting George H. W. Bush as his VP was arguably Reagan’s greatest mistake …

ShainS on February 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Mary Fallon, Oklahoma governor, or Nikki Haley, SC governor, would be better choices.

cat_owner on February 27, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Kelly IdAyotte?

No thanks. She’s a POS.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 27, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Wow, she really gets a lot of downtwinkles here.

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Susana Martinez will be on the ticket, top or bottom, I don’t know, but she will be there.

h a p f a t on February 27, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Ayotte sounds like she’s crying when she speaks and pretty much tricked her constituents. Now they may still like her up there for her lurch to the middle, which is a turn left no matter how you see it but I don’t trust her.

DanMan on February 27, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Her face is rotting away like a Sith Lords.

For the same reason.

ConstantineXI on February 27, 2014 at 6:46 PM

P.S. Del, there was a fellow on the TEA thread today wanting me to grade stuff. I told him, not my thing. However I referred him to you. ; ) He is here.

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 6:47 PM

That would be one K. Ayotte ugly pick.

Flange on February 27, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Civility is Good.

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Sorry, but, I have no patience for the enemies of America. Ayotte does not deserve civility.

Pork-Chop on February 27, 2014 at 6:48 PM

@ h a p f a t

and that’s the difference. Martinez lurched to the middle which meant she went to the right. I believe Martinez has much more potential just for the common sense she demonstrated. How’s her record as an executive?

DanMan on February 27, 2014 at 6:48 PM

OMG no. Not a fan of hers at all.

I am with ^^^^^. If we have to add a woman (which annoys me…what happened to the best-most qualified?), I’d pick Martinez or Haley or Fallon over Ayotte anyday.

CoffeeLover on February 27, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Allah, I don’t think this is gonna work out for her. She is sounding about as popular as Boehner here at HA. I noticed in reading she initially had the support of a lot of key folks, including Palin. The wheels must have come off on her I guess.

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Guess my Martinez/Haley proposition is not rino enough

smitty41 on February 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

I like it.

IMHO, we need to leave Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz in the senate where they are sorely needed. Like all of ‘em(I voted for Paul here), but we need good conservative legislators.

We should pick a gop candidate from our list of governors:
Pence, Martinez, Walker, Jindal, Haley or, as a last resort, Perry.

shubalstearns on February 27, 2014 at 6:51 PM

RINOtastic!

My collie says:

Did I hear that right? Did they just say that Will E. Coyote was the front-runner for the VP slot?

No, only that the Republican ticket is going to get crushed by Hillary in 2016 in pretty much the same way that Wyle Coyote gets crushed by an ACME anvil falling out of the sky.

My collie says:

Oh. Never mind.

CyberCipher on February 27, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Kelly Ayotte is an AllahPundit/Ed Morrissey-type Republican (a liberal one). She ran as a Tea Party candidate and became a nJohn McCain sock puppet as soon as she arrived in Washington.

The last thing we need are libs and neocons like Bill Kristol telling us who our candidates should be.

bw222 on February 27, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Fallon over Ayotte anyday.

CoffeeLover on February 27, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Our Fallon? She’d have my vote! ; )

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

The last thing we need are libs and neocons like Bill Kristol telling us who our candidates should be.

It’s usually the first thing we get, and it never ends.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Ya know, I’m asking this of the paid pundits.

Can we finally be honest and recognize a candidate’s aesthetic is just as important as their credentials?

Can we stop living in some alt-reality where it’s all about resume?

Ayotte does not have a prayer because she sounds like Miss Prissy or Clarabell Cow with that vocal waver. It’s not her normal voice, either. Something happens to her when she’s confronted with a live camera, and that’s national campaign death.

Rubio’s biggest weakness? His gawd awful comb over. Cruz? His weight and pasty complexion. Paul? His height and possibly hair.

budfox on February 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

I wanna introduce you to a friend of mine. Jake, meet Kathleen Sebelius!

Valkyriepundit on February 27, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Janet Incompetino, Hitlery Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Moochelle Obama; the list goes on. Who says women can’t be every bit as incompetent as men?

bw222 on February 27, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Bill Kristol

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

That guy I know. ; )

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 6:59 PM

No thanks. She’s become a McCain/Graham. Look at her fiscal policy stance, some epa clean air votes, VAWA, cloture votes, and nomination of new appointees last year. Not to mention amnesty.

Identity politics? Why not pick the best person for the job? Do we ever hear the left talking about them needing the man vote? But hey, I’ll play. Nikki Haley would probably get my support. I’d be less enthusiastic with Susana Martinez. Palin would be good also.

ritewhit on February 27, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Another RINO bore

Philly on February 27, 2014 at 6:59 PM

bw222 on February 27, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Last summer I remember an article about how Bill Kristol and the neo con boys gauged whether a particular candidate was amenable to their desired positions… They then build the candidates foreign policy platform.

h a p f a t on February 27, 2014 at 7:01 PM

I like Ayotte, but McCain and Graham Crackers played her just like they did Rubio.

Both got pulled in close under the guise of learning foriegn policy, turned into full hawks, and then tricked out for prog social issues.

It cost both of them dearly and they cannot create enough space to kill the association.

So while I like her, I wouldn’t vote for her in a primary because she’s going to represent McCain’s interests, and I’ve lost all common ground with that guy.

budfox on February 27, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Huh?

Ayotte is the b*tch of McCain just like Gillibrand is Shumer’s b*tch.

Go with Nikki Haley for VP as she has executive experience.

KirknBurker on February 27, 2014 at 7:06 PM

About seven-eight years ago we were having a similar discussion; who among conservative women would make a good presidential candidate.

Among those mention was Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska.

When McCain picked her as his VP, everyone was saying, “Who?”

But we knew.

Who will it be in ’16?

davidk on February 27, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Ayotte’s voice quakes even when she’s at ease…somethin’s wrong with her pipes….plus she’s mccain’s and graham’s stoolie…
I like Martinez…no experience in foreign policy is better than some…say like Joe Biden’s

gracie on February 27, 2014 at 7:13 PM

What about a three legged conservative? Good on defense/security, fiscal, and social issues. I’d also add articulate to that list, but it is less important in the VP position.
Looking at senators: Cruz and Scott hits all four. Rubio (I know about amnesty, he’s got a good record outside of that), Paul (weaker on defense), Lee (not as articulate), Johnson (see Lee), and Inhofe (see Lee).
Looking at Govenors: Walker and Jindal hit the top, Perry is just a notch below them but its close when you balance out their strengths and weaknesses.

ritewhit on February 27, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Now your just teasing the bear. She Susan Collin’s dumber sister.

AllahsNippleHair on February 27, 2014 at 7:18 PM

I am 10 times more worried about the top job then the Biden job. With that said, if we had to have a woman[which we don't], then I would lean towards Fallon-Martinez-Haley. Martinez and Haley add the Latino and Indian demo. Plus they all bring the double Gov theory. Plus they are all better speakers. Ayotte has nothing except the woman thing and 4 electoral votes. Martinez could bring those votes with her too.

On top of all that, none have gone too far to the right to be unacceptable to the D.C. elite Bourgeois. And being acceptable to both the far right and far left might end up being important.

KMav on February 27, 2014 at 7:20 PM

I like Martinez…no experience in foreign policy is better than some…say like Joe Biden’s

gracie on February 27, 2014 at 7:13 PM

The foreign policy qualification is over-rated by the pundits. Reagan had none but was a fine President. Bush I had been cia chief and VP but was a flop!
I think Martinez, Haley, Jindal, or any of the govs I posted about earlier will surround themselves with cabinet members that are a MILLION times better than the ones we have now.

shubalstearns on February 27, 2014 at 7:21 PM

God no.

Jack_Burton on February 27, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Let us throw a thought out there to get reactions. How about a ticket on the Republican party with Susana Martinez at the top and Nikki Haley as VP?

ojfltx on February 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I like Ayotte, but she’s not a good VP pick

Gov Martinez is the only VP choice if GOP chooses a woman

But, I’ve said all along…Hillary will not be the Dem nominee

Booker will be. No way, the Dems going to put a 69 year old washed up old baggage carrying Clinton as their nominee. Hillary’s time past in 08 when a young unknown Black senator kicked her butt. Booker is the new Obama.

Redford on February 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Let me see….my first question would be what kind of governing experience does she have?

lineholder on February 27, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Palin/Cruz

Cruz/Palin

davidk on February 27, 2014 at 7:37 PM

I wish the GOP could come up with an ALL FEMALE ticket.

And an ALL FEMALE Congress for that matter.

We men have done enough damage.

jake-the-goose on February 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Uhhh, no. And I’m female. Trust me, you do NOT want this. Especially not post-menopausal women

lineholder on February 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM

She’s hot though.

antisense on February 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Time for an eye exam.

bw222 on February 27, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I wish the GOP could come up with an ALL FEMALE ticket.

And an ALL FEMALE Congress for that matter.

We men have done enough damage.

jake-the-goose on February 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Uhhh, no. And I’m female. Trust me, you do NOT want this. Especially not post-menopausal women

lineholder on February 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM

We understand the rationale lineholder but it seems to be the only way to take the war on women off the table. Particularly with the media.

ojfltx on February 27, 2014 at 7:46 PM

She’s hot though.

antisense on February 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Time for an eye exam.

bw222 on February 27, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Well bw, she is an attractive woman. Not my type but attractive nonetheless.

ojfltx on February 27, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Redford on February 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I think Evan Bayh will be the Dem nominee.

portlandon on February 27, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Redford on February 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I think Evan Bayh will be the Dem nominee.

portlandon on February 27, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Good point…but he’s not radical enough and would certainly not get the Dem base to the polls. Heck, I like Bayh myself…

Redford on February 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

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