In case you were planning on watching Hannity & Colmes tonight, now you don’t have to.
“I think any Republican leader in this country would be honored to be asked to serve as the vice presidential nominee, myself included,” Romney told FOX’s Sean Hannity in a broadcast set to air tonight. “Of course this is a nation which needs strong leadership. And if the nominee of our party asked you to serve with him, anybody would be honored to receive that call … and to accept it, of course.”…
“There are really no hard feelings, I don’t think, on either side of this,” he said in the interview. “There were no pacts and so forth that make people feel like that we will never come together. Instead these campaigns are all coming together. We are supporting our nominee enthusiastically, aggressively.”…
Listening to Obama and Clinton discuss their national security credentials, Romney said, is akin to “listening to two chihuahuas argue about which is the biggest dog.”
“When it comes to national security, John McCain is the big dog, and they are the chihuahuas,” he said.
Exit question: If a guy with three years in the Senate is too inexperienced to be commander-in-chief, how is a guy with four years as governor of Massachusetts qualified to be a heartbeat away?
Update (Ed): I don’t think this is a bad idea at all, for a couple of reasons. First, Romney has extensive executive experience, both in and out of government. That could help McCain rebut the coming charge that he doesn’t understand economics. Neither Hillary nor Obama have any real-world business experience, nor are either likely to choose a running mate with any, given their populist rhetoric during the primary campaign. That gives the GOP ticket a clear advantage on both economics and executive experience.
Second, Romney proved he could both raise money and organize, two areas in which McCain comes up short. Both Hillary and Obama have done an impressive job in these areas, and the ticket needs someone who can match up against them — at least a little better than McCain can do. Romney can take over that job and put his team to work on building the kind of networks that the Republicans will need to win the election.
Lastly, Romney resonates with the conservative activists. It didn’t win him the nomination, but they wound up fighting for him at the end. He could help bring them back into the big tent. I see a Romney choice as a very positive step — and if Romney’s willing to do it, even more so.