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View Diary: Romney's first presidential test fraught with peril (and my case for Jim DeMint) (249 comments)

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  •  Rubio or Paul Ryan (4+ / 0-)

    I think nominees like DeMint or Corker are out of the question this year. Republicans have a mediocre nominee in Romney and desperately need to add some excitement to the ticket.

    Despite the cautionary tale of Game Change, they will feel the need for a VP candidate who can simultaneously energize the base and drive positive coverage in the national media. Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan are the only candidates who really do that.

    Republican insiders (as opposed to the base) are increasingly desperate to begin some kind of effort to appeal to the Hispanic vote, so this could be an argument for Rubio. Granted, Rubio has some damaging issues in his past but the thinking will be that since these didn't sink him in his Florida bid, they won't nationally.

    Ryan would represent a different kind of gamble: that Romney could run on "substance," even if that substance amounts to a far-right economic plan that is tailor made for Democratic attacks. However a Ryan VP nomination would at least put to rest the perception of Romney as a weak-willed flip flopper.

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