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  •  What was the last VP pick made for geography? (7+ / 0-)

    Sarah Palin wasn't picked to deliver Alaska, nor Joe Biden to deliver Delaware.

    VP picks deliver DEMOGRAPHICS and CONSTITUENCIES not states.

    Go back to Ferraro, I think this is more true than not historically.

    You're not being "oppressed" when another group gains rights you've always enjoyed.

    by Scott Wooledge on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 08:28:43 AM PDT

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    •  Right (3+ / 0-)
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      Except that Romney is losing. This choice can't help him. If he can't deliver more electoral votes, he doesn't help the campaign. He may get a bump in states that he was already going to win, but he can't help in states that Obama now owns, or in any swing states. Florida? seems unlikely. Nevada? A lot of old people there too.

      Romney needed to change the landscape with his VP pick. He didn't do that. I entirely agree that VP picks deliver demos. But Ryan delivers demos that Romney already owns, and hurts him in some (prospective and current medicare recipients.)  He provides no new help in any demographic or constituencies. I'm not sure there was a vp candidate out there that might have changed the landscape, but this choice may be worse. He may have just locked up Florida for Obama.

    •  The last geographic pick to work as intended .... (4+ / 0-)

      ... (according to political folklore, Nate Silver might differ) was JFK's pick of Johnson in 1960

      Geographic picks were the norm back 50+ years ago, when there was little or no national media as such. You picked someone from a different area of the country as an easy way to get name recognition.

      •  Yeah. (0+ / 0-)

        but nowadays constituencies--whoever they are, women, Catholics, gays, labor, Latinos--can all communicate nationally at the speed of light.

        By the end of the day, every constituency will pretty much render a thumbs up, or a thumbs down on Ryan. And reinforce and reinforce that by November.

        You're not being "oppressed" when another group gains rights you've always enjoyed.

        by Scott Wooledge on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 08:53:02 AM PDT

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