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It's always been inevitable, at least to me, that former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts would emerge as the Republican nominee for President. And while he hasn't been coronated yet--and while I don't want him to be because it would bring the hilarious circus to an abrupt end--I find it highly likely that he will be.

That then raises the obvious question: Who will he select as his running mate?

It's the most important question that a successful presidential primary campaign faces, and Mitt Romney faces enormous challenges in finding the answer to that question. On the one hand, he has serious problems with social conservatives and Tea Partiers--he's just not conservative enough. On the other hand, he's seen his popularity with moderates and independent voters plummet--he's too out-of-touch and he's ensconcing himself further and further to the right. Both of these problems are contradictory. In order to fix one problem, he exacerbates the other problem. It's a catch-22. So expect Mitt Romney to give this question more thought than John McCain did, but don't expect that he'll come up with a better answer.

Below, I determined the fourteen most likely candidates that would be selected as Mitt Romney's vice-presidential nominee and evaluate their pros and cons. Most of the names have been circulated already by  talking heads and commentators, but some names are ones that I've definitely never heard before. I'll openly admit that my list is not perfect, and it probably includes long-shot candidates who will never see the light of day.

And naturally, I'm always receptive to critiques, both positive and negative. Enjoy! (I hope)

Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tennessee)
Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee hasn’t appeared on many talking heads’ short lists, but there’s a reason that I put him on my list. He is, to a degree, the kind of running mate that Romney, I think, would like to have—he’s undoubtedly conservative, but he displays some degree of reason, he has a business profile, he is popular in his home state, and he doesn’t seem to have too many skeletons in his closet. However, he was recently elected, albeit in a landslide, and undoubtedly, the Democrats would raise issues about the fact that he earned his millions through oil companies. That’s not exactly helpful in a campaign that could revolve around gas prices. Furthermore, there’s a reason that he hasn’t appeared on many lists—he isn’t known for having an overwhelming amount of charisma and he was just sworn in last year. And finally, he has the potential to be another Mitt Romney. He doesn’t seem to have an interesting, sizzling personality and he can easily be painted as an out-of-touch businessman.

Gov. Luis Fortuño (R-Puerto Rico)
Governor Luis Fortuño of Puerto Rico is an unorthodox candidate, mentioned as a long-shot by some commentators. The real reason that he’s on this list is because he’s the only Hispanic Governor who has held his post for more than a year. He’s young, Puerto Rican, and could potentially help Mitt Romney out with Hispanic voters. However, what he lacks is a national profile—nobody has any idea who he is. He also can’t vote for Romney, because Puerto Rico doesn’t vote in presidential elections, and he’s not well-known among conservatives for having a rock-solid record. He’s also up for re-election this year, and he may be loath to give Democrats the opportunity to pick up his seat.

Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nevada)
Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada is the Hispanic candidate on this list most likely to be selected as Mitt Romney’s running mate, but even then, his chances aren’t so hot. What’s working in his favor? He’s young, popular in his home state of Nevada, charismatic, and Hispanic. What’s not? He’s only in his first year as Governor, and some limited polling has shown that he wouldn’t be a great help to Romney in winning his own home state.

Gov. Susana Martinez (R-New Mexico)
Governor Susana Martinez is a less popular, female version of Brian Sandoval, which is why she’s on the list. She is the first Latina Governor in the history of the United States, which would make her an interesting pick, to say the least. However, her popularity in New Mexico isn’t overwhelming—she wasn’t elected over Diane Denish, her 2010 opponent, by a wide margin, and she hasn’t been able to make waves as Governor due to a Democratic-controlled legislature. Though she has a strong law and order background as a prosecutor and district attorney, the fact that her ancestors illegally immigrated to the United States might hurt Romney among conservatives.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minnesota)
We all know former Governor Tim Pawlenty for his overwhelmingly successful run for President, where he inspired millions with his charisma…not. Tim Pawlenty was almost picked by John McCain as his running mate in 2008, but there is a good reason why he wasn’t—he’s not particularly inspiring. Though conservatives hailed his “bold” economic plan, they didn’t hail it enough to actually vote for or support him. There’s something to be said for being one of the first candidates to drop out of an uninspiring group of candidates. Pawlenty’s name will probably end up on Romney’s short list, though, which isn’t to say that he’ll be selected. He’s quite similar to Romney in that he doesn’t have an interesting personality, he ran as a moderate candidate for Governor of a blue state and now proclaims to be a conservative, and his own home state won’t vote for him for higher office. And why would Mitt Romney pick a less popular clone of himself?

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida)
Senator Marco Rubio will undoubtedly be on Mitt Romney’s short list, and for good reason. He’s Hispanic, young, popular with voters in his home state, popular with Tea Partiers, and, most importantly, he’s from FLORIDA, debatably the most important swing state. However, people on the Rubio Train will run into a few obstacles—first off, he was only sworn in last year. He has less experience than Barack Obama did in seeking the White House, which works against him. There’s a reasonable argument to be made that he won’t help the Romney ticket with Hispanic voters because he’s Cuban. Furthermore, his family story, though inspiring at first, is inundated with some fabrications, which may not go over too well with voters. Limited polling suggests that he won’t be a huge boon to Romney in Florida.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky)
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky will also appear on Romney’s short list, and, again, with good reason. He’s the son of the legendary libertarian Ron Paul, obviously, and he may end up on the ticket as the result of some “grand bargain” between Romney and Paul. Don’t start printing his name on the ballot, though, because he runs into some huge issues. Though he has the potential to inspire enthusiasm among young voters due to the popularity of his father, his record will be less than impressive to traditional suburban conservatives, a crowd that Romney already has issues with. They don’t exactly want to hear about Paul’s lack of support for the drug war, and moderates all across the country will be unnerved by his questionable record on supporting civil rights—if he’s selected, everyone in the country will have seen the infamous interview with Rachel Maddow by the end of the campaign. He was also just recently sworn in, and he’s angling for a run in 2016, so he could be seen as more willing to put his national ambition above Romney by the campaign.

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana)
Governor Bobby Jindal’s lack of endorsement following Rick Perry dropping out is quite telling—though he promised the people of Louisiana that he’d stick around for a full term if elected, there are a number of reasons that he could be everything that Romney is looking for. He’s Indian, so there would be a certain spark to his election. He’s solidly conservative and immensely popular with his home state—Democrats didn’t even try to put up a top-, middle-, or low-tier candidate against him in 2011. What works against him is that he is also angling for a 2016 campaign, the fact that he’s so far to the right on social issues has the potential to turn off moderate voters in swing states, and he might be too young at this point. Governor Jindal, however, is the man to watch.

Gov. Nikki Haley (R-South Carolina)
Governor Nikki Haley is similar to Governor Susana Martinez—she’s the less popular, female version of another candidate. Conservatives fell in love with Haley, and in the case of Will Folks and Larry Marchant, perhaps TOO in love with her. She was elected Governor in a closer race than most expected, and she’s been underwhelming as Governor, both in terms of policy and popularity. Her questionable marital issues could cause concern among social conservatives, but she’ll probably end up on Romney’s short list anyhow. However, if he wants the spark that her Indian heritage will light, he would probably defer to Bobby Jindal.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Virginia)
Governor Bob McDonnell was a leading candidate for Romney’s vice-presidential selection. Was. The controversy over the transvaginal ultrasound put a dent in his popularity with Virginians and being on a national ticket would energize pro-choice voters all over the country to support the President’s re-election. However, McDonnell has some factors working in his favor—he’s from a swing state where he has a reasonable level of popularity and he’s conservative with a decent record. His inexperience might be an issue, but he’ll end up on Romney’s list.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Senator Rob Portman would be among Mitt Romney’s ideal running mates, if he were only elected a few years earlier. His lack of experience probably pushes him out of serious consideration, but he has a lot of factors working in his favor. He’s recognized by conservatives as a leader on the budget, he’s a popular Senator from one of the most important swing states in the country, Ohio, and he’s conservative. What works against him? His lack of experience, but, more importantly, the experience that he DOES have. He was Bush’s budget director, which could hang a noose around his neck, seeing as Bush was the first President to authorize a trillion dollar deficit. Furthermore, he appears to be looking at a 2016 run, which could push him to prioritize his own profile over that of Romney’s campaign.

Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Indiana)
What can be said about Mitch Daniels? A lot of conservatives begged him to enter the race for President due to his record of “reasonable” conservatism. He’s had an unorthodox political career that could be a boon—a businessman who was selected as Bush’s first budget director before running successfully for Governor of Indiana. He’s amassed a profile that conservatives clearly like, and the fact that he engaged in the anti-union rhetoric of his neighbors in Ohio and Wisconsin works in his favor with Republicans, but not so much with moderates or unionists. He’s a natural candidate for Romney to pick as his running mate, but watch for Democrats to attack him, just as they would with Rob Portman, for running up deficits for Bush. His record on unions would probably push the Romney campaign to lose any chance in Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, which the campaign may not be willing to risk. Either way, he’s a leading candidate, and he’s another man to watch.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-New Jersey)
Governor Chris Christie is a combination of Mitch Daniels, Bob McDonnell, and the cast of Jersey Shore—he was begged by Republicans to enter the race, he has potential experience issues, and he’s quite aggressive and pushy about getting his way.  There’s a reason that conservatives love him, but I’ve had difficulty understanding it. He’s perceived to be a guy who can work with both parties to get things done—notice the word “perceived.” He’s a reasonably conservative Governor of a reasonably blue state, but don’t be tricked into thinking that he helps Romney win it. He doesn’t. His moderation on social issues, especially gay marriage, could be a turn-off for social conservatives already unsure about Romney, and his overly aggressive personality when it comes to politics—calling a veteran an “idiot,” for example—doesn’t seem like it’ll play well with moderates.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee)
Senator Bob Corker, like his state’s Governor, hasn’t appeared on many short lists made by political commentators, but I see a number of reasons why he could potentially be selected. He has the potential to give Romney the shoring up that he desperately needs in the South, he has an interesting resume—businessman, mayor, Senator—and he has a limited history of bipartisan workings with Democrats like Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, while still maintaining a conservative voting record. All of that works for him appealing to both moderates and conservatives. On the flip side, he has no national profile. Seeing as he’s up for re-election this year, his lack of presence on the ballot for his current position could entice some popular, moderate Tennessee Democrat like Phil Bredesen to seek his seat, which Republicans wouldn’t want. And finally, though he is conservative, he doesn’t offer the kind of red meat that Tea Partying voters really want. However, he’s an interesting potential pick, and he shouldn’t be written off quite yet.

I considered listing a number of people—Idaho Governor Butch Otter, former Alabama Governor Bob Riley, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, to name a few—but I ultimately decided not to. All of the candidates that I did not include on this list were rejected because they were too old, too obscure, too alienating, too extreme, too inexperienced, and too impractical of selections if Mitt Romney would actually care to win. Rick Santorum is a name that I’ve heard to a degree, but trust me when I say that he won’t be selected—Romney has said that he wouldn’t pick him, for one, and their attacks on each other have been quite brutal. It has the potential to have a unifying effect on the Republican primary voters, but the traditional, business, law-and-order conservatives and moderates that Romney needs to win over in order to win wouldn’t be impressed. If Barack Obama didn’t pick Hillary Clinton, and if their campaigns were much less brutal, personal, and nasty than the Romney and Santorum campaigns are right now, then there is no reason to believe that Romney would pick Santorum.



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  •  I'll guess Chris Christie or Jeb Bush. (3+ / 0-)
  •  Seamus? nt (5+ / 0-)

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:00:28 PM PDT

  •  What about Mike Huckabee? (9+ / 0-)

    I don't know a lot about Huckabee, however, I seem to recall that he was a bit more rational than the current crop and had the ability to appeal to the evangelical Christian members of the party. Would that make any sense?

    Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people. Kin Hubbard

    by Mr Robert on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:06:47 PM PDT

    •  MrR - BINGO (2+ / 0-)
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      scilicet, Mr Robert

      Romney needs help with these three groups, religious right, Tea Party members and Hispanics. Huckabee helps on the first two, he is a great campaigner, likeable, and funny. It also sets him up for a 2016 run as the GOP front runner. It will be the Huck.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:28:42 PM PDT

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      •  Huck hates Mittens but then, who doesn't? (4+ / 0-)

        I'm sure he's lumping it as publicly as the rest of the R pols now. And he does give the impression of being semi-sane, which might appeal to Independents later.

        He wouldn't help at all with the women's vote, I assume, considering he signed that full-page USA Today ad from the Southern Baptist Convention saying "a wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband."

        "Some folk want their luck buttered." Thomas Hardy

        by scilicet on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:13:11 PM PDT

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    •  The one thing that might dissuade (5+ / 0-)

      What The Huck is that he's poised to unseat Limbaugh as talk-radio king; there are already rumblings that some stations are going to dump Rush because he's become toxic and replace him with Huckabee who at least sounds sane. Limbaugh's never been as ripe for the taking as he is now in the wake of the Sandra Fluke meltdown. The prospect of usurping the throne (and collecting the accompanying cash) may be too much for Huckabee to pass up, even for the possibility of running as VP.

      The optimist sees the glass as half-full. The pessimist sees the glass as half-empty. The realist just knows she's thirsty.

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:54:07 PM PDT

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      •  Cali - I think it's a real issue (1+ / 0-)
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        Mr Robert

        The Huck can wait to see what happens to Limbaugh and if any of these major talk radio gigs actually materialize, which I personally doubt. Being a major talk radio figure would prevent him from ever running for President, but the money is certainly temping.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 10:57:04 PM PDT

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    •  That wouldn't surprise me at all. (2+ / 0-)
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      stevenaxelrod, Mr Robert

      I think he'd be Romney's best bet.

      "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

      by native on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 06:02:36 PM PDT

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    •  You can't show him the money (1+ / 0-)
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      Mr Robert

      There's no way he gives up his gig at Fox News. He has a big mortgage payment on that mansion he bought in Florida.

  •  Christie (3+ / 0-)
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    NM Ray, stevenaxelrod, bepanda

    Mr. Etch-a-Sketch needs a wingnut superhero to make the base like him.

    "He's the one, who likes all our pretty songs. And he likes to sing along. And he likes to shoot his gun. But he knows not what it means" - Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:09:34 PM PDT

  •  Fortuño would be an interesting choice. (3+ / 0-)

    On the one hand, it would theoretically help Romney make inroads with the Hispanic vote.

    On the other hand, it would take a lot of southerners swallowing hard to vote for a Puerto Rican. After all, if something happens to Romney or if he resigns for some reason, we'd go from Barack Hussein Obama of "Kenya" to Luis Guillermo Fortuno Burset (apologies for lack of accents and tildes) of Puerto Rico. That would be demotivating for lots of white people in states Romney needs to carry.

    Another thing going against Fortuño as VP would be the fact that PR gets no electoral votes. It'll have to be someone from a swing state.

    Christie, while a likable character to the GOP, is keeping his feet dry for 2016.

    Daniels is doing the same as Christie, I think.

    Jeb Bush gets a cabinet appointment from Romney, or an ambassadorship.

    I doubt he'll pick Corker just because Tennessee is a state that would vote for a poodle if the GOP ran it against Obama.

    McDonnell is a good choice if Romney wants a chance at carrying Virginia, but he's toxic with women. It's iffy.

    Portman is a good choice if he wants Ohio -- he's a relatively low profile Republican in a state Romney needs to win if he wants to win the White House.

  •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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    Etch-A-Sketch Magna Doodle 2012

    The thing is, you see what you want to see, and you hear what you want to hear. Dig? - The Rock Man

    by BalanceSeeker on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:11:18 PM PDT

  •  I also think you're missing condy. (4+ / 0-)
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    Clem Yeobright, native, TDreamer, bepanda

    I don't think her connection with the bush era is enough to disqualify her.

    Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

    by Smoh on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:12:16 PM PDT

  •  rMoney has the same problem as McCain (1+ / 0-)
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    had.  Only worse.  He can't count on the fundie vote.  OTOH, choosing a running mate to appease the Bible-thumpers won't do much to flip the needed number of '08 "blue states" red.  Plus obviously calculated and cynical VP choices don't really work.  

  •  The Other Mitt Romney. A Real Balanced Ticket. (8+ / 0-)

    Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:16:36 PM PDT

  •  Susana Martinez (0+ / 0-)

    He needs women badly, and Nikki Haley has more of a risk of 'going rogue'

    I like Michelle more than Barack.

    by duha on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:23:23 PM PDT

    •  Martinez would have 1.5 years of experience... (2+ / 0-)
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      bepanda, DBunn

      Before of which she was a DA.  That's kind of a huge jump in little over two years time.  She also has her own course plotted and I think she's focused on 2016 and wouldn't want to be framed by the Romney campaign.  

  •  I'm going to double down on Stupid: Santorum (2+ / 0-)
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    Had Enough Right Wing BS, elmo

    I wouldn't  be surprised if he picks Ricky

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:47:11 PM PDT

  •  Paul Ryan wants it. (3+ / 0-)
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    greengemini, stevenaxelrod, elmo
  •  I agree with exlrrp, sure Romney and (1+ / 0-)
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    Frothy don't like each other much--neither did Reagan and GHWB, but that deal got done anyway.

    Romney is in a particularly tough spot because he needs to pick someone who can be an "enforcer-type," and who also appeals to moderates and the far right, but without emphasizing Romney's own weakness and lack of connection with even Republicans.

    If he wasn't such a turd I might feel sorry for him. As it is no matter who he chooses he's going to loose to President Obama. Probably by 2015 we'll learn about the supposed drama of the selection process.

    As bad as the guys fighting to be the presidential nominee are the possible running mates are predictably pathetic.

    It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:07:44 PM PDT

    •  If he wants to write off the women's vote, (2+ / 0-)

      then Santorum would be just fine.

      The optimist sees the glass as half-full. The pessimist sees the glass as half-empty. The realist just knows she's thirsty.

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:59:05 PM PDT

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      •  I'm certainly not endorsing that choice-- (0+ / 0-)

        really I'm enjoying the fact that Romney is in a terrible quandary. The general election will probably be close, but the Republicans have been too willing to alienate a lot of groups, not only women. The insulting ways they've spoken about women--and other groups of voter as well--has probably sealed their fate for November (if that was previously in doubt).

        I'm also trying to keep reminding myself that after the R's suffer a well-deserved defeat in the General Election they will definitely draw exactly the wrong conclusions; they just keep doubling down on the crazy, don't they?

        Before Christmas the "thinkers" will be opining that Mitt lost because he wasn't a hardcore enough right winger, or that too many doubted his "conservative purity." By 2015 they will consider that a proven fact--and the next brigade of fools will make the current crop look tame.

        I really believe the sham is about to be discovered. The Republicans long ago sold their souls; trading the appearance of strength for their true convictions was a bad deal. Losing a second Civil War (hopefully without the physical violence) may leave them smoldering in the ashes of Nixon's Southern Strategy for a long time.

        If Romney picks Santorum it will be harder to claim the ticket was too "moderate," but given a choice between admitting their approach is out of touch with most of our society and blaming their messengers their instincts will kick in.

        Even if the R's nominee could somehow pick a genuine 1960's liberal Republican that party is about to consume itself. I'm pretty sure we can beat them. I know for sure they can beat themselves.

        It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 07:34:40 PM PDT

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  •  Johnny Isakson, perhaps? (1+ / 0-)
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    He's conservative without sounding like a complete idiot, and would pretty much take Georgia out of play (his approval ratings are stratospheric, and it's looking like any Repub is going to have to do some heavy lifting to keep Georgia red).

  •  Martinez. (1+ / 0-)
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    Repugs need to attempt to make up ground with both women and Latinos.  I say attempt because I believe it will be futile.

    Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:29:08 PM PDT

  •  I'm thinking Paul Ryan (0+ / 0-)

    He's clearly being groomed as the GOP 'rising star', he's so far off the charts as a right wing wacko that he'll convince the base that Mittens is really going to be 'severely conservative', and he's young and man-purty. Mittens realizes that it's totally useless to even make a try at the Latino/black/woman voters, so he may as well solidly firm up the conservatives.

  •  It's Rubio, with the vain hope of getting Florida (0+ / 0-)
  •  Rubio first choice, Portman second (2+ / 0-)
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    DBunn, VClib

    He just cares about winning swing states.  Nothing else.  Securing Florida or Ohio gets him half way home.  Rubio is more likely to be able to deliver Florida than Portman is to deliver Ohio.

  •  The General Obama fired! (1+ / 0-)
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    General Stanley McChrystal, The Runaway General!

    I see a sleeper in someone like McChrystal.

    General Stanley McChrystal was fired by President Obama based on a Rolling Stone article citing his junior staff speaking disparagingly of the Commander In Chief. Something all conservatives have been doing for the past three years.

    To the teabaggers bringing McChrystal on stage during the convention would be like taking Christ down off the cross and back to life. His followers (McChrystal) already have a chip on their shoulders and a hatred for our President. I'm not saying that he feels that way himself, but it would be perceived that way by the pack.

    Nominating McChrystal would rally all the anti Obama ideologies into the flesh. In their minds he would be Christlike.

    McChrystal has military leadership cred, he was commander over special operations forces and knows his way around the 'laws of land warfare'.

    McChrystal would be their Wesley Clark on steroids.

  •  It can only be a Southerner ... (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't see how the Bible belt will allow Mitt to select someone from the Midwest or someone from the N-East. Mitt needs someone who will energize the social conservative in the places, where Mitt can't even get more than 30%.
    Right now, I see the VA Governor (if you consider VA to be part of the South) or maybe someone like Jim DeMint. It really has to be a hardliner from the South. The moderates will see Mitt and the social conservative will see the VP guy.
    I doubt Rand Paul will make the last cut.
    Rubio wouldn't qualify to be President of the USA, because he is not a natural born USA Citizen.

    •  You have to admit (0+ / 0-)

      the universe of those smarter than Sarah Palin is pretty wide. Heck, even my bantam chickens.  I polled them this morning, and none of them is interested in being Mitt's running mate.

      "He's a sure loser. Bawk bawk!"

  •  I suspect the RMoney camp...................... (0+ / 0-)

    will go shopping for a VEEPer who can possibly deliver a state that Mittens cannot very well carry on his own. This eliminates the probability of folks like Paul, Haley, Jindal, etc. who are from deeply red states.  

    He will want to tip the balance in a "swing" state such as Indiana, Ohio, Florida or Virginia.  Of those I think McDonnell would be the most likely followed by Daniels, Portman and Rubio.  Also, I think any though of Rubio delivering Latino votes outside of the Cuban Community in Florida is a pipe dream

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 11:38:45 PM PDT

  •  My hope is that none of the potential GOP (0+ / 0-)

    candidates helps Romney in their respective states by margins big enough to defeat Obama.

    Rob Portman is a strong contender, but I'm hoping Obama's polling in Ohio stays strong and that this percentage exceeds any gain Portman might bring.

    Same with O'Donnell in Virginia.  

    Most of the other "likely" veep contenders are from states Romney would be epected to carry anyway.  

  •  Appeal to suburbia (0+ / 0-)

    I think Romney needs to appeal to Suburbia. McComb County, Michigan, Montgomery County, PA, etc.

    That being said, there is no modern-day George Romney, Nelson Rockefeller, Gerald Ford, etc that immediately comes to mind. Of course, I am at work, and a bit distracted...

    No 2012 Palin. No "aw shucks" Southern Governor. This election is going to be be fought in shopping mall parking lots, not side of the road peach stands in the Southeast.

  •  John Thune (0+ / 0-)

    I believe Romney will essentially be forced to choose an evangelical running mate.  It would also behoove him to pick someone with foreign policy credentials, which most governors do not possess.  With that in mind, Senator John Thune of South Dakota seems well positioned.  He is conservative, Christian, handsome, well-spoken, and has an attractive young family.  He has a proven ability to get votes in the kinds of Midwestern states where Santorum has done well, and he is the ranking member of the Senate subcommittee on international trade, giving some foreign policy chops.  During the Iowa contest he was frequently seen acting as a surrogate to the Romney campaign.

    Mitt Romney's greatest weakness is that the social conservative base views him with mistrust.  His first priority will be to appease them.  In that light, I do not believe a Catholic or a Hispanic will be suitable.  White bread protestant will be the order of the day, and Thune fits the bill perfectly.

    "We must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom." - Kodos

    by Jon Stafford on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 04:32:32 PM PDT

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