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Vice Presidential (VP) candidates seem to get vetted more than Presidential candidates, which amuses me. People being considered for VP have to provide information to the party’s nominee about all sorts of private information that could become an issue after the convention: tax returns, medical records, lawsuits/criminal convictions, psychiatric or substance-abuse problems, credit reports, accusations of plagiarism or doctored résumés, stories of family scandals, etc. They’re asked about any little thing that could become an issue.

Does anyone remember George McGovern’s first choice for VP, Tom Eagleton? After he was chosen, it turned out he had gone through electro-convulsive therapy (aka electroshock treatments) for psychiatric problems, which might have included depression and/or nervous exhaustion. McGovern dropped him and switched to Sargent Shriver (Maria’s father). I still think McGovern would have been 100 times better than Nixon. That was the first time I volunteered to work on a campaign. Oh well. Sometimes we Democrats lose the election.

More below the orange madeleine of temps perdu.

I’d like to know if Romney is asking the people on his short list for their tax returns. He should. He wouldn’t want any nasty surprises. When McCain was vetting Romney as a possible VP, he asked Romney for his tax returns. And Romney provided them.

I’ve been thinking about who Romney might pick for VP.  He could select one or more of several strategies:

The Geographic Strategy: Pick someone from a state with a decent number of electoral votes that is not solid red or solid blue. In other words, go for a high value state that might otherwise vote for Obama. Maybe FL, NC, VA, PA, OH, MI, WI, or MN. A state with at least 10 electoral votes. Not Wyoming or Maine. Not California (too blue) or Texas (too red).

The Demographic Strategy: Pick someone who might appeal to voters in the same category as the VP choice. Maybe a woman or a Hispanic or an African-American (yeah, good luck with that) or someone with an East-Indian heritage (which I suppose would be have to be either Bobby Jindal or Nikki Haley). Picking a woman didn't work out very well for McCain.

The Debate Strategy: Pick someone who is smart and eloquent, who could argue with Joe Biden in the one televised debate (two at the most). Someone who could give good speeches and make jokes and not sound completely idiotic (which means not Sarah Palin or Dan Quayle or anybody like that).

The Lunatic Strategy: Pick someone who’s an insane tea-party Ayn Rand or Ron Paul guy or a zany fundamentalist Christian, who will mollify the right wing of the Republican Party and shore up the old white guy vote.

My words are just dust in the wind. Romney will use whatever criteria appeal to him and he will pick someone for VP and pundits will call him either idiotic or brilliant. And then we’ll have the election and Romney will lose. But it’s kind of interesting to think about who he will choose.

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  •  Any thoughts, pro or con? (4+ / 0-)

    I think Romney can't possibly pick a VP that will help him out of the hole he's dug. But I might be wrong.

    But the angle said to them, "Do not be Alfred. A sailor has been born to you"

    by Dbug on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 10:41:49 PM PDT

  •  It's essential to have at least one taxpayer (4+ / 0-)
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    Dbug, YaNevaNo, opinionated, Inland

    on the ticket. Or so I'd like to think.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 10:49:34 PM PDT

  •  He can just not bother with the taxes (1+ / 0-)
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    Dbug

    Romney can use this to his advantage.  When he is asked about tax returns from his running mate, Romney can say he didn't ask his running mate for his tax returns because that is a violation of his privacy.

    Romney should go on the offense here and fight for his right to privacy.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 10:53:34 PM PDT

  •  not really (1+ / 0-)
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    VClib
    People being considered for VP have to provide information to the party’s nominee about all sorts of private information that could become an issue after the convention:
    Actually they don't 'have' to provide any of it. Though i imagine that refusing would reduce the chance they are chosen.

    Even the disclousure rules for president wrt tax returns probably would not survive a court challenge if it were ever made. The only requirements for the office are listed in the constitution.

  •  Yes, he'll demand it. And they'll laugh about it. (1+ / 0-)
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    Dbug

    Yes, he'll demand it the tax returns and the VP pick will give them up. And they'll laugh about it. Both will be in on the joke - The elite run the world and the public has a nasty habit of getting in the way.

    At this point he better pick Paul Ryan. After the Wall Street Journal, and others, highly recommended picking him recently I think he will really piss off some wingnuts if he goes rogue. They are already talking about him like an dog that needs to be housebroken.

    ...the train's got its brakes on and the whistle is screaming.

    by themank on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 01:09:54 AM PDT

  •  He'll definitely be asked by the press, (2+ / 0-)
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    msdobie, Dbug

    "So, Mister Not-Gonna-Show-My-Tax-Returns, did you require the VP to show you his tax returns?"

  •  T & R for the McGovern reference (2+ / 0-)
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    opinionated, Dbug

    He was my first vote in a presidential election.....

    I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

    by Wayward Wind on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 01:31:04 AM PDT

  •  he will but he won't release them (1+ / 0-)
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    Dbug

    these are the kinds of things discussed in quiet rooms

    which means the rest of us can go f*%k ourselves before he will let us know any such financial information

    The Senate would refuse to confirm a nominee who refused to release relevant information

    the American people should refuse to elect a candidate who refuses to be transparent

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 04:51:44 AM PDT

  •  He should just pick his horse (1+ / 0-)
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    Dbug

    Really, could it do any worse than any of those other choices? At least it couldn't possibly say anything worse than Mitt already has.

    "Dethklok has summoned a troll." "That's impossible; there's no such thing as trolls." "Then how do you explain the dead unicorns?"

    by kamrom on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 08:41:42 AM PDT

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