Let the VP Speculation Begin!

Let's face it: never in our lifetimes will we see as disastrous/awesome a vice-presidential choice as John McCain made four years ago when he plucked Sarah Palin from the wilds of Wasilla and set her before the nation. Whoever Mitt Romney chooses to be his running mate, he (yeah, it's going to be a he) is not going to be anywhere near as interesting, maddening, or costly to the GOP ticket. Unlike McCain, Romney is not a gambler. We can be fairly sure that his choice will be vetted a lot more closely, and the ultimate pick will be, above all, safe.

This is bad news for people like me who write about politics for a living. I'd go back and see how many words I've spilled over Sarah Palin in the last four years, but I'm afraid of what I'd find. I'm fairly certain I won't be anywhere near as inspired by the person Romney chooses. Will it be repellent white guy Rick Santorum? No! Will it be boring white guy Rob Portman? Maybe! Will it be some other boring white guy? Probably! And if Romney's inclination wasn't already to stick with someone safe and unremarkable, the Palin experience will make him even more likely to choose a running mate guaranteed to be as uninteresting as possible. So why not start the speculation now?

And speaking of Sarah Palin, the other day she was interviewed on CNN, and not only did she not rule out a run in 2016, when she was asked whether she'd be open to being drafted for the top slot by a desperate party at the convention this summer, she said, "I wouldn't close that door." It's not too late, Republicans.

Comments

I respectfully disagree. Romney's support is so narrow that the only constituency he is consistently winning is people making over a hundred grand a year - in fact they are turning out in bigger numbers than in past primaries to vote for him. And after the unbelievable amount of misogeny and ignorance heaped on women, and the unbelievable amount of racism heaped on minorities Republicans are going to pick Susan Martinez - a Latina who is, at least not stupid.

Hi all
Back in the 70's we here in England had politician's of pretty much similar types, then along came Mrs Thatcher and the 80's and British politics (by British standards) went wildly partisan. Now we've calmed down and normal service has being resumed. Pretty much hard to tell which party an MP is from when you catch them on the TV. I work in the
Healthcare industry and neither party will affect my job, on current policy anyway.
But you guys seem to be right in the middle of one of those crazy spells, may be a little scary for you, but it makes for wonderful viewing over here. Politics should be a spectator sport.
For a foreigner anywise. Good luck with your election.

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