April 14, 2012 5 Comments
A long time reader asked for a run down of potential Romney VP picks. This is a subject that will get tossed around for the next few months until Romney settles on a running mate. There are a lot of good candidates out there but what Romney absolutely must do is pick a conservative. He must shore up the conservative Republican base otherwise he risks alienating what should be the core of his votes. Most of us are already disappointed in a liberal winning the nomination, to pick another liberal would destroy Romney’s chances.
With that in mind, let’s toss out Chris Christie and Condi Rice. I like both of these people but neither one of them is solidly pro-life. If there’s ever a group of people the GOP must appease at all costs with the VP selection it’s the pro-life majority in the party. No one trusts Romney on the subject, if he picks a pro-abortion liberal his candidacy is over. Christie is likely too bombastic and prone to the sort of gaffes the current VP makes on a regular basis but which are never reported by the media. The Governor of New Jersey gets more press coverage for his bombastic comments than the current Vice President gets for his. It would only be worse for Christie if he were the VP, the press would love the opportunity to attack a Republican. Condi would be great, if only she were pro-life.
Everyone wants to talk about Marco Rubio. He would be a great choice. He’s pro-life, thoughtful, the Tea Party likes him and he’s known nationally. There are any number of good things to say about Rubio, he would be a terrific choice. But let’s look at some of his drawbacks. He’s only been a Senator for two years. Before that he was a state Senator in Florida. It sounds awfully familiar to a certain current President. Point being, he doesn’t have a whole lot of experience in DC and equally as problematic he doesn’t have any executive experience. If there’s a drawback with Rubio, it’s this.
A month or so ago the media decided that Romney was going to pick Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno as has running mate. This would be an interesting selection. But what do we know about this guy? Is he pro-life? He was elected Governor in the New Progressive Party Party yet he’s a member of the RNC. He sounds about as conservative as Mitt Romney, in short not very. This guy would get the media going but ultimately he wouldn’t be good for conservatives in the party. Which is perhaps why he may be the selection, it’s an opportunity for the leftists in the GOP to take over once and for all and win without us.
Nikki Haley, Governor of North Carolina, has been tossed around. She’s a Tea Party favorite but like Rubio she’s only been in her office for two years. Rep. Paul Ryan has been mentioned and he would certainly be helpful to Romney as he has an intimate knowledge of Congressional politics. He of course is hated by Democrats, which places him in a good light with conservatives. His budget proposal is well liked by independents. Rep. Allen West has also been mentioned as a potential running mate, Sarah Palin has gone so far as to speak of him as a good choice. West spent most of his life in the military and is beloved by the Tea Party. But like Rubio and Haley, he’s only been in office two years. His military experience is perhaps his biggest asset.
One more candidate worthy of mention is Michele Bachmann. Behind the scenes she is positioning herself for the nomination. The left hates her but she appeals to women. She did a good job running for President, she showed herself more than competent in numerous debates. Bachmann would be a nice complement to Romney, she’s conservative, a woman, an evangelical Christian, just about everything Romney is not. Her problems are two fold. She’s a Congressman and historically members of the House aren’t selected for VP. Her other problem is that she’s from a state Romney isn’t going to win and thus won’t help him win the White House. This could perhaps be offset by her nomination getting conservatives excited about the Romney campaign ala Palin in 2008.
I don’t know who Romney should pick yet. There are other candidates out there, perhaps some dark horses no one is thinking about right now. If I’m Romney I’m looking at Rubio, Haley and Bachmann. The two women can kill off what’s left of the Democrats war on women strategy (though like Palin they’ll just say these women vote against their “interest”). Haley can shore up North Carolina and maybe Virginia. Bachmann could swing Wisconsin and would get the grass roots evangelicals all a tizzy for Romney. Rubio could give Romney Florida and he would play well with hispanics, who could be the difference in this election. But of course, there are others out there and we never know if Romney will pick someone obscure like Bush did with Cheney in 2000.