We’re about a 110 days out from the most important Presidential Election this Country has ever seen…
Against the dynamic personality of President Obama, the Republicans have settled for Mitt Romney as their nominee. Unfortunately, Romney’s not the most charismatic fellow. Which is why his choice of Vice-President is of utmost importance.
Here’s what I’m afraid of…
I like Mitt Romney, he’s a likeable guy – but there’s not much about him that gets people fired up to go to the polls. He’s also not handling criticism of his career at Bain Capital very well. He needs to realize he’s in a street fight against “Chicago Machine” politics and they don’t apologize for “unfair” attacks – or for anything else they do to win.
That’s why Mitt needs a street fighter as his Veep and there’s only one person smart enough, mean enough and crafty enough to undermine the boys from Chicago and that’s the Governor from the Garden State, Chris Christie of New Jersey. This guy calls out hecklers, asks reporters if they are stupid and doesn’t take crap from anyone. What’s more he’s turned around the State- saving it from bankruptcy by taking on the unions, cutting taxes and scaling back anti-business regulations.
But once again, I’m living in a fantasy world where the Republicans nominate their best candidates.
I shudder to think of some of the names the rumor mill has on Romney’s short list for Veep. The best sources have Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Gov.Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana as the most likely picks.
The first two – Portman and Pawlenty, are boring white guys.
I don’t think that two, straight down the line white dudes are gonna beat Obama.
I’m not taking anything away from these two gentlemen – they are both accomplished and competent- but I’m falling asleep at my keyboard just thinking about them running. Romney and either of them will put the American people into a coma.
Marco Rubio is somewhat of a wild card.
He’s Cuban, which is great for a party desperate to appeal to Hispanics. And Hispanics should be a natural constituency for the Republicans. They are hard working, pro-life, have strong family values and are very religious. But once again the Reps have alienated them by their anti-immigrant stance.
Rubio has a great plan for dealing with immigrants who are already here. However, it’s realistic, so its probably not going anywhere in a party that thinks you can “deport them all”. I like Rubio and think he would help the ticket.
Bobby Jindal is very interesting.
He’s the consummate policy wonk, a man knows how to fix things and is doing wonders in Louisiana. He’s been a great attack dog as he campaigns for Romney. And he’s Indian – “with a dot, not a feather.”
Is that a politically correct specification?
Jindal adds diversity, enthusiasm and smarts to the ticket.
There are other interesting people being talked about, most notably, Condoleeza Rice- Bush’s Secretary of State – Which is why she’s a bad idea. Romney can’t risk any links to W. And she’s a NeoCon – I’m a NeoCon sympathizer and I don”t even like NeoCons anymore…
Who knows? Someone else might come out of left field like Sarah Palin did in 2008 – I predicted that one. McCain needed someone to liven things up and Sarah did just that…Could you imagine how bad he would have lost without her firing up the Republican base?
I just hope whoever Romney picks- doesn’t put the American People to sleep. We need to beat this Obama guy if there is even going to be an America left…