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Mon Apr 9, 2012, 08:04 PM

Paul Begala: I Know Who Romney’s Running Mate Will Be & it won’t be Ryan or Rubio.

Paul Begala: I Know Who Romney’s Running Mate Will Be
Apr 9, 2012 1:00 AM EDT
Don’t believe the hype: it won’t be Ryan or Rubio.

You heard it here first: Mitt Romney is going to select Rob Portman, the junior senator from Ohio, to be his running mate. I have no insight into how Romney will make this decision. But I had a front-row seat at what I believe was the best veep choice of my lifetime.


When Bill Clinton was choosing his running mate in 1992, I made a pitch for Sen. Harris Wofford—a visionary who had worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy. Wofford seemed perfect because he would have balanced the ticket, and that’s what conventional wisdom considers most important: Clinton was young, Wofford was older; Clinton was a Southerner, Wofford was from Pennsylvania; Clinton was a governor, Wofford served in Congress; Clinton was a Protestant, Wofford was a Catholic; Clinton was a moderate, Wofford was a liberal. But Clinton was blown away by his meeting with Al Gore and settled on him quickly, even though Gore was the same age, same region, same religion, and same ideology. “Why pick him?” I asked. “Because, Paulie,” Clinton said in a near whisper, “I might die.” Gulp.

I wasn’t in the room when George W. Bush chose Dick Cheney. (Well, Cheney actually chose Cheney, but never mind.) Cheney wasn’t picked for his animal magnetism, and Wyoming’s three electoral votes weren’t a factor, so politics had nothing to do with it. Obama’s choice of Joe Biden was likewise about governing, not campaigning. Delaware was never in doubt, and Biden’s global experience and middle-class sensibility made him a great choice.

Can Romney, with his Etch a Sketch character and Slinky spine, make a nonpolitical decision on his veep? He’d better. Above all, he needs an anti-Palin: someone who will not overshadow him, someone who will not blow up in his face, and someone who will fit Romney’s play-it-safe, buttoned-up image.


http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/04/08/paul-pegala-i-know-who-romney-s-running-mate-will-be.html

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kpete Apr 2012 OP
frankroberts Apr 2012 #1
onehandle Apr 2012 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2012 #2
FarPoint Apr 2012 #3
cr8tvlde Apr 2012 #5
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2012 #6
marmar Apr 2012 #7
southernyankeebelle Apr 2012 #8

Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 08:07 PM

1. maybe

I heard Condoliza Rice.

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Response to frankroberts (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 08:22 PM

4. Not a chance. She's barely more reputable than Palin. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 08:08 PM

2. I just bookmarked this thread...

So I can see if Paul Begala turned out to be right...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 08:17 PM

3. I believe Begala is right with this pick.

Portman is creepy to me..I was forced to meet him once at a government job he was visiting. He shook my hand, his hand was wet and clammy...It gave me a shivering, nausea feeling...I left the job site right afterward. Maybe that was a "sign" of future evil doings were in his future.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 08:28 PM

5. Oh I hope he doesn't pick a woman

...least of all a black woman. He's going to lose anyway, and it's just another black eye for the female gender.

Seems they pull in a female (R or D) when they are going to lose, whether as tokenism or an excuse. And whoever she would be would almost automatically have comparisons ... pro or con ... on her hair, her clothes, her glasses, her shoes, her weight, ad nauseum ... to, by constantly reminding us of the last failure, Ms. Palin. We need at least another election cycle to more fully retire and purge our memory data of the Wasilla Quitter, former beauty queen.

Hillary may not be my favorite, but she has matured politically, showed amazing class and style when Obama defeated her, developed a senior advisor aura about her on the international stage, and has done an excellent job. I think/hope she can make it in 2016. Rubio as Hillary's VP....hmmm.

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Response to cr8tvlde (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 08:43 PM

6. Guess again; Hilary has zero interest in running for anything.

And Rubio is a very evil man, from what I hear. He's also a Republican.

Sorry to rain on your daydream...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 08:54 PM

7. Multiple-choice Mitt should just pick one of his many personas to be his running mate.

nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 08:58 PM

8. That is who I think he will pick. You don't hear anything bad about him. I don't

 

think he is a teabagger (am not sure). Rubio has baggage. He is a liar.

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