No Loonies Need Apply for GOP Vice-President
Sometime before the
It's possible that Rubio is 100 percent sincere about not joining the
For Romney, the first step in choosing a running mate is crossing the obvious losers off the list without offending their constituencies, however marginal and loony they might be. The first to go will be his opponents from the
For Republicans, the painful lessons of the 2008 campaign should be clear. Romney's not a dummy, but neither was
The decision to pick
Unlike McCain, Romney should actually meet his future vice-presidential nominee before announcing his choice. Have a cup of coffee, bat around a few ideas.
Maybe a geography quiz. Nothing too tricky -- name the seven continents, whatever.
Prevailing cable punditry says Romney is going to pick someone "safe," meaning dull, white and male. The candidate will have more experience holding public office than Palin did, and he'll likely hail from an important swing state where moose don't outnumber independent voters.
That's why Rubio is still in the VP mix.
National journalists began focusing on Rubio last year, and fresh reporting forced him to revise his much-repeated life story, particularly as it related to the timeline of his parents' departure from
Some say Rubio's more tolerant stance on immigration could hurt Romney's stock with the right wing. A counter-argument is that Rubio's presence in the race could attract Hispanic voters beyond
Either way, Rubio's chances to make the ticket probably weren't damaged by his autobiography. He and his ghostwriter (and they all use ghostwriters) were careful to make sure nothing too wacky or incendiary appeared in the pages.
Even the title, "An American Son," was crafted free of exclamation points to sound like a personal journey, not a political manifesto. The book has generated virtually no controversy, which should please Team Romney.
Because, after what happened four years ago, the last thing a Republican nominee needs is a running mate who makes waves.
Forget feisty. Forget animated. Forget spontaneous.
All you want is somebody who looks harmlessly vice-presidential, stays on message and says nothing terrifying between now and November.
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