Skip to comments.Mitt’s got your number, Marco Rubio
Posted on 04/06/2012 7:39:32 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Can we all agree that, whatever else he is, Mitt Romney is a numbers man?
And thats what his pick for vice president is going to come down to numbers. Mitt wants to count to 270, as in the 270 electoral votes he needs to win.
No need to make his decision anytime soon, because its a long, long way to Tampa. But right now Ill go with the conventional wisdom and say its U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
First, the number 29. Thats how many electoral votes Florida has. John McCain got 173 electoral votes, but after the 2010 census, the McCain states have just under 190 electoral votes. If Mitt carries every state McCain did and why shouldnt he? he only needs 80 more.
Rubios young, Cuban-American and a Tea Party favorite. Obamas media rumpswabs obviously consider him a threat The Washington Post has been trying to kneecap him for months.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush? No way. That pick would set off yet another nationwide epidemic of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Yes, hes married to a Mexican-American and his children are little brown ones (as George H.W. Bush once put it).
But why would the Bushes accept the No. 2 spot in a campaign they wouldnt control?
Rick Santorum, the candidate of the Council of Trent, has driven up every Republicans negatives among women, so maybe Mitt would pick a woman.
Hes not averse look at his lieutenant governor. I still say he wrongly (if understandably) assumed Kerry Murphy Healey was Roman Catholic, but her gender was what counted.
But whos available this year? Condi Rice aint running. Then theres New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a twofer, female and Mexican-American. But the magic number that kills her is five New Mexicos number of electoral votes.
How about Gov. Nikki Haley, Indian-American, of South Carolina? Shes young, good-looking, but already has ruled herself out.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is the flavor of the week. Does he guarantee Mitt carries Wisconsins 10 electoral votes? The answer is no, so say goodnight, Paul. Plus, hes too easy to demonize.
Obama sounded fresh out of a Saturday Night Live skit Tuesday when he was accusing Ryans budget of everything except microwaving kittens.
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. Hes been in Israel this week, a required trip for all prospective national candidates. Think what hed do to Joe Biden in a debate. On the other hand, think what a ham sandwich would do to Joe Biden in a debate. Plus, Christie is too fat.
Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana. If Mitt cant carry Indiana this year (McCain lost narrowly), hes not going to win anyway. Plus, Daniels is too bald.
Im sticking with Rubio. On election night 2010, during his victory speech in Miami, some of the medias Beautiful People were tweeting back and forth about how he looked like a Central American military dictator. Dont you love how liberals celebrate diversity? Marco must be doing something right.
Howie Carr list ping
>>Daniels is too bald
Didn’t hurt Cheney.
Current poll running on Herald site
Who should Mitt Romney pick for running mate?
47% - Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio
9% - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
20% - N.J. Gov. Chris Christie
10% - Wis. Rep. Paul Ryan
2% - Ohio Rep. Rob Portman
9% - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
3% - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
Total Votes: 1,726
Also in today’s Boston Herald
Mitt Romneys choice of running mate could make, break him
By Hillary Chabot
Typecast as a millionaire Massachusetts moderate short on pizzazz but big on PowerPoint presentations, a buttoned-down Mitt Romney must find a running mate who will spruce up his conservative cred while giving his ticket a common touch needed to connect to voters, said GOP party officials yesterday.
He needs to liven up his ticket, explore conservative options and he needs someone to help him out in a swing state, said Chris Brown, a Romney delegate and former executive director of the Alabama Republican Party, who warned the former Bay State governor against a boring, old, establishment Republican.
Hes been painted as the establishment guy. I dont think the electorate would rally around an even more entrenched establishment ticket, Brown said.
Talk of Romneys potential vice presidential picks has kicked up since his triple victory Tuesday, beating rival Rick Santorum in Wisconsin as well as Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Gov. Romney is going to be the nominee barring some huge event, said Steve Duprey, a national Republican committeeman in New Hampshire. Im sure they are focusing on reintroducing him outside of the primary, building a war chest and organization, and then theyll move on to start the VP vetting process.
But Ted Frank, a lawyer who was part of U.S. Sen. John McCains vetting team during his 2008 presidential run, said Romneys probably further along.
I would be very surprised if there isnt someone with a notepad with a list of 20 to 30 names, said Frank, likely including U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
They could be anywhere from brainstorming, to having preliminary research, to actually having a name in mind it depends on the candidate. Its very, very doubtful they have a secret offer out there, Frank said.
Candidates such as Rubio, Christie and Ryan would help inspire the conservative base of the GOP thats been slow to warm up to Romney, said Saul Anuzis, a National Republican Committeeman from Michigan.
They would help rally the right and appeal to the next generation of Republicans, Anuzis said.
Hispanic New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Tea Party favorite South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley dubbed Haleys Comet by the Drudge Report could give Romney a much-needed boost with female voters, Frank said.
One of the things he has to consider is whether picking a woman will have an appeal to the electorate, and he has to balance that out against their experience, he said, adding, people like diversity.
Alex Triantafilou, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party in Ohio, said that the No. 1 rule in picking a running mate is to do no harm.
Im not one of those people who thinks hes got to broaden his base that much. This is going to be a referendum on the president, Triantafilou said.
Keep it basic, agreed Marty Connors, a Republican strategist in Alabama.
All he needs is someone who can carry a swing state and step in as president if needed, Connors said, because hes got the issues and the hair covered.
Little Marco’s tea party luster is fading fast as he attaches his lips to Mitt Romney’s ass and lectures us on the need to support illegals.
I held my nose to vote for McCain and only because Sarah was on ticket...this time I am not voting for Mitt I don’t care who he has on the ticket.
I will vote GOP down the ticket. We do have a Democratic senator up this year in Florida and I will vote for the Republican.
If the national GOP can not nominate a conservative I will begin to look for a third party before the 2016 election if we still have a Republic.
>>the need to support illegals.
Yikes! Last thing we’d need.
If ethnic heritage is the primary concern here I'd rather go with Allen West, who would be more than acceptable regardless of what he looked like.
Of course I'd rather just go with the most common sense conservative available, regardless of skin color.
Rubio, Haley are not NBCs.
Only two people on ticket who can help Romney would be Rand Paul or Jeb Bush, IMHO.
Read through BOTH of ‘em.
Reminded me of a bit of ranch wisdom:
Put all the whipped cream and cherries you want on it, if you started with cow flop, you’ve only got PRETTY cow flop.
(And I’d probably vote for the plain ol’ cow flop before The 0 anyway.)
Rubio and Ryan (and even Nikki Haley) would overshadow Romney on the ticket, like Palin did on McCain’s ticket. Romney will NOT allow that to happen. Finally, it would be extremely dumb to take a senator out of Florida because the Senate is crucial this year.
Plus, Romney needs a woman on the ticket, and one from a swing state to boot. Susana Martinez fits all the requirements, is a moderate Latina from New Mexico, and helps Romney in the “Western Strategy”. While conservatives may not like this, she covers the most area politically in the swing demographics.
Rubio is conservative as there is. He stinks on immigration, but more Bush-style stink, not Harry Reid stink. Outside of that, he’s rock solid.
Nearly all of the names that Howie mentions in this article are pro-amnesty for illegal immigration, too, but Howie doesn’t mention this. Why not?
must find a running mate who will spruce up his conservative cred
He will go with someone more liberal because he believes conservatives hate, loath and fear Obama so much that he can pretty much expel gas in our faces and we’ll vote for him.
The election will be about the spiralling debt and Obama’s mishandling of economic policy generally. The best running mate to make that case is Rep. Ryan.
That sounds good too...Palin recommends
>>Sarah Palin said that her top choice for the ticket was Congressman Allen West because he “understands the constitution” and is “passionate.”
Rubio would be nothing but a show horse. That’s exactly what Romney does NOT need, since he’s so woefully lacking on substance himself. Not to mention they will NOT win the Hispanic vote, which is currently something like 70-80% in Obama’s camp. Therefore Rubio would be a waste of a pick since he has accomplished nothing and therefore adds nothing else to the ticket. We don’t need a GOP that starts pushing affirmative action as much as the Dems do.
Newt Gingrich would be far and away the best choice, in the Cheney mold of the wisened elder who adds experience and substance to the ticket and who people would believe could easily step into the presidential role if need be.
Paul Ryan would be the best “young gun” to add to the ticket. He adds great substance, obvious intellect and competence. And for people who are aware of how liberal Romney always has been on economic policy, Ryan adds conservative credibility. Problem is while he makes a great permanent Vice President, it’s a little hard to see him stepping into the role of Commander-in-Chief.
Allen West is much more credible in the presidential role than Ryan or Rubio. But he’s a little too green as a candidate. I think he needs more experience campaigning to avoid falling into the kind of pitfalls Palin did. And I’d like to see someone have to run for REelection at least once before being on a ticket. Not to mention there’s little chance he’d be picked since Romney’s GOP elite buddies are trying to redistrict him out of existence right now.
Rubio has been a profound dissappointment to me.
Portman is more in the GOP mold. White, male, relatively moderate, non-inflammatory, reasoned speaking method to the point of boredom, no skeletons in his background, strong on economic numbers and he delivers Ohio.
Romney/Portman - a lukewarm bowl of flavorless oatmeal.
Rubio is conservative as there is.
except that he endorsed a liberal from Mass.