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Will Jan Brewer make the veepstakes short list? (Battle tested against Obama)
Hotair ^ | 04/25/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 04/25/2012 2:49:24 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Which direction will Mitt Romney go in selecting his running mate? The Hill suggests that Romney will look for a “mini-me,” someone much like himself, as his track record as an executive in the private sector indicates:

Mitt Romney is on the hunt for a vice presidential candidate, and if his years running Bain Capital are any indication, he might be looking for a version of himself.

In his roughly 25 years at Bain, Romney tended to hire mini-Mitts — smart, ambitious, clean-cut and a little awkward, according to those who dealt closely with the men.

Romney built the private equity firm, a spinoff of the consulting firm Bain & Co., from the ground up in the mid-1980s, bringing on several people who would help him turn it into an investment giant.

“First-rate brain power, first-rate analytical power. These were sometimes kind of geeky people,” said Howard Anderson, a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s school of business who invested with Bain as an entrepreneur. “They were not often people who would be elected class president.”

That would tend to favor people with extensive executive experience, which leaves out the legislators on the short lists of the commentariat. However, that would tend to strengthen the hand of some of the governors on the GOP bench, including Tim Pawlenty, whose name has gotten more mention as of late. Allahpundit gave a good rundown of Pawlenty’s appeal to Romney last night, but the strongest argument for Pawlenty is that no one would doubt his readiness to assume the Presidency if disaster struck. He’s been a pretty good campaigner who had one bad moment in a debate last year, and Pawlenty also signed onto Team Romney quickly after getting out and has been working hard (if quietly) since for Romney’s nomination. Bobby Jindal also fits the profile suggested by The Hill, and has a little more connection to the conservative base, and Bob McDonnell in Virginia as well.

If Romney wanted to roll the dice a bit, perhaps he needs to look further west. In my column today for The Week, I present a case for Jan Brewer that would entail more risk, but perhaps more reward as well:

Brewer has a record of fighting the federal government and the media. After Brewer signed a bill from the state legislature requiring law-enforcement officers to check residency status when arresting or detaining criminal suspects, Obama’s Department of Justice filed suit against the state. To the cheers of conservatives, Brewer fought back, later writing a book to bolster her case, and squared off against open-borders advocates in the media.

Nor is that the only fight Brewer has picked with the Obama administration and the media. She called a special session of the legislature to get authorization to hire outside counsel to join the lawsuit against ObamaCare, after Goddard refused to do so. Brewer also pushed for gun-rights legislation that eventually removed the permit requirement to carry guns, making Arizona one of only three states in the nation to do so. Brewer also oversaw deep cuts in social programs in order to resolve a $4 billion budget deficit, although that also included increases in some taxes.

Given Romney’s vulnerabilities with the base on immigration, health-insurance mandates, and gun rights, Brewer might be just the kind of candidate that could get the Tea Party back on board. A Brewer nomination might also force the Obama campaign to retire the “war on women” attack line. It would also firm up Romney’s standing in Arizona, as one poll this week suggested that the Republican nominee wasn’t garnering much enthusiasm in this transitioning interior-West state.

There is some downside to Brewer, too. She has had to retract a couple of her arguments on border security in the past two years, but that’s probably not enough to make her a liability in and of itself. Brewer is a hardliner on immigration, though, and that could complicate Romney’s efforts to woo the Latino vote away from Obama. It might also provide him some cover to back Marco Rubio’s upcoming efforts on immigration reform by solidifying his credentials as a borders-first candidate.

The choice depends on whether Romney feels the need for a game-changer in late summer. If the winds are already blowing favorably, Romney’s not likely to take a risk in selecting a running mate, and will go with a candidate who matches up well with himself. If Romney needs more unity from the base, though, he may consider an outside-the-box choice of a candidate who has already been battle-tested against the administration — and that could put Brewer and Rick Perry in play.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 04/25/2012 2:49:26 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

fresh meat call :-(


2 posted on 04/25/2012 2:50:49 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: SeekAndFind

In a word, no.


3 posted on 04/25/2012 2:51:02 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not a chance.


4 posted on 04/25/2012 2:57:48 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: SeekAndFind

She doesn’t seem like the type who would handcuff herself to a suicide bomber.


5 posted on 04/25/2012 2:58:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Puh-leeze. It won’t get *my* vote. I know her too well. Now that she’s elected, she’s vetoing laws from the right with the same gusto she did when she first inherited the office from Nappy. She only signed 1070 because she was looking into the teeth of a tough election in ‘10.

Once her status as nominee was assured, it was back to “screw you TEA Party.”


6 posted on 04/25/2012 3:04:27 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Her conservative record is soft at best. Didn’t she veto a gun bill recently?


7 posted on 04/25/2012 3:05:27 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not a chance. Romney will try to get what HE thinks is a conservative, but it will be a boring conservative, if one at all. Think Pawlenty, Daniels, Thune. The craziest he might get is the governor of NM, anx she would be wise to decline. Rubio would certainly decline.


8 posted on 04/25/2012 3:08:21 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: SeekAndFind

NO - she’s like Jindal - seems to have an opportunity to really really take it to Obama handed them - seems to engage the battle - but then really doesn’t put the hammer down.

Just like the episode in the photo, she downtalked the nature of the intensity after it was done. Not what we need.

The drilling moratorium, and the Arizona law, are issues that a real bulldog would have really made interesting. Jindal and Brewer were just so so IMO on these golden opportunities.


9 posted on 04/25/2012 3:09:13 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney’s already on record saying he’s got to win the Hispanic vote or it could spell doom for him.

Thinking Liberal Romney is going to choose Breyer is a pipe dream. Romney’s a lot more concerned about winning liberals at this point that conservatives.


10 posted on 04/25/2012 3:12:25 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Dr. Sivana

I bet Romney picks a VP well left of his campaign speeches but right of Romney’s record, if only because he can’t find anyone in the GOP left of Romney’s record.

His focus now is going to be Obama. Time to Etch-a-Sketch any resemblence to a conservative and show the world he is a more palatable liberal than Obama.


11 posted on 04/25/2012 3:15:31 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: SeekAndFind

NO!!!


12 posted on 04/25/2012 3:15:46 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: SeekAndFind
If "first-rate brain power, first-rate analytical power..." are Mitt's criteria, Jan is waaay outside that box. She is the poster girl for the phrase "Dumb as a box of rocks."
13 posted on 04/25/2012 3:15:52 PM PDT by Reo (the 4th Estate is a 5th Column)
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To: cripplecreek

hahahahahahaha! funny...thanks for the laugh. Clever you are.


14 posted on 04/25/2012 3:16:33 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Rubio is auditioning for the VP nomination with a big foreign policy speech to polish his creds.


15 posted on 04/25/2012 3:16:53 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Could you please tell me why you say that about Rubio? I do not know enough about him. Thanks.


16 posted on 04/25/2012 3:17:37 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: DannyTN

Is it just me or is there really no one who seems to want the VP spot with Romney?


17 posted on 04/25/2012 3:18:56 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Yes, a couple. I carry in my car, and because of her veto there are public streets in Tempe upon which I cannot legally drive.


18 posted on 04/25/2012 3:20:08 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: SeekAndFind

She’s tax and spend and good at rubberstamping whatever the party says she should. She just might make it.

She really isn’t nearly the governor conservative web followers think, you guys only here the good stuff, which is usually her doing what she’s told.


19 posted on 04/25/2012 3:20:50 PM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: Reo

Not really dumb, but certainly not polished.... these local radio guys in Tucson refer to her as “the frazzled Avon Lady”


20 posted on 04/25/2012 3:22:36 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: DallasSun; cripplecreek

See cripplecreek’s #5 post.


21 posted on 04/25/2012 3:22:36 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: DLfromthedesert
She's not dumb. (Her husband is.) She's just not on our side. Never has been.
22 posted on 04/25/2012 3:26:44 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I’m hoping he’ll put his differences aside and pick Rick Perry.


23 posted on 04/25/2012 3:27:12 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: Cyber Liberty

Thanks. That is fairly self explanatory isn’t it?


24 posted on 04/25/2012 3:28:08 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

None of those would decline, be serious.


25 posted on 04/25/2012 3:28:51 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: jersey117

I like that suggestion...would bolster his Tea party creds and I like him.And it’s all about me!!!!


26 posted on 04/25/2012 3:30:22 PM PDT by georgia peach (georgia peach)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Wow! That is insane.


27 posted on 04/25/2012 3:34:23 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No. Brewer’s a tough broad but doesn’t speak/ debate well, stammering much of the time. We have so many fine options that include GOOD COMMUNICATORS who WON’T SIT STILL FOR LEFTIST MEDIA CRAP.

SHould make her Ambassador to Mexico, just to stick it in the craw of the current Mexican regime.


28 posted on 04/25/2012 3:37:06 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: bigbob

No, you be serious. Rubio is a rising star that can go on his own in 2016 or 2020. Tieing his wagon to Romney is an iffy and unnecessary proposition. Do you doubt that the VP spot is ever rejected, even if not publicly?


29 posted on 04/25/2012 3:42:58 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: bigbob

No, you be serious. Rubio is a rising star that can go on his own in 2016 or 2020. Tieing his wagon to Romney is an iffy and unnecessary proposition. Do you doubt that the VP spot is ever rejected, even if not publicly?


30 posted on 04/25/2012 3:44:27 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Liberals like Brewer think it’s perfectly sane. If a street runs through a University or College, then it’s a “gun-free” zone.


31 posted on 04/25/2012 3:44:44 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: SeekAndFind

She’s not a conservative.


32 posted on 04/25/2012 3:44:57 PM PDT by donna (...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way... -Mitt Romney)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ha ha.

He’d pick Palin before he did that.


33 posted on 04/25/2012 3:46:41 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: jersey117
I’m hoping he’ll put his differences aside and pick Rick Perry.

That could actually work. Perry will also do better in the debate when not on meds. (my response is NOT to be construed as an endorsement of Romney, regardless of whom he picks)
34 posted on 04/25/2012 3:48:35 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: donna
She’s not a conservative.

You're correct, she's not even close. But people like to pretend she is. Which makes her perfect for scum like Romney, wouldn't you say?

35 posted on 04/25/2012 3:53:38 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: saganite
Rubio is auditioning for the VP nomination with a big foreign policy speech to polish his creds.

Nope. Way too early for that game. There is too much time before the convention for telegraphing selections. The risk to reward ratio for Rubio is too great. If Romney goes down, Rubio's stock goes down, maybe permanently.
36 posted on 04/25/2012 3:55:42 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Didn’t an eligibility law get to her desk and get vetoed?

I like a lot of her feistyness, but she does have too many “soft” views. Romney really needs a really strong conservative.


37 posted on 04/25/2012 4:10:01 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: FreeAtlanta
I like a lot of her feistyness, but she does have too many “soft” views.

That is the exact thing I have a problem with in Christie. He is very fun to watch and hear speak and you think he is one of us, then you look at what he actually does and believes, and it is a total disappointment.

38 posted on 04/25/2012 4:13:38 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Little Jan?
I doubt it. He may not be what I want in a President, but he ain’t stupid. I hope.


39 posted on 04/25/2012 4:23:31 PM PDT by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTYER but no longer a Republican)
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To: FreeAtlanta
"Didn’t an eligibility law get to her desk and get vetoed?"

Yes, but she claimed it was too broad and demanded too many records, even baptismal records, not just proof of eligibilty.

40 posted on 04/25/2012 4:37:20 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: SeekAndFind; svcw; colorcountry; SZonian; Utah Binger

There will be NO women considered as VP for mormon Romney. Count on it.


41 posted on 04/25/2012 5:00:36 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (I do not expect the (FR) house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided-Jim Robinson)
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To: SeekAndFind

Even Palin as VP won’t bring me to vote for the RINO this time. I’ve had it. Romney will be every bit as bad for this country as Obama, he’ll just be slower to implement his totalitarian agenda. And what we need now is for people to FEEL the pain of the Obamunist regime to push the pendulum back toward a Constitutional order.


42 posted on 04/25/2012 5:06:27 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: greyfoxx39

No blacks, no women.


43 posted on 04/25/2012 5:16:05 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: jersey117
That's a hoot. The question is, will Gov Perry put his differences aside. And there are many, in spite of those who swore otherwise. Those who gleefully participated in the gutting, name calling and general disdain that he and his supporters had to listen to here on Free Republic. i.e. LaRaza Rick, RINO, Islam/Muslim lover, Gardasil, TTC etc.

Well now, all of you that participated in the evisceration of Gov Rick Perry, and to those of you who stood by and allowed it to happen to a true Family man who is staunchly pro-life, a man who served his country with honor, believes in a strong defense, states rights, energy independence, small government, a man who is a true ally to Israel (the best friend we had in the barbaric area called the Middle East) and a man who has a true love for this Nation and its people that had the experience to right this ship, all of you deserve whatever hell is coming. The thing is, you are dragging the rest of the reasonable, thinking people along with you.

Due to the absolute irrationality and unreasonable demands of perfection, we now have Romney. Thank you. I'm sure you were quite representative of the stiff necked, thick skulled people that scream they're conservative, until a true conservative runs then it's time to bring out faults from 20 years ago. Contempt doesn't even begin to describe what you deserve.

As far as Gov Perry putting differences aside, he will do what is right for the country and will support the nominee. He probably will not like it in this case, but he loves this country more and realizes that Barack Hussein Obama is the true enemy of this country and of her people.

Romney makes my skin crawl personally but I will vote. Unfortunately, if Free Republic is any indication, many will 'sit' out or vote 3rd party. Pity really, that those of you who pulled that stunt in 2008, are going to do it again. McCain part deux. And McCain was actually a stronger candidate than this thing that has bought his 'turn' in the procession. So I expect the same results only this time, it will finally slay the United States of America, that once great nation that will be a footnote in history one day. The commies thank you all.

44 posted on 04/25/2012 5:20:25 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (I WOULD RATHER DIE ON MY FEET, THAN LIVE ON MY KNEES)
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To: SeekAndFind

We cant like her. Someone called her a RINO yesterday, so we need to remove her.


45 posted on 04/25/2012 5:42:17 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: svcw; greyfoxx39; Elsie
No blacks, no women.


Gays are cool.

46 posted on 04/25/2012 5:50:47 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I think so. Arizona doesn’t even have local conservative talk radio anymore - just Barry Young and his female co-host making fun of Senator Russell Pearce and all things conservative.


47 posted on 04/25/2012 5:53:49 PM PDT by donna (...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way... -Mitt Romney)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Prolly be Portman. Ohio is a must win state.


48 posted on 04/25/2012 6:04:15 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

If Obama gets a second term, we ALL go down!


49 posted on 04/25/2012 7:04:09 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: backwoods-engineer

2 or 3 SC Justices and however many other appointments, there will be NO going back.


50 posted on 04/25/2012 7:07:28 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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