It seems a little precocious to talk about potential vice presidential picks before the Republican party comes anywhere near deciding on a nominee. But since the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin got the ball rolling, why not go ahead and start?
According to Rubin, the obvious choices — Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — are all ready to roll and popular with the base. But how much assistance would they be on the ticket if you assume either a Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum win? All three are good red meat, social conservatives, something that would be necessary to balance out the allegedly more moderate Romney, but would have less effect when paired with Santorum.
And McDonnell and Christie may not bring much of an advantage to Romney at all. A recent poll of New Jersey showed that even with Christie on the ticket, President Barack Obama would still soundly win the state on election day. McDonnell is caught in a no-win situation on the current ultrasound battle in Virginia. He’s lost his support among hard-core religious right for assisting in weakening the transvaginal portion of the bill, and is being pressured by pro-choice activists to veto the new bill all together. Veto or not, either way he will anger one side of the issue.
So who are a few “non-obvious” choices for Vice President, ones who really would add some much needed social conservative support? Although many speculate on a Rand Paul announcement, I’m going to go out on a limb and call out a true dark horse candidate.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
She has the anti-choice and anti-immigration record Romney needs to pull the party together. She’s also female, adding some diversity to the ticket. And she became a hero for the right when she “snubbed” Obama earlier this month.
Now, she just has to not lose her place during the debate.
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