VP, or Not VP? That Is The Question

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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35 comments

LD B.
LD B4 years ago

Frank Y. said "Just another article to allow the same old haters and misanthropists to spew their crap. What worthless nonsense!"

How very self-descriptive of this comment, particularly as you have obviously missed the fact that very many of the paleoconservatards bear deep-seated hatreds for those who have not been suitably indoctrinated for their purposes.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill4 years ago

I think Gov. McDonnell would make a good candidate. He balance Va.'s budget in less than a year. He did a complete audit of all government departments and found millions of dollars just hiding in VDOT's accounts. He has a good no nonsense approach to things.

Meta R.
Meta Reid4 years ago

You betcha! Jan Brewer would be interesting. I even bet (for real) that some one in the republican party has considered her. I sometimes wish I could be a "fly on the wall" for some of their decisions.

donald baumgartner

Wouldn't vote Repug anyways!!
Obama-Biden in 2012!!

Ron B.
Ron B4 years ago

William E.- considering the GOP's recent track record of picking Vice Presidents, namely that ditz Sarah Palin and that devil Dick Cheney, we shouldn't hold our breath for anyone even remotely worthy of the office.

scarlett g.
scarlett g4 years ago

WHEE!!!! another FUN article to start more controversy!!!

Barbara B.
Past Member 4 years ago

Leah, it is possible to disagree without being disagreeable. Take Jeff's arguements apart with facts. Name calling is the refuge of those who don't know what they are talking about and is counterproductive to working together to problem solve.

Frank Y.
.4 years ago

Just another article to allow the same old haters and misanthropists to spew their crap. What worthless nonsense!

Leah H.
Leah H4 years ago

Well, ladies, Jeffy just proves again - as if we needed it - that women grow up and men grow old. He's a lout and proud of it! And he is from that state of confusion, Florida. Say no more!

Barbara B.
Past Member 4 years ago

Anne C. The President IMPACTS gas prices and Mr. Obama is the first to admitt that he isn't going to do anything about rising prices. The Secretary of Transportation, Mr. Chu, testified before Congress yesterday that there would be no effort made to lower prices. The agenda for this administration is to force us into green energy.

As to the affect that higher gas prices have on practically every aspect of the economy - because trucking transports so much of our commerce - we'll just have to deal with it, I guess. Mr. Obama knows what' best for us.