Here’s what Michael Gerson says about the veep stakes.
“Romney has a particularly strong stable of prospects. Rob Portman would best fit Romney’s public style and be a major asset in governing. Tim Pawlenty possesses a genuine blue-collar appeal and would be a grateful, loyal and tireless selection. Paul Ryan is the intellectual leader of the GOP and the most passionate prosecutor of the case against President Obama’s fiscal recklessness. But the trend of the last few weeks favors Chris Christie.”
And then he goes on the say why he favors Christie. He likes him because he’s a bulldog for the campaign. Michael Gerson is wise; I can’t fault him, much.
I say, if Romney chooses someone to his right, this should allow him to move toward the center. He could let Christie (or Ryan, or another right-sider) play to the Tea Party and its ilk. Most of those voters are safe bets; you can be sure they aren’t choosing Obama. Romney has yet to excite the following voters: evangelicals who can’t get behind his Mormon faith, intellectual Republicans who think Romney is a policy marshmallow, women, and on-the-fence independents who may harbor both liberal and conservative views. Shouldn’t Romney find a veep who can court those guys?
Of course, someone who doesn’t seem smarter than Mitt the Twit would be desirable. Furthermore, many of his potential voters will look for a veep who might actually be a suitable President, more than a campaigner. When I try to think who will fill this bill, I come up with pretty much nothing.
Honestly, I say all of this hoping he will pick Sarah Palin, Richard Simmons or Steve Urkel.