by Blazers Edge, Sat Aug 02, 2008 at 09:11:07 PM EDT
If there is a draft Romney movement out there, we should be jumping all over it encouraging Johny Mac to pick the gool ol' varmint hunter as his running mate. The main rationale (with the other rationale being Mitt's trust fund) for Romney as veep stems from one surveyusa poll conducted two months ago that shows him providing McCain with a boost in Michigan. Those surveyusa VP polls were probably better use as toilet paper considering that these same polls showed Edwards helping Obama by as many as ten points in some states. Just think about how implausible that outcome is for Edwards, a guy who couldn't beat a black guy and white woman among WHITE voters in three of the four states he competed in is all of a sudden a gangbuster VP.
The same principle applies to Mitt as veep; I bet you that both HRC and Obama were privately cheering for this hack, though Howard Dean claims that Mitt represented the pub's best chance (I still believe it was Huckabee). For all the talk about HRC being "polarizing," Romney's unfavorables are close to 50% (favorables are only at 42%) according to Rasmussen despite the fact that he was only under the national microscope for just three months.
The Romney helps McCain with Mormons rationale is equally silly; though there is a sizable Mormon population in Colorado and Nevada, if McCain is struggling to win Mormons, he's screwed anyway. It would be analogous to Obama struggling with unmarried women. If McCain doesn't choose Romney, we should play the Mormon card by making use of Harry Reid for once and having him tell Mormons across Nevada and Colorado that McCain screwed over Romney and strung him along in order to get into his wallet (which is what the pubs will do if Obama doesn't pick HRC).
That's my dream ticket: McCain/Romney, two guys who could have a pretty good debate with themselves on a daily basis as to what they believe. I cannot think of two bigger douchebags on a ticket than McCain and Romney. Obama should use the old McCain line against the two of them by conceding that they are the "ticket of change."