First, I take no pleasure whatsoever saying this. Romney will be the GOP nominee. Santorum has run out of field. There are not enough truly conservative states left to get him to the nomination. Of course he will keep going in the hopes of a contested convention, but in their hearts of hearts they know it is not in the cards.
Therefore, it is time. VP Stakes:
There are plenty to choose from.
Herman Cain: I don’t see it. The issues that came up about the affair would scare off any candidate in my mind. Why deal with that distraction when you don’t have to? I give this almost no chance.
Paul Ryan: A great choice, but very young. He also has very young children who he doesn’t want to put into the spotlight at their tender ages. Which just makes me love him all the more. Also, very remote chance of this happening.
Chris Christie: This is a non-starter as far as I am concerned. I like many things about Christie, but he adds nothing to the ticket. He won’t bring NJ over to the GOP. He is just as moderate as Romney is in most respects. So I give this almost no chance.
Michele Bachman: She will excite the base, but let’s be honest; she is a loose cannon. Romney won’t take the chance of her blowing his last chance at being president.
Marco Rubio: He is dynamic and from a swing state. He had a great deal of tea party support. Notice I said had. There are many in the Tea Party who have lost confidence in him. He has some issues with a brother-in-law who has had some drug dealing issues. Of course that has nothing to do with him, he didn’t marry the guy, but the media will have some fun with that. He also has said that he has zero intention of taking it even if offered. Of course much easier to say no to a reporter than to the nominee. He is also young. He may feel he isn’t ready yet. I would give this a 50/50 chance.
Allen West: West has been favorable towards Newt, although he never came out and endorsed him. West has the entire package that the conservative base is looking for. He will make an excellent attack dog on the stump. He will pull no punches with Obama, which will allow Romney to stay above the fray and concentrate on comparing and contrasting policies with the Obama administration. West had some issues in Iraq that will come up again. He sometimes doesn’t always filter what he is saying. He also just moved in order to run for congress again. I would give this maybe a 40% chance.
Sarah Palin: Heaven knows she has been vetted. But she is also very polarizing. I also don’t think she would accept. Why be the small dog again when she had the chance to run for the big seat and decided to bow out? I give this less than a 20% chance.
Rand Paul: I like Rand. A lot as a matter of fact. He also is another that will take on Obama without fear. His down side is that it will add fuel to the fire to the people who accused Romney and Ron Paul of working together and Rand getting the VP seat as the payoff. It will alienate the people who believe this. But, it may bring in Ron Paul fans. Not likely, but some may be willing to vote for him. I would say this is about a 30% chance.
I don’t see him taking any of the candidates he went up against. The blood between Newt and him is way to bad for it to be repaired. It looks like it is starting to get that way with Rick now as well. I would give this the least likely of the scenarios.
My pick is Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia. He is currently the head of the RGA. Has a rising profile nationally. He has spoken at the Reagan library recently and was received well. His administration has been very successful. He has increased revenues without raising taxes, VA’s ratings has increased under his administration, he has kept most of his promises when he was elected, (one more year to fulfill the balance). He is also a very good campaigner. He is a staunch conservative, which Romney needs to excite the base. Virginia is a swing state, and right now is trending to Obama by 8 points with Romney as the nominee. (Which Romney was the best of the remaining candidates).