There is one particular name that is now popping up among Republican insiders and the GOP establishment as the leading candidate to become the Vice Presidential nominee.
Who is it?
There is no doubt in the minds of Republican National Committee members that Mitt Romney will be their standard bearer in the fall, and already consensus is building behind one potential vice presidential nominee — Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.
In an informal survey of more than half of the Republican State Chairmen and national committee people at this weekend’s State Chairman meeting at a resort here, two-thirds said they believe Portman is the most-likely and best-qualified running-mate for Mitt Romney. The committee members spoke to BuzzFeed only on the condition of anonymity.
“He’s from Ohio, and we need to win Ohio, it’s that simple,” said one state chair.
Portman, a former Congressman from the Cincinnati area who was director of the Office of Management and Budget during the George W. Bush administration, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. And the warmth Republican elites express for him stems much from a desire to avoid another risky, flamboyant pick like Sarah Palin as it does for his ability to help carry an important swing state.
“Romney needs to make a safe pick, and keep talking about the economy — and that’s Rob Portman,” said one committeewoman from the West.
Portman’s seeming inability to overshadow the vanilla Romney gives him a rare qualification — and potentially a leg up over the rest of the field.
“He’s not going to be Palin — he’s not going to be fighting to get in front of cameras, [Portman] knows his place,” he one Midwestern committeeman.
“He was born to be the guy standing next to the guy,” said another member. “He’s the type of guy who ran for vice president of his high school student council.”
You have got to be kidding? Portman is a non-distinguished moderate. You have to ask the question, is Romney really serious about winning the nomination?
Assuming this is true, it is classic Romney and classic GOP establishment. They are solving for X. Instead of the passion of patriotism and the desire to help save the nation, all this is, is simply a business problem. It is simply a math problem.
No, there is much more than that. Romney has not reached out to the conservative wing of the Party. He does not seem to care. TPN surveys have shown a quarter of conservatives say they will not vote for Romney.
While we have not yet surveyed it, the number who will not go out and campaign fir him is going to be much higher.
Who the hell does he think is going to be the boots on the ground? Members of the country club?
Here is a clue for Romney and the GOP establishment. It is conservative activists who do this.
Romney is worried about someone who will help him win Ohio? He had better worry about the Conservatives who are not going to be out working for the campaign.
Please not Marco Rubio, he is ineligible just like Obama but people will notice that while ignoring Obama's ineligibility.
I guess the Republican establishment will never learn!!!
J Boehner & Company, the RNC all suck. I wish we had real leadership.
Norman we will have real leadership when we vote these goof offs out of office and get decent Americans in office.
I think a third party is inevitable...just not this cycle.
I wrote and told Romney that I would make a $100.-- donation, (well it sure is big money for me) if he chooses Newt for VP. I told him they would make an excellent team, and he wouldn't have cause to be sorry.
While walking into Walmart this morning to buy tick drops for the cats, I asked the wife whether she would rather have a Moslem in the White House or a Morman?
She said, Morman. That's about the whole arguement, folks. (And I read all 14 pages)
Something I didn't read is anything about Hillary. If Obama dumps Biden/ no brainer/ and picks Hillary, we will have to put up a woman also. The short lists starts with Palin--Rice--?
Another point, I didn't read is anything about the Federal Reserve.
Social policy changes are nice, and Congress can fiddle with regulations and such, and declare a war--if we can find anyone we're not at war with.
BUT the real power to change history lies with the MONEY control. American citizins do not have control over their MONEY.
The control lies with the Federal Reserve. The foggy math, garnered from suppositions and slippery tongues, says, in 2007 the Fed had 1.2 trillion dollars on its balance sheet. (Yes folks, it's a stock company like GM and Ford.) Now it has 16.7 trillion dollars on its balance sheet. Don't tell me impossible. It creates money out of thin air. People accept this money for things like real estate, inventories, everything, because in the end it's a dollar backed up by us. And because people are crazy and want to give things away, I think.
No matter the reason, we don't have control over our MONEY.
The Federal Reserve charter is up for renewal in 2014, a 100 years after we were sold out the first time.
THAT is what's at stake. Why do you think the spigots of the money flow are wide open. You ain't seen nothing yet as far as money flow into an election is concerned.
Like the wife said, Morman over Moslem--the rest is idle chatter, but we love to chatter, me included. As long as we don't forget the POINT.
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ps Don't forget, get ABSENTEE BALLOTS for the elderly in your circle come NOV.
Romney has not mentioned the "Federal Reserve" because "Goldman-Sachs is top of the List of Contributors ($300K) and goes on Barclays, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Marriott International, etc.
Rubio is a piece of $hit. Rubio and his DREAM Act proposal will make me not vote for Romney in November if Rubio is the VP nominee.
Rubio is also a vapid coward because he's afraid that he can't carry Florida without pandering to the illegal scum. He's already popular there without pandering, so his pandering has just cost a Romney-Rubio ticket at least one vote. What a spineless clown Rubio is.
BTW, because of the turd Rubio, I'm voting for Newt Gingrich tomorrow in my state's Republican Primary. Until yesterday, I was planning to vote Romney.
That's what it was all about with rubio the INELIGIBLE...his puppet master, Bush...hoped it to be.
It was all about getting all illegals and their families, friends, and, neighbors as citizens.
This is the RINO's choice.....GET RID OF THAT PARTY!!!!!
I've been researching Suzanna Martinez, and, guess what? It amazes me that NATIVE borns, when called out, always resort to the same answer. rubio the ineligible did it, AKA, jindal, haley....all said the same thing...they just don't know.
PROOF that no INELIGIBLE is cognizant of the US Constitution. If they don't know, they are NOT NBC!!!!!!
If they knew they were, we'd never hear the end of it.
I care - that is why I did not vote for him in our caucus, nor at my county convention - Newt is my guy, still. However, if Romney ends up being the nominee AFTER the convention, I will stand behind him, but not before.