The mystery of which Rand-loving cardboard cutout in a suit will be the next GOP vice-presidential candidate just got more interesting. Which is to say a little bit interesting…
Mitt Romney may be tight-lipped about his vice presidential short list, warning that only he and longtime aide Beth Myers know who is on it, but a close examination of the campaign's activity suggests four contenders have risen through the ranks: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Yeah, but, four years ago, John McCain had snoozey white dudes on his VP shortlist, and he somehow ended up in Minneapolis standing next to Sarah Palin. Is there any chance that Romney will choose a game-changing dark horse candidate at the last second? Like maybe Bain Capitol? Or one of his offshore bank accounts? Someone he can really relate to?
In this case, though, the presumptive Republican nominee has a reputation for gathering copious amounts of data to make his decisions, and that’s why a pick out of leftfield, like McCain’s choice of Palin, is unlikely. Romney doesn’t rely on his gut; he deliberates. That was true when he was considering this presidential run and asked his team for game plans and each member of his family for their input.
Okay, so just what is all this data he's he's currently processing?
[T]here are at least three data points Romney is considering as he mulls his vice presidential pick. The first is readiness for office…
Which would disqualify any Palin-like candidates. Sorry, Perry, Bachmann and Cain fans.
The second is chemistry with the candidate and his wife…
Which would disqualify pretty much everyone else. At least anyone with a pulse. You're still in the race, Pawlenty and Jindal fans!
And the third is an ability to fly solo — to campaign on behalf of Romney without him being there…
Unfortunately, it appears that the ability to mimic farm animals is not being considered at this time. Our condolences, Portman fans.
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