Should Romney Pick Palin As Running Mate?

One could honestly wonder whose side Sen. John McCain is on this election. Yesterday, McCain gave Mitt Romney a bit of unsolicited (and unhinged) advice on how to beat Barack Obama: do what I did in 2008. McCain went on CBS This Morning and said that the best thing Romney could do it to pick Sarah Palin as a running mate. He appears to be making a joke but one wonders what is more interesting: the fact that McCain might suggest it or that his prior running mate is now an obvious joke as a disastrous choice for a candidate.

When asked to suggest some names on Wednesday, McCain initially offered only one: “I think it should be Sarah Palin.” he laughs at the thought of it.

Palin quit her job as governor of Alaska before completing her first term and started a reality show instead. She has made millions ridiculing “intellectuals” and wrapping herself in a proud cloak of ignorance on policy issues. As a result, she has become one of the most polarizing figures in American politics. Yet that is the person McCain wants Romney to pick to run in what would at best be a close election.

Despite widespread views that Palin cost McCain critical percentage points in the 2008 race, McCain long seemed to have embraced a clinical form of denial and refused to accept that he made a colossal mistake. Of course, it would immediately improve the employment numbers by guaranteeing work for Tina Fey.

For my part, I believe it is the most inspired suggestion since Christopher Walken insisted that what was missing from the Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper” was a cow bell.

Source: CBS

72 thoughts on “Should Romney Pick Palin As Running Mate?

  1. Tina Fey and Christopher Walken.are correct and one consecutive “the” is enough. But I know typos are a fact of life, especially in a hastily written blog, and I am still an admirer.

  2. now that’s going rogue.

    I was under the impression McCain was joking, apparently he was laughing when he said it at any rate

    “I think it should be Sarah Palin,” McCain replied, laughing.

  3. Lol I was thinking for sure he must have said that on the first of the month.
    Ferrel and Walken combine for hillarity, but if he really did pick her itll be the campaign thats the joke. Obviously losing women is a problem for Romney but Palin and Bachman won’t help him there. The GOP has to try a little harder with these gimmicks. Maybe do what they do best and induce the public into a state of fear to vote for them, tying the campaign in as the best defense against the threat of

  4. Dredd – well for one he hide out in France enjoying the wine, women & song while McCain was hanging by his broken arms in the Hanoi Hilton. For another Willard is good buddies with the GOP power structure than never really like McCain all that much & who foisted the Wassila grifter on him in ’08. And, maybe, part of it is Willard came from money while John had to marry for it.

  5. ROFLMAO…….As a Canadian it is heart-warming to watch the “conservative idea machine” in action. I don’t feel so bad when I watch the current travesties being committed against our so-called democracy up North.

  6. Kind of reminds me of the old analogy of “hitting oneself on the head with a hammer to relieve a headache”.

  7. I applaud Senator McCain. It is important for America the re-shaping of the GOP move forward at the best pace possible. The trouncing of a Romney-Palin ticket would further the split between the GOP of history, and the TEAgop’ers of today. One side has got to dump the other or changing American voter demographics will continue to reduce them to an extremist group clinging to only the most solid of red states. Then again, Johnny may have simply been pandering to the virulent TEAheads in AZ. Or both.

  8. McCain said it as a joke. I think the better joke is how JT is getting the progressives to fall all over themselves by making them think McCain was serious. Talk about gullible fools.

  9. Well mespo…. I’ve heard politics makes strange bedfellows….. I enjoy the pleasure of intelligent women….


    JT did not make this a laughing matter…. The other side can laugh at this while your side get angry…. This can be understood…. It’s enough to laugh at yourself sometimes…. But when the other side does it….it’s not so funny…..

  10. Frankly 1, April 5, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Dredd – well for one he hide out in France enjoying the wine, women & song while McCain was hanging by his broken arms in the Hanoi Hilton. For another Willard is good buddies with the GOP power structure than never really like McCain all that much & who foisted the Wassila grifter on him in ’08. And, maybe, part of it is Willard came from money while John had to marry for it.
    Interesting. Thanks.

  11. Whoever Romney comes up with will probably be a doozie.
    The bigger joke might be if he picks Santorum as vp candidate, who has volunteered several times now that he realizes he is not going to be the nominee. Maybe Olympia Snow is going to be the VP pick?? Could that be her reason for suddenly retiring from Congress?

    As for Sarah Palin, I wish that crazy thing would just go back to Alaska and shoot bears.

  12. If Willard has a running mate with ideas then his own will Pale in comparison. If Willard chooses a woman then his wife will get mean. If Willard chooses a Southerner he gets some geo diversity but then his own accent will Pale in comparison. Willard should choose a man from a place out West with good ideas and not wealthy, not particularly healthy but wise
    Someone with a good looking wife, a few grown kids, no skags in the closet. Willard needs to own up to the fact that he was conceived in the Willard Hotel in Washington DC and drop the Mitt which means My in Swedish. We will see how a snowball has a chance in Haiti.

  13. pegsiskatzencats
    1, April 5, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Whats worse a empty VP or an empty room?
    “Maybe an April Fool’s Day gag?”

  14. Palin is ready, she knows about N/S Korea, where Africa is located, what the Federal Reserve is about and even the relationship of the Queen of the United Kingdom in governance! Of course, who knows what she doesn’t know, just wait! Palin is as dumb as a fencepost and those who support her agenda!

  15. Actually, if you watch the video, McCain laughs so much when he mentions Palin that I think he’s kidding. He mentions other possible VP candidates without laughing.

  16. Palin? Not unless he wants a landslide loss.
    Santorum? Too divisive in most of the country do to his theocratic bent. They’d loose almost everywhere except maybe the South.
    Snow? Interesting idea, but it would loose him the South.
    Rubio? Maybe. He’s a gamer even though some of his policy tends toward the extreme.
    Christie? The guy isn’t a torpedo but he has a penchant for putting his foot in his mouth.
    Jindal? No. He’d be a disaster outside the South. He’s a mini-Santorum.
    Daniels? Maybe. It depends on how much labor will organize to come out against him.

    He needs someone with moderate appeal for independents, but of those listed above, only Snow, Daniels, Christie and Rubio come close to that description. Daniels probably is the best “facing” choice of those as he hasn’t overexposed himself too badly in the past.

  17. Smom,

    Oh, I know Rubio isn’t a moderate, but he a player. I give him points for being able to sell himself.

  18. McDonnell is certainly policy compliant with the GOP but I think his appeal to moderates is harmed by his stances on privatization and abortion. Both of those are polarized issues that don’t play well with moderates.

  19. Christie is a viable option if he can keep his foot out of his mouth long enough. If Biden could do it, I don’t see why Christie can’t be wrangled. Given that I don’t like any of the candidates, Christie would be a lesser evil than Rubio.

  20. I understand that Snow decided to not run due to a pending scandal involving her husband – business not sex.

  21. SWm,Gene H,raff:

    Since the three of you have mentioned my Governor,I thought of Henny Youngman with a twist”take my governor please”:=)

  22. Romney wasn’t going to pick Snowe in any case just like McCain did not pick Kay Bailey Hutchinson. The vp has to line up with the platform which I imagine will continue the GOP war on women.

  23. Why Romney’s VP Choice May Be Out of His Hands

    Ed Kilgore
    April 5, 2012 | 12:00 am

    The end is near for Rick Santorum. That doesn’t mean, though, that it’s time for Mitt Romney to start celebrating. Yes, Romney won Wisconsin Tuesday night, and has a near-lock on the eventual nomination. But claims that he is beginning to seal the deal with party conservatives are premature. A look at Wisconsin exit polls shows that he is still struggling among right-wing voters. That has clear implications for the type of general election campaign Romney can run—and the kind of vice-presidential candidate he’ll eventually have to pick.

    What did we learn from the Wisconsin primary? The first exit poll reports seemed to project a 7-point margin for Romney, and an impressive showing among very right-wing voters. “Evangelicals, tea party supporters, those supporting ‘traditional values’ and people calling themselves ‘very conservative’ went Romney’s way, exit polls showed,” CNN’s Peter Hamby reported in an early analysis. The final exits, though, told a different story, one more consistent with Romney’s narrow margin of victory of only 4 points: Santorum enjoyed his accustomed win among evangelicals, and there was a tie between the two candidates among “very conservative” voters. Santorum also won among the more than half of primary voters who say they attend church weekly, and among rural voters. Yes, Romney made strides among all the traditionally pro-Santorum demographic groups, and won some, but breakthrough is too strong a word.

    Romney had better hope Santorum is out of the race or out of money by May, when almost every state voting has demographics significantly less favorable to the frontrunner than Wisconsin’s. The issue isn’t whether Romney will win the nomination—proportional allocation of delegates in the most troublesome May states, along with a decisive group of pro-Romney primaries in June, ensure that he will. But his continuing struggle among the most conservative segments of the GOP may mean he has to spend far more time courting them than he’d prefer.

    There are other signs of conservative intransigence on the horizon. Some analysts noted that 28 percent of Wisconsin primary voters thought Rick Santorum was “too conservative.” Less mentioned was that 23 percent said he was “not conservative enough.” It’s unclear exactly how much overlap that group had with the 44 percent of Wisconsin voters who said the same thing of Romney. But it is obvious that much of the GOP base believes the field of primary candidates was never conservative enough to begin with—a belief encouraged by Mitt Romney’s super PACs, which tried to counteract the skepticism towards their candidate by mounting relentless attacks on the conservative credentials of Santorum (and earlier, on Newt Gingrich). In state after state, Romney was winning votes from hardcore conservatives, not because he had persuaded them of his conservative credentials, but because he had persuaded them to train their ideological ire against the competition. Stoking the grievances of the party in this way may have been an instrumentally useful tactic to gain the nomination, but it has also made it that much more difficult to unify and energize the base behind his general election campaign.

    In any case, the long-awaited pivot to a general election message, already complicated by his communication director’s “Etch-a-Sketch” gaffe, could be delayed considerably. Once the primaries finally end, conservatives may shift from resisting Mitt by voting for Santorum to making shrill demands on Romney-as-nominee.

    And the current conservative focus on Romney’s most vulnerable issue, health care, may not help either. Ironically, if the Supreme Court does overturn the Affordable Care Act this summer—either partially or completely—the problem for Romney could grow worse, as his much-repeated commitment to the “Repeal” part of the GOP “Repeal-and-Replace” message loses value. He’ll have to reassure conservatives once again that he wouldn’t “replace” ObamaCare with any sort of ObamaCare Lite, just as swing voters might want him to endorse national measures to, say, outlaw preexisting condition exclusions.

    But the most important conservative demand on Romney will likely involve his running-mate. He might try to thread the needle by choosing someone like Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan, who are already on his “team,” but very popular among hardcore conservatives. But if he feels the need for greater tactical flexibility, he may not find much cooperation.

    Sarah Palin’s suggestion this week that Allen West, the truly far-right congressman from Florida, would make Mitt a fine running-mate sounds ludicrous—but it may also signal a tough bargaining position by leaders of the right. After all, in similar circumstances in 2008, John McCain gave them Palin herself. This year, with conservatives feeling more optimistic than they did four years ago, and more in control of the party, they’ll hardly want to settle for less.

    Ed Kilgore is a special correspondent for The New Republic, a blogger for The Washington Monthly, and managing editor of The Democratic Strategist.

  24. I saw him on 2 shows. For sure it was a joke. I know I sometimes laugh when I am embarrassed about something I had done. I think henow realizes it was a joke when she was added to the ticket.

  25. This is the political equivalent to the old stooges gag of “pick two fingers.”

    We all know it’s a joke, the question is: Is Curly going block the eye poke with his hand or not.

  26. Gene H. 1, April 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    anon nurse,

    Thanks! Although I read a lot of news, I don’t get to all of it. :D


    I’m fond of a guy who often says, “One lives to be of service.” :-)

  27. A synchronous Stooges post… :-)

    Thanks for a bit of “continuing ed”, Gene H.

    Stoogesta (nimbiscus dumphondenol) for Stoogation

    “Three in six billion people are afflicted by Stoogation, a terrible condition exemplified by Larry, Curly, and Moe’s idiotic antics. To counteract this insidious disease, take “Stoogesta.”

    (“Stoogesta is not for everyone. Side effects may include impaired vision, headaches, redness of the cheeks and forehead, intestinal issues, cross-dressing, and general freak-outs…Do not take if you are pregnant or nursing.”)


  28. Resurrecting Palin would be a stroke of genius and would make it quite obvious that the GOP has no intention of winning. With a four year run of doing nothing, the GOP is only trying to preserve the status quo by guaranteeing that the Dems win for another four years of getting nothing done. That’s what they want and Sarah has all it takes to be the final straw. They’ll come up somebody like Jebb Bush to get it all back in 2016 without having to put up with the four deadheads that have become an embarrassment to all of us. It’s all a joke, kiddies, and the joke is on us.

  29. eniobob,

    That would be a hoot! Two complete ego-maniacs both fighting the age old father figure complex.

    Honest to God, I would pay to see that campaign on the road!

  30. eniobob: Don’t know if McCain is for a sonogram with a probe. That might be the litmus test.

  31. SwM,

    Yes, but wouldn’t it be a hoot to watch? We could meet in one of the middle states, dress up in velour leisure outfits and go to a rally on one night for the VP, McCain, and the next for the Pres., Romney. I put dibbs on purple for my color. That leaves you with tourmaline or lime green.

    Do you have an iphone? I hope so ’cause we’ll have to report in to eniobob.

  32. Never have I worn such an outfit but I would have to go with the blue tourmaline as it matches my eye color better. lol

  33. I never have forgiven the North Vietnamese for releasing Mad Dog John McCain — at any altitude less than 10,000 feet, without a parachute. They sure got back at us with that move.

    I always thought that McCain picked Sarah Palin for a running mate because he needed someone to lend intelligence, integrity, humanity, and vision to his ticket, at least as far as he understood those qualities. He does like to “joke” sometimes, though, like when he goes around drooling: “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.” Hilarious stuff. Every time I can’t avoid seeing his lips move while he exhales lies, I think:

    “Up Yours John McCain”

    Well, “Up Yours!” Mad Dog John McCain,
    And what’s that stench I smell?
    Why could it be an albatross
    That you wear like a bell:
    A dead, decaying necklace that
    Suits leper losers well?

    I do hope that you keep it up
    Attacking us who learned
    In Southeast Asia lessons that
    You’ve only ever spurned
    An asinine amnesiac,
    Your coming loss you’ve earned

    That fetid, feathered bird you wear
    So proudly on your chest
    Sure ought to help you win two states
    And that’s about the best
    That fools like you could hope to win
    While losing all the rest

    Just like a bomber pilot you
    Just shit on those below
    And never see the ground beneath
    Where people you don’t know
    Look up and curse the vapor trail
    From hot air that you blow

    And do team up with Holy Joe
    The Judas Lie-berman
    Who trashes “his own party” for
    The Faux News Murdoch clan
    And Zionist Likudniks who
    Promote the fascist plan

    Each day we’ve lost two more GIs
    Through years that number four
    Now with your “surge” you’ve doubled that
    With killed and maimed galore
    Among Iraqis — Afghans, too —
    And still you cry for more!

    You have no honor left to lose
    You sold that long ago
    For dreams of fighting ‘Nam again
    And just as badly, so
    Your plans for poor Iraq amount
    To nothing we don’t know

    You’ve nothing new to add of worth,
    Just more of what we’ve had:
    A litany of lies and death
    And “leadership” so bad
    That more of what you offer could
    But make more widows sad

    Please go away and save us all
    The boredom of your screeds
    We’ve seen and heard enough from George
    And all his lousy deeds
    We really do not care for you
    And your pathetic needs

    So “Up Yours!” Mad Dog John McCain,
    And you can kiss my butt
    Your stupid brain has slipped some gears
    And left you in a rut
    Espousing war that no one wants —
    Except the senile nut

    Michael Murry, The Misfortune Teller, Copyright 2007

  34. Just for the record from someone in AZ who should know:

    Mitt’s grandpa made his in Mexico starting and running a plantation. Whether it was a slave plantation can be discussed. So, if Mitt came from money, it wasn’t old money.

  35. TD,
    “…drop the Mitt which means My in Swedish. We will see how a snowball has a chance in Haiti.”

    Mitt also means “middle”. Suit him better?
    And a snowball in Haiti has about the same chance as selling one in Stockholm today. We had a snowstorm an hour ago. Happy Easter Bunny to you too.

    Speaking of loaned things: You’ve heard of the drink called Mai Thai, it became popular after coming from mainland USA to Hawaii. Well, we’ve got a Thai carry-away only a couple of blocks from me with thai man and wife cooking and a Swedish lady fronting the cashregister.
    It’s obviously called Mai Thai to get the interests of those from here who were in Thailand and drank many Mai thais there on the beach or bar.

    So, what’s the point?
    Mai Thai, means in Thai “not thai”.
    Mai means simply “No or not”
    Mai dee, no good, mai aou, no have, mai dai, not true, etc.

    So I learned some market Thai in ’65.

  36. Now there’s one that has some independent/moderate appeal, Smom. Tactically, probably the best suggestion so far.

  37. Oh, make no mistake, I said “tactically”, Smom. I wasn’t endorsing him. lol He just looks moderate enough on paper to more salable than most of the names mentioned to this point.

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