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. 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.

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

  3. eniobob and Blouise, You guys are wrong. McCain is too liberal.

  4. Blouise:

    You’d be surprised at the things I hear at night on my new medium the radio.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.”)


  8. 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. 😀


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

  9. 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.

  10. anon nurse,

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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