|Look at me. I’m waving my arm.
Oh, that’s exciting!
Politico is reporting that Sen. Rob Portman is being vetted for Romney’s VP slot while South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is not. That’s not exactly news as everyone knows Portman is near the top of everyone’s short-list and Haley has publicly stated she would decline the post if offered.
The upside to Portman is that Romney might actually appear to have a personality while standing next to him, which is also the downside.
As for Haley, or any woman for that matter, I don’t see it, no matter what Ann says. Romney may need to appeal to more women to be competitive, but that doesn’t mean he’ll actually chose one as a running mate. If you think McCain looked uncomfortable next to Palin, can you imagine Romney next to a female VP candidate? I can’t. It wouldn’t at all appeal to his “stuck-in-the-50s” mentality.
On the idea of female candidates in general, have you ever noticed that when a political party loses an election in which a woman is their candidate, the party elders often shy away from nominating a woman the next time? But when a man loses an election, they never say, “better not run another man. That didn’t work out too well last time.” No, they never say that.
(Cross-posted at Lippmann’s Ghost.)
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