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Election Inspection: The VP Stakes

09 August 2012 @ 11:07

The Interwebs are all abuzz this AM with speculation that Willard M. Romney is likely to announce his VP pick today, or, at the very least tomorrow [check out some analysis by Stacy McCain here from Tuesday].

At this late hour, permit me to offer some thoughts and suggestions for his circular file…

-Here’s part of the problem: methinks Romney and his crew are going to do everything they can to avoid a McCain/Palin situation [rightly or wrongly].

In other words, Willard is going to pick someone who is not going to overshadow him.

Tim Pawlenty would fit that bill for Team Willard. Or Rob Portman.

-However, Mr. Romney, now is not the time to be timid. This doesn’t mean that Willard has to be bold like John McCain, but, rather, that he should pick someone who (1) could take over if, God forbid, something happened to him and (2) someone who brings experience in areas where he is weak [as for the taking into consideration whether or not a VP pick could help him in a particular state or region: I don't think that matters much anymore].

Another consideration is that, whoever is chosen, automatically gets a leg-up in 2016 [if Willard loses] or 2020 [if WMR serves two terms]. I’ll deal with this aspect in a bit, especially as it it relates to the conservative cause of restoring our freedoms and liberties.

-Paul Ryan: A good and decent man, but as many have pointed out, he does not have any executive experience. He is not flashy and, like T-Paw and Mr. Portman, is rather dull. Perhaps he will improve on the stump when he’s gotten more experience. Stacy makes the Ryan case here.

Mr. Ryan should stay in the House a few more terms and then run for Governor so he can obtain some executive experience. If it turns out he has none, I’d rather he failed in one state rather than across the whole of the nation.

Also, if he fails at Governor, he could run again for the House, where he had shown himself to be a good Legislator.

-Allen West: A man of honor, filled with decency, and a heckuva speaker. He rarely pulls his punches and is willing to voice uncomfortable truths.

However, there are two reasons I hope and pray he is not picked: (1) he would be silenced by Team Romney and (2) we need him in the House where my hope is that he and Michelle Bachmann stage a coup in the House after the election and overthrow Cantor, Boehner, etc. This must happen if the conservative cause stands a chance of saving The Republic.

-Bobby Jindal: There are enough people on the Right who like him despite his hysterical actions after Hurricane Katrina when he joined the Left is bashing President Bush. History shows that very few Vice Presidents go on to get elected President, so, perhaps, such a choice would make full use of his positives and help to prevent him from getting the Nomination in 2016 or 2020. One condition Willard should insist on, however: Jindal should insist he be called ‘Robert’ from now on.

-The Best Way To Proceed: I think we have to put pressure on Willard to go for someone older who is conservative, who will not be a threat to us in eight years, but who is not so flashy that he outshines Mr. Romney.

Is there any former Governor out there with some foreign policy experience who is solid but not flashy? That’s who we should get behind. Or…Fred Thompson is a great idea. We want someone who will not be a contender either in 2016 or 2020, so that people like Mrs. Palin can have a better shot [if there's anything left of The Republic – and
that's a big 'if']. And he’s qualified to step in if something should happen to Willard and he’s got foreign policy experience.

-The key here is to accomplish three things:

1. We don’t lose needed leadership and the right kind of experience in the House and the Senate, where a lot of hard and unpopular work is going to have to get done, where we’ll be fighting not only the Democrats, but the GOP Establishment as well.

2. We do not have any potential conservative candidate for the Presidency tarnished by being associated with Mr. Romney if he blows it.

3. We prevent the GOP from trying to force anyone on us whose ‘turn it is’ in 2016. We’re stuck with Willard as our only hope of getting Obama and his treasonous minions out of the Executive Branch this election. The GOP annointed him and enough of us gave in to their pressure and he’s getting the Nomination. At best, if he’s elected, Mr. Romney will only slow down our trip down The Road To Serfdom. So it will be imperative in 2016 that the field be clear to get behind a single candidate who understands just how bad the situation is [for me, that is Sarah Palin, but we'll have time to vet others as the Ship Of State continues to sink, but more slowly]. The last thing we need is another Dole or McCain – it’s time to break that cycle of stupidity.

-Of course, I fully expect that my advice will be ignored.

  1. 09 August 2012 @ 11:22 11:22

    I’m sure it’s Portman. He has to win Ohio.

  2. M. Thompson permalink
    09 August 2012 @ 11:30 11:30

    Mr. Pawlenty, Mr. Portman, and Mr. Ryan would all do quite well as No. 2. The question is would removing Mr. Ryan from the house be worth it?

    Mr. Romney has largely won the nomination on the grounds he’s everyone’s second choice, and trying to avoid intentionally offending potential voters. So there goes the rather combative LtCol West.

    And those are all excellent points. Not only is there this cycle, but we need to start getting ready for the next one. The whole idea of ‘anointment’ by party leadership for the next top office candidate is what got the United Kingdom people like Mr. Chamberlain and his appeasement.

  3. Rosalie permalink
    09 August 2012 @ 14:07 14:07

    Good post. I’m not the least bit enthusiastic about Ryan in the position of VP. I’m even less so about Pawlenty. I never thought about Fred Thompson. He might be just what the doctor ordered.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      09 August 2012 @ 14:17 14:17

      Sadly, I don’t believe they ever considered him.

      I just wanted to get my ideas off my chest.

      • 09 August 2012 @ 18:28 18:28

        Too bad. I’
        ve always liked Fred Thompson.

  4. 09 August 2012 @ 17:58 17:58

    Another US blogger down in West’s electorate (or do you call it a district?) has been posting Allen West’s newsletters. He would be a great pick for the position in my view.
    You think Romney’s people would make him into the ‘coffee boy’? To borrow a phrase.


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