Wednesday, May 30, 2012

We Have a Nominee! Now We Need a Veep

Let the wild rumpus start:  we have now entered the general election phase.  What a relief that we won't have to suffer any more of those debates (how many of them were there?)

The good news is that the most electable of the bunch won. There is growing enthusiasm for Mitt Romney among those of us who wanted someone more conservative.

Team Obama is inadvertently helping Romney to solidify his base among conservatives by running a commercial that accuses Romney of being captured by the far right.  Oh, if only that were true.  And yet, the more the Obama campaign tries to paint Romney as a die-hard conservative, the better he sounds.

This peculiar tactic by the Obama campaign is undoubtedly aimed and moderates and independents.  The problem for Obama, however, is that the narrative has no basis in reality.  None.  Romney is a New England Republican. The People's Republic of Massachusetts does not elect wing-nuts.  Voters know this.

Now that Romney has secured the nomination, speculation on who he will select as his running mate grows more intense.  Mike Huckabee's name was floated earlier this week.  Not a bad choice, really.  I opposed Huckabee when he ran for president; I found his comments on foreign policy frighteningly naive.  Huckabee's talk show, however, has showcased him as something of a statesman.  His presence on the ticket would perhaps help evangelicals who stil worry that Mormonism is a cult.

This is not to say that Huckabee is necessarily the best choice, only that he deserves a serious look.

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