Elections 2012: Reality TV Minus the Interesting Candidates
In what has been a dreadfully boring election cycle where the news media and the Republican establishment selected Mitt Romney as the Republican candidate somewhere back in 2010 and rode a wave of dullness all the way through the primary, a vice presidential selection could potentially spark some excitement into the Republican race. In recent days there has been a lot of speculation about who Mitt Romney will pick as his vice presidential candidate. There are those who seem to be campaigning for the job, those who are logical picks, and those who other politicians and media groups are nominating or pushing for.
My aim in this post is to give my opinion on who I would want to see get the Veep selection. Let me be perfectly clear, I am not necessarily giving my opinion about who would be the best Vice President, but rather who I actually want to get the nomination.
Let’s start with one of the newer names in the vice presidential talk: Chris Christie. He has recently been quoted saying he could be talked into taking the job. He would be a good selection politically speaking. Conservatives and establishment Republicans love him, and he has made quite a name for himself. However, I do not want to see this happen. Chris Christie has taken over the liberal/Democrat state of New Jersey and is enacting drastic changes based on conservative principles, going to war with Democratic groups such as the teachers union. I for one want to see if these principles help the state of New Jersey, if the people accept the changes, and if he can win this fight against the unions. The vice president is such a meaningless job. The only way I’d want to see Christie in the position is if I knew he would run for President afterwards.
Next let’s look at Nikki Haley. She seems to be interested in the job, hosting different politicians and writing a campaign type book. Nikki Haley has been great to South Carolina, and will certainly make a name for herself in politics. That being said I would not want to see her picked for the VP spot. I believe the media will play up her inexperience and try to paint her like they did Sarah Palin four years ago. Haley would make a good VP pick, or even presidential candidate for that matter next election cycle, but I would hate to see a young up-and-coming politicians career be ruined by accepting a vice presidential nomination.
Someone who is considered by many to be the front runner in the vice presidential race is Marco Rubio. He has campaigned with Mitt Romney and is writing a campaign book of his own. He is also loved by conservatives and establishment Republicans. However, he is somewhat inexperienced as well, which the media will certainly use against him. Also the fact that he tied himself so closely to the extremely unpopular SOPA bill disqualifies him in my mind. It will be used against him, and I think it showed some of his youth in the way he handled it. No, I do not want to see Marco Rubio get picked either.
Governors Mitch Daniels and Bob McDonnell are names that have been floated out for potential vice presidents. Neither of these seem too plausible a pick for Mitt Romney. It’s not that they are bad choices, it’s just my opinion that Mitt won’t go in this direction.
Who I would like to see Romney pick as his VP candidate is Rep. Paul Ryan. Ryan is young but has plenty of experience. He is loved by conservatives and establishment Republicans, and has made a name for himself as a budget genius when he wrote the 2013 budget that passed the house and drove Democrats crazy. I would miss him in Congress, but my hope would be that he could impact Mitt Romney just enough, while keeping his distance from the administration so as to not be tied to any of Romney’s mistakes, to balance out some of the Romney flaws. It is also my hope that it would lead to a presidential run for the self titled “Young Gun”.
Yes I believe all these possible VP picks have the potential to be good vice presidents. However, if I had my way, Paul Ryan is the guy. I’m sure there will be people who say the VP should appeal to another group that Romney does not, such as a large Hispanic vote that many say will be critical to winning the election, or a woman to obviously appeal to women. If that is true then what kind of a society are we that we say because someone is Hispanic or a woman other people like them will vote for them. Where is the thought that we were all created equal, and that we should look past ones gender or ethnicity to their ideas? I would like to see Paul Ryan because of his ideas, and the hopes that those ideas would be heard and used by Mitt Romney.
In all honesty though it will probably be Marco Rubio. This election has been boring enough, why not just keep it going.