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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sometime before the Republican National Convention in Tampa next month, Mitt Romney will pick a running mate.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio repeatedly has said he doesn’t want the job. Then he wrote a book about himself and made sure it was published this summer, before Romney decided.

It’s possible that Rubio is 100 percent sincere about not joining the GOP ticket. Perhaps the only point of rushing his autobiography into print was to let America know what a fabulous vice president he would have made, had he been interested in the position. It’s also possible that he’ll jump at the offer if it comes his way.

For Romney, the first step in choosing a running mate is crossing the obvious losers off the list without offending their constituencies, however marginal and loony they might be. The first to go will be his opponents from the GOP primaries.

Newt Gingrich, who has written many more books than Rubio, won’t be on the ticket because nobody else in the party wants to colonize the moon.

Michele Bachmann, whose own book bombed, won’t be on the ticket because Romney is looking for someone who can pass as a sane person.

Herman Cain won’t be on the ticket because of those sex allegations and, secondarily, an embarrassingly foggy grasp of world politics. During the primaries Cain spent $36,000 in campaign funds to buy copies of his own autobiography, prematurely titled “This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House.”

Rick Santorum won’t be on the ticket because he scares away women voters, moderate male voters and most of his home state of Pennsylvania. He published a book seven years ago, but says he doesn’t remember writing parts of it.

Ron Paul, another prolific author, has blamed callous ghostwriters for passages published under his name that criticized AIDS patients and victims of workplace harassment. Paul won’t be on the Republican ticket, either.

  • bcarreiro

    maybe bush’s brother can be on the ticket…

  • William Deutschlander

    If Rubio was not so pathetic, he would be a cruel joke!

    • CAThinker

      Which aligns him very well with the rest of the field… Sadly.

  • 101strac

    It seems to me that to get non- loonies to apply for the position they will have to cross party lines, because every statement and every action coming from the republican party these days is strictly from the loony bin.

  • Another attempt to get the Latino Vote ” Not working …They hate you Mittens you draft dodging bastard !!! any American who votes for this guy ,unless you are wealthy ..has nothing to gain !! open your eyes people!! This clown is all about class warfare ..and has never created any jobs ..I cannot wait until the debates when Mittens has to explain much more than we know now ..The jobs numbers are not good because they ( the gopers ) are holding back on YOU the middle class and Mittens is the ring leader!!

    • DurdyDawg

      Please don’t give this nowhere man so much credit.. He’s like Mongo, “Mongo jus’ pawn in game o’ life”.. It’s his (and the gop’s) wealthy masters who are pulling the strings.. Do you think for one moment that these billionaire ‘snubbers’ would invest millions because their patriotic? There’s something in it for them and everyone knows it but are too ashamed to admit anything is going on (except with Obama). Corporations are people too? Yeah, so are monsters and warmongers.

  • I’ll be very surprised if Romney picks Marco Rubio. The fact that he is a Cuban-American all but guarantees that he will not be a factor when Mexican-Americans and people from other Central American countries go to the polls. Moreover, choosing a Hispanics as running mate carries risks. It remains to be seen whether the far right accepts a Hispanic for the Nr. 2 spot. There is a better chance that Romney will choose a woman than a Hispanic with baggage. Jeb Bush has a better chance, and so does Christie.

  • 113121

    pawlenty or rubio they will flip a coin

    • DurdyDawg

      With Mitten’s ego and audacity, as he admires the person looking back at him in the mirror, might just decide to be the first clow, uh.. I mean president to refuse a second fiddle.. (as the others before him had no option).. After all, he’s quite capable of being a President, he needs no help from the bleachers.. Running the Nation? Oh, he’ll reveal those incidentals after he becomes POTUS (have you caught the joke yet?).. We’ll be the punch line if we give this dolt the big giant dunce cap.

    • DurdyDawg

      So what your saying is.. Heads they win and tails we lose? (I can see that).

      • 113121

        I think they will lose no matter who they pick.

        • DurdyDawg

          Better them than us..

  • Unfortunately for the Republican party there is not much to choose from. The field looks like a box of chocolates…all the same flavor. With such a selection it is going to be difficult for the Republican presidential choice to find anyone qualified for the job. Of course that did not mean much last time.

    • DurdyDawg

      Difficult, Lynda? They found Mittens didn’t they? Toss out honesty and morals and the choices become numerous (that’s the real reason they can’t decide.. too many applicants).

  • DurdyDawg

    What are you talking about? Any one of those stiffs you pointed out would make a perfect “#2 loser”.. You know, something to take the spotlight off the real losers.. Romney and his billionaire masters.

  • I’m just trying to understand how if a person in not eligible to be elected President he could run as VP and if the President becomes incapacitated he becomes President even though he is ineligible or would we have to have an emergency election so we could have a person who is eligible to be President?

  • I just can’t understand why Mitt hasn’t chosen Sarah Palin. She’s got recent experience on a losing ticket. What more could Romney be looking for? And she hasn’t even endorsed him yet.

  • Edsanjuan

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, haaaa !!!! You DEMOCRAPS are soooo PATHETIC (and FUNNNNYYY !!!)
    You speak about a “loonie” for the VP post when your own OweBama picked JOE BIDEN, the CLOWN !!!! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, haaaaa!!!!
    You guys are HILARIOUS, YESSS !!! This is soooo funny, ha, ha, haaa!!!
    And it will be even funnier, come November, to see our Socialist Muslim “President” and the Pelosi WITCH get such a GREAT kick in their (sorry) FANNIES …