Last week, there were rumors and speculation that Karl Rove and other prominent Republicans were encouraging a McCain-Romney ticket for this November’s election.
Despite reports that his aides have opposed the ticket, Romney said last night in an interview that he’d accept a VP offer andÂ downplayed the hard feelings between him and McCain, calling him the “Big Dog”Â (Millenial Star links to video of the interview).
Fred Barnes at the Weekly Standard says that Romney would make an excellent pick for Vice-President since he’s seen as a credible president and he won’t subtract from the ticket.Â Â
That leads to Romney. He has run a vigorous national campaign and been vetted by the press and his opponents for the Republican nomination. . .
Romney has three other add-ons. He’s acceptable to conservatives and especially to social conservatives, who disproportionately volunteer as ground troops in Republican presidential campaigns. He’s unflappable in debates. With the downturn worsening, the economy may surpass national security as the top issue of the campaign. And after years of success as a big time player in the global economy, Romney understands how markets work. He could shore up McCain’s admitted weakness on economic issues.
However, Barnes dismisses Romney’s Mormonism as a liablity a little too easily. While the role of his religion has probably been overstated, it didn’t help in the Southern primaries where the GOP desperatley needs to win.
My guess is that McCain won’t pick Romney.Â He doesn’t bring the right geography orÂ demography (sorry but the LDS voting bloc isn’t as influential as we’d like to be).Â
As much as I’d like to see McCain swallow some pride for once and pick Romney, the idea will probably remain as idle speculation.Â I’ll settle my hopes on a cabinet seat should they get that far.