The RPs Debate the 2012 GOP VP: John Johnson Counters

John Johnson’s Response

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My pick for VP is South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Southern state, viewed as a bit anti-establishment, and a female running mate would be an effort to make up for the detrimental effect of the primary on Republican support amongst female voters.

The RPs Debate the 2012 GOP VP: Greg Harris Jumps In

Greg Harris’ Response

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I predict Romney will give Captain Caveman the nod.

Mr. Caveman’s Neanderthal views on women and science will help shore up Mitt’s cred with the GOP base.

See video of Caveman’s oratory below:


The RPs Debate the 2012 GOP VP: The RP Defends

The RP’s Defense

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I agree with Mark Nickolas that Mike Huckabee would be an extraordinary pick by Romney for Vice President.

Indeed, for all the reasons Mark mentions, if Huckabee were in the race today for President, I think he would have run away with the nomination several weeks ago.

And that’s the rub.  Huckabee made a very deliberative decision several months ago not to run for President.

Whether it was family considerations, financial (he seems to be making bank on Fox and the lecture circuit), a political calculation that Obama couldn’t be beat in an improving economy and a divided GOP, or a sudden burst of sanity that led to a realization that being President is an excruciatingly awful job in this hyper-toxic political system, he decided not to run.

With those same calculations, I just can’t imagine he would accept the bottom half of what seems to be a careening ticket.

If Huckabee still has national ambitions, my assumption would be that he would just wait until 2016 (or 2020) to run for President.  Being second banana doesn’t seem to be in his gene pool.

The RPs Debate the 2012 GOP VP: Mark Nickolas Parries

Mark Nickolas’ Response

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At the top of Romney’s problems is that he’s not viewed as a real conservative among his base (loss of enthusiasm) and he’s lost so much likability among the swing voters. If Marco Rubio wasn’t a freshman senator with his own family baggage, he’d be a shoe-in, but I say not this year.

First term New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez would have been my call but not for what Sarah Palin to destroy any chance that someone who fits her own political profile could get picked.

I think Jonathan’s choice of Portman is a good pick if Romney wanted to project a thoughtful, businesslike team, but Romney’s problems aren’t ones that Portman picks, and remember that Portman was Bush’s OMB director in 2006 and 2007 and that could bite them in a message that what America needs is not a return to Bush economic policies. Romney can’t just go safe and hope to win.

My pick…is Mike Huckabee. A seasoned governor. Likable. Conservatives love him. America never hated him. Principled.
I’m not saying that they could win. I actually don’t see a scenario where Romney wins the general unless he’s willing to infuriate his base by selecting a true moderate like Susan Collins or retiring Olympia Snowe. But if I have to predict who he picks, it’s Huckabee.

The RPs Debate the GOP 2012 VP: The RP Provokes

The RP’s Provocation
Now that the Mitt Romney has won the GOP Presidential primary  (OK, it’s not official, but it’s been pretty much declared by the GOP Establishment and the mainstream media), it’s time to start prognosticating about who will be his selection as the Vice Presidential nominee.
So today at The Recovering Politician, our contributors will make their best guesses over the course of the day in our irregular Monday feature, “The RPs Debate.”
Tune in every half hour or so for a new response, featuring our bi-partisan, multi-cultural, and sometimes, downright wacky former politicians and Friends of RP.
And of course, you are welcomed — prodded even — to contribute your thoughts in the comments section below.  At the end of the day, I will post the best entries on the site.
So I will get things started.  (I can’t be any worse than with my NCAA bracket.  Tied for 60th out of 77?  Ouch.)
The 2012 Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States will be…U.S. Senator Rob Portman from Ohio.
Portman is the rare pol who’s both beloved by the GOP base and respected across the aisle.  He has an extraordinary resume, with pretty much every box checked from elite education to congressional service to senior executive branch positions.
(Only flaw:  Unlike the dude who recently quit Goldman Sachs, Portman did NOT medal in the Ping Pong competition at the Maccabiah Games)  

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