Democrats Offer Mitt Romney Veep Pick Advice

Democrats have some advice for Mitt Romney about his imminent choice of a running mate: 

They’re not on most people’s short lists, but Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Speaker Newt Gingrich would make excellent choices for Mitt Romney’s running mate, a spokeswoman for President Barack Obama joked Wednesday.

“We all think Newt Gingrich or Michele Bachmann would be an excellent choice for Mitt Romney to choose,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said aboard Air Force One as the president traveled to a campaign stop in Colorado.

Yea, I think Romney will pass on that one.

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Comments

  1. stonetools says:

    My choice would be Ted Nugent. A strong critic of both Obama and the present misguided consensus on the Civil War.

  2. legion says:

    Well, if they want to avoid someone who’ll outshine Mitt, I hear Joe the Plumber is looking for work…

  3. al-Ameda says:

    “We all think Newt Gingrich or Michele Bachmann would be an excellent choice for Mitt Romney to choose,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said aboard Air Force One as the president traveled to a campaign stop in Colorado.

    What Democrat – can disagree with that?

    I would add Allen West and Orly Taitz, as they are truly representative of what today’s Republican Party is all about. They deserve serious consideration.

  4. legion says:

    @al-Ameda: Heh. I would _love_ to see them nominate someone with West’s anger and self-control issues. He’d wind up losing his temper and punching someone during a debate.

  5. Herb says:

    David Frum has some advice too: Don’t pick Ryan. Can’t say he’s too off-the-mark with this one.

    The clamor you are hearing for Paul Ryan for VP is not about helping the Romney candidacy. It’s about controlling the Romney campaign—and ultimately the Romney presidency. It’s about forcing a platform on Romney, and then dictating the agenda for that presidency’s first year.

  6. legion says:

    @Herb: It’s also about setting Ryan up for a 2016 run…

  7. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    Sure, let’s take advice from the same wonderful people who brought us Joe Biden and John Edwards. That’s a GRAND idea.

  8. Herb says:

    @legion:

    “It’s also about setting Ryan up for a 2016 run…”

    Ah, but as VP, Ryan wouldn’t get a shot for the big job until 2020.

    If Romney-Ryan loses in 2012, of course, he would have a shot at 2016. That gives Ryan four years to distinguish himself as a guy who should run for president. Four Obama years.

    Sounds like a long shot, though.

  9. PJ says:

    @Herb:

    If Romney-Ryan loses in 2012, of course, he would have a shot at 2016.

    I doubt he’ll get that.
    FDR is, at least in modern times, the only one who have been the VP on a losing ticket and later succeeded in winning the Presidency.
    Losing VPs don’t even get nominated.