Here is my prediction for the next GOP Vice Presidential nominee: Tim Pawlenty.
And no, it’s not because MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has made no bones about the fact that he is his number one VP choice for several months now. I’m not as smart as he his. It’s because of two things that have become obvious to me.
One, Tim Pawlenty is noticeably absent from the elevenspeakers that have been announced for the GOP national convention next month. Indeed, of his former opponents for the nomination, only Rick Santorum, who was unceremoniously booted out of his Senate seat a few years ago, has been given the nod to give a speech.
And yes, it must be said that those who are speakers will not be VP nominees so that also means Condi Rice and Jeb Bush are off the table.
So it must be T-Paw, right?
Wait, what about Chris Christie. What about Marco Rubio. Nope, these guys will be warming their seats along with the other delegates. Not this year for the large one. Not this year for the Cuban Freedom Fighter.
And why not? Why not have a colorful one to offset the stiff one?
Could it be lessons learned from the past?
Last time a presidential campaign recruited a colorful veep candidate they got a little bit more than they could handle. Sarah Palin lost it for McCain even more than McCain lost it for McCain. Sarah Palin scared the bejesus out of moderates and Independents.
Nope, no colorful candidates need apply this time.
So who can we look for other than Mr. Flavorless himself? What Romney needs is someone that makes HIM look like the colorful personality. And in Tim Pawlenty I think we have the guy.
OK, all of that and who the H-E-double hockey sticks has heard of Ron Portman anyway?