Jaime Snieder of The Weekly Standard makes a pretty convincing case for Sen. John "F--- You" McCain to put Mitt Romney on the ticket with him:
Looking at this chart of swing states, it becomes clear who John McCain's choice for VP should be. McCain should select Mitt Romney as his running mate. This move would put Nevada in the Republican category and, at the very least, make Michigan a "toss up" if not "leans Republican." To the extent Romney supporters are willing to travel to nearby Colorado and New Mexico, it could also ensure that McCain has a much needed, fairly active get out the vote effort in the southwest.
I never liked Romney. It wasn't the Mormon thing—every Mormon I've ever met has been an upstanding citizen. It also wasn't the slick way he managed to slam McCain for positions he had taken in the months before announcing his candidacy. My problem with Romney was that he embodied the ever-increasing banality of politicians, which I feel duty-bound to resist.
So I am rallying around him why? Not least because John McCain's election will postpone the death of personality for four to eight years. After all, McCain, as a boy, used to hold his breath until he got his way. There is every indication he would sucker punch a recalcitrant congressman once in the Oval Office. For his own part, Romney might even be willing to cut a big check, because McCain's selection will secure Romney the Republican nomination in the future.
The only downside? If McCain/Romney pull this off, National Review's post-election cruise will be short one VIP.
Save for the humor about the National Review post-election cruise, this is a spot-on analysis.
And, I will make this prediction.
If Sen. "F--- You" McCain has the good sense to put Mr. Romney in the number two spot, Mr. Romney should be spending a lot of time in California.
After all, it was then-Gov. Romney who had the misfortune to be the sitting governor when the Massachusetts supreme court found a "right" to same-sex marriage. And, as noted here many times, then-Gov. Romney tried to get the issue on the ballot to have a state constitutional amendment to recognize marriage as between one man and one woman. Because of the convoluted process, then-Gov. Romney was unsuccessful. His successor, Democrat Gov. Deval Patrick let it die in the General Court (legislature), dominated by Democrats.
Here would be a chance to show those power-grabbing courts that the will of the people does account for something.
If advocates of same-sex marriage want to convince people of their position, they need to and should in the court of public opinion. Depending on courts to divine rights sets back the cause.
Before I trail into another post, the case for Mitt is now being made in The Weekly Standard. And I could not agree more.