Thanks, Quin, for the “clarification” on your vice presidential pick(s). So far, I count four possible outcomes allowing you to claim Nostradamus status at the next company picnic.
Putting your competing theories and rationalizations aside for a moment, however, let me ask this: Who do you want right now?
My head tells me Romney should pick Paul Ryan because the two seem very comfortable with each other (one report says Ryan can finish Romney’s sentences and make him laugh) and because Ryan gives Mitt the disciplined, wonkish Washington veteran Romney seems to like (see Rob Portman) as well as the likeable guy-next-door demeanor Mitt needs (see Tim Pawlenty).
I also think Ryan would be a great number two to Romney without being such a second fiddle as to obscure his future presidential ambitions. Paul Ryan: dutiful and dynamic.
But that’s my head. My heart wants Chris Christie. Why? Because I want someone to articulate the anger I have for the wasted time, money, and opportunities squandered by the Obama Administration over the last three years. America has more debt, less prestige, and bleaker prospects for the future than at any other time in the last forty years.
That’s more than a “kick in the gut”; it’s an affront to our patriotism.
I want someone who not only articulates the problems with Obamaism, I want a person who can point to the way out. But right now, I also want someone who does this with an edge. Not necessarily going off on a heckler while eating an ice cream cone edge, but with something more than charts, statistics, and phrases about getting hit.
I’d like someone in the Romney camp who knows how to hit back.
Strategically, my head is telling me Romney should pick Ryan, but tactically, I want Christie out there getting daily news coverage rhetorically perp-walking Obama’s bad policies out of Washington.
How about you, Quin? Who do you want as Romney’s VP right now. You can keep your other prognostications for future reference. All I’m asking is for an undisputed, single name occupying your Veep choice today.