What does the last GOP nominee think? McCain: I think Palin should be the VP nominee.
Update: Condolences to Newt and Santorum (and Paul) supporters. As we wrote below, it’s likely over. Tonight is Wisconsin, Maryland, D.C.. Romney has already won in Maryland and in the District of Columbia. Add another 90+ delegates to Romney (98 delegates are up for election).
Wisconsin polls close at 9:00 p.m.
We’re not going to fully game this out but don’t tonight’s results impact the possibility of Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate? Isn’t Paul Ryan as VP the biggest question to result from tonight?
Once the Wisconsin Republicans finish with tonight they immediately move the battle-hardened troops of all the presidential nominees into the battle to thwart the recall of Governor Scott Walker. If Walker stomps on the June recall efforts Obama will be perceived as on the road to losing must win Wisconsin in November. This raises questions which we will not fully pursue but which the Romney people will have to consider.
What will Romney do? If he wins and Walker wins and it looks like Obama will lose Wisconsin in November – does Romney choose Paul Ryan as his VP in order to cement the likelihood of winning Wisconsin? Or, under the same scenario of victories, does Romney figure he does not need Paul Ryan as insurance to win Wisconsin and the November election – which frees him to choose Chris Christie of absolutely must win for Obama New Jersey?
Our questions presuppose several results. Yes, Newt is gone and Santorum is not going to be the nominee and the great fun of a brokered convention is most likely fantasy at this point. And yes Romney will probably win tonight or come close enough to continue to grow his big delegate lead.
So Romney is going to be the Republican nominee and Paul Ryan endorsed him and tonight is the Wisconsin primary and Paul Ryan represents a district in Wisconsin which is why we are discussing Ryan. But there are other reasons to discuss Paul Ryan as VP.
Today Obama flack Jay Carney (who no matter how simple the question looks like he is having digestive problems) was forced to go on Fox News to try and correct some of his bosses recent bumbles. After making comic faces while answering questions about Obama’s thuggery towards the Supreme Court it also became clear that Jay Carney doesn’t like questions about Obama’s budget.
Jay Carney was squirming because Paul Ryan has been busy lately. Paul Ryan told Obama: History will remember you as the guy who ducked the biggest challenge of our age.
Paul Ryan was responding to Obama when he called out the thug chieftain. Obama, who thinks he is Helen of Troy classically attacked Paul Ryan. Ryan presented a budget plan that passed the House of Representatives. Obama called the Ryan plan a “Trojan horse”
Anyone think Obama is worried about Paul Ryan and Wisconsin? Helen of Troy didn’t protest so much.
It’s not just Obama that’s a-twitter about blue-eyed Paul Ryan. Conservative magazine American Spectator thinks Paul Ryan is Romney’s only option:
“Romney has, from the outset, focused his campaign on the economy, which he is wise to do. Poll after poll says that the economy is the top issue for voters. Gallup’s most recent poll (March 28) found that over 70 percent of Americans worried more about the economy than anything else followed, in order, by gas prices, federal spending, and the budget deficit. A Rasmussen poll released yesterday found that 49 percent of Americans trusted Republicans on the economy and only 38 percent trusted Democrats.
Which delivers us, inexorably, to the best and most fact-driven running mate choice for Mitt Romney: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. There are strong reasons for this conclusion, each of which justify the choice. When taken together, the case for Ryan appears too compelling to avoid.”
Read the whole thing for the full Ryan love. The Ryan budget will be an issue in the campaign and Ryan is best to argue its merits, goes the argument. Another reason proffered is that “he’s more than up to the task.”
If not Paul Ryan the case for Chris Christie is also increasingly being made. If Romney wins Wisconsin tonight (he’s already won Maryland tonight) the VP talk will increase and Mitt Romney should take advantage of the increased interest and keep his decision quiet until the most opportune moment, which might be convention season in late August.
As to Marco Rubio? Ben Smith’s new JournoLister operation is already trying to help Helen, er, Obama. The JournoListers are suggesting that if Marco Rubio is not chosen Latino’s will go nuts:
“The deepening assumption that Florida Senator Marco Rubio will be his party’s vice presidential nominee is beginning to put Mitt Romney candidate in a box, deepening the expectation of a Hispanic running mate and setting a trap for presumptive Republican presidential candidate should he make another choice.”
Floridians who want Rubio should not assist in this nonsense. We think Marco Rubio would be a smart choice for any nominee but everyone and every scenario should be considered. Threats and thuggery should not be rewarded.
Marco Rubio might be a great VP candidate. Chris Christie might be a great VP candidate. Paul Ryan might or might not be the best thing since sliced cheese but there is plenty of time to make a decision. Tonight we look at must win Wisconsin to make a choice for the top of the ticket.