Mitt Romney Should Pick a California Girl for VP

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So, it just occurred to me, with the latest polls showing Obama leading Romney in the state of California by a margin of 17 points, that Romney needs to choose a California girl for his running mate. There are two great choices out west right now -- former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. Maybe we could move the needle even farther by letting them job share?

That's a joke.

But seriously, each of these women could do a lot for a party that one of its biggest supporters just said is too "fat, white, and male."

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Condi reportedly isn't interested. But if I were chatting with her one-on-one, which I assume Romney has done lately, I would appeal to her sense of loyalty to the Republican party. On top of that, I would vote for you if you were running, Condoleezza, if for no other reason than you like "policy but not politics." If there was ever a timely phrase to resonate with a disillusioned electorate, that would be it.

And even though you couch your pro-choice views by calling yourself "mildly pro-choice," we'll take it. You also represent a modern Republican view of the world by acknowledging the rights of gays to form civil unions. And have we ever had a Secretary of State rock a pair of black high heeled boots like you did? You could be the bridge to get all of those moderate Republican women back over the raging waters that pushed them into the Obama camp in 2008. We think you need to go for it!

The second great choice from California is Meg Whitman. She is pro-choice, pro-civil union, and pro-business. She might appeal to all the young tech savvy types who went viral for Obama in 2008. After all, it's pretty cool to say you ran eBay. She's an American success story and one of the wealthiest businesswomen in California. She gets Democrats and has even given money to Democrats that she deemed reasonable. That kind of cross appeal is going to be critical for the Republicans this election year. The electorate is tired of the haters and wants to see people who can work across the aisle. She also endorsed a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in California, something getting a lot of attention in the Presidential race right now.

Can you imagine what it feels like to be Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney this week? Who he picks to be his running mate could represent a critical turn in the 2012 elections. Just look at what happened with John McCain's candidacy after he chose Sarah Palin. It could also speak volumes about how far the Party will go to appease social conservatives. Speaking of social conservatives, it is so interesting to see that they are badgering Romney to pick a Tea Party candidate as his running mate. My advice (not that anyone at Romney, Inc. is asking!) is to assume the social conservatives aren't going to vote for Obama and appeal to the swing voters who could make or break this election by choosing someone who represents diversity within the party.

I do like that Ann Romney is playing a role in all this. This is an excerpt from an article by William Kristol in the Weekly Standard:

Ann Romney, for her part, took issue with the Obama team's strategy, telling her interviewer that Democrats will "do everything they can to destroy Mitt."

"Early on we heard what their strategy was. It was kill Romney," she said, adding a message to Obama: "Not when I'm next to him you better not."

She also sketched out her own requirements for what she'd like to see in a running mate, saying the person should be "someone that obviously can do the job but will be able to carry through with some of the other responsibilities." She said the person should be someone who will have her husband's back and who he will enjoy being around and have "the same personality type." She added: "Competent, capable and willing to serve this country. I think there's lots of good people out there that fill that bill right now."

There are other competent people out there right now. Kelly Ayotte and Marco Rubio are two other possibilities but neither one is going to balance out the ticket on social issues the way Meg Whitman and Condoleezza Rice would. 

 

This post is part of a weekly conversation with our Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers. To see the original question and what the other writers have to say, see Who Is Your Republican VP Pick?

 

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