Pin It
Favorite

Trail Mix 

click to enlarge art18228.jpg

Two Flavors: Vanilla or Vanilla

Four years ago around this time,John McCain was taking a look at his prospects and didn’t like what he saw. As detailed in the book Game Change, he realized he needed, well, a game-changing pick for his vice president. And he had one in mind — someone with big-time experience on the national stage who could bring crucial independents his way. But when his surrogates floated the idea of a John McCain-Joe Lieberman ticket, the conservative Republican base threw a fit.

Still realizing he’d be sunk with a yawner of a veep, he went the other way and chose Sarah Palin, the then-unknown governor of Alaska. The activists in the party loved her; America, not so much.

Has the party learned anything? It doesn’t appear so, as Mitt Romney finds himself painted into the very same corner. Yes, Obama is less popular now, but national and swing state polls show Romney has work to do if he wants to move into the White House. He needs a game-changer, too. The obvious choice is Condoleeza Rice, who would bring a ton of excitement to the ticket — via her race, gender, international chops, and for having a personality. But Team Mitt doesn’t even need to float the idea: He already knows the answer. Rice is pro-choice, so she’s effectively banned by the GOP.

Instead, expect Romney to choose between two Midwestern white guys who won’t cause trouble, or outshine their prospective boss, or, really, cause much excitement at all: Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, and Rob Portman, the popular senator of the swing state of Ohio. Yawn.

Going For The Gold — in Mudslinging

On Friday, the London Olympics begin and run through Aug. 12. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will have to share the stage with Michael Phelps, LeBron James and BMXer Connor Fields. (Wait, BMX is an Olympic sport?) That can be a good thing if you’re looking to change the subject from, say, all those tax returns you don’t want to share or all those jobs you haven’t cre ated. But if you’re trying to make an impression during one of the last stretches of the presidential election, you need to do something.

Don’t worry: While you watch American athletes compete for the gold, you can watch American politi cians compete for your animal brain. Yep, NBC’s Olympics coverage will be brought to you by Super PACs this year.

Romney’s Restore Our Future Super PAC will spend $7.2 million during the Olympics, according to NPR, while the Obama reelection campaign will spend $5.5 million.

Now will that be in British pounds or American dollars?

  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • A Win for Everyone
  • A Win for Everyone

    The water protectors at Standing Rock achieve an important victory
    • Dec 8, 2016
  • My Dinner with Fidel
  • My Dinner with Fidel

    Looking back nearly 20 years, when three Americans sat down with the Western Hemisphere's most notorious communist
    • Dec 8, 2016
  • 'No' to Sessions
  • 'No' to Sessions

    Trail Mix: Murray opposes AG pick Sessions, McMorris Rodgers' future
    • Dec 8, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
Gaiser Conservatory Holiday Lights

Gaiser Conservatory Holiday Lights @ Manito Park

Dec. 9-18

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Ted S. McGregor Jr.

  • BOOKS
  • BOOKS

    From Twin Peaks to the darkest reaches of our galaxy, there's a new book for everyone on your list
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • Fake-News Nightmare
  • Fake-News Nightmare

    The social media dream of the 2000s is fading, but we can reset the system by sticking up for the truth
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • Trump wins: America's great state of disconnect
  • Trump wins: America's great state of disconnect

    • Nov 9, 2016
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Unfinished Business

    Isaiah Wall wants to get his life on track. But first, he's gotta buy drugs for the police
    • Nov 17, 2016
  • Fake-News Nightmare

    The social media dream of the 2000s is fading, but we can reset the system by sticking up for the truth
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


green zone


marijuana


trail mix


Comment


Readers also liked…

  • To Kill the Black Snake
  • To Kill the Black Snake

    Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • Tipping the Scales
  • Tipping the Scales

    Why the Gem State may be getting better and better
    • Jan 28, 2016

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation