Forever the avid political prognosticator, The University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato is out with his crap shoot selections as Mitt Romney’s VP. What do you think? Is anyone missing from this list? Is anyone worth putting your money on?

Check out Sabato’s full crystal ball here.

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24 Responses to “Tebow for VP”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Tebow, Tebow, Tebow…

    Loved this clip. Please post more when available. I enjoy Sabato. We have a PA version of Sabato up here, J Terry Madonna, who’s a PS prof at F&M and is on all the regional TV stations during election season.

    I was suprised to see Jindal in the top tier, but I like him, and agree that the bad SOTU address was not a kiss of death. He brings a star-studded resume of accomplishment, and he’s gone toe to toe with Oblunder before and performed well.

    I was also surprised he did not have McDonnell in the top tier group. I think it may come down to him and Portman as the final possibilities. Ryan seems entrenched in Congress (and the budget is a lightning rod for libs), Christie seemse to polarize also, Rubio seems too young, Bush is just from the wrong family, Daniels doesn’t want it, Huckabee seems too much of a TV celebrity, & T-Paw is boring. So Portman and McDonnell are who’s left.

    I either don’t like, don’t know, or don’t think any of the third tier or longshot people are good picks for Romney. But we’ll see…

    • Steve M. says:

      T-Paw is too boring, but Portman is left? I find Portman excrutiatingly boring …

      I think McDonnell’s pining for the position will hurt his chances.

      • Anonymous says:

        True – comparing T-Paw to Portman is like comparing the Sahara to the Mojave; both are dry as a desert, just the landscape seems to be different.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Tebow, Tebow, Tebow…

    Loved this clip. Please post more when available. I enjoy Sabato. We have a PA version of Sabato up here, J Terry Madonna, who’s a PS prof at F&M and is on all the regional TV stations during election season.

    I was suprised to see Jindal in the top tier, but I like him, and agree that the bad SOTU address was not a kiss of death. He brings a star-studded resume of accomplishment, and he’s gone toe to toe with Oblunder before and performed well.

    I was also surprised he did not have McDonnell in the top tier group. I think it may come down to him and Portman as the final possibilities. Ryan seems entrenched in Congress (and the budget is a lightning rod for libs), Christie seemse to polarize also, Rubio seems too young, Bush is just from the wrong family, Daniels doesn’t want it, Huckabee seems too much of a TV celebrity, & T-Paw is boring. So Portman and McDonnell are who’s left.

    I either don’t like, don’t know, or don’t think any of the third tier or longshot people are good picks for Romney. But we’ll see…

    • Steve M. says:

      T-Paw is too boring, but Portman is left? I find Portman excrutiatingly boring …

      I think McDonnell’s pining for the position will hurt his chances.

      • Anonymous says:

        True – comparing T-Paw to Portman is like comparing the Sahara to the Mojave; both are dry as a desert, just the landscape seems to be different.

  3. Jacosta says:

    If I were Romney, I would go for (not in any preference):
    1) Condi Rice
    2) Bobby Jindal
    3) J.C. Watts
    4) Paul Ryan
    *I sense that Demos are going to use the race/religious card against Romney, so picking a Conservative like Watts or Rice would quiet them down a bit while adding a qualified person to the ticket that would also sway voters in the south to the GOP – and would love to see a debate between either Watts or Rice against Biden = either one of them would mop the floor with Biden!  I especially like the idea of Rice given her experience in foreign relations, prior White House Admin, and debate skills! After the Obama White House – America needs some needed R&R!

     

    • Rice already said she isn’t interested. Watts very openly supported Gingrich. Jindal’s star has faded significantly. From your list, I think only Ryan has a shot. Well, he and Tim Tebow anyway.

      • Jacosta says:

        Many times in past presidential elections, too many potential Democratic and Republican VP’s said that they weren’t “interested”…but, there’s a difference between winning the primary against your fellow Party foes, and then trying to win the White House for your side – people become more serious and more focused.  I believe it’s a good bet, and logical, for Romney to persuade Condi Rice to be the VP! Along with my points above with her skills, and defending Romney against the Left’s attacks on race/religion, she would beat Biden in any debate!

        • Gururussell says:

          I can’t think of much that would actually make me stay home, but I’m not sure I could pull the lever for a Romney-Rice ballot.

          Romney cannot pick a candidate to his left. 
          Rice for a second tour as Sec of State?  Sure.
          As VP? No thank you.

          • Jason Wright, Editor says:

            Gary is right on this one. Rice has no chance and it would be a deal breaker for a lot of conservatives. Romney picking Rice would be such a blatantly politically move. He’s going to pick a male, and probably a white one, and hit a safe long iron off the tee. No need to use the driver. Drivers get you Palin…

    • AWB says:

      I disagree about Rice. First, she seems sincere in saying she doesn’t want it. Second, she’s pro-choice, which is a big problem for the base. Third, it’s really risky to choose a running mate who has no elected office experience. Fourth, I just don’t think Romney’s big need is foreign policy expertise on the ticket. Romney needs someone who mends fences with conservatives (probably an Evangelical or a Catholic), adds to the narrative of competence on economic/budget issues, is well qualified to be president and “does no harm.” Ryan, Portman, Pawlenty, Jindal and McConnell probably all fit the bill, though the Ryan budget could be a “do harm” thing, but if Romney’s endorsing it anyway (and he has), then probably not. All those candidates would please the base, exude competence and experience, provide some comparative youth, and wouldn’t overshadow Romney himself (a problem with Christie, for example).

  4. Jacosta says:

    If I were Romney, I would go for (not in any preference):
    1) Condi Rice
    2) Bobby Jindal
    3) J.C. Watts
    4) Paul Ryan
    *I sense that Demos are going to use the race/religious card against Romney, so picking a Conservative like Watts or Rice would quiet them down a bit while adding a qualified person to the ticket that would also sway voters in the south to the GOP – and would love to see a debate between either Watts or Rice against Biden = either one of them would mop the floor with Biden!  I especially like the idea of Rice given her experience in foreign relations, prior White House Admin, and debate skills! After the Obama White House – America needs some needed R&R!

     

    • Rice already said she isn’t interested. Watts very openly supported Gingrich. Jindal’s star has faded significantly. From your list, I think only Ryan has a shot. Well, he and Tim Tebow anyway.

      • Jacosta says:

        Many times in past presidential elections, too many potential Democratic and Republican VP’s said that they weren’t “interested”…but, there’s a difference between winning the primary against your fellow Party foes, and then trying to win the White House for your side – people become more serious and more focused.  I believe it’s a good bet, and logical, for Romney to persuade Condi Rice to be the VP! Along with my points above with her skills, and defending Romney against the Left’s attacks on race/religion, she would beat Biden in any debate!

        • Gururussell says:

          I can’t think of much that would actually make me stay home, but I’m not sure I could pull the lever for a Romney-Rice ballot.

          Romney cannot pick a candidate to his left. 
          Rice for a second tour as Sec of State?  Sure.
          As VP? No thank you.

          • Jason Wright, Editor says:

            Gary is right on this one. Rice has no chance and it would be a deal breaker for a lot of conservatives. Romney picking Rice would be such a blatantly politically move. He’s going to pick a male, and probably a white one, and hit a safe long iron off the tee. No need to use the driver. Drivers get you Palin…

    • AWB says:

      I disagree about Rice. First, she seems sincere in saying she doesn’t want it. Second, she’s pro-choice, which is a big problem for the base. Third, it’s really risky to choose a running mate who has no elected office experience. Fourth, I just don’t think Romney’s big need is foreign policy expertise on the ticket. Romney needs someone who mends fences with conservatives (probably an Evangelical or a Catholic), adds to the narrative of competence on economic/budget issues, is well qualified to be president and “does no harm.” Ryan, Portman, Pawlenty, Jindal and McConnell probably all fit the bill, though the Ryan budget could be a “do harm” thing, but if Romney’s endorsing it anyway (and he has), then probably not. All those candidates would please the base, exude competence and experience, provide some comparative youth, and wouldn’t overshadow Romney himself (a problem with Christie, for example).

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