A series of blowouts in the Elite Eight has left us with a fantastic Final Four (bracket here).

Bob McDonnell (1), who could be expected to deliver Virginia for Mitt Romney faces off against former candidate and pastor Mike Huckabee (3). The other contest pits popular conservative Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (1) against relative national new-comer Marco Rubio, who would be anticipated to drive the Florida and Latino votes. These candidates leave open the debate as to who the people want versus who the ever methodical Mitt Romney will select.

Voting is now open after the jump. As usual, you may vote once per day and polls will close at 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, May 29.




Comments

  • FireTyCorbin

    Rubio has N-O S-H-O-T at being picked as VEEP. They’re keeping him on the short list because it can’t hurt with hispanics, but he’s not going to be it.

  • FireTyCorbin

    Rubio has N-O S-H-O-T at being picked as VEEP. They’re keeping him on the short list because it can’t hurt with hispanics, but he’s not going to be it.

  • FireTyCorbin

    McDonnell? Are you out of your flippin minds?

  • FireTyCorbin

    McDonnell? Are you out of your flippin minds?

  • Gururussell

    Even though I proposed the format for our Veep Madness, I will admit that it might not necessarily be heading us towards the actual pic.  Fun, yes.  But not likely to predict anything.  The variables within the individual matchups, combined with the fact that being eliminated doesn’t exactly provide any opportunity for comebacks.   Still, I think it was a good idea, and a pleasant diversion.

    A more realistic take can be found here:
    http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/hotline-s-veepstakes-power-rankings-20120518

    Even though I voted for McDonnell over Jindal in the early rounds, I’m beginning to think that Jindal might be the ideal pick.

    • Anonymous

      Did National Journal rip off the Political Derby format???

    • AWB

      I agree. That’s why I voted for Jindal! :-)

      • Gururussell

        You are a wise man. 
        (Although McDonnell is still an excellent choice…)

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I am liking Jindal very very much also.

  • Gururussell

    Even though I proposed the format for our Veep Madness, I will admit that it might not necessarily be heading us towards the actual pic.  Fun, yes.  But not likely to predict anything.  The variables within the individual matchups, combined with the fact that being eliminated doesn’t exactly provide any opportunity for comebacks.   Still, I think it was a good idea, and a pleasant diversion.

    A more realistic take can be found here:
    http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/hotline-s-veepstakes-power-rankings-20120518

    Even though I voted for McDonnell over Jindal in the early rounds, I’m beginning to think that Jindal might be the ideal pick.

    • Anonymous

      Did National Journal rip off the Political Derby format???

    • AWB

      I agree. That’s why I voted for Jindal! :-)

      • Gururussell

        You are a wise man. 
        (Although McDonnell is still an excellent choice…)

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I am liking Jindal very very much also.

  • Raúl Ramírez

    Virginia doesn’t even like McDonnell anymore. How did he get so far? Chris Christie is making videos about how he’s “got this”, yet McDonnell beats him? And Rubio? Seriously? That’s like taking a junior senator, acting like the country know him, and running him for president!

    • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Stephen Fountain, Editor

      I think you left off part of your comment, “The majority of customers in the The Blue Light Depot, a barely functioning establishment in extreme Northern Virginia doesn’t even like McDonnell anymore. How did he get so far? Chris Christie is making videos about how he’s “got this”, yet McDonnell beats him? And Rubio? Seriously? That’s like taking a junior senator, acting like the country know him, and running him for president!”

      • Anonymous

        Are the libs returning to the site?

        • Gururussell

          Like lambs to the slaughter!

    • FireTyCorbin

      McDonnell isn’t it either. Dems would rip him apart over his controversial comments/writings about women. Romney won’t go there. Romney is going to go safe, and McDonnell is close, but no cigar.

  • Raúl Ramírez

    Virginia doesn’t even like McDonnell anymore. How did he get so far? Chris Christie is making videos about how he’s “got this”, yet McDonnell beats him? And Rubio? Seriously? That’s like taking a junior senator, acting like the country know him, and running him for president!

    • http://www.politicalderby.com/ Stephen Fountain, Editor

      I think you left off part of your comment, “The majority of customers in the The Blue Light Depot, a barely functioning establishment in extreme Northern Virginia doesn’t even like McDonnell anymore. How did he get so far? Chris Christie is making videos about how he’s “got this”, yet McDonnell beats him? And Rubio? Seriously? That’s like taking a junior senator, acting like the country know him, and running him for president!”

      • Anonymous

        Are the libs returning to the site?

        • Gururussell

          Like lambs to the slaughter!

    • FireTyCorbin

      McDonnell isn’t it either. Dems would rip him apart over his controversial comments/writings about women. Romney won’t go there. Romney is going to go safe, and McDonnell is close, but no cigar.

  • Anonymous

    I like Marco but Ryan is better equipped to fix the fiscal mess we are in. (and I think both of these guys should be in the final)

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you. I prefer Rubio over Ryan as I think Ryan may serve best at this time as the leading voice in congress over financial matters and I think Rubio brings an energy and freshness to the campaign.

      • Anonymous

        Is it Dec 21st already?

        • Gururussell

          Classic! 

          I have to confess it took me a while to get it.  Gettin’ slow in my old age. 

        • Anonymous

          I hope not. Would hate for the world to end 6 weeks after you cast our vote for Romney.

          • Anonymous

            Tell you what.  You vote for my choice in your state and I’ll do the same in mine.

  • Anonymous

    I like Marco but Ryan is better equipped to fix the fiscal mess we are in. (and I think both of these guys should be in the final)

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you. I prefer Rubio over Ryan as I think Ryan may serve best at this time as the leading voice in congress over financial matters and I think Rubio brings an energy and freshness to the campaign.

      • Anonymous

        Is it Dec 21st already?

        • Gururussell

          Classic! 

          I have to confess it took me a while to get it.  Gettin’ slow in my old age. 

        • Anonymous

          I hope not. Would hate for the world to end 6 weeks after you cast our vote for Romney.

          • Anonymous

            Tell you what.  You vote for my choice in your state and I’ll do the same in mine.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad it isn’t Ryan vs McDonnell and Huckabee vs Rubio

  • Anonymous

    Too bad it isn’t Ryan vs McDonnell and Huckabee vs Rubio