Romney/Blackburn 2012? [Edit] or Romney/Rice 2012?

The top headline alert at Drudge right now:


And now Twitter is all, well, atwitter about it, and the hastag #RomneySurpriseVPGuesses is starting to trend. Edit: Drudge is now reporting the name is Condi Rice, but I’m not so sure. Meanwhile, the faux-conservative David Weigal, among other pundits, is piiiii-hiiissed that the Bain story is being buried under it:

I was going to save this post for the morning, but considering how fast this story is moving, I decided to pull the trigger now. So let’s get right to it.

Earlier today Dennis House, who predicted Sarah Palin’s 2008 selection, posted an article to the Huffington Post in which he predicted that Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-7th) is on Romney’s short list for running mate this year and will ultimately be his choice.

My prediction for Romney’s running mate is someone who has not been publicly identified as a potential choice, but I believe she’s on the short list: Congressman Marsha Blackburn. Blackburn is a conservative from Tennessee, who calls herself a congressman rather than congresswoman. The arguments against her seem minor: She is a from a state that go will Republican and she’s not well known. In a way, Blackburn has already been vetted through the media, as she has been a guest on Meet the Press, and other political programs and from what I’ve read, seems widely regarded in her party. Blackburn is a Tea Party favorite and one of the leading voices for the repeal of the President’s health care program.

Obviously, this is music to my ears, but I’m not convinced, namely because House has fantasies that Condi Rice would possibly be in the running, and that’s just short-sighted, IMHO. (Edit: Will I have to eat these words? I would, if I needed to, of course.) I’m not interested in fantasizing my way through this election; I’m interested in winning it. Nevertheless, I decided that Blackburn was worth the look since her name had been brought up. I like what I’m seeing so far.

Here’s her Wikipedia entry, which demonstrates the depth of her experience and breadth of her current power (her district spans from the suburbs of Nashville to the suburbs of Memphis, which is pretty darn big). She has held the seat since 2003, almost a decade. Still, the wiki does demonstrate some weaknesses if you know politics. She originally backed Romney in 2007, then switched support to Fred Thompson, and backed Rick Santorum during the long 2012 primary. Hopefully Mittens won’t hold that against her. Because she also comes with some impressive conservative credentials that could help him with some parts of the GOP base.

Not only is she a Tea Party darling and a social and fiscal conservative, she’s onto the new women’s game, and increasingly frames both her social and fiscal conservatism in terms of women’s rights. She supported the recent GOP bill banning abortions based on sex selection. She has been making the rounds on media programs in the last few months talking about how women and single moms are hardest hit by the unemployment situation and the economy. She has hammered away on jobs and the economy, and even was able to successfully swing a media trap on gay marriage to the topic of jobs in one recent interview (skip to about the 3:30 mark).

In another clip from that same interview, she completely pisses off Barney Frank (always a pleasure to watch) and manages to make her well-made points while keeping her cool. Watch:

“You don’t speak for me, Barney. I didn’t speak for you.” Love it!

In addition to all of that, she’s very pretty and has a genteel manner about her, along with a southern twang. Sarah Palin (bless her heart) she is not, but she could satisfy some of the yearning for a Palin-style candidate. And Palin herself may be able to support her. In the earlier clip on this post she discusses small businesses and taxes, and does not shy away from the inherent hostility nearly always expressed by MSNBC hosts. She’s sharp on her feet and knows her data points, clearly. I’m suddenly very curious.

So let’s talk about it. What is your initial reaction? What are you finding when you Google her (as some of you invariably will now)? Let’s flesh this out and see if House is a crackpot with a lucky record, or if she really is a viable candidate for Vice President of the Unites States.

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97 Responses to Romney/Blackburn 2012? [Edit] or Romney/Rice 2012?

  1. So glad I had this ready early!

    EDIT: Drudge is reporting it’s Condi Rice. We’ll see.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    Great, we get to watch another campaign season of “burn the witch!”

  3. HELENK says:

    maybe she will get more backing from her party than Sarah or Hillary did. Both parties know that they POed a lot of women voters in the last election.
    She seems like she is smart, strong and gives as good as she gets.


  4. carol haka says:

    With all due respect to MB – I’ve always liked her, these people are idiots!

    We don’t have time for on the job training.

    Mitt doesn’t have any balls so I don’t know how he had so many damn children.

    The least he could do we be give us Newt!


    Sick and Tired, Sick and Tired!


    • I’m sorry, but Newt or anyone like him would be folding the tent and going home. I don’t know a lot about her, but I doubt after 10 years in Washington she’d need much on the job training. And do we even know if she’s already been in training? I’ve been watching her tapes for the last couple of hours and already I see a trajectory of improvement within the last year.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Mitt will not pick anyone who would upstage him. He wants a non-controversial running mate.

        That eliminates both Newt and Sarah.

    • Just compare the tapes above, which are two months apart.

    • HELENK says:

      Newt would be better in an advisory position. He has the smarts and could help with many problems. His baggage would hurt the ticket as vice president.

  5. yttik says:

    Romney would never do it, but I liked the idea of picking Ann 🙂

  6. Anna Belle says:

    Reblogged this on peacocks and lilies and commented:
    The top headline alert at Drudge right now:
    And now Twitter is all, well, atwitter about it, and the hastag #RomneySurpriseVPGuesses‬ is starting to trend. Check out more at The Crawdad Hole…

  7. carol haka says:

    Drudge just reported it is Condi!

    This is diversion to stop the Bain story since they evidentally have found information that Mitt was still in charge 2 years later than he said 👿

  8. HELENK says:

    I do not think it will be Condi. For one she has said she does not want it. Two she is still thought of as part of the Bush team.

  9. Okay, what are the pros and cons of Condi Rice, now, too?

    Condi could shore him up on foreign policy, and she’s black so there’s that. She’s not married and doesn’t have kids, so there goes that sexist card. She’s sharp as a tack with plenty of experience.

    On the con side we have her being open to the Uncle Tom card and her association with the W. Bush presidency. Also, “Romney Rice” would immediately get distorted by the left. But then they will play rhetorical games with whomever is picked.

    It could be a slight of hand, though, to provide Blackburn cover for a while longer. Or it could be a trial balloon. Drudge sure teased this one out, that’s for sure.

    • HELENK says:

      bad timing on shoe shopping.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Condi would be a great pick, but didn’t she get nailed with glossing over the PDB warning of planes crashing into buildings when she was the NSA ? Can you imagine what Team WTF will do with that !?

      • Juxtaposed against Obama and Chavez? I mean let’s face it, Team WTF is going to trash anybody, because Romney is already dangerous. I’m increasingly of the mind that if the strengths outweigh the weaknesses, and they do for both of these women, then it’s not going to help to over-think it. Some push back is to be expected. But they could not credibly do to Rice what they did to Palin, and I think Palin knows it, and shows it in her reaction tonight.

  10. Posted yesterday:

    This is confusing!

    “It doesn’t matter where you came from, it matters where you’re going,” Rice said. “That belief has led people to come here for generations from across the world, just to be a part of that. Frankly, it hasn’t mattered whether it was Sergei Brin, whose parents brought him here at 7 years old from Russia and he founds Google, or the guy who came to make five dollars and fifty cents. They are the same ambitious, risk-taking people and America has been able to gather them.”

    For Romney, however, Rice’s public support of immigration reform may alone be enough to disqualify her from VP consideration.

    The former secretary of state also singled out “huge inequities between the rich and the poor” as the main reasons that “places like Brazil and India, great multi-ethnic democracies that are countries that have a lot of potential … are having trouble reaching that potential.”

    “Brazil is indeed Sao Paulo and Rio,” she said, “but Brazil is also the [shanty-town] hills above Rio. And India is of course Mumbai and Bangalore, but India is also Calcutta.”

    Rice paid no heed to the fact that economic inequality is an issue, politically speaking, that belongs to Democrats, and President Barack Obama has made no secret of his plans to capitalize on voter frustration over the wealth gap.

    What to make of it all? Tacking to the center with Rice, who is almost beyond reproach among conservatives? Or cover for another pick? Trial balloon? WTF?

  11. Oswald says:

    Isn’t Mitt supposed to have everyone sign-up to receive a special text message telling them who he picked?

  12. elliesmom says:

    What would a black woman on the ticket do to the black women’s vote? Would they continue to support Obama because he’s a Democrat, or would they jump at the chance to get someone who looked like them in the VP slot?

  13. Oswald says:

    Weakly Standards:

    CBS News’s Charlie Rose has an interview with Barack and Michelle Obama airing tomorrow, and in an advance excerpt, the president says his biggest mistake was focusing too much on policy and not enough on the “story” of his presidency:

    “When I think about what we’ve done well and what we haven’t done well,” the president said, “the mistake of my first term – couple of years – was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that’s important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.”

    Mr. Obama acknowledged the dissonance between others’ perception of his strength as an expert orator, and his own.

    “It’s funny – when I ran, everybody said, well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?” he said. “And in my first two years, I think the notion was, ‘Well, he’s been juggling and managing a lot of stuff, but where’s the story that tells us where he’s going?’ And I think that was a legitimate criticism.”

    Pressed by Rose about what he felt he needed to explain better to the American people, the president corrected that he wanted to do more “explaining, but also inspiring.”

    Update: Mitt Romney responds in an official statement:

    President Obama believes that millions of Americans have lost their homes, their jobs and their livelihood because he failed to tell a good story. Being president is not about telling stories. Being president is about leading, and President Obama has failed to lead. No wonder Americans are losing faith in his presidency.

    Yeah, he hardly ever gave speeches or went on television those first three years.

    • DandyTiger says:

      We needed someone to help create jobs, his only regret is he didn’t tell enough “stories”. Could this guy be any more of a loser. He’s making Carter look like a political genius.

    • leslie says:

      I remember during the first year of TehOnce’s term, I was in the hospital visiting my mother when the (AA) aide assigned to mom’s room said, “Is he back on teevee AGAIN? . . . I’m getting sick and tired of hearing his voice and seeing him on teevee.”
      I was shocked. She was saying pretty much what I was thinking.
      I wonder what she thinks today…

  14. votermom says:

    I have no favorite in the veepstakes but it is fun to see the Romney campaign suck up all the oxygen in the room with the speculation.

    • Well, it’s exciting, too! I had really written Rice off due to her Bush association, but I’m having to seriously re-think that one. And challenging my own assumptions is one of the funnest games there is.

      • cj says:

        I’m getting excited, lol. Here are the pros, IMO, with Condi, the Romney ticket would veritably reek of competence, gravitas and professionalism.

        She wouldn’t be a flame thrower like Christie, but that might be a positive because the contrast between BarryO & Uncle Joe’s flopping around like two monkeys throwing sh*t would be devastating.

        If the rumor’s true, it would explain Romney’s performance at the NAACP yesterday. 🙂

        • It could be he’s calling the NAACP’s bluff and doubling down on offense if she really is at the top of the list. It would be a way to take on Obama on the race issue without coming off as racist, or by protecting himself from the racism charge.It’s an intriguing thought, that’s for sure!

    • elliesmom says:

      I have no favorite, either, but I would like him to choose a woman if he thinks he can take the heat. I have this theory that if we let too much time go by a whole new generation of misogynists will get to lock and load. The misogynists we have now have already spent a lot of their powder. They would have to work hard to come up with new stuff. I don’t think the same old same old would get them very far. I mean “cankles and cackles” and “seeing Russia from my house” have already been worn out.

  15. carol haka says:

    Mark Levin is with me – he is pretty much calling BS on Condi!

    • votermom says:

      The big hurdles with Condi are that 1) she is not Tea Party and 2) she is not a campaigner 3) Bush connection.

      On the plus side: Foreign Policy cred, black, woman, hard worker and smart as a tack.

      • votermom says:

        I have to add another plus – I can see Condi taking over as President if it ever came to that (primary job of VP).

        The problem with any congressman/woman VP pick is that it’s hard to see that. That’s why Governors, or at the least Senators, are usually picked.

  16. Megan Kelly is up next on FOX news. Wonder if she’ll have comment abou tit….

  17. DeniseVB says:

    Me likey anyone not named Barack right now. Marsha’s a keeper, but there are many names to go through yet, and every one of them will be told they’re not experienced enough because the media will run them against Obama not Biden.

    I’m still voting Romney/Potted Plant if it comes to that 😀

  18. myiq2xu says:

  19. DeniseVB says:

    Humor break, just saw this over at Days’ blog….LOL !

  20. scoutt says:

    God, I want a woman to be on the ticket. But can any woman survive the acid that will be thrown at her face everyday?

  21. carol haka says:

    Here’s the reason for the Drudge Report:

    Seriously, why can’t these morons tell the truth?


    • Once again Carol:

      It’s not true. It’s not helping to repeat the lie, either, ftr. God love ya.

      Now Fortune has obtained new evidence that supports Romney’s version of events.

      Bain Capital began circulating offering documents for its seventh private equity fund in June 2000. Those documents include several pages specifying fund management. The section begins:

      Set forth below is information regarding the background of the senior private equity investment professionals of Bain Capital. Also listed are certain investment professionals responsible for the day-to-day affairs of the Brookside and Sankaty funds, which are affiliated funds of Fund VII.

      It then goes on to list 18 managers of the private equity fund. Mitt Romney is not among them. Same goes for an affiliated co-investment fund, whose private placement memorandum is dated September 2000.

      Then there is Bain Capital Venture Fund — the firm’s first dedicated venture capital effort — whose private placement memorandum is dated January 2001. Romney also isn’t listed among its “key investment professionals,” or as part of its day-to-day operations or investment committee.

      All of this could prove problematic for the Obama campaign, which has spent they day crowing over the Globe story (going so far as to hold a media call about it).

  22. HELENK says:

    Sununu is on Hannity. he is awesome.
    I do not know when the video will be available but it is a MUST SEE

  23. Underwhelmed says:

    As an outside observer I’m betting that if a woman is selected for the VP slot, this won’t be a repeat of the McCain/Schmidt crapola. I’m betting the Romney team will unleash the dogs and use every last bit of gross misogyny used against Clinton and Palin last time to rub the criminal Democrats’ noses in their own filth.

    Well, my fingers are crossed for that, anyway! And absolutely, I am praying for a woman to be picked. Because otherwise we’re looking at decades of struggle just to get back where we were before 2008.

    • I have to agree. If they are willing to pick a woman, it will be because they have a monster plan to deal with it. Shit, they could reverse the gender gap (instead of just erasing it) if they played it right.

    • cj says:

      am praying for a woman to be picked. Because otherwise we’re looking at decades of struggle just to get back where we were before 2008.

      Amen to that. And no way will Romney allow his VP pick to be Palinized. This is not John McCain or his self-serving staff we’re talking about here.

      • carol haka says:

        Romney and his team were part of the Palinization.

        I’m not in the mood to settle! Had enough of the assholes from both parties.

        👿 👿 👿

  24. elliesmom says:

    Just a couple of thoughts about a woman on the ticket. Romney’s Lt. Governor in MA was a woman. While he kept her out of the limelight for the most part after the election, he was comfortable having a woman at his side campaigning.

    The more I think about it, the more I think Condi Rice is a good choice, and I will be disappointed if I spent time thinking about this tonight for nothing. She’s an attractive woman, but not overtly sexy. She can pull off a gorgeous evening gown, but keeps the cleavage hidden during business hours. No one would have to take her shopping. She buys her own Jimmy Choos. She and Ann Romney would steal the “fashion plate title” from Michelle Obama at the announcement that she was running and never give it back. She could never be accused of being stupid. While Bill Clinton went on the Tonight Show and played the sax, she could play the piano. While she’s inexperienced at campaigning, it doesn’t mean she can’t do it. The only negative thing that could be held against her is her association with W. But how many of us would be unwilling to vote for Hillary Clinton because she also served in a dumbass’s cabinet? And I think she’d put the black women’s votes in play.

    • cj says:

      My feelings about Hillary as Obama’s SOS are exactly what turned me around on Condi. If I won’t fault Hill for doing her job, then I certainly can’t fault Rice either.

  25. wmcb says:

    I have always personally liked Condi, despite the Iraq war. Some don’t know this, but she’s a good friend of Hillary’s. Chelsea and Hill stayed with her in her home during their trips to Stanford to scope out the college. And the woman is SMART and competent as hell.

    Yeah, I know, BUSH. But having watched Hillary try to do her job while serving under the Asshat in Chief, I now have more sympathy for Condi. She tried to do her job, but she didn’t control policy – Bush did. She’s very genteel, though – I’m not sure how she’d do at the campaigning thing, or attack dog.

    Blackburn looks like she’d be a great debater and campaigner. I would LOVE a woman VP candidate, but am refusing to get my hopes up.

    • See, I think if it’s Condi, then suddenly a Biden-Hillary swap is on the table for Team Obama. And I also think that Hillary would emphatically say “No deal.” (snicker–remember that from 2008?) It would be the coldest plate of revenge ever served up.

  26. Sarah Palin just now on Greta: Rice would make a fine choice, and definitely has more experience than Obama and Biden both. Would prefer a more pro-life choice, but the VP does not make policy, so she’s fine with it. Not enthusiastic support, but support nonetheless.

  27. carol haka says:

    Sarah Palin has been very different the last 2 nights. Her words have been very measured. Her clothes, hair and make-up have been back to looking very professional.



    Cruz is now beating Dewhurst by 5 points.

  28. Underwhelmed says:

    I’m not knowing here, just speculating. But isn’t it reasonable to postulate that Romney and co. don’t like Sarah Palin for reasons other than her gender? Surely the heart of the fight we’re having is about having the right to say yes or no to any candidate, regardless of gender, orientation, creed or skin colour, and not be accused of being an -ist because of that choice? I’m talking genuine objections here, not actual -isms. The most repulsive conduct in modern politics, for me, is the intellectually dishonest, scorched earth policy of smearing people of good intent and differing opinion with labels designed to shut them up, when the argument is based on performance, not labels.

    I’m sick of it. No more kowtowing to this crap. So I don’t have a problem if Romney doesn’t like Palin because of policy issues. He gets not to like her, and not to support her positions. Prove to me that he’s got a hate on for women, that he considers women inferior, and that’s why he didn’t support her? Then I’ll have a problem with him. Until then, sorry. I won’t support a candidate for no better reasons than gender. I won’t put gender solidarity above honour, ethics, competence and integrity.

    • carol haka says:

      No one is talking about gender.

      It’s well documented he was part of the Palinization team. It had nothing to do with gender or the color of her lipstick. It had to do with his personal ambition to be President – his entitlement as the next in line. In that regard his techniques are as dirty as Obama’s.

      I will be voting for him if his name is on the ticket, but I won’t like it.


  29. OT: Witnesses tell FBI that George Zimmerman is no racist

  30. Underwhelmed says:

    Well, at the risk of being unpopular, if he conducts himself against his political opponents (and when it comes to the primary, your own side is the enemy until a winner is declared) equally, if he’s as tough on the men as he is on the women, then I’m not going to fault it. That’s a double standard. If he targeted Palin because of her gender, then I’ll have a problem. But if he was rough with her, and rough with the other men he fought with to the same degree, then that’s the game. A woman entering politics should expect to be treated like the men, to face opposition and robust challenges, like the men. But the minute we say no, no, no, you can’t be nasty to her because she’s a woman, then we’ve lost any moral high ground we’ve managed to gain. IMHO, anyhow.

    From memory, Romney did not gender-ize his opposition to Palin in the way Obama and his cohorts genderized Clinton. If I’m wrong, I’ll take it back. Don’t get me wrong, I like Sarah Palin. I’m bitterly disappointed she changed her mind about running. And I’ll happily eviscerate everyone who contributed to the gender-based annihilation and rampant misogyny unleashed upon her, and Clinton.

  31. yttik says:

    Romney could pick somebody like…Joe Biden and I’ll still be voting Romney Is Not Obama.

    • carol haka says:

      The only 2 people he could put on the ticket causing me not to vote Romney would actually be Obama or Michelle!


  32. DandyTiger says:

    I love the pick VP game. I met Condi and took a liking to her at school. I suspect, kind like Romney, she’s a bit more liberal than many in the GOP would like. Shhh. I also like Blackburn from what I’m seeing. Not necessarily my cup of tea politically, like Palin, but I like her. I sure hope Romney has the balls to pick a woman. I agree with comments above that there is great potential to use all the woman hate from the Dems on them with such a choice. Oh this is going to be fun. 🙂

  33. angienc says:

    I don’t care who Romney picks for VP because no matter what he/she will be (1) smarter than Biden and (2) more qualified to be POTUS than Obama.

  34. Glennmcgahee says:

    Please not Marsha from Tennessee. She’s very big with the Tobacco Lobby and was instrumental in the destruction of Tenncare which threw alot of people off the state’s healthcare program.

  35. foxyladi14 says:

    Condi repeatedly said “NO WAY” We shall see. 🙂

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