…GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL
…SENATOR MARCO RUBIO
…GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT
…GOVERNOR RICK PERRY
…SENATOR TED CRUZ
…COMMENTATOR BILL WHITTLE
…SENATOR RON JOHNSON
…COMMENTATOR GREG GUTFELD
…GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL
…SENATOR MARCO RUBIO
…GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT
…GOVERNOR RICK PERRY
…SENATOR TED CRUZ
…COMMENTATOR BILL WHITTLE
…SENATOR RON JOHNSON
…COMMENTATOR GREG GUTFELD
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Health insurance rates in Georgia are rising by up to 198 percent under Obamacare, the Georgia Insurance Commissioner said in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday.
States are required by the Affordable Care Act to report new insurance premium rates for state exchanges run by the federal government by the end of July.
Commissioner Ralph Hudgens in his letter asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to extend Georgia’s deadline for reporting the insurance rates by one month to give his office more time to investigate and approve the new, higher rates.
“Georgia consumers cannot afford these massive rate increases,” Hudgens wrote to Sebelius.
The Georgia insurance department compared the cost of insurance within the exchanges to what people pay now for similar coverage, and the rates were going up for every age group, said Jay Florence, an insurance department official under Hudgens.
For an average 25 year-old male, premiums are set to rise 85 to 198 percent within the exchanges, while for a 45 year-old male, premiums will rise 40 to 100 percent, Florence said. A 64 year-old male will pay 18 to 48 percent more under Obamacare’s regime.
“The delay is simply trying to give the administration an opportunity to explain that and maybe explain what our actuaries weren’t able to determine, which is that these rates are excessive,” he said.
Hudgens requested that Sebelius respond by end of business today. As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, HHS had not responded, according to another official in the commissioner’s office. HHS did not return a request from the Washington Free Beacon for comment.
Healthcare experts pointed to several reasons that the premiums for individual plans on the exchanges are rising.
One is the “age rating,” which requires that insurance companies charge no more than three times what they charge younger people. Without this restriction, insurance companies would likely charge five times as much, which means that the restriction will lower prices for the elderly but raise them for younger people.
“That in and of itself would have a direct, almost mechanical impact on rates,” said Ed Haislmaier, a health care expert at the Heritage Foundation.
Obamacare also increases the minimum amount insurance companies must pay for procedures, driving up premiums, Haislmaier said. He compared this rule to mandating that everyone upgrade their plane ticket to first class and requiring everyone to pay for the extra space.
There are some states, such as New York, that will see price reductions, noted James Capretta, a health policy expert at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. But these are the one that have “already pretty much destroyed the individual market” through prior healthcare reforms, he said, and other states with intact markets will see price increases.
“I have no reason to question their numbers,” Capretta said. “It’s going to be a big problem.”
Georgia is not the first state to make such an announcement. Indiana has already announced that insurance rates are rising 72 percent for an individual plan and 8 percent for a group plan.
A petition webpage was set up to recall Marco Rubio today.
Via Free Republic:
Target: Marco Rubio
Sponsored by: William May
Recall Senator Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio in his own words previously while serving in the state legislature; during his campaign for office and his recent rhetoric on TV, Talk Radio, commercials, emails and surveys sent to his constituents stating that the border must be secured first then path to citizenship. The senator now has changed his promise to suit what he decides is in his best interest and not honor his own commitment to his campaign, voters and supporters thereby disenfranchising them.
Had the Senator expressed his true beliefs on illegal immigration over his term in the state legislature and during his campaign it is doubtful that he would have acquired the nomination to run as the republican candidate for Senator from Florida and most assuredly the election results would be in doubt for his favor.
Due to his own words and actions Senator Marco Rubio has nullified the votes cast for him by disenfranchising voters with glib and false rhetoric corrupting the good faith and will of the voters whose recourse now is to recall the Senator and force him to reveal the factual representation of himself and allow the voters to now judge him based on his true beliefs, values not on false and misleading campaign rhetroic statements.
Rubio, the most visible advocate of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform plan, is now viewed favorably by only 58% of Republican voters nationwide – down 15 points since February.
As America faced the rising tide of Obama’s socialist-leaning policies, T.E.A Party organizations across America helped Republicans by supporting the election of Conservatives to the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in 2010. Against this backdrop, Marco Rubio (R-ino) was elected to represent the state of Florida in Washington, D.C. as its newest Senator.
As a candidate, Rubio ran as a man who held the same convictions as those of the T.E.A. Party, including the conviction that America’s illegal immigration problem needed fixed.
“First of all, earned path to citizenship is basically code for amnesty.” (Florida Senate debates)
“If you grant amnesty, the message that you’re sending is that if you come in this country and stay here long enough, we will let you stay. And no one will ever come through the legal process if you do that.” (Rubio statement on how Reagan erred in supporting 1986 amnesty for illegal immigrants)
“[Gov. Crist] would have voted for the McCain plan. I think that plan is wrong, and the reason I think it’s wrong is that if you grant amnesty, as the governor proposes that we do, whether it’s back of the line or so forth, you will destroy any chance we will ever have of having a legal immigration system that works here in America.” (FOX News debate with Gov. Crist)
“First and foremost we have to secure the border, we have to secure the workplace. We can’t move on to the modernization of our legal immigration system until both the border and the workplace are secure, through both E-Verify and real security at both the Canadian and the Mexican borders. We’ve got to accomplish that first before we can do any modernization, which is needed.” (Miami Herald)
Sadly, Marco Rubio has fallen under the influence of one of Washington’s inside-the-beltway gangs, the Immigration Gang of Eight. Following the lead of Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham – both members of the Gutless On Principles (G.O.P) Hall of Shame – Senator Rubio has allowed his principles to be compromised.
(Speaking in Spanish on Univision) “Let’s be clear. Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then comes the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence. What we’re talking about here is the system of permanent residence. As for the legalization, the enormous majority of my colleagues have accepted that it has to happen and that it has to begin at the same time we begin the measures for [the border]. It is not conditional. The legalization is not conditional.” (“Al Punto” program on Univision)
On June 13, Senator Rubio and the rest of the Gang of 8 voted to table an amendment that would have prohibited legalization until the Homeland Security Secretary has maintained effective control of the borders for 6 months.
On June 18, Senator Rubio and the rest of the Gang voted against an amendment that would have required completion of the fence, as well as an amendment that would have required implementation of U.S. VISIT (a biometric border check-in and check-out system first required by Congress in 1996), before legalization.
* Thanks Erick Erickson for much of the information above.
Fixing the illegal immigration problem in America requires a commitment to the rule of law, which means that those who violate those laws – such as being in the country illegally – should not be granted the same rights of citizenship mentioned in the Constitution. In faMarco Rubio sad facect, it can be argued that granting citizenship to illegals is actually unconstitutional.
As a self-proclaimed Conservative, Marco Rubio ran for office on the promise to find a solution to the illegal immigration problem that wouldn’t give citizenship to those who didn’t follow the law. And he said he wouldn’t be a part of anything that didn’t secure the border first. Did he lie, or is he playing politics with the issue in the hope that he will improve his chances of running for President in 2016?
Regardless of his motives, he no longer appears to be committed to these principles. In other words, he’s gutless.
Please join me as we enshrine our newest inductee in to the Gutless On Principle Hall of Shame… Senator Marco Rubio.
Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that he may mount a primary challenge to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in their state’s 2016 U.S. Senate primary.
West told station WMAL that he could run for Senate “if I see people that are not taking our country down the right path, if I see people that are not standing up for the right type of principles, and putting their own party politics before what is best for the United States of America.”
Asked directly in he would rule out challenging Rubio, West responded, “Chirping… chirping… chirping.”
“We’ll see what happens down the pike,” he added. “God will set my feet on the right path.”
The one-term congressman, who narrowly lost re-election last year, acknowledged he would face an uphill battle.
“That’s a pretty heavy lift, because you’re talking about running against a sitting senator, and then, of course, that creates that schism that the other side would love to see happen,” said West.
But the former congressman said he had a “lot of concerns” over the comprehensive immigration reform proposal crafted by a bipartisan group – including Rubio – in the Senate.
“This whole ‘comprehensive’ thing – I think the bill now is up to 1,075 pages – Once again, the American people don’t trust that,” West said.
I may be just a blogger, but it would seem I am still a few dozen IQ points sharper than the Republican party is, especially the GOP members of the Gang of Eight
Just what we need, electoral advice from a Democrat
(Politico) Sen. Robert Menendez says Republicans need to accept a pathway to citizenship in immigration reform, or they’ll never take back the White House.
Discussing the debate over border security measures in the bill, the New Jersey Democrat who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee decried efforts to create unreachable triggers on legalization.
“What I cannot support, and what I believe the community cannot support at the end of the day is that we’re going to have triggers that can never be achieved in terms of border security as an impediment to the pathway to legalization and citizenship,” Menendez said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I would tell my Republican colleagues, both in the House and the Senate, that the road to the White House comes through a road with a pathway to legalization. Without it, there will never be a road to the White House for the Republican Party,” Menendez said.
There we have the VERY BEST reason for every Republican NOT to support amnesty. The Democrats want us to, and here is a hint Senator Rubio, it is NOT because Bob Menendez or any other Democrat longs to see a Republican in the White House. Let me be clear, if the Democrats are giving us advice, we should do the exact opposite. When a Democrat says turn here, don’t do it. When a Democrats says support amnesty, we ought to say Hell no we won’t! The Democrats want us to fail. they want us NEVER to elect another Republican to any office. Why is this so flipping hard for the GOP to grasp?
Senator Marco Rubio appeared on “Al Punto” the Sunday morning news program on Univision. Rubio was asked to respond to the concern that legalization might be delayed and therefore be subjected to the policies of future administration.
Let’s be clear. Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence. What we’re talking about here is the system of permanent residence. As for the legalization, the enormous majority of my colleagues have accepted that it has to happen and that it has to begin at the same time we begin the measures for [the border]. It is not conditional. The legalization is not conditional.
That’s different from what the Junior Senator from Florida says in English. He has always said the bill must secure the borders first.
In April he told Chris Wallace that border security is a trigger for the legalization process:
Yes. Let me tell you why it’s a trigger because, basically, homeland security will have five years to meet that goal. If after five years, Homeland Security has not met that number, it will trigger the Border Commission who will then take over this issue for them. So, they’ll have five years to get it done. They have to create these two plans – a fence plan, there has to be a fence component to this, and a border security plan.
Is Marco Rubio adopting the strategy of the Palestinians first championed by Yasser Arafat? Which was talking peace in English but talking war in Arabic? It certainly seems that way.
It’s hard to believe that Marco Rubio has only been in the Senate since January 2011. With the way he has been going on lately, telling conservatives what a bunch of unenlightened rubes we are for objecting to his immigration reform, you would think he’d been a Senator for 20 years.
The once Tea Party favorite, whose chances of being elected President are now on par with Mark Sanford, has been at the forefront of jamming the Democrat’s dream of opening the immigration floodgates through Congress, an effort that shares many the hallmarks of the passage of Obamacare:
Put together in the dead of night by Washington insiders with zero transparency. Check.
Rushing the bill through the legislative process as fast as humanly possible before the opposition can get their act together. Check.
Refusing to accept even the barest hint of cooperation with Republicans who aren’t RINOs. Check.
We’ll have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it! Check.
Representing everything the Tea Party movement has dedicated itself against Rubio is blazing a trail of lies and deceit that must make Obama proud.
Despite Rubio’s assurances that legalization efforts won’t go into effect until after the border is secure, a multitude of analysts have shown this to be a complete falsehood. Once DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano says the border is secure, whether it is or not, the bill goes into effect. Trusting someone who is stocking up on hundreds of millions of rounds of ammo, more than enough to conquer all of Asia Minor, isn’t exactly what most conservatives would call a good bet.
Other fun facts that Rubio has neglected to mention during his magical media tour include:
1, The immediate shutdown of the E-verify system.
2. The potential for 33 million newly minted American citizens in only the first 10 years – a “conservative” estimate, the actual total could be much higher.
3. A permanent voting majority for Democrats guaranteed to last a generation.
4. Making it illegal for law enforcement to arrest and deport anyone who “appears eligible” for legalization.
5. Allowing judges the ability to waive what is now mandatory deportation for certain classes of criminal aliens.
6. Free “Obama phones” for immigrants as they cross the border.
7. A gigantic boon for immigration lawyers as countless appeals, court appearances and so on are granted to illegals before they can be deported.
And that’s just what we know so far. With the endless ability for the DHS Secretary to grant exceptions to not only individuals, but entire “classes of aliens” from conforming to the law, things could get much worse.
The question conservatives are asking themselves lately is why would Rubio serve as a patsy for this clearly dangerous legislation? The answer is he is corrupt. Corrupted by a Washington culture where the elites think they are smarter than us, that they have the power to tell us what to do and who we have to accept into our communities, regardless of the cost to our society and pocketbooks. Where attending Georgetown cocktail parties attended by only the very best sort makes them better than the common people they lord over. A symptom of a government that is no longer of the people, by the people, for the people, but now only for the elite.
From Tea Party favorite to corrupt Washington insider in only two years, ladies and gentlemen, I give you Marco Rubio.
Ed’s two cents worth:
With all due respect, Senator Rubio, why should the American citizenry believe that our federal government – or any liberal state government, for that matter – will actually enforce new immigration laws they disagree with when they aren’t enforcing the ones they object to right now?
As for a secure border fence, we were promised one of those years ago, and it still hasn’t materialized. Tell me, how can the feds be trusted to do the right thing tomorrow when they’ve allowed sanctuary cities to exist – in conspicuous violation of federal law – for so many years?
While elucidating your plan, you mentioned a new commission who’s ultimate administrative authority would be “triggered” into play if the Mexican border remains less than 90% secure after half a decade. Yet the Obama regime tells us that this border is more inviolable today than ever before, despite clear evidence to the contrary.
Suppose the Democrats win the White House in 2016. Are we to just accept the word of another leftist-controlled Department of Homeland Security when it inevitably tells us that the border is suddenly and miraculously more than 90% secure? Do you not believe that such a DHS might lie to us in order to retain its authority in this respect?
Perhaps after the southern security fence we’ve already paid for is actually completed, and government officials and business owners are prosecuted en mass for blatantly defying our laws as pertains to illegal aliens, we can begin to talk about a new set of rules that deal with our remaining immigration problems. Is that not a reasonable proposition?
Whether you believe so or not, Senator, I can only hope you will eventually come to understand that the reason why few conservatives are getting behind your plan isn’t because your ideas are necessarily objectionable. It’s because true right-wingers like me don’t believe that most of your colleagues are honest people who will keep to their word on this issue. In short, we have no reason to think that our federal government will do this time around what it has failed utterly to do in the past, which is faithfully enforce its own immigration laws.
…LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALLEN WEST
…CONGRESSMAN LOUIE GOHMERT
…SENATOR MARCO RUBIO
…SENATOR RAND PAUL
…GOVERNOR RICK PERRY
…JUDICIAL WATCH PRESIDENT TOM FITTON
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Well, of course he does. If we tightened the border THEN reformed immigration, millions more “undocumented aliens” would not flood across the border to take advantage of the reform, A.K.A. amnesty
President Barack Obama is set to reject the key compromise at the heart of a bipartisan deal on immigration reform announced by eight Senators yesterday. The president, who will deliver an address later today in Las Vegas, NV outlining his own immigration ideas, is reported to oppose linking a “path to citizenship” for illegal immigrants, a Democrat demand, to stronger law enforcement and better border security, a Republican demand.
The president will apparently argue that the administration has met reasonable goals on enforcing current immigration legislation, and that additional security will merely create new obstacles to legalizing the roughly 12 million illegal immigrants thought to be living in the United States. The federal government accelerated deportations in the first years of the Obama presidency, and sent new personnel to patrol the southwestern border.
However, starting last year, the Obama administration declined to enforce existing law regarding the so-called “Dreamers”–immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. The election-year move drew praise from Hispanic groups but preempted congressional legislation, and brought criticism from proponents of immigration reform, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who objected to the president’s clear circumvention of Congress.
The essence of the deal struck by Rubio with Senate colleagues in the “Gang of Eight” or “immigration eight” is that a path to citizenship would be contingent upon meeting law enforcement criteria. Republican critics of the Senate deal–including some who are otherwise supportive of immigration reform–argued that the deal would cause “instant legalization” of illegal immigrants, while the border security provisions would take time.
Just as an aside, I oppose the Gang of Eight deal for one basic reason. We cannot trust the same people who have refused to enforce laws to suddenly enforce these new laws. Tighten the border FIRST, then we can talk about a plan.
TED AND PAT OPAROWSKY
NEWT AND CALLISTA GINGRICH
Convention Schedule For Thursday, August 30, 2012
Call to order
Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team
Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka
National Anthem sung by Seven
Invocation by Ken Hutchins
Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (FL)
Reagan Legacy Video
Remarks by Newt and Callista Gingrich
G.E. Smith Band
Remarks by Craig Romney
Remarks by former Governor Jeb Bush (FL), accompanied by Sean Duffy and Frantz Placide
G.E. Smith Band
Remarks by Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Remarks by Grant Bennett
Remarks by Ted and Pat Oparowsky
Remarks by Pam Finlayson
Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign
Remarks by Tom Stemberg
Remarks by Ray Fernandez
Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey
Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce
Remarks by Olympians Kim Rhode, Michael Eruzione and Derek Parra
Bebe Winans and the Tampa Bay City Life Church Chorus
G.E. Smith Band
Remarks by Clint Eastwood
Remarks by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL)
Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney
Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned
Why do so many Americans think every politician is a liar, a cheat, a scoundrel, and is never to be trusted? Well, I suppose there are many reasons, but the biggest factor is exemplified by Charlie Crist. Crist was the Republican governor of Florida, he was a “Reagan Republican” he told us. Loyal to the party, and he was running for the Senate in 2010. Then Marco Rubio decided to run against Crist in the primary. And many Republicans in Florida got excited about Rubio, and Crist became angry. He began to drift leftward, attacking Republicans like Sarah Palin and other Conservatives. As he did, Rubio moved farther ahead in polls, and eventually won the Republican Primary.
Then Charlie Crist the “Reagan Republican” turned on his own party, he announced he would run for the Senate seat against Rubio and his Democratic opponent. This obviously showed that Crist was more about power than principles. Crist increased his verbal attacks on Conservatives, sounding more like a Liberal every time he spoke. He launched despicable personal attacks against Rubio, to be fair he also launched similarly despicable attacks on the Democrat too. And then election day 2010 rolled around, and Rubio crushed Crist handily. So much for the treachery of Charile Crist.
The story of Charlie Crist, though, does not end there. Most of us have forgotten about Crist frankly. We have moved on to bigger, better and more important things to blog, write and opine about. But, Crist, like pond scum has drifted to the surface once more. He would make his endorsement for president. But who would Crist give his nod too? Surely he would over being rejected in favor of Rubio by now right? Surely he would never let his overly-inflated ego lead him to endorse the sitting president. No, that would never happen, after all, Crist would surely put the good of the country above his own bruised ego right? I mean only the very worst kind of political low-life would root against every principle he claimed to have only two short years ago right?
Well, folks, meet Charlie Crist, the very worst kind of political low-life here is Crist in the pre-low-life stage
Now, Crist in his current low-life stage
I’ve studied, admired and gotten to know a lot of leaders in my life. Across Florida, in Washington and around the country, I’ve watched the failure of those who favor extreme rhetoric over sensible compromise, and I’ve seen how those who never lose sight of solutions sow the greatest successes.
As America prepares to pick our president for the next four years — and as Florida prepares once again to play a decisive role — I’m confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation. I applaud and share his vision of a future built by a strong and confident middle class in an economy that gives us the opportunity to reap prosperity through hard work and personal responsibility. It is a vision of the future proven right by our history.
We often remind ourselves to learn the lessons of the past, lest we risk repeating its mistakes. Yet nearly as often, our short-term memory fails us. Many have already forgotten how deep and daunting our shared crisis was in the winter of 2009, as President Obama was inaugurated. It was no ordinary challenge, and the president served as the nation’s calm through a historically turbulent storm.
The president’s response was swift, smart and farsighted. He kept his compass pointed due north and relentlessly focused on saving jobs, creating more and helping the many who felt trapped beneath the house of cards that had collapsed upon them.
He knew we had to get people back to work as quickly as possible — but he also knew that the value of a recovery lies in its durability. Short-term healing had to be paired with an economy that would stay healthy over the long run. And he knew that happens best by investing in the right places.
Good freaking grief! Does this man, and I use the word man verly loosely here, have any ideological compass? Sure, I get that someone might evolve ideologically on a position of two, but to be totally opposite of what you were just two years ago? That is not ideological evolution my friends, that is simply a man with no moral compass whatsoever. That is a man who will stop at nothing to make those darned Republicans pay for not electing him. That is a man that is out for himself and his own interests, no matter the cost to anyone else. That is, what most Americans today would call, with a look of disgust on their face, a politician!
To which I can only say MAYBE? No, definitely! I think Ryan IS the best choice, nosing out Bobby Jindal, the Governor of Louisiana. I really only have one issue with Ryan as VP, and that is I would prefer a Ryan/Romney ticket, but, that is neither here nor there. Yes, I know, the GOP “insiders” and establishment types would say Ryan is too radical as the Wall Street Journal points out
Too risky, goes the Beltway chorus. His selection would make Medicare and the House budget the issue, not the economy. The 42-year-old is too young, too wonky, too, you know, serious. Beneath it all you can hear the murmurs of the ultimate Washington insult—that Mr. Ryan is too dangerous because he thinks politics is about things that matter. That dude really believes in something, and we certainly can’t have that.
All of which highly recommend him for the job.
Very solid points, and, I must be totally honest, I think the old establishment line that goes “you have to win elections first…” is true. The problem is that the establishment too seldom follows through AFTER winning elections. Ryan is exactly the type of politician we need. A politician that actually walks the walk while he is talking the talk. That is also why I really like some other Republicans Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Allen West, Rick Perry, Jim DeMint to name a few they are GENUINE! They are less political than principled!
One more point here. I keep hearing that Mitt needs to pick Kelly Ayotte, or Bobby Jindal, or Marco Rubio, or maybe Condi Rice because it would send the “message”. The “message”, of course is that the GOP is diverse, big tent, open to change, and blah, blah, blah. The sad truth is if the GOP nominated two minorities for the next ten elections, and if half the GOP members of Congress were something other than White guys, the Democrats would still say the GOP was a party of bigoted old White men. Maybe the Beltway folks have not noticed that the Left lies, a lot! Maybe they have missed the rantings of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and others? Maybe they have missed the vilest of attack ads on Romney?
And, yes, I must admit to another reason for wanting Mitt to pick Ryan, watching Ryan debate Joe Biden? GOLD!
So, Mitt, take my advice, PICK RYAN!
I have been silent on Mitt’s choice for VP. I have also been very hopeful the pick will prove to be Paul Ryan. I think he would be far and away the best possible choice. And can you imagine him debating Biden? A certain other blogger, named McCain, is in agreement with me, which, of course makes him right! Stacy lays out his reasons, and makes some fine points, and yes, like me, he does not really think Pawlenty would be a great pick
There is no time now to fully explain the emergency nature of this post, but let me quickly make three points:
- My hatred of media “veepstakes” speculation is well-known. When I turn on the TV and see a bunch of pundits talking about who might get the vice-presidential nomination, I turn the channel. It’s a bunch of useless noise, and I can’t stand to watch it. Nevertheless, a sudden crisis makes it imperative that I speak out.
- My first choice — and what I think was the most obvious choice — was Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. However, the word among Republican sources is that there were problems with Rubio in terms of vetting. Loath as I am to repeat this, I’ve heard talk that because Rubio is the son of immigrants, there is concern that this might cost Republicans the “Birther” vote. Crazy? Yeah. But whatever the basis for the objections, the general belief is that there is indeed some sort of vetting issue. And so the smart money says that, although Rubio is still officially on the “short list,” he’s unlikely to be the final choice.
- The emergency? Two words: Tim Pawlenty.
Friday night, I was talking to some top activists at the AFP summit and one of them assured me that the word among Minnesota Republicans is that T-Paw is at the top of Romney’s VP list, all but guaranteed to be the running mate. Do I have to explain why this shocked me?
So shocked was I, in fact, that I refused to believe it. Certainly, the smart guys at Team Mitt could see the obvious arguments against T-Paw. But then Saturday, I talked to some well-informed D.C.-based operatives and they, too, said they’d heard that Pawlenty was top of the list.
Now I was truly concerned. Dear God, not T-Paw!
Driving home, this worry weighed heavily on my thoughts, and so I called a well-connected and experienced conservative journalist to talk about it — and he’d heard the same basic thing: Pawlenty might already have the VP spot locked up, said my friend, who happens to be a supporter of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. According to my friend, the word is that T-Paw is at the top of the list, with Ohio Sen. Rob Portman the nearest rival. And this is even worse news. While I like Portman OK, he’s a Bush guy, and we don’t need any ghosts of the Bush administration haunting the GOP in 2012.
So if Rubio has been more or less eliminated from consideration, as my sources suggest, we’ve got to do something to stop this crazy talk about a Romney-Pawlenty ticket. You can’t beat somebody with nobody, and of the remaining guys on the short list, Paul Ryan is the obvious pick.
He’s an Irish Catholic from the Midwest, a hero of deficit hawks, young and handsome, and pre-approved by Bill Kristol, who deems Ryan “the Republican party’s intellectual leader.”
So, there you are Mitt, take it from me, and that Other McCain guy. Say now to Pawlenty, and Portman and yes to Ryan