Beth Myers is in charge of the Veep vetting process for Mitt Romney. There have been rumors that Romney might announce his selection sooner rather than later (not, obviously, when he is overseas). So a little while ago, Myers did the following tweet, which the Romney campaign says “may have given a few hints”:
Assuming this is intended as a list of Vice-Presidential finalists, there is one surprising inclusion–Newt Gingrich–and one surprising omission–Rob Portman. Good, in my opinion. Portman is a fine public servant, but he–unlike, say, Tim Pawlenty–really is a “boring white guy,” as Brian Williams put it. And, as one of George Bush’s OMB directors, his presence on the ticket could be a needless distraction from Romney’s attacks on Obama’s spending.