NBC News declares, “with a high degree of confidence that Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick has largely come down to three men: former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.” NBC News adds that “it’s more than possible that Romney has already made up his mind.”
I’m not sure how a list “largely” comes down to three men; the use of that term betrays lack of “a high degree of confidence.” It’s also unclear how the list can include three names if, as is “more than possible,” the list actually includes just one.
Finally, I have confidence that NBC News has no special, reliable access to Romney’s thinking in this matter.
This is not to deny that the three names mentioned aren’t at or near the top of Romney’s list. As I noted earlier today, there’s a good chance that Romney will opt for the perceived safety of Portman or Pawlenty. Ryan is a tempting selection for other reasons, but Romney may deem Ryan too risky due to his leadership on Medicare reform.
STEVE adds: FWIW, I’m for Ryan.