Veepstakes

Not a panic pick

Featured image Some leftist pundits have described Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as a panic or desperation pick. This gets the pick precisely wrong, in my view. By selecting Ryan, Romney demonstrates a confidence in the conservative course he first charted, or was forced into, during the primary season. The response to Team Obama’s attacks on that course is “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.” To be sure, the Ryan pick »

Five observations on the selection of Paul Ryan

Featured image First, the selection of Paul Ryan is very unlikely to change the outcome of the election. Only once in my lifetime has the VP selection probably changed the outcome (the selection of Lyndon Johnson in 1960). This may be the only such case in American history. Even taking into account that this election is likely to be closer than average, I doubt there is more than a 5 percent chance »

The Veepstakes as we head to the wire, Part Two

Featured image 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 »

The Veepstakes, as we head to the wire

Featured image Karl Rove tells Fox News that Mitt Romney is “close to a decision” on a running mate. Rove predicts that the announcement will come next week, but adds that “it could come as early as Friday.” I’d be reasonably satisfied with any of the folks whose names I’ve seen on the “short lists” that get bandied about. That includes, in no particular order, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Paul »