Governor Snyder for veep? Now you know the presidential silly season is in full swing.
With the Republican race over and the Final Two set, journalists have to cool their heels until the political conventions in (gasp!) late August. With Obama’s veep set (though, you watch, the rumors of ditching Biden will soon start flying), that leaves only the suspense of Romney’s pick for #2.
There’s nothing more comical than political pros/jos with too much time on their hands. “My bet is (Snyder’s) Romney’s man for vice president,” wrote Chris Ingram, a Tampa Republican political consultant, in a Tampa Bay Online op-ed.
Huh? Spend any time with Snyder and you know he is allergic to politics. At the GOP’s political conference in Mackinac last year, he could barely muster the enthusiasm to tell the faithful to vote Republican for Senate in 2012. His endorsement of Romney for the Michigan primary came with just days to spare – not because he was on the fence (everyone knew one biz nerd would endorse the other biz nerd) – but because he wasn’t interested.
“Pure fantasy,” says one Michigan GOP insider when asked about Veep Nerd. “The numbers crunchers know that Snyder is no conservative, which is the one constituency Romney cannot afford to burn right now. If he’s making a geographic pitch, then Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers would be a much better choice (a Midwest conservative with foreign policy/intel cred out the wazoo).”
And one more thing: Snyder is a CEO. CEOs don’t do deputy. So how did Mr. Ingram put Snyder on the veep short list?
“Access to the convention site, proximity to the best restaurants and bars, being inside the security zone, and not having to ride a bus (a really big deal if you’re a Republican) are almost as important as fighting over abortion and gays in the party’s meaningless platform,” Ingram writes. And, he has found, Michigan’s convention delegation won the next best hotel spot to Massachusetts.
Because Snyder is from Michigan? A more logical conclusion: Because Romney is from Michigan and Massachusetts.