Let the (silly) Republican veepstakes begin!


The day after his clean sweep of Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Mitt Romney appears unstoppable in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.

And that’s opened the door for the Quadrennial ”veepstakes.”  It’s usually a fun process for the media and public.  But unfortunately for the Republican party, it has already gotten off to a silly start, picking up right where it left off four years ago. 

“I think it should be Sarah Palin,” Sen. John McCain said today (yes, today) on CBS’ This Morning program.  McCain then immediately broke out in laughter, apparently acknowledging that his pick of Palin in 2008 was a big mistake:

McCain was responding to a question about Palin’s suggestion that the GOP nominee should go “rogue” and tap U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) for the No. 2 position.

“I love that he has that military experience” Palin told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday.  ”He is a public servant willing to serve for the right reasons. He understands the Constitution. He understands our national foreign policy issues that must be addressed. He has served. I really like him,” she said.

Really?  First of all, West was fined and essentially forced to retire from the military (thereby avoiding a court martial) after he was accused of using improper methods to force information out of an Iraqi detainee.

And since entering Congress in 2011 as a Tea Party star, he’s best known for making a series of outrageous comments.  Our friends at Think Progress listed West’s 15 most outrageous statements in February.  

One of our least favorite was when he played the Nazi card in December 2011, saying that Hitler’s propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels would be “very proud” of Democrats.

“Listening to Sarah Palin dispense VP advice is like going to Michael Jackson’s doctor for medical advice,” said Julian Epstein, a Democratic strategist on today’s Bashir Live on msnbc.  

OK…moving on, many of the top prospects, meantime, are trying to shutdown the “veepstakes” conversation before it begins.   

“I’m not going to be the vice president,” Sen. Marco Rubio, a first-choice choice for many Republicans, said today.   

“If offered any position by Gov. Romney, I would say no, “South Carolina Gov. Nikki “women don’t care about contraception” Haley told The Associated Press yesterday.

“I’ve taken myself off the list,” former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said recently.   

“It’s humbling, but I’m not interested,” New Mexico Gov.Susana Martinez said.

Whether it ends up being New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman or somebody else, msnbc Analyst Steve Schmidt, the man who convinced McCain to pick Palin in 2008, has one piece of advice: make sure he/she is qualified!





Let the (silly) Republican veepstakes begin!