Now maybe more than ever a Vice President will play a key role in determining the White House. We know what we are getting with Joe Biden, a solid Vice President who has not been an embarrassment to President Obama or the Democrats. Not an easy task regarding this somewhat tricky high-profile position. For example, make a smart comment and most overlook the content, but make a mistake, and the all will critique. Dan Quayle is good example of a Vice President who was mocked at every opportunity by the media, which really hindered him from performing his role. In retrospect, a truly underappreciated role in most election years, but not this one. Will Mitt Romney pick from the perspective GOP Presidential field (Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, John Huntsman, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum), or an ardent popular supporter like Governor Chris Christie?
History: Teddy Would Kick Teeth
History has shown us how important a Vice President can be via Theodore Roosevelt. He acted as Vice President for six months before President McKinley was shot on September 6, 1901.This unfortunate event propelled Theodore Roosevelt into the limelight, and he has proven to be one of the most successful leaders in U.S. history. One caveat, I strongly doubt that the current members of the press would throw the same verbal jabs at a Vice President with Roosevelt’s moxie. In a nutshell, fear from his backlash would make them think twice before they went on the attack because most cannot take what they dish out.
The GOP Mudslinging
The “Bain Thing” has been latched onto by Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, John Huntsman, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. OK, Mitt Romney worked in the private sector, so most people in Washington have worked for this vast sector at one point in their lives. With the compression of time, each and everyone one of these GOP candidates will say some really nasty things. This is normal for this stage of the election process, and each and every comment cannot be taken to heart. However, Mr. Romney may think twice about a challenger who makes him look bad during this key time. Enter the “Big Man” from New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie.The term “Big Man” is accurate and true to life. Governor Christie is an imposing figure who had gained popularity on the national stage, and has been a devoted supporter of Mr. Romney. Governor Christie calls it as he sees it and is not afraid of the media or taking a strong stand on difficult topics (e.g., education, budget, etc.), which is why he has gained not only popularity, but respect across the nation. While popularity is easy to come by, respect is not. As a result, a Romney/Christie ticket in November would not seem out of the question or unreasonable.
It’s going to be a tough call if Mr. Romney is chosen to represent the GOP in November. Will it be a GOP challenger like Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, John Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, or a popular person like Governor Christie? In a year of headlines, the most import one maybe who is chosen as number two on the GOP ticket. Make no mistake that is one headline President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the Democrats will be reading.