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Portman, Pawlenty May Top Romney VP List

UPDATE: Romney says Rubio is being fully vetted.

Then again, they may not. I wouldn’t believe everything you’re reading about this now. Who at this point in 2008 was talking about Sarah Palin?

But this is the gist of a Washington Post article following up on news broken by ABC that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), beloved by conservatives, didn’t make the short list.

Some Post editor clearly went ballistic this morning after seeing the ABC story, tore over to his reporter’s desk and demanded: “Get me something to move this story forward, NOW!!”

Non-threatening white male by the name of Portman seeks position as vice president. Guaranteed not to commit gaffes and to be ready on day one Just In Case.

And so we have a piece that says Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) are getting the Full Vetting Monte, and probably Reps. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) are too.

Rubio is viewed by Romney, apparently, as not quite ready to take over “On Day One,” which Romney says is his top priority. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is also apparently not being vetted. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez also apparently fails the Romney gravitas test, according to the Post.

But as Allahpundit notes over at Hot Air, Ryan is just a year older than Rubio and probably also comes up short on gravitas.

And Jindal bet on the wrong horse in the primaries – endorsing Texas Gov. Rick Perry – and he’s pretty young too.

So that leaves Pawlenty and Portman, as well as whoever else we don’t know about.

Pawlenty really impressed me during the primaries when he starting strutting around crowing about “Obamneycare” and then was too chicken to repeat the term to Romney’s face.

Then, after withdrawing from the primary and watching every nudnik in the race get his chance as the frontrunner, Pawlenty wondered aloud whether he’d quit too soon.

A real profile in courage.

I honestly think Romney will choose Portman. Just my guess.

Portman, whom I got to know fairly well during his years in Washington on Capitol Hill and as Bush OMB director and U.S. Trade Representative, is a very capable and smart individual. He can do the job, and – don’t listen to anything he says about his important work as a senator – he wants it.

But, you know, Romney and Portman would be a little bit like ordering a cheeseburger at a Thai restaurant.

What kind of ads would they have?


On the other hand, maybe after four years of Obama’s incompetence and Biden’s goofiness, bland competence may be looking nice and tasty to voters, who may be thinking: