Some Vice-Presidential Speculation, Already February 13, 2012

Obama’s recent attempt to force Catholic institutions to act contrary to their beliefs if they serve the public at large has tempted me to cross party lines and vote Republican for President this fall. So I might as well speculate on who the Republicans should nominate as vice president.

I think Mitt Romney will win the nomination, but Rick Santorum would make a good vice presidential nominee. He is a lot less of a loose cannon, or a hypocrite about marriage, than Newt Gingrich, who should not be taken seriously. And yes, Santorum did lose his Senate seat in Pennsylvania, to Bob Casey, who is fairly socially conservative himself, and whose father was not allowed to speak at the Democratic Convention in 1992 because of his anti-abortion views. Frankly, if Bob Casey had decided to run against Arlen Specter rather than Rick Santorum, many of Santorum’s supporters might actually have backed Casey!

Somewhat less pleasing to social conservatives as a vice presidential candidate, but possible, is Paul Ryan. He is not really a moderate, but he has at least proposed positive solutions to entitlements and other budget issues, rather than the mere Obama-bashing and negativity that so many other Republicans have resorted to. If the public is tired of mere negativity, and I think it is, Paul Ryan would be a good candidate.

Related: “Romney appeals to white collars, Santorum to blue” by Michael Barone at HumanEvents.com
Related: “American deserves a voice” by Ryan Paul at HumanEvents.com

One Comments
Menikov 02/14/2012

I like Paul Ryan’s economic savvy, but I’m concerned that he tells his staffers to read Atlas Shrugged, apparently without caveat. This does not mean that he subscribes to Ayn Rand’s atheism: He may just be looking for a novel that shows young readers how markets turn individual self-interest into service to others, and in the process help the poor far more than socialistic schemes do. But I’d like to know what in Rand he agrees with and what he spurns. 

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