Kathryn Lopez

If former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney becomes the nominee, Bennett would still provide gravitas and a deep well of political, conservative experience for a northeast businessman who recently evolved into a conservative on some key issues. This could also help Sen. John McCain (Arizona) because Bennett is a known conservative commodity in a way that McCain, who frequently irks conservatives on key issues, will never be. If former Sen. Fred Thompson (Tennessee) somehow makes it to the top, Bennett could provide heft and energy to a ticket that would otherwise have a lazy rep.

Author of multiple bestsellers and a two-time Cabinet secretary, Bennett is currently a daily radio talk-show host, CNN commentator and Claremont Institute think-tanker, with victory in the war on terror weighing on his mind. For a guy who could be retired and resting on his laurels, Bennett still has the Right fight in him.

At 64, Bennett does not need to be vice president. He has led a full life of service. He has had his trash gone through, and he has put up with the nonsense. However, he also realizes that not only are America's best days ahead of her, but so are some of her direst challenges. He is someone who understands the threats, foreign and domestic. He is someone who does not desire to be top dog, but only to be listened to. And he will not be running a campaign while being the president's invaluable eyes, ears and confidante. Bill Bennett may be exactly what the GOP nominee -- and America -- needs.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.