Steve Deace

Speculation is already swirling about whom Mitt Romney will select for his running mate.

Names like Florida Senator Marco Rubio, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal are generating headlines, but you can scratch each of those names off your list. There is no way Romney is going to select someone with more charisma than he has, which would just highlight his lack of presence or pizzazz.

Neither will Romney select a relative unknown like New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez, because in Republican establishment world Sarah Palin is the reason John McCain lost four years ago—not the reason he didn’t lose as bad as Walter Mondale did with uninspired conservatives staying home.

He’s also not going to select his most persistent primary challenger Rick Santorum, because if Santorum were on the list he wouldn’t have endorsed Romney this week in paragraph 13 of a 16 paragraph email that wasn’t released until 11 p.m. eastern time.

Instead, speculation should center more on people like Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Ohio Senator Rob Portman, who are the exact kind of vanilla technocrats who are lame safe and provide plenty of the plainness coveted by the Republicrat establishment.

In fact, I’m on record as predicting Romney-Rice 2012, as in former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She’s got an impressive resume, she’s ready to lead the country, she’s well known, she represents two minority groups that a serial panderer like Romney can try and pander to (single women and blacks), and she’s “moderately pro-choice” (her own words) and also pro-homosexuality.

In other words, she’s the perfect pick for Romney. However, she may not be the most strategic one. If Romney really wants to make this election a referendum on the failure of the Obama Regime, his perfect running mate is none other than inmate 11593-051.

Inmate 11593-051 is a convicted felon serving 17 years in federal prison for extortion named Keith Judd. But Judd isn’t just any federal inmate.

Judd is the only current federal inmate who is eligible to have at least one delegate seated on his behalf at this summer’s Democrat National Convention in Charlotte, because on May 8th Judd received over 40% of the vote in the West Virginia Democrat Primary. Over 72,000 West Virginians entered the Democrat Primary to vote for Inmate 11593-051 in a federal penitentiary instead of the President of the United States. Somewhere former Exalted Cyclops in the Ku Klux Klan, the late West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, is rolling over in his sheets.

Steve Deace

Steve Deace is syndicated nationally by the Salem Radio Network each weeknight from 9 p.m.-Midnight eastern. His radio program has been featured in major media such as Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Weekly Standard, and Real Clear Politics among others. He's one of the top 100 talk show hosts in America according to Talkers Magazine. In 2013 he wrote the second-most shared column of the year for USA Today, defending "Duck Dynasty" and traditional American values. In addition to being a contributor for Conservative Review, USA Today, and Town, Deace is a columnist for The Washington Times. He is also the author of the book "Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again," which includes a foreword by David Limbaugh and is endorsed by a who's who of conservative leaders. He lives in Iowa with his wife Amy, and their three children: Ana, Zoe, Noah You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.