Steve Deace

NBC News is reporting the Mitt Romney presidential campaign has had the time to settle on three finalists for a running mate in between throwing the Boy Scouts and Chick-fil-a under the bus, praising the disaster that is Romneycare, and doing its best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in an election that should be a slam dunk.

Romney Unofficial Campaign Svengali Karl Rove is even saying Romney could announce his choice any day now, so it’s time for me to share my final thoughts on Romney’s potential VP selection.

Let’s look at who NBC says are Romney’s three finalists — Ohio Senator Rob Portman, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.

Of that trio, the only candidate that has a chance to help Romney is Ryan. He is a young, movement conservative from a battleground state. Although Ryan himself is not a charismatic figure, his budget play to reign in out of control government spending would energize the base in a way Romney is incapable of doing. In my opinion, the biggest problem Romney has is a base that is not inspired by his candidacy. If I could sum up what most of my conservative friends around the country think it would be this statement: “I can’t stand Romney, but if Obama gets another four years we are screwed.”

Ryan’s selection would also give Romney the benefit of something he desperately needs in order to close the sale with the voters. Ryan’s budget proposal draws a sharp and specific distinction between Romney’s candidacy and the Obama Regime. It’s laughable the Republican establishment thinks Ryan is too risky, despite the fact he’s one of only six current House Republicans to vote for TARP, the automobile bailout, all the continuing resolutions funding the Obama Regime, and the debt ceiling increase. If that’s too risk for Romney, then just get out of the race now and spare us a do-nothing Romney presidency.

So far, Romney is running the Republican establishment’s pale pastels playbook, hoping that since most Americans think Obama sucks he doesn’t have to stand for anything. That’s not working, and it’s the number one reason why if the election were held today that Romney would lose.

Romney needs exactly what the incestuous political hacks surrounding his campaign are warning him against. He needs a bold colors big issue to show the country they will get something substantively different from a Romney presidency compared to another four years of Obama. Otherwise, voters will go with the devil they know.


Steve Deace

Steve Deace's nationally-syndicated radio show airs coast-to-coast each weeknight from 9-Midnight eastern, including many of the Salem Radio Network's top conservative talk stations in markets like New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Minneapolis. 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 National Review among others. 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 Town Hall.com, Deace is also a columnist for The Washington Times. He is also the author of the new 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. You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.