I said in the previous post that I suspected that Mitt Romney may do something splashy to give his campaign a badly needed boost and break out of being stuck behind Barack Obama in the polls. One action that he has at his disposal is his choice of running mate.
When faced with a similar situation in 2008, John McCain gambled with Sarah Palin, thinking that that particular shot of adrenaline was what his campaign needed. He announced her as his pick on August 29, 2008. This, coupled with the hoopla surrounding the Republican convention September 1-4, gave him the most momentary of upticks beginning in the first week of September, giving him a lead from September 7 to 17 before his numbers sank below Obama’s again, never to return.
While McCain actually does like to gamble, including at casinos, Romney seems a much more cautious type. But as the Republican party convention approaches, speculation is mounting about whom he will pick. Will he too gamble with someone unexpected? Or will it be someone familiar and safe?
I can help him.
I think he should literally choose a dark horse and pick Rafalca. After all, who fits the label of ‘running mate’ better than a real horse? And thanks to the Olympics, Rafalca already has high name recognition. Unlike Sarah Palin, Rafalca seems completely ready for prime time and to be on TV and in front of crowds. She is poised and handles the glare of publicity with aplomb. There will be no issues with regard to her birth certificate because no one’s genealogy is more carefully monitored and recorded than those of thoroughbred horses. She presumably has no offshore accounts and income tax problems and will not commit any gaffes. She will also help with those demographics in which Romney is weak, women and people of color.
Rafalca will be able to fulfill her duties because the only task required of the vice president by the US constitution is to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate. It is true that she will always vote ‘neigh’ but the constitution does not specify how you should vote.