Ok, so the AP reported that Mitt wasn’t vetting Marco! Rubio! for Veep. Then a couple of Romney advisers confirmed that to the Washington Post. This on the very day that Rubio’s autobiography came out, when he’s trying to get people to go to Amazon and click because they think he might be VP.
Then Mitt himself said he wouldn’t get involved in the speculation.
Then noises began being made that not vetting Rubio was an insult to Hispanic voters. It’s one thing not to choose him, but it’s another not to even have him on the short list.
Mitt realized he had a problem. So Mitt then said Rubio WAS being “thoroughly vetted.”
This quells today’s negative tick-tock (so Mitt hopes), but it doesn’t change the final outcome — it doesn’t look as if Rubio will get the nod .
Two Romney advisers, Stuart Stevens and Russ Schriefer, worked for Charlie Crist in the 2010 Senate race that Rubio won. They did oppo research on Rubio, and they may know things that would be embarrassing if Rubio were on the ticket. Not all oppo research gets used at the time, some gets filed away. They may know stuff we know nothing about, or they may know more about issues we’ve heard about, like Rubio’s improper use of an AmEx card.
Bottom line — this has been handled very poorly. I keep hearing such great things about Mitt’s team, their smarts and their discipline. I wasn’t impressed in 2008, and I’m not impressed now.
It’s all about winning the day. Today Chicago won, and Boston lost.