Dick Morris on Romney as VP

Dick Morris argues against Romney for VP in this short piece. What Morris fails to recognize is the extent to which Romney energized many people. Romney’s performance was not as lackluster as Morris suggests. Prior to Super Tuesday, Romney led in popular votes. Romney’s problem came with fighting a multi-front assault from Huckabee in Iowa and John McCain in New Hampshire. It was difficult for Romney to beat both Huckabee and McCain, as it was for Huckabee to beat both Romney and McCain. Morris’ criticisms are as true of Huckabee as they are for Romney. In fact, one could easily switch their names in the piece. Huckabee only won places where evangelicals had a strong showing. The rest of the party wasn’t hungry for his fiscal liberalism and nanny state tendencies, even if he did tote a gun and hate gays.

Do I think there are reasons for McCain not to pick Romney as a VP? Sure. Morris’ suggestion that a pick from the center of the political spectrum would help McCain is not out of the realm of possibility (although many people continue to believe that what is needed is more energy from the right). Nevertheless, there are many people out there, like myself, who want to see Romney win. Romney as VP candidate would energize many people who have been sitting on the sidelines since his withdrawal.

Quite frankly, m’dear, I DO give a $%@!

I swear I’m not a shill for the Sunlight Foundation. I just keep bumping into their stuff online. And, so far, I like what I see.

The House Franking Committee (Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards) wants to take away your representative’s right to use the Internet to communicate with you.

See the interview video.

See the extensive “Red Book” mailing manual (72 pages…great for insomniacs).

While I agree with the principle of not allowing spend-o-crats access to taxpayer funds to spam us with unsolicited screeds about what they will do/have done if/after elected, what I object to is a rule that would essentially put a gag order on a politician using his/her cell phone to use Twitter. Half the people talking about implementing this rule don’t have a clue about the Web as it stands…how can we trust them to regulate it?

Jon Henke at The Next Right has some thoughts on that as well. Yes, Jon, for members of Congress, every year is like it’s 1999 (or earlier).

My favorite quote from the video should be carved into the steps of the House.

“Listen, Mike (Capuano), you have about as much chance of regulating the Internet as King Canute did at stopping the tide.”

Capuano was quoted in the Washington Post earlier this year as saying:

“I make no bones about it. I don’t know anything about this stuff,” Capuano said with a shrug. “To me, the Web is a necessary evil,” he admitted, “like cellphones.”

This gives me a whole new perspective on why my emails to my representatives go unanswered, or when they are, amount to a brush-off form letter containing no real information.

Go ahead. Tell ’em how you really feel.


Looking for a great source for quoting McCain, Obama, and other political figures to set the record straight? Look no further than the Library Of Unified Information Sources (LOUIS), a project of the Sunlight Foundation. This database gathers in one place all text of the following “documents”:

Although it’s not yet finished, it does contain a surprising amount of info for a beta. I was disappointed, however, that a search for “UFO” didn’t turn up the answers I had hoped for. :)