Romney’s ticket won’t include baggage, er, Rubio

Despite having enough baggage to make him look like a suitcase manufacturer, Marco Rubio remains the favorite of pundits trying to figure out whom Mitt Romney will pick to be his running mate.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Sunday, June 3, 2012

Despite having enough baggage to make him look like a suitcase manufacturer, Marco Rubio remains the favorite of pundits trying to figure out whom Mitt Romney will pick to be his running mate.

Before explaining why I don’t think Rubio will be on the ticket, it is important to understand the dynamics of this campaign and Romney in particular.

The 2012 race for the White House is different from 2008 in many ways. Foremost, people know who Barack Obama is. “Hope and change” was an effective, poll-tested slogan that has proven to mean little if you’re an Obama supporter; and if you’re an Obama critic, it means you keep hoping, and the only change you have is in your pocket.

Obama has proven that a silver tongue plus a good tag line from a man whose most significant accomplishment outside of politics was being a “community organizer” equals the mess we are in today.

The job of leading America’s economy and worldwide interests is simply too big for the Democratic darling with zero substance and a head full of ego (much of the same can be said of Republican darling Rubio).

The biggest difference between this campaign and the 2008 race is the tables have turned from the Democrats’ favor to the GOP’s. In 2008, Democrats, independents and many Republicans were tired of George W. Bush and the ethical scandals and spendthrift ways of the GOP. Two expensive wars, a weak economy, an exploding national debt, and the largest social spending program (Medicare Part D) since LBJ resulted in the party and its sacrificial lamb, John McCain, falling out of public favor.

Click here to read the full column in the Tampa Tribune.

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.

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4 thoughts on “Romney’s ticket won’t include baggage, er, Rubio”

  1. Chris Ingram says “Barack Obama is. “Hope and change” was an effective, poll-tested slogan that has proven to mean little if you’re an Obama supporter; and if you’re an Obama critic, it means you keep hoping, and the only change you have is in your pocket.”

    I Say, don’t tell me what I think LOSER! The only reason we didn’t get hope and change…the party of NO and their filibustering beyond any time in history have we ever seen so much filibustering. Then the bubble dwelling Republipukes with their very low IQs say Obama had a Democratic Congress and Senate…Yep and the Republicans who say they are so strong on the Constitution, changed the Constitution from 50 Senate votes to 60. So you can thank the Republipuke party of No once again for No Hope and No Change….

    So Once again the TampaTrib is not a newspaper but a conservative propaganda rag afraid of losing all of its bigoted and ignorant bubble dwelling repulipuke advertisers. The TampaTrib is nothing more than a propaganda mill trying to sway the weak minded and manipulating those with the lowest of intelligence into the Republican party of NO.

    Chris Ingram, Here is your dunce cap and a glass of Kool-Aid, now go sit in the corner. Perhaps someday Chris will learn how to be a real reporter and tell the real truth.

    Yours truly,
    G F Y Bush

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  2. My response to Mark B:

    Mark,

    My column must have struck a nerve. I hope you feel better now. Try taking a nap this afternoon and see if when you wake up, you’re in a little less foul of a mood. Also, if you own a dog, please don’t kick him. Whatever your problem is, it’s not the dog’s fault.

    I know I’m a LOSER! (hey, good one by the way, you probably thought all morning to come up with that one. The all caps really showed your creative side!); I also know most really smart people recognize that something appearing on the opinion page is just that — it’s opinion. Not necessarily fact, and not “real reporting,” but someone’s opinion. Take it or leave it.

    The cloture vote rule change from 50 to 60 occurred a long time ago. Nice try though…

    The Trib’s editorial pages are perceived to be conservative for sure. Just as the Times’ are perceived to be liberal. I actually think they are both good papers for news and opinion and I enjoy reading them both. It might be good for you to occasionally pull your head out of the sand and be exposed to other ideas and opinion without going on a diatribe like you did today. Not only do you make yourself out to be a real horses ass, you’re probably going to give yourself a heart attack with all that pent up vitriol inside you.

    In closing, if you knew anything about me, you would know I am just as likely to be critical of the GOP and Republicans as Democrats. Quite frankly, they are all to blame. Were it not for the extreme partisans like yourself that Washington politicians thrive on, we might actually get our country out of the mess it is in.

    Have a nice day.

    I wish you well and hope you will seek some counseling for all the anger you have built up inside you.

    Chris Ingram

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  3. I was listening to Glenn Beck the other day and he made many great points about Republican nominees in 2012. One of his points was that they have hardly any chance at losing in 2012 because he does not like Obama so far.

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