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.
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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