SEN. KELLY AYOTTE gets the spotlight on the Fourth of July from Mitt Romney.
Ayotte will be the first vice presidential short-lister to appear publicly with the presumptive Republican nominee during his week-long vacation at his Lake Winnipesaukee retreat. Her appearance also gives Romney the chance to meet with Ayotte privately at his home. – ABC News
So, a qualified woman finally appears amid all the pasty white males considered on the short list, with many political insiders believing Sen. Marco Rubio’s baggage would be just too much for Team Mitt.
It’s becoming clear that Romney has decided to focus on the economy at the expense of everything else, even issues that could play to his political benefit. He’s avoided criticizing the administration’s handling of the botched Fast and Furious operation, even as it threatens to become a serious vulnerability for the president. He’s been silent in responding to Obama’s immigration executive order, not wanting to offend receptive Hispanics or appear like a flip-flopper. He appears more likely to tap a safe, bland running mate like Ohio Sen. Rob Portman or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty who won’t do him any harm but won’t benefit him much either. If the economy continues to sputter, that safe strategy might be enough. If not, his options are limited. – National Journal
Obviously, her politics aren’t mine, as I could never vote for a woman who’s against my own individual freedoms and right to self-determination, but then I’m a liberal, not a religious conservative.
It is important to see women in the conversation with the usual male suspects for the presidency every four years from now on. It’s the only way we’ll ever get a female president, which is important if you want the United States to stand next to Liberia, with the African continent more progressive on this score than the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the American electorate, who should demand it.
Conservative women have been silent on the importance of getting past Sarah Palin’s disastrous vice presidential run. It’s one of the least reported and written about realities of the 2012 race, with the only one I know having mentioned it regularly being yours truly.