Our friends at Bearing Drift have called it. The Virginian-Pilot has run a front page story about it. Will Virginia governor Bob McDonnell be Mitt Romney’s pick for Vice President?
I sure hope not. Such a move would be bad for the nation … and for the Commonwealth.
A formerly great leader, in the conservative Virginia tradition, McDonnell has displayed a series of character flaws since becoming discussed as a potential Vice Presidential nominee. Bluntly, McDonnell has suffered from “Eric Cantor syndrome” – the willingness to do or say nearly anything to further one’s political career or chances.
When McDonnell was named chairman of the RNC platform committee, that should have been the key signal that he was no longer in the running. Unfortunately, McDonnell and his supporters seemed to double down on their hopes. If Mitt Romney names his running mate in the next few days, we can only hope that McDonnell will reflect and attempt a return to principle and moderately conservative governance.
McDonnell and his advisors need only look at this year’s Senate race to see what happens when a politician waivers from their core principles or allows ambition to take precedence.
George Allen IS the greatest Virginia governor of my lifetime. After reforming the state government and setting a standard for all successors to follow, Allen went to Washington but seemed to be more concerned with “getting along” than changing America. Allen was expected to launch a bid for the White House in 2008. George just forgot one thing … he needed to get re-elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. Assembling a campaign team with “national experience”, Allen lost his seat to Jim Webb and ended all hopes of a presidential bid.
Ambition is a good thing; if it motivates you in the right direction. George Allen had to learn that lesson the hard way. We hope that Bob McDonnell can learn from the mistakes of others, as well as his own recent mistakes, and move forward in a positive, principled direction.