What if no one wants to be Mitt Romney’s running mate?

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Jamelle Bouie asks a good question…what if no one wants to be Mitt Romney’s running mate:

“Remember, in the modern era, it’s rare for a losing Republican vice presidential nominee to become the nominee in a later election. Dan Quayle, for example, is a punchline, not a presidential candidate, and the same goes for the most recent member of the club, Sarah Palin. Which is to say that, in a world where Republicans don’t see a future for Romney, we should expect the vice presidential ‘race’ to become a microcosm of the nomination contest, ambitious Republicans keep themselves out of the running, and leave the field to second and third string politicians who have nothing to lose from a defeat in November.”

This is exactly what I think is going through the minds of Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan.  Being tapped to be a VP nominee on a lost ticket is not some sort of moral victory.  Just look at Joe Lieberman or Sarah Palin for evidence of that.

Nor does Rubio or Ryan need to be the VP nominee to be the GOP’s standard bearer in 2016. This is especially true for Rubio, who will be the front-runner for the GOP nomination the moment the last votes are counted this November.

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