Spot on analysis by AuH2ORepublican on another thread:
“It seems to me that the obvious runningmate for Romney would be Sen. Rob Portman of OH, who is an intelligent, experienced, hard-working, charismatic conservative who is popular among blue-collar voters in OH and is a Methodist. He is sufficiently conservative so as to motivate conservative voters not to stay at home but would not scare more moderate suburban Republicans. Quite frankly, Portman would make a far better presidential candidate than Romney or even than the candidate I supported, Rick Santorum, and if he can deliver OH to Romney we should be able to stop Obama from vetoing conservative laws, issuing dangerous executive orders and appointing hundreds of federal judges, including a couple of Justices.
Portman is also young enough to run for president someday. And since OH has Republican John Kasich as governor, a conservative Republican would replace him in the U.S. Senate (maybe Jim Jordan or Ken Blackwell). It makes too much political sense for Portman not to be selected, and it would be a great victory for conservatives in a presidential race that has been extremely disappointing to say the least”.
Rob Portman is charismatic?
Are you from Ohio? Portman is not all that popular amongst conservatives here. He has been around along time and is viewed as part of the mainstream go along to get along GOP establishment.
He is flat and uninspiring. There are several picks that would motivate the base in Ohio much more than Portman. On the other hand if Mittens is going after the lukewarm independents than Portman is the man.
It makes too much political sense for Portman not to be selected...
Hmmmm....... Is that what you really meant to say? Please re-read that statement.
That all sounds good but, unfortunately it runs aground when you consider no body knows who he is. Could he carry the state of Ohio? Not likely. It isn’t as if I have a good alternative though.