Over at The Washington Post, Ed Rogers (a former Haley Barbour business partner) proposes an interesting idea: “Huntsman and Bachmann should have a meeting of the minds and offer themselves as a Huntsman-led ticket before the Iowa caucuses next year.”
This would be creative. I like the way he’s thinking.
And it got me thinking about possible pairings between establishment favorites and Tea Party conservatives. The beauty of selecting a running mate is the opportunity to build bridges and heal old wounds. Sometimes this is about geographical balance — but more and more, it’s about message.
One possible match that is beginning to grow on me is the notion of a Romney-Cain ticket. (Stick with me here). Both are successful businessmen, so, in a way, this would be sort of like what Clinton-Gore did in 1992 when — instead of seeking to “balance” the ticket with an older Democrat from the North — Democrats doubled-down on the young, Southern thing. Cain would balance the ticket geographically and philosophically. But the primary message would be obvious: Romney-Cain are proven business leaders who can fix the economy. Period.