UPDATE! UPDATE UPDATE!!!
It's official! Gov. Mitt Romney taps Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to round out the 2012 Presidential ticket. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/paul-ryan-is-romneys-pick-for-vice-presidential-nominee/2012/08/11/dc2f5070-e0f1-11e1-8fc5-a7dcf1fc161d_story.html
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• In this reality television dominated age, all eyes (and bets) are focused on who Republican presumptive Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, will pick for his running mate.
Don't look for Governor Romney––who comes across as a boring meat-n-potatoes type of guy––to make a bold, radical choice such as a Sarah Palin. So I would mark both Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina off the list.
Well... let's see. I personally haven't seen (m)any African-American surrogates out visibly stumping across the nation for him. And, few Blacks can be found in his inner decision-making campaign circle nor on his website. Consequently, it would be safe to say that Secretary Condi Rice won't be getting any calls to join the ticket.
The biggest elephant in the room is that the Republican party––which has been accused of being non-inclusive of other races... and the party of rich, out-of-touch white people––should encourage Romney NOT to play into the hands of that tried-and-true Democratic racism mantra.
But, if he selects any of the three cookie-cutter white males: Sen. Rob Portman, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Paul Ryan, or even the risky choice of Gov. Chris Christie, Romney and the GOP can look for race, racism, and an apartheid-focused atmosphere/chatter that will resemble the 1960s, to take over the duration of this campaign, and the nation.
So if anyone from the Romney camp should happen to read my humble little blog... I suggest he selects either Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana or Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Both men have burnished conservative creds acceptable to the TEA Party wing of the GOP. Both come from minority backgrounds, making them attractive to the diversity seeking, broad-tent loving Independents (who will decide this race).
And lastly, both Jindal and Rubio would bring just enough bling-bling to the Romney ticket to galvanize the current unexcited Republican base to turn out in masse in November.