Rob Portman's Edge: He's Dull as Dirt
Mitt Romney might pick Ohio senator as a kind of anti-Palin
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2012 1:45 PM CDT
Rob Portman, R-Ohio talks to reporters in Cincinnati, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

(Newser) – Most media VP speculation is swirling around colorful personalities like Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Bob McDonnell, but Politico has its eye on a candidate who exemplifies drab: Rob Portman. The last bill the Ohio senator introduced was a measure controlling Asian Carp in the Great Lakes—not exactly the stuff Republican National Convention-goers swoon over. Unlike other candidates, Portman isn't selling a book—his last one was about Ohio's Shaker society—and never appears on Sunday shows.

But some Republicans think that's the perfect post-Palin VP recipe. "I don't think bland is a liability," says John Thune. "It's probably a virtue." Democrats note that Portman bears the Bush administration stigma, but otherwise have perfectly dull things to say about him—Ted Strickland calls him a "very conservative guy with good manners." For his part, Portman says he's "consciously ignoring" the speculation, lest it distract from his day job."I'm focused on the issues."

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Apr 25, 2012 7:26 PM CDT
Dull as Dirt and Sharp as a Marble !!!!
Apr 25, 2012 3:57 PM CDT
Another W. Bush. Bring it.
Apr 25, 2012 3:42 PM CDT
This would be a smart pick for Romney. Portman won't overshadow him, won't embarrass him, and gives him a real shot at winning Ohio. It's hard to think of any VP candidate being mentioned who brings that much (and little) to the position. He's also a rich old white guy, so Romney will be able to communicate with him without that awkward earnestness he brings to interactions with anyone of a racial/social/economic class that is different from his own.