The heightened attention on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate selection begs the question of whether or not Mr. Romney’s campaign team and the Republican party in general is still haunted by the 2008 selection of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as then presidential nominee John McCain’s vice presidential candidate.
Many Republicans still blame the selection of Mrs. Palin as the primary reason why they lost the 2008 election to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Originally, when Mrs. Palin was selected it was seen as a game changer for Mr. McCain, as voters were intrigued by the first Republican woman nominated for the vice presidency, however she quickly became a burden for Mr. McCain after it was evident in interviews and speeches that she simply was not prepared to be vice president and ultimately president if something happened to Mr. McCain.
Now, in 2012 Mr. Romney faces a similar situation that Mr. McCain faced, as he is a well-rehearsed moderate Republican and rather bland candidate going up against the nation’s first black president who is still very well-liked among American voters despite the poor state of the U.S. economy. Read more: