Romney needs a vibrant VP contender. He’s failed to demonstrate he’s
really committed to free markets, and his monotone style and good looks
have too often created a vanilla persona that could use a little extra
Marco Rubio might just be that candidate. He is a darling of the Tea Party movement, a symbol of limited government for many voters. What’s more, he could have a marginal impact with Hispanic voters.
But let’s be clear, we’re talking about the bottom of the ticket, and VP candidates rarely have a dramatic impact on voter behavior.
So a better question to ask is: Does Rubio help restore feelings of political connectedness? Does his association with the Tea Party movement help re-establish a sense of political inclusion? Does Rubio encourage feelings of civic engagement?
In the end, these are the questions the Romney campaign ought to ask.
Sabrina L. Schaeffer is executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum.