Via Matt, comes this story from Politico.com.
The gist: Mitt Romney tops Sen. McCain’s VP list.
The facinating paragraph:
Campaign insiders say McCain plans to name his running mate very shortly after Barack Obama does, as part of what one campaign planner called a “bounce-mitigation strategy.”
Is it just me or does “bounce-mitigation strategy” sound like something one does to keep from losing too badly?
If Sen. McCain has settled on Romney (which is certainly not clear), shouldn’t he announce early, get the fundraising boost he expects, and have two people campaigning against one? Shouldn’t this be the sort of place where an individual who wrapped up the nomination press his advantage?
Sen. McCain has had 2+ more months as the “presumptive nominee”… doesn’t that mean he’s had 2 more months to think about his VP choice? Shouldn’t he take advantage of this and make Sen. Obama worry about “bounce-mitigation?”
I just get the sense that Sen. McCain’s campaign advisers are working more to keep their reputations from being completely tarnished than actually getting their candidate elected. I can almost hear it now: “At least we did better than Mondale against Reagan…”