Rumor has it Mitt Romney is considering naming Gen David Petraeus as his VP nominee. Because I am a cynic, I have several thoughts.
One, this would be so cool. To the left this ticket would be known as Romney-Betrayus, Betray-us being the name given to Petraeus by the left.
There is little doubt that a Romney-Petraeus ticket would be the end of the Obama regime. Petraeus had a falling out with Obama, but Obama kept him for his own political reasons. Petraeus would provide a bullet-proof cover for Romney.
Two, who is leaking this information? It’s been alleged that it came from Obama himself,
President Obama whispered to a top fundraiser this week that he believes GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wants to name Gen. David Petraeus to the VP slot!
“The president wasn’t joking,” the insider explains to the DRUDGE REPORT.
A Petraeus drama has been quietly building behind the scenes.
Romney is believed to have secretly met with the four-star general in New Hampshire.
The pick could be a shrewd Romney choice. A cross-party pull. The Obama administration hailed Petraeus as one of history’s greatest military strategists. Petraeus was unanimously confirmed as the Director of the CIA by the US Senate 94-0.
But Petraeus has categorically asserted that he has NO political ambitions. And Team Obama stands prepared to tie one of their own to “Bush wars.” A Petraeus pick could been seen as simply shuffling the decks of power in DC.
“He’s a serious man, for seriously dangerous times,” notes a top Republican.
A DRUDGE POLL on Tuesday morning showed readers split on if Romney should give it a go.
And the calendar is running out of days.
but then Carney denies it,
During the White House Press Briefing today, Press Secretary Jay Carney told a reporter to “be mindful of your sources” when asked about the Drudge Report article reporting that Mitt Romney was considering selecting former Army General and current CIA Director David Petraeus as his running mate.
The report asserted that President Obama privately told a top fundraiser that Romney was considering it.
“I can say with absolute confidence, such an assertion has never been uttered by the president.” Carney said. “And again be mindful of your sources.”
which given Carney’s prevaricating nature would lend it credence.
Three, Romney demurred answering the question, which again lends credence to the story.
POOL REPORT: Romney asked: ‘Governor, have you met with General Petraeus in New Hampshire?’… Romney ignored the question… ‘Thank you so much, good to see you’…
Four, someone is floating this story to steal the thunder from the real choice. It’s getting really interesting and at just the right moment.
I don’t know who Mitt is going to choose, but choosing Petraeus would change everything.