Oh boy, judging by the comment threads at Hot Air and Breitbart, S.E. Cupp kicked over one hell of a hornet’s nest on MSNBC’s The Cycle tonight:
The four hosts of MSNBC’s The Cycle appeared with anchor Thomas Roberts on Friday where each host weighed in with their updated rankings for who they think will be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick. Co-host S.E. Cupp was asked who she thought the most likely female potential vice president would be given Ann Romney’s suggestion that the campaign was seriously considering a woman. “Ann Romney is lying,” said Cupp. “They are not looking at women. They are not going to pick a woman candidate. There is just no way.”
Someone has to say it, so I will: Bullshit! I can think of at least two Republican women governors who fit Romney’s core requirement for VP — being ready to be president on day one: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.
Brewer and Fallin are both first term governors, but they both have had long political careers.
Fallin has held numerous elected offices including two terms in the House of Representatives and 3 terms as Lt. Governor before being elected Governor. And Brewer’s resume includes terms in the Arizona State Senate and Arizona House of Representatives and as Secretary of State before being elected Governor. Either one of them would make a credible VP pick.
I’ve also heard Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington mentioned as potential VP choice. She’s served in the House of Representative for the last 7 years, but don’t I see any executive experience on her resume, but as Allahpundit notes over at Hot Air her pick would be problematic for another reason:
picking her would raise the question of why, if Romney was open to a VP from the House, he didn’t pick the far more prominent Paul Ryan instead. If the answer is “Because Mitt’s afraid of Ryan’s budget,” that’ll be received, shall we say, coolly by conservatives.
Anyway, this all conjecture at this point, nobody knows who is actually on Mitt Romeny’s short list, we’re all just guessing.
Update: Here’s the video: