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By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Bob Shrum
Leaks are springing. Trial balloons are floating. Egos are being stroked. Wannabes are auditioning. And, chances are, lies are being told. Somewhere, amid all of the shenanigans, Republican Mitt Romney is considering his choices for a running mate, one of the most significant decisions of his presidential campaign.
Well, there they go again. While criticizing the new Republican budget plan on Tuesday, President Obama invoked the Gipper. "Ronald Reagan," he said, "who, as I recall, was not accused of being a tax-and-spend socialist, understood repeatedly that when the deficit started to get out of control - that for him to make a deal - he would have to propose both spending cuts and tax increases."
Think about it: Mitt Romney and John F. Kerry are two Boston blue-blood multimillionaires, spending summers in their island estates and winters in their mountain mansions.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson may have the longest resume among the 2008 White House hopefuls, but his performances in two debates were not "impressive," longtime Democratic political strategist Bob Shrum said yesterday.
Consultant Bob Shrum, who's worked on numerous Democratic presidential campaigns, says a closely held search operation is a good thing because it protects the people who open up their lives to the campaign to be thoroughly checked out as potential running mates.
"Instead of saying, 'I could've been a contender,' you can say, 'I am a contender' even if you're not," says Shrum.