Michell Bachmann was recently asked if she was being vetted by the Romney campaign for the vice presidential slot. She denied it, fueling speculation that she may be in the running. Lest there be any confusion here, the real answer to the question of whether or not Michelle Bachmann is being vetted as a possible vice presidential nominee is “no, hell no.”
This is what we call a “slow news day story”. There is no news, so reporters are just wandering around trying to find something interesting to print. I’ll go on the record: Michelle Bachmann is not being vetted as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney. Granted, I don’t know that for sure, I have no contacts inside the Romney campaign, but I just don’t see that as even remotely plausible. Romney could probably use her help shoring up his credentials with the lunatic fringe, but she brings nothing to the table but a staunch to the hemorrhaging of core Republican voters–and will absolutely drive swing voters away in droves. in short, her presence would at best be a wash, but would more likely be a sucking chest wound in a campaign that’s already limping.
One last point, lest we forget the lessons of the past: In 2008, John McCain needed a game changer and picked a fanatically religious, attractive female politician with huge appeal among the hardcore wingnuts and a propensity for wild, factually inaccurate statements that the general campaign was forced to consistently distance itself from. The odds of the 2012 Republican candidate making the exact same mistake with virtually the exact same running mate are simply too improbable to seriously consider.
Fun to think about? Sure. Realistic? Sadly, no.