As the ink dries on the press releases announcing Santorum’s exit from the presidential race and Romney’s defacto nominee status, we will hear the media noise machine transfer to the hullabaloo surrounding the “veepstakes.” You will hear many conservatives longingly pontificating about their choice for Romney’s vice presidential nominee.
For our purposes, we must remember that it doesn’t really matter. If the 2008 election taught us anything it’s that vice presidential nominees don’t really change the equation. Worse, if we pick a solid conservative nominee to run alongside a moderate, unprincipled, and flaccid person on top of the ticket, that can very possibly destroy the future promising career of that individual (think 2008 again).
Undoubtedly, we should all vote for the Republican ticket, but we must remember that there is nothing we can do about the effectiveness of the ticket. That will all rest on Romney’s shoulders. It is incumbent upon him to rally around conservatives, not vice versa. Simply picking a good VP nominee won’t cut it.
So what should we be involved with over the next few months? Congressional races, of course.
The most important thing we can do is to ensure that we have as many conservatives in the House and Senate as possible. We must preclude any future Romney administration from teaming up with Boehner and McConnell in an effort to reenact the Bush years. We have no choice but to vote for Romney for president, but we still have many choices for Senate. Instead of getting caught up in the veepstakes hype, we should focus our attention on electing those like Ted Cruz, Don Stenberg, Josh Mandel, and Mark Neumann for Senate. We will have dozens of choices to make in upcoming House races.
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