A while ago, I was quiet excited about the idea of a Romney-Cain ticket. However, after watching the CNN Debate, I think most Americans, such as myself, would really be really thrilled about a Romney-Bachmann ticket. James Taranto, writing for the Wall Street Journal, thinks this would make for a formidable team against Obama:
A Romney-Bachmann ticket would be balanced in terms of ideology (he's moderate, she's conservative), governing style (he's technocratic, she's idealistic), religion (he's Mormon, she's evangelical) and, of course, sex.
This column has no brief for Romney, but strictly as political analysis, we'd say a Romney-Bachmann ticket looks more formidable than the McCain-Palin ticket that lost in 2008. Romney, unlike McCain, has executive and private-sector experience. He's in his mid-60s, old enough that his maturity makes for an attractive contrast with Barack Obama, but not so old that anyone will wonder if he's up to the job.
A Romney-Palin ticket would balance each other out well in other ways too:
Like another Massachusetts governor who ran for president, Romney would promise "competence, not ideology"--although Michael Dukakis actually was an ideologue of the liberal left. But again, Romney looks better than McCain, who offered a lack of vision but no reason to think he was a competent administrator.
As for Bachmann, her biggest advantage over Sarah Palin may be that she is now running for president. That means that if Romney were to name her a year hence, she would be a far more familiar and media-savvy politician than Palin was in 2008. She would be much less vulnerable to both smears from the partisan media and unforced errors like Palin's disastrous interview with Katie Couric, whoever that is. For those who care about such things, the presence of a woman on the ticket might serve as an excuse to vote against re-electing the first black president.
No doubt, a Romney-Bachmann team is much better than a Romney-Cain ticket. Michelle Bachmann certainly outshined Herman Cain at the CNN Debate. She came across as more knowledgeable, confident and articulate than Cain did. In fact, she did much better at the debates than everyone else except for Mitt Romney. Not bad for a women on her first day as an official candidate for the 2012 election.
The other reason why I like Michelle Bachmann is because she would absolutely slaughter Joe Biden in the Vice Presidential debates. Herman Cain would have no problem debating Joe Biden on substantive issues. But when it comes to articulating his views in a debate format, he would have a hard time against the vice President.
Personally, I'm sold on this idea. What about you?