DEMOCRATS: We know who the nominee will be.
President Barack Obama would be wise to retire the gaffer-in-chief, Joe Biden, and adopt Sen. Jim Webb (VA), former Sec. of the Navy. This would keep the center from leaking to the Republican nominee. Specifically, Webb could keep Virginia from straying and unseating the president.
REPUBLICANS: If any of the following is nominated, here are a few unsolicited recommendations:
If Gov. Mitt Romney (MA) chooses Sen. Rick Santorum (PA) for VP, he puts Pennsylvania in play because Romney, the blue-state governor, would win votes in eastern PA and Santorum would win votes in more conservative western PA. Romney carries fiscal conservatives. Across the country, Santorum adds Christians and moral conservatives.
Or, Gov. Romney could pick Gov. Mike Huckabee (AR). This allows hesitant Christians to be more comfortable with a Mormon. In addition, where Romney feels overly slick and aloof from Joe six-pack, Huckabee is the “aw-shucks” neighbor that people wish they had.
If Rep. Michelle Bachman (MN) survives the primaries, she could benefit from the first double-minority ticket. There are two Indian-American governors to choose from in Dixie: Gov. Nikki Haley (SC) and Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA). Bachman could draw daily media attention/scorn by choosing Gov. Sarah Palin (AK).
Gov. Rick Perry (TX) could skewer the allegations of white-evangelical bigotry with a distinguished minority running mate, such as Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), Rep. J.C. Watts (OK), or Candidate Herman Cain.
Any Republican nominee could benefit from choosing Rep. Paul Ryan (WI). At the moment, however, the common nightmare among the candidates is that Paul Ryan will take the Republican nomination for himself.
Who do you recommend?