With Mitt Romney all but anointed as the GOP nominee for president, the only remaining question is who the GOP vice presidential candidate will be.
Two pundits claim they have the answer: Ohio's junior U.S. senator, Rob Portman.
Major Garrett insisted Portman will be the pick in an April 5 article. Comparing a Portman pick to Bill Clinton's selection of Al Gore, Garrett explains, "Portman reinforces all that Romney offers or hopes to offer the country."
Garrett says that Portman is "boring," but says that's a plus, because Romney isn't looking for someone who will upstage him. "Don't kid yourself that this doesn't matter to Romney," Garrett wrote.
Paul Begala, who evidently missed Garrett's article, offers a similar argument, again comparing Portman to the Gore pick.
I was turned down when I asked to speak to Portman, but his press secretary emailed me quotes from other articles.
Portman claims that being the U.S vice president is the furthest thing from his mind. He told WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, "I'd say I can help you more here where I am. I love representing Ohio." He told the Lorain Morning Journal, "I’m really not interested."
Maybe he's sincere. Politicians do sometimes tell the truth. He can always take the job if it's offered and say patriotism forced him to give in.
Obviously, Portman could help Romney in Ohio, a must-win swing state for both tickets.
UPDATE: After I wrote the above, I belatedly discovered that Brett Larkin had written a column about all this in last Sunday's Plain Dealer, and did a pretty good job, too. You can read it here.