With the economy stuck in a slump, Mitt Romney ought to be soaring in the polls. Yet, thanks to his stumble-laden campaign, he is underperforming. In recent weeks, he has been on the defensive about his Bain Capital days and his refusal to release tax returns. A trip to England, Israel, and Poland did nothing to enhance his claims to either statesmanship or competence. He needs a game changer. And here's one option: tapping John McCain as his running mate.
McCain is indeed a two-time presidential loser who has always had a tenuous relationship with the Republican Party's base, and he and Romney don't seem to be the best of buds after their bruising primary clash in 2008. But if it's all about doing whatever it takes to become CEO of the United States, Romney might fare best with the veteran Republican senator as his wing man. Consider the following: