First, Chris Christie was out. Then Sarah Palin, as Diane notes below. But for those of us who thought those earlier announcements were inevitable, this may actually be the biggest revelation of the week:
Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican and tea party favorite, has said he will not be the GOP’s nominee for vice president in 2012.
“I’m not going to be the vice presidential nominee,” Rubio said at The Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum, according to the magazine’s Mark Ambinder. “The answer is going to be no.”
I hope that resolve weakens. Rubio is as good a choice as we get for the bottom of the ticket. He's great on the merits (conservative, principled yet pragmatic, intelligent, a gifted speaker) and makes irrefutable sense politically (young, telegenic Hispanic from the nation's largest swing state). What do you think? Will Rubio's protestations weaken when the voice asking him the question belongs to the next Republican presidential nominee? And, if not, who makes the short list when Rubio bows out?