Veepstakes: The Romney Bunch

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Ever since Governor Mitt Romney established himself as the presumptive Republican nominee for president, the water cooler chatter among the political junkie set has been focused on who will be on the ticket as the Republicans’ vice presidential nominee.

Veepstakes -- The Romney BunchBeing both political and technology junkies here at TechElect, we wanted to do more than just engage in “Veepstakes” speculation and forecasting.  So for the past couple of weeks, my colleague Nilmini Rubin has authored a series of profiles on the “Romney Bunch” -- the nine individuals who are considered to be on Governor Romney’s Veep-list.  Yes, Nilmini provides a brief professional background, but more importantly, we wanted to understand their views on the key issues that matter to the tech industry.  In short, do they get us here in Techville.

Now, some will wonder why this really matters.  After all, this is the vice presidency – the office one previous occupant of the office said was “not worth a bucket of warm spit,” (He actually called it something else, but this is a family blog) and another described as one that did not interfere with his mandatory eleven hours of sleep per day.

The fact is the vice presidency of the United States matters a great deal.  There is, of course, the reality that the vice president is one poorly swallowed Five Guys burger away from the Oval Office.  Second, the vice president can make or break a tie in the U.S. Senate, and with a Senate expected to give one party a slim majority, if not a tie, the next vice president will be spending a lot of time in the Capitol when the Senate is in session.

Yet, there is more to the modern vice president than the job description in the Constitution.  Arguably, for the last four decades, those who have held the office of vice president, including the current occupant, have played significant roles in policymaking and governing, ranging from the reinvention of government to the advancement of U.S. national security.  The modern vice president is not just a person who fills a political niche or void in an election year, but who has a key seat in the executive branch table after the election has been won.

For that reason, and again, because we are caught up in the current Romney Bunch veepstakes, we wanted to see what these nine leaders have done or said on the issues that matter most to us – such as tax reform, workforce policy, trade, energy efficiency, and math and science education.  Nilmini’s profiles provided some useful observations about the Romney Bunch, including:

Virtually universal belief that our current tax system is working against the best interests of the tech industry and the U.S. economy, particularly as an instrument to fuel investment and job creation.

Clear recognition of the critical role that math and science education play to expand the knowledge and innovation base of our country.

Great appreciation of the vital role technology plays not just as an engine of productivity and job creation, but also as a means to improve our quality of life, whether it is in energy efficiency or improving government services.

It is fair to say that should Governor Romney select any one of these nine individuals, he will be adding to the ticket someone who will bring important observations and ideas on tech policy to the current political debate, and perhaps to the executive branch table.  We at TechElect look forward to ensuring that these important issues remain at the forefront of the presidential campaign, because these issues will define the future health and vitality of our industry and our economy for generations to come.

P.S.  If you missed any of the Romney Bunch, here are the links to the full series:


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  • Maciel Thu., August 29, 6:29 AM
    This pisses me off as a NJ Republican and I do not think that I am alone. I feel celolmtepy disconnected from my party now.We want a real conservative running in 2012 not some flip flopping closet massachusetts liberal!Since Christie basically rules the NJGOP with an iron fist, I now see the direction the plan on taking. I will be sitting this 2011 election out for sure. Clearly none of the NJGOP supported Republicans are the types of conservatives that we should have running our government.And to think, if the Governor had just worried about staying home and working on NJ issues for the next month I would have come out and voted for the GOP in the 2011 election. Now I don't have to waste my time.
  • Cash Mon., August 26, 8:33 AM
    McAmnesty's supporters in West Virginia rsoerted to urging voters to vote for Huckabee to deny Romney, who had an early lead, the delegates in the winner-take-all-state. They succeeded something like 52-48, giving a preacher with no chance the delegates.Huckabee is an embarrasing joke at this point, staying in only to hurt Romney and hoping to get a VP slot or whatnot. Im very dissapointed in him personally. There should not be winner-take-all-delegate scenario's unless the winner won an overwhelming majority of the votes. Its WRONG for McCain to get Florida's delegates after winning a mere 33% of the vote there. [url=]moqetkcfgmj[/url] [link=]koabwa[/link]
  • Mar Sat., August 24, 11:43 PM
    Humm not much activity on this page, so I'm going to re-post sohnemitg that somehow ended up as a solo performance on Charles Have Faith in Massachusetts Men? page. Whoever-in-ChiefSeveral times I've heard talk show hosts describe Romney as boring , plain , not very exciting , and other similar labels as if those supposed traits render him unfit for the title of Commander-in-Chief. Had I access to a phone at the time, I would have called and asked the label assigners what they want in a Commander-in-Chief. Let’s face it—the next president should be elected on his abilities lead the way in pulling this country out of the mess it’s in right now. However, if the talk show hosts want sohnemitg different than that, then I have a few ”in-Chief” nominations for them. If what they are really looking for is an Ego-in-Chief, then Newt Gingrich fits that bill (he's already declared that he will be the GOP nominee). If they want a Blamer-in-Chief, or a Cry-Baby-in-Chief Rick Perry's the man, in my opinion (he's suing the state of Virginia, supposedly because their tough rules kept him from getting his name on the primary ballot there). The Who's-He-in-Chief goes hands-down to NM Gov. Gary Johnson (who withdrew from the race on Dec 28th. I was barely aware that the man was running). Rabid-Following-in-Chief would have to be Ron Paul. He’s held that spot for decades now. For Yo-Yo-in-Chief, my vote goes to Rick Santorum (he shot up in the polls very quickly, and fell just as quickly). Nice-Try-in-Chief is a three way tie between Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Gov Jon Huntsman, Jr., and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (one has to admire their confidence in the face of the no-way-in-hades landscape they currently find themselves standing on). If I were them, I’d drop out, take the money, throw a big party for the staffers, then call a press conference and endorse Mitt Romney.And who could forget Herman Cain, who seemed to be running for Shallow-in-Chief, or perhaps Not-Much-Substance-in-Chief (he had a lot of good sounding talk, but little knowledge in a majority of the areas the next president will need to deal with). The soon to be Commander-in-Chief honor belongs to Mitt Romney of course ( and if Nancy's “An Honest Letter to Iowa Evangelicals” doesn't convert a good share of the Romney hold-outs, well, then, *mutter, mutter* ) Oh and there's one more in-Chief title the one Barack Obama currently holds: Disaster-in-Chief.
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