Email from Pat Mullins just came out that Texas Gov. (and GOP front-runner) Rick Perry will be headlining the RVP grassroots luncheon on September 14th in Richmond. Mullins frames Virginia as a battleground state and compares Perry to McDonnell, governors who have balanced the books without hitting the taxpayers up.
McDonnell is on the veep short list, and he clearly wants the job. Folks I've talked too who know these things are telling me that McDonnell would very much like to be on the GOP ticket come November 2012. I have argued with some of my friends about this and at first I wasn't sure how smart it would be . . . McDonnell can be kind of dull and mechanical on the stump. But if Perry (or Romney or Bachmann or whoever) truly wants to frame the GOP message on "jobs, jobs, jobs" why not choose the originator? McDonnell was way out in front on this issue back in 2008/9 - I remember going to his kick off at the Annandale fire station and seeing "Bob's for Jobs" signs everywhere, before the Tea Party and before every other GOP candidate ran on the issue. He's also a winner - having never lost a race, and puts a key state Obama won back in play. He would be a perfect balance especiallyu for Perry, who can be bombastic and flamboyant, hardly adjectives associated with McDonnell. But most importantly, McDonnell's job performance would fold nicely into the narrative Perry is trying to run on and having two governors who have job creation in their states as the GOP ticket bolsters the reason why Republicans want voters to vote for them. Perry mentored McDonnell at the RGA as well (setting him up as his succesor), and in the past has often brought McDonnell's name up when talking about state job creation. It would be a nice balance The only baggage McDonnell would have is that we would probably have to live through the thesis problem again - however they simply need to handle it the exact same way they did in 2009 and they should clear it.
Perry-McDonnell, we could see it folks. And the first real sign of it could happen in two weeks.