Tuesday, June 26, 2012

McDonnell mum on vetting


Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell refused to say today whether he's being vetted for Veep.

He told WTOP he would not comment now that Romney is openly vetting candidates, such as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a Tea Party favorite.

"I'm not discussing the vice presidential vetting process," said McDonnell, the governor of the nation's top state for business, according to a 2011 study. "You can address those questions to the Romney campaign."

There's been quite a bit of ado about this today, since folks automatically assume that if a prospect refuses to comment on whether they're being vetted, that necessarily means they are.

For example, Paul Ryan, Rob Portman, and Marco Rubio all notably declined to comment on vetting recently, while John Thune and Bob McDonnell openly said they weren't being vetted.

To many, that meant that Ryan, Portman, and Rubio were being vetted, while Thune wasn't.

But then Thune suddenly refused to comment and now McDonnell is also taking the fifth, so folks assume that they're necessarily being vetted.

Maybe, and yes, that's a reasonable explanation. BUT.... I could easily imagine possible Veeps going silent on it, because it gives the impression they're being vetted, and face it, it's a high honor to be vetted.