'Romney Picks Petraeus for Veep!'

Herbert E. Meyer

Actually, no.  Gov. Romney hasn’t named his choice for vice  president.  But were you electrified by that headline?  Did it pull  you out of your chair, pump up your heart rate and make you believe, for the  first time, that Obama’s on the ropes and this election is ours to win?  I  thought so; me, too.

If the talking heads are right (and on rare occasions they are), Romney is  playing this decision close to his chest.  No one seems to know whose advice, if anyone’s, he’s seeking.  But in  the highly unlikely event that he calls me to chat about this, I’d tell him to  go big, and to go for General David Petraeus.  Here’s why:

Petraeus is, quite simply, the most highly-regarded  American in public  life.  Even those who opposed our military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq  admire and respect this general.  He’s so obviously a brilliant, competent  man.  And he’s always come across as low-key and personally modest.   By choosing Petraeus as his running-mate, Romney would send out a message to  voters that he isn’t playing politics as usual; that he wants the most qualified  people he can find for his administration — and that he’ll put the varsity team  in place to confront a dangerous world.

Choosing the general also would stop the Obama attack team dead in its  tracks.  Right now these vicious little creeps are hard at work preparing  to trash whomever Romney chooses as his running-mate.  If Paul Ryan or Rob  Portman ever got a traffic ticket, or if  Marco Rubio’s wife ever cut the label off a pillow, Obama’s attack dogs know it  and are prepared to use it — or, rather, to mis-use it — with the help of  their allies in the mainstream media.  Trashing General Petraeus won’t be  quite so easy.  Unless the general is having an affair with an underage  aardvark, the Obama team wouldn’t dare attack this national hero.  They  know it would backfire on them.

Oh, and the thought of watching David Petraeus debate incumbent Vice  President Joe Biden — whom the President choose as his running mate in 2008  because he was so impressed by Biden’s foreign policy expertise — almost makes  me feel sorry for poor  old Joe.  (Well, not really……)

I’ve never met General Petraeus, I haven’t got the slightest idea what he’s  doing in his current job as Director of the CIA, and I’ve no clue whether he’s  pro-life, pro-choice, or whether he’s ever given a thought to how best to  organize our nation’s health care system.  For all I know, Petraeus is a left-wing liberal who thinks Obama’s  a geo-strategic genius and deserves to get re-elected — but I doubt it.

Nor do I have the slightest idea whether Petraeus would accept an invitation  from Romney to join the ticket.  But if I were Romney, I’d ask him.   Wouldn’t you?